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The America's Cup has "gone home" - and maybe it'll stay there a while, at least until the next AC competition. Kimball Livingston's musings are a must-read. Gavin Brady has a few ideas as well, check them out.

The 2010 Hobie Worlds will be taking place in China - Weihai, Shandong Province. That's a huge event - two whole weeks of racing - it's practically on the doorstep, so Asian cat sailors get your entries in now!

One day last week CHINA hit the no 4 position in Sail-World's readership ranking (behind Australia, New Zealand and the USA). Half of all the Asian subscribers to this newsletter are in China, and we are seeing a great deal of www traffic from the PRC. And we've only just begun...

Guy Nowell, Editor



The America's Cup in America
Kimball Livingston, Blue Planet Times,
Ellison learned to sail on San Francisco Bay in a Lido 14 (Like the one shown here). That's enough to settle a man's mind, but our deep-pockets software guy also sees what others see: the bay as a natural amphitheater; the backgrounds that are a cameraman's dream... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the arrival in San Francisco
Erik Simonson of www.h2oshots.com,
Erik Simonson of www.h2oshots.com presents presents a gallery of shots from the arrival of the America's Cup at Golden Gate Yacht Club, San Francisco... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 on track
Groupama 3 - Cammas,
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is almost back inside the Jules Verne Trophy reference time as she approaches the longitude of Cape Leeuwin. 124 miles separate the two boats on this 21st day at sea. Under large gennaker, staysail and full mainsail, Groupama 3 is still making headway at an average of nearly thirty knots.... [more]
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9th Hobie Cat 16 World Championships entries now open
David Brookes,
Entries are now being taken for the 19th Hobie Cat 16 World Championships in Weihai, China.... [more]
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Gavin Brady talks about Mascalzone Latino, the AC and Beau Geste
ValenciaSailing.com,
'If Harold Bennett hadn't fired the gun on Sunday, 5 minutes before the time limit, we would certainly be right now in a long period of delays in the 33rd America's Cup as the weather this week is awful.'... [more]
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Dubai 60' Dhow racing: Barraq chants the tune of the wind
Sharon Allison, DIMC Media,
The crew of Barraq helmed by Rashid Mohd Rashid Al Rumaithi started chanting before they crossed the finish line as winners in the first heat of the Dubai Traditional 60ft Dhow Sailing Championships that ended beneath the Burj Al Arab. The chanting trend continued as Al Wasef with skipper Mohammed Hamad Al Ghashaish and his crew closed in taking second place.... [more]
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Dubai Traditional 22ft Dhow Sailing Championships
Sharon Allison,
Dubai Traditional 22ft Dhow Sailing Championships. Excitement for Al Zeeb, in the Dubai Traditional 22ft Dhow Sailing Championships, as skipper Ahmed Ismail Al Marzouqi performed a superb tactical race, out shining the skills of Sultan Saeed Harib on Sharmardel. he World Islands formed the backdrop for the start line of the hour-long race with the turn mark lying off of Port Rashid.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Spirit of Australia claims first victory
Zoe Williamson,
Following four second place podiums in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, Spirit of Australia has managed to secure an elusive first place by winning Race 6 from Singapore to Qingdao. At the end of what has been arguably the toughest and closest legs of the 35,000-mile global competition, which is contested by crews from all walks of life, Spirit of Australia crossed the finish line at... [more]
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Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy RC 44 - Young Guns versus Rock Stars
Bernard Schopfer,
The first regatta of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 will take place next week in the United Arab Emirates. Unable to attend the event due to their America's Cup post-victory commitments, Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison have decided to give the opportunity to an up and coming team to test its skills at the world's top level.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour 2010 - Team Azzurra joins the tour
Team Azzurra,
Team Azzurra (ITA), with helmsman Francesco Bruni will participate in the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) 2010. The tour is sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and is valid for the assignation of the title of World Match Racing Champion.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket - When only the Fastest is fast enough!
Paul Larsen,
The UK based team behind the Vestas Sailrocket project are building a new boat to finish the job of setting the outright world speed sailing record. It will incorporate many features to make it more versatile and practical to sail at world record speeds in a wider range of winds and sea states.... [more]
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Flying start to 18th Qatar International Regatta ‘Sail the Gulf 2010'
Suman Malla, Gulf Times,
Malaysia sailors got off their campaign to a flying start in the 18th Qatar International Regatta ‘Sail the Gulf 2010' by dominating the Optimist class on the opening day yesterday. Ahmad Syukri, who with a win and two third places in the competition at the Doha Sailing Club, finished the day on top of the Optimist leader board with seven points.... [more]
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Asia Yacht Services merges with Northrop and Johnson
Superyachts.com,
Hong Kong's Asia Yacht Services have teamed up with Northrop and Johnson to form Northrop and Johnson Asia Ltd, the first global yacht brokerage in the Asia-Pacific region.... [more]
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Nanjing, China, to host 2nd Youth Olympic Games in 2014
ISAF,
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has elected Nanjing, People's Republic of China, as the host city of the second Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014 during the 122nd IOC Session in Vancouver, Canada. Nanjing received 47 votes to edge out runner-up Poznan, Poland, which received 42 votes.... [more]
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Annual Yacht Race To Koh Sri Chang sees good winds, good racing
K. Beck,
Ocean Marina Yacht Club's annual race to Koh Si Chang saw more than 100 sailors enjoying a race up from Jomtien to the island off the coast at Sri Racha through an island course, with the second leg directly back taking up the following day.... [more]
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America's Cup to head on new course + Video
Sail-World and valenciasailing.com,
Details, such as they are of the 34th America's Cup were revealed in a Media Conference yesterday at 4.00pm local time in Valencia. ValenciaSailing.com was there and reports: BMW Oracle held a press conference to talk about the sailing and technical aspects of the winning campaign but, more importantly, shed more light on the future of the world's oldest sports trophy.... [more]
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