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A Real Boat past the 50-knot 'barrier'? Well, Macquarie Innovations doesn't look like anything that we'll be sailing in this year, but it isn't a windsurfer and it isn't a kiteboard, so we'll buy it. Of course, if it is just the 'sail' and 'speed' bits that you are interested, you are gong to have to take up ice yachting and have a go at the new 109-knots record!

There's a free Laser up for grabs - really. Just fill in the questionnaire and hit 'send'. It's in Australia, but never mind, we hear that shipping rates are so low these days that really doesn't matter.

Racing is tight at the top of the Platu OD fleet in Thailand – at the Platu Open in Pattaya last month, three of the races were decided by less than a second (glad I wasn't the RO!). The next Top of the Gulf Regatta (01-04 May) has a Platu OD division currently showing 14 entries – there are still two boats available for charter, but you have to be in it to win it. Interested OD sailors apply here: kevscott@hotmail.com



New World Speed Record: Macquarie Innovation breaks 50 - hits 54 knots
Sail-World.com,
Australian sailors Simon McKeon and Tim Daddo leapt back into the history books Thursday night when Macquarie Innovation powered down the Sandy Point speed course, near Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, at an average speed of 50.43 knots... [more]


109.57 knots makes Richard the fastest sailor on earth
Claire Bates, Mailonline/Sail-World,
While on water Australian sailors Simon McKeon and Tim Daddo have just broken the speed barrier of 50 knots in their sailing boat Macquarie Innovation, a British engineer has become the fastest human on earth powered by the wind alone, in a land sailing boat.... [more]


Win a Laser sailing boat!! - value AUD$9,200 - NZ$11,495
Sail-World.com,
To celebrate the 2009-2010 season Performance Sailcraft Australasia, the ‘down under' Laser builder has teamed with Sail-World to launch an online competition. Enter online now to win a choice of a Laser 4.7, a Laser Radial or a Laser Standard sailing boat, built by Performance Sailcraft Australasia in its Australian factory.... [more]


2009 Asia Boating Industry Conference at KIBS
KIBS,
Aiming to become the region's marine hub, Korea will host ‘The management, marketing and technical conference for the Asian boating industry' concurrently with the second Korea International Boat Show in June 2009.... [more]


Telefónica Blue wraps up Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo media,
At 03:55 GMT, in the early hours (00:55 local time) of a rainy Sunday morning, Telefónica Blue eased across the finish line off the Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro to take fifth place in leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race... [more]


Green Dragon completes Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race
Event media,
Green Dragon skipper Ian Walker/GBR led his hungry crew over the finish line outside the Marina da Gloria, in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday afternoon to claim fourth place in Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line at 18:59 GMT (15:59 local time)... [more]


Brazil And Britain take early leads In ISAF Nations Cup Final
ISAF Media,
Brazil in the open division and Great Britain in the women's both took an early advantage against their French opponents in the final matches to decide the winner of the 2009 ISAF Nations Cup.... [more]


Portimão Global Ocean - Brazilian ETAs stretch into next week
Olivier Dewar,
As the four boats in the Portimão Global Ocean Race approach the finish line off the Brazilian island of Ilhabela, the forecast is looking increasingly light with projected ETAs stretching further into next week.... [more]


Support offered to VELUX 5 Oceans entries
Event media,
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman of Clipper Ventures PLC, organisers of the VELUX 5 Oceans, has announced an unprecedented investment in skippers who enter the 2010-11 edition of the classic solo round the world ocean race. The support will be offered as a minimum to the first 12 teams who officially enter the event... [more]


Thai pirate murder - the aftermath
Nancy Knudsen,
The ragged teenagers who bludgeoned a cruising sailor to death in Thailand may never be tried, and British sailors with the dream of sailing the world are thinking again. This is the aftermath of the latest 'pirate' attack which resulted in the death of British sailor Malcolm Robertson.... [more]


 


 

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