Sail World Asia apologises for the recent interruption in service - this is due to having spent most of the last two weeks in a field in Essex. The internet access was not too good. We are now back on line, and here is news from the start of the second Qingdao test regatta (where everyone is praying for breeze), the delayed start of the Fastnet Race, and wrap results from Cowes Week.
Although SWA is presently 'on the road' - literally - we expect to be able to maintain normal service from now on.
Lights, Camera, Action in Qingdao By Lynn Fitzpatrick, Starting at 7:45 pm the Host Committee and entertainers kicked off the Opening Ceremonies of the 2007 Good Luck Beijing Sinopec Qingdao International Regatta, the pre-Olympic sailing event, by performing Strike the Drum and Set Sail and other songs in Chinese and English.... [more]
Whisper Bay sets sail at Airlie Beach By Whisper Bay, Situated in one of the world’s most spectacular locations, a rare opportunity now exists to acquire one of the Whitsundays most luxurious apartments with absolute waterfront frontage. Airlie Beach provides a lifestyle of international appeal and delivers a beauty and splendour which can be enjoyed throughout the year. Set on the same tropical latitude as Tahiti, with an all-year round warm tropical climate and an average temperature of 27.4 degrees Celsius.... [more]
Breeze before Qingdao Test Event By Lynn Fitzpatrick, Yesterday it was truly wonderful on the water in Qingdao – there was breeze, imagine if that happened during the Olympic regatta!... [more]
Preview - Good Luck Beijing Qingdao Regatta By Lynn Fitzpatrick, Here is a list of teams to watch, but realize that everybody here sails with heart and has made a career of sailing to success. Virtually every athlete in Qingdao competed in the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, Portugal in July. Many of them participated in the 2006 Olympic Test Event in Qingdao last year... [more]
A fusion of colour in the Johore Straits... By Capt Marty Rijkuris, The 8-10 knot South Westerly increased through the afternoon which made a pleasant day of racing, so the race committee took the opportunity to complete three races for all classes.... [more]
Fastnet Fleet wait for the Off By Trish Jenkins, Race crews had an extra day to prepare for the Rolex Fastnet Race start rescheduled for Monday 13 August. For the first time in race history, RORC race organizers elected to postpone the start by 25 hours due to a severe weather warning from the UK Met Office, which would have put the bulk of the fleet in the middle of the Celtic Sea as a low pressure system approached, with no safe port to run to... [more]
Drama on final day at Laser Radial Youth Worlds By Event media/Sail-World, In a final day of drama at the Laser Radial Youth Worlds, Spain's Susana Romero Steensma was black flagged in the final race and had to watch Tuula Tenkanen of Finland sail the race of her life to take the Title by 0.4 of a point. In the men's event Thorbjoern Schierup from Denmark, recovered from the worst race of his series to hold off Ioannis Mitakis of Greece and take the Title.... [more]
Skandia Cowes Week - Final Report By Kate Laven/CCC, The curtain came down on the 181st Skandia Cowes Week Saturday afternoon with the wind, sun and tides combining to provide a spirited final day’s racing ahead of the official prize-giving this evening... [more]
Skandia Cowes Week - Final overall positions By Event media, Final overall leading positions for all the classes at Skandia Cowes Week 2007... [more]
Rolex Fastnet Race on Hold By RORC Trish Jenkins, The RORC Race Office announced at this afternoon’s Race & Weather briefing that the Rolex Fastnet Race start will be postponed for 25 hours due to the continued severe weather warning issued by the UK Met office. The first start for the 300 boat fleet will be Monday 13 August at 11:00 BST... [more]
Opening day at Qingdao International Regatta 2007 By ISAF media, The ISAF Grade 2 Qingdao International Regatta, the second and final of the Good Luck Beijing Olympic Test Events, opens today. Six days are scheduled for registration and measurement before the first races begin on 15 August. Before then, on 12 August, the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre will host the Opening Ceremony for the Test Event... [more]
Dean Barker denies he’s signing with Oracle By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL, Emirates Team New Zealand moved late this afternoon to counter allegations that its skipper, Dean Barker, had been poached by rival BMW Oracle Racing, now headed by Barkers mentor in the 1995-2000 period, Russell Coutts.... [more]
Pindar dismasts - will not start in Fastnet By Kate Fairclough, Pindar, the brand new Open 60, who was leading in her debut race today, the Artemis Challenge at Skandia Cowes Week, dismasted whilst sailing around the Isle of Wight. The dismasting of the cutting edge Open 60 will force Pindar to pull out of the historic Rolex Fastnet Race this Sunday... [more]
RS:X Youth World Titles decided By Rory Ramsden (amended By ISAF), The Medal Races brought a dramatic end to the week-long battle in Sopot. The main contenders for the World title were the 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion Pierre Le Coq (FRA), Christian Freimueller (GER) and the British sailor Richard Hamilton. The Medal Race in the women's category turned out very well for Maja Dziarnowska (POL).... [more]
Dismasted Cat Crew Rescued - Off to Japan By Cruising Editor, After previous reports of authorities refusing to assist, a merchant Russian ship has rescued four men on board the catamaran Clandara yacht adrift in the Indian Ocean. The catamaran has sunk.... [more]
Siemens TP52 champion at Copa del Rey Camper Audi By Vicky Low, Twenty years after he last won the Mediterranean's premier trophy on the Maxi Il Moro di Venezia, Paul Cayard called the tactics successfully on Siemens for owner Roemmers and skipper-helmsman Guilermo Parada, winning a closely fought series by just six points from Vasco Vascotto's 2005 Breitling MedCup winning team on Mutua Madrilena.... [more]
Extreme 40 images from Skandia Cowes Week Day 1 By Justine Ozoux, In 10-12 knots of wind Basilica, skippered by Robert Greenhalgh dazzled her competitors at the iShares Cup at Skandia Cowes Week, racing close to the shore on Solent waters. The British team won four out of the five races held on day one of the three-day event, hampered only by a broken rudder that was repaired on the water.... [more]
Prada decides not to compete in America's Cup 33 By Francesco Longanesi Cattani, Prada, after Emirates Team New Zealand, the longest surviving team in the America's Cup, has issued a media release announcing that they have decided not to compete in the next America's Cup in Valencia.... [more]
Mascalzone Latino: Thoughts on America’s Cup 33 By Vincenzo Onorato, The head of Mascalzone Latino, Vincenzo Onorato, has issued a statement on the Italian team's proposal for the 33rd America's Cup and a solution for the current impasse... [more]
Ashland to expand China operations By IBI Magazine, Ashland Inc, a diversified, global chemicals company with major offices in the US, The Netherlands and China, is to invest nearly US$80 million on expanding its China operations... [more]
Images from Ecover self righting test in Auckland By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Images from Mike Golding's Open 60, Ecover, undergoing a compulsory self righting test in Auckland. The sequence starts slowly and finishes quickly. These are shot at a frame rate of three frames per second to give some idea of the speed of the turn... [more]
America's Cup Arbitration Panel named By America's Cup Media, AC Management (ACM), as the Event Authority for the 33rd America's Cup, has announced the nomination of the Arbitration Panel that will resolve disputes in the frame of the 33rd America's Cup.... [more]
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