Sitting here in Asia, the sailing news is starting to feel a little like Groundhog Day. There's the VOR easing it's way up to a well-earned break in Rio de Janeiro, and the Portimao fleet just behind them and rounding Cape Horn. If it wasn't for our good friends at SingaporeSailing (thanks, Shu Fen!) and in Pattaya (well done, Kev!) you'd be excused for thinking that nobody goes sailing in Asia right about now. Of course, that's not true, and our 'lines are open' to anyone who wants to submit news, or notice of a forthcoming event. Let's hear from you!
New Singapore National Youth Champions Crowned Ho Shu Fen, SingaporeSailing, The Singapore National Youth Sailing Championship concluded today with the largest ever fleet of 404 sailors competing in eight classes including international entries from Belgium, Denmark, France and Malaysia.... [more]
Faster than a speeding Ferret: Thai Platu Open Kevin Scott, Scott Duncanson skippered The Ferret to victory in last weekend's Thailand Platu Open Championship. This was the first of a series of four events comprising this year's Raimon Land One Design Platu Championship. This series is fast becoming THE regional series for all top yachtsmen to take part in, and the quality of the entrants is rapidly increasing as word spreads.... [more]
UK-Halsey Rules Quiz Guru UK-Halsey Sails, The highly regarded on-line racing rules program developed by UK-Halsey Sailmakers just had its authority made more compelling by the recent appointment of Rob Overton to be the new Chairman of US SAILING's Racing Rules Committee (RRC). Rob is the author of the answers to all of the Rules Quiz questions, and now he is the US's chief rule writer.... [more]
Moko the Dolphin, Star of Mahia Regatta Tim Sandall, Moko the dolphin a local identity at Mahia, a popular holiday town on the East Coast of the North Island in New Zealand, entertained young and old during the Wairoa Yacht Clubs annual Mahia Regatta... [more]
Singapore National Youth Sailing Champs under way Ho Shu Fen, SingaporeSailing, On the penultimate day of the largest-ever Singapore National Youth Sailing Championship, there are three to four races remaining. This year, 404 sailors are on the water competing for the national youth titles, including entries from Belgium, Denmark, France and Malaysia.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race finish time stretches, food supplies short on Leg 5 Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Predictions made four days ago that the Volvo Ocean race would finish on 24 March UTC, now appear to be rather optimistic as the leaders are beset by light winds which will last all the way to the finish off Rio de Janeiro. The race is now expected to finish at least a day later.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race: Tuesday in Rio for Ericsson 3? Volvo Ocean Race media, Magnus Olsson and his boys on Ericsson 3 is still in control of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet with 902 miles to race to the finish. But Ericsson 3 was dealing with yet another high-pressure system, which was slowing their progress considerably. Computer routing software is currently predicting a finish in the Maria Da Gloria, Rio, on Tuesday 24 March for Ericsson 3.... [more]
New dilemma for Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet Oliver Dewar, With the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet entering the South Atlantic, a new dilemma has faced the four boats: leaving the Falkland Islands to port or starboard.... [more]
Solo sailor Michel Kleinjans rounds Cape Horn - Portimao Ocean Race Oliver Dewar, On Leg 3 of the Portimao Global Ocean Race, Michel Kleinjans has kept pace with the double-handed teams. Yet Kleinjans has raced across two oceans entirely alone; physically alone on his 40ft yacht, Roaring Forty, but also in terms of direct, single-handed competition.... [more]
Volvo Ocean race - Battling north to Rio Lucy Harwood/Wouter Verbraak-Green Dragon, The Volvo Ocean race leading boats have hit a high pressure zone as they all battle north to Rio. All four boats are negotiating their way around the Falkland Islands.... [more]
The Party gets better at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2009 Rob Mundle, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week will be even better both on and off the water. The biggest and most eagerly anticipated change on the social agenda will come on the lay-day during the regatta. A massive party for competing sailors, their families and friends, is being planned for Thursday, August 27, at the soon to be opened Hamilton Island Golf Club, which is located on Dent Island.... [more]
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