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It's pretty much an all-Asia newsletter today – a full set of reports and photos from the Phuket King's Cup, the RC44 regatta in Dubai, the Dubai-Muscat Race, and the Monsoon Cup. And then a little bit of AC mixed in – and of course the arrest (and release) of the Kingdom of Bahrain and her English crew en route to Dubai for the Muscat race - and presumably that sends a fairly strong message to those who have asserted that sailing out of Ras al Khaimah towards Iranian waters is “safe”?

Pour the coffee. Read on...

Guy Nowell, Editor



Phuket King's Cup 2009 - the numbers
Duncan Worthington, Phuket King's Cup Media,
The 2009 Phuket King's Cup Regatta is the biggest in the Regatta's 23 year history. Here we take a look at the entries, the participants and the fleets and show the 23rd Phuket King's Cup Regatta in numbers.... [more]
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Who will make the Monsoon Cup Cut?
Rob Kothe,
At the start of racing on day two of the Monsoon Cup the Asian Match Racing champion, New Zealander Phil Robertson, was also 1-3. His victory yesterday was against Ian Williams.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2009 - 'shoot me, shoot me' part II
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The 'Lay Day' is, correctly, a reserve day to allow "catch up" on the race programme if necessary. Weary sailors think it's a day off, and the media barons welcome a break in the sequence of daily deadlines to get back on track too.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2009 - caught in the act
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Can't say 'captured on film' any longer, and the 'Kodak moment' is defunct, so I guess these are 'occasions recorded on a digital sensor' but that sounds rather cumbersome. Not all the photos get used in the press releases and stories, but they don't necessarily end up on the Press Room floor either (so to speak). So here's a bit of 'colour and movement, colour and movement, possums'...... [more]
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Laying low on King's Cup Lay Day
Tracey Johnstone,
It's Lay Day at the Phuket King's Cup and the crews are talking about golf, shopping, massages and sleep after completing three of the five days racing in the international regatta.... [more]
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Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE now on Sail-World.com
Sail-World.com,
Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE now, on Sail-World.com... [more]
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Beau Geste sets a new Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup record
International Maxi Association News,
The Chinese maxi yacht Beau Geste crossed today the finishing line at Sint Maarten, concluding the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup 2009 from Tenerife after 9 days, 8 hours, 54 minutes, 27 seconds, which is the new record of the course.... [more]
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The Monsoon Cup 2009 - The Toughest Day at the Office
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
The 2005 and 2008 Monsoon Cup champion Peter Gilmour summed up after day one of the Monsoon Cup. ‘It was tough, give no quarter and take no quarter, that's the way it was today. The start was super critical, for a short while the pin end worked. Then it was back to the boat end and head right, if you mucked it up boy you had a lot of work to do. But actually with plenty of wind it was a sensationa... [more]
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Sailors released: Statement from Andrew Pindar Chairman, Sail Bahrain
Sail Bahrain media,
Statement from Andrew Pindar OBE, Chairman of Sail Bahrain. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Foreign Office and the British and Bahrain Embassies for all their help and for bringing the matter to a swift conclusion and to the Iranian authorities for their understanding.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup to be broadcast to audiences across the World
Al Constable,
The Monsoon Cup, the final event of the World Match Racing Tour, will decide the World Tour Champion. The event features the world's best match racers in a showdown for the title of Monsoon Cup champion.... [more]
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Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE on Sail-World.com
Sail-World.com,
Watch the Monsoon Cup LIVE on Sail-World.com... [more]
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Monsoon at the Monsoon Cup
Rob Kothe,
Monsoon rain in Kuala Terengganu on the east coast of Malaysia with more than 200mm (eight inches) falling in the last 24 hours, has provided a dramatic backdrop to the 2009 Monsoon Cup, the final event in the 2009 World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour announces 2010 Schedule and Tour Invite Policy
World Match Racing Tour Media,
The 2010 Tour schedule will comprise of the same nine events as 2009 starting the year in France in April and ending once again in Malaysia. A refined Tour Invite Policy for the 2010 season will be retained which will reward 9 skippers and teams with guaranteed invites to six events of their choice for the year.... [more]
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Inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia 2009 and more to come
Extreme Sailing Series Asia,
Extreme Sailing Series Asia - The Best of 2009 and More to Come in 2010... For the planned six events in 2010, four countries are already confirmed, with events taking place in the UK, Germany, France and Spain. Venue announcements will be made over the coming months, but it can be confirmed today that the final round of the Extreme Sailing Series 2010 will take place in the region of Andalucia, S... [more]
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King's Cup day three forecast for stronger winds and quick racing
Tracey Johnstone,
After enjoying a night of celebration at the Phuket Orchid Resort, the international fleet line up today for day three of the 23rd Phuket King's Cup with winds forecast to be stronger than yesterday.... [more]
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Grant Dalton confirms discussions with Telefonica on Volvo Ocean Race
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton has confirmed to Sail-World that he has been in discussion with Spanish telco Telefonica regarding an involvement in the next Volvo Ocean Race. Dalton would not disclose the specifics of his involvement, saying: 'It is no secret of my desire to be involved in the Volvo Ocean Race and yes I have spoken to Telefonica...... [more]
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King's Cup day two came down to finding a 'get out of jail' card
Tracey Johnstone,
Racing in day two of the 23rd Phuket King's Cup got off to a clean start with the fleet of 111 boats across 11 divisions revelling in the light air and flat sea. But it eventually came down to a matter of finding the get out of goal card for many of the yachts in today's racing as continuing light winds and strong coastal currents played havoc with the results of many of the mid-fleets... [more]
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Cheese on trimming an America's Cup wingsail
Peter Rusch,
Dirk de Ridder - aka 'Cheese' - is the mainsail trimmer on board BMW Oracle Racing's America's Cup Challenger, BOR 90. Just an enormous wing sail. A veteran of three round the world races, he has previously been with AmericaOne and BMW Oracle Racing in the America's Cup. We caught up with him over the weekend following the final testing session in San Diego.... [more]
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King's Cup race day two with early leaders ready for battle
Tracey Johnstone,
Race day two in the 23rd Phuket King's Cup and the record international fleet are in for a stronger breeze day as they tackle the stunning sailing conditions close to the island coast. Cruiser/Racer Race Officer, Ross Chisholm, said with “quite a nice breeze out there already” he is looking to send these fleets out around the south islands. Racing division RO and Principle Race Officer Jerry Ro... [more]
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Darren and Airiel top YOG Asian qualifiers in Thailand
Ho Shu Fen, Singapore Sailing,
Fifty sailors from Thailand, Japan, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, India, China, Malaysia and Indonesia were in Pattaya for the first continental qualifier for the inaugural 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games (YOG).... [more]
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Phuket wind shifts and strong current challenges first day King's Cup
Tracey Johnstone,
In the first day of racing in the 23rd Phuket King's Cup, it was Hong Kong's Neil Pryde and his Hi-Fi crew that finally earned overall Racing division handicap honours after a disastrous second race start and then a brilliant recovery. In other divisions there were some great results as some defending champions held their ground while other fell over under the pressure of stiff competition.... [more]
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Penned in to make a historic mark at King's Cup
Tracey Johnstone,
Elegant in design and presentation, the French built 68-foot yacht El Oro premiered today in the world of international racing competing in Thailand's 23rd Phuket King's Cup.... [more]
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PIMEX just 6 weeks away
PIMEX,
PIMEX 2010 kicks off 7 January for three days and already, the show is attracting interested exhibitors and visitors.... [more]
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America's Cup: A longer bowsprit for Alinghi 5
Alinghi Media,
After a few long days and late nights for the shore crew and some of the sailors and designers Alinghi 5, the Defender's giant catamaran, emerged from the boat shed at the team base in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, on Friday. If you look closely you'll see the difference! And in case you can't spot the modifications, Alinghi.com catches up with Grant Simmer, Alinghi design team coordinator:... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Biggest Prize Money in Sailing!
Rurrum,
The Monsoon Cup 2009 has confirmed its position as the premier match racing event this year by offering the biggest prize purse in all sailing events worldwide.... [more]
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Asian Byte Championships: Thailand, Singapore in contention
Event Media,
At the end of the second day on Thursday, Keerati was a few points clear of his Singaporean opposition... [more]
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Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race line honours to Majan
Louay Habib,
Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race - Majan skippered by Paul Standbridge has crossed the finish line off Bander Al Rowdha, Muscat, Oman.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger packs up and head for Valencia + Video
Chairmain Productions,
BMW Oracle Racing's Tom Ehman turns his hand to video productions with two clips from the early sessions and final day of BOR90 sailing with her wingsail on San Diego before being packed up to be shipped to Valencia for the 33rd America's Cup in early February 2010.... [more]
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Phuket dinghy racing pre-cursor to exciting week of Thai racing
Tracey Johnstone,
The 23rd Phuket King's Cup kicked off today with Kata Beach filling up with national and international sailors from the very young to the well preserved. While the fleet of 110 big boat crews were busy with registration, sail measurement and last minute preparations, 18 dinghies crewed by local sailors took to the waters off Kata Beach to compete in a friendly regatta. Hosted by the Phuket Yacht C... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup - Flying start to fleet racing for Sea Dubai
Sharon Allison,
Sea Dubai RC44 Gold Cup, day three and a noteworthy start for Team Sea Dubai. Too eager on the start of the second race, Sea Dubai crossed the line too early having to dip below the start mark as a penalty but they caught up well and finished fifth behind Organika.... [more]
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King's Cup racing machines rev up as record fleet hits Phuket
Tracey Johnstone,
It is less than two days before the start gun fires in Thailand's 23rd Phuket King's Cup and many of the crews are already talking up regatta challenges. Leading the record international fleet of 110 boats will be the 11 Racing Division yachts ranging in size from Kevin Whitcraft's GP42 up to Frank Pong's 76-foot Jelik II. In the middle though is a group of 50-foot yachts that are fast,... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup - Four fleet races + video
RC 44 media,
At the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup Four races took place today in a light and fairly unstable breeze, allowing four different teams to score victories. The first race a splendid domination by the local Team Sea Dubai, with their local talent Yousef Lahej at the helm... [more]
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Dubai-Muscat Offshore Sailing Race record could be in jeopardy
Louay Habib,
Dubai-Muscat Offshore Sailing Race - Race leader, Arabian 100, Majan has made it through the Straits of Hormuz and are picking up speed, once they reach the Indian Ocean, the giant trimaran built for Oman Sail will be flying, a race record is a distinct possibility.... [more]
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London 2012 continues to make positive progress
IOC (As Amended By ISAF),
The sailing venue, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, was the first venue where construction was completed - and the Games drawing ever nearer, the focus of this Coordination Commission was largely on operations and planning than on the excellent construction and regeneration work being carried out by the Olympic Delivery Authority.... [more]
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Photo FINIsh - a unique book celebrates 60 years of Finn sailing
Robert Deaves,
Marking the end of the Finn's 60th anniversary celebrations, the International Finn Association is delighted to announce the publication of 'Photo FINNish - 60 years of Finn Sailing', an extensive and highly illustrated volume compiled and edited by Robert Deaves, but largely written by some of the biggest names in sailing.... [more]
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Dubai – Muscat Offshore Sailing Race starts in dazzling conditions
Louay Habib,
Dubai – Muscat Offshore Sailing Race has started in dazzling conditions. In sublime conditions, the 22 boat strong fleet got off to a great start, by 1p.m local time, a near perfect ten knot sea breeze set in from the north, giving the competitors a wonderful send off for the 350 mile race to Muscat.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - the Riddle of the Rudders
Richard Gladwell,
After today's Hearing in the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, the Challenger for the America's Cup stated that the inclusion of rudders in the crucial Load Waterline length measurement would disqualify GGYC's yacht. Calculations by Sail-World from photos show that the length of BOR90, as the Challenger has been known to date, would extend to around 98ft,... [more]
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2009 Phuket King's Cup Regatta
28/11/09
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia's biggest and most popular regatta. Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December....
For more details and news for this event, go to:
http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=849
 




 

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