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Boat International to launch in China, golf in Koh Samui (for those light airs days?), Gavin Brady chases another Crimson Blazer, California Clipper rolled and dismasted (ouch), SB3s enjoying themselves in Singapore. All the regional news that we can find, or has been sent to us (thank you, the contributors).

Guy Nowell, Editor


Boat International China to launch in September 2010
Boat International Media,
The world's leading media group serving the superyacht industry, and Edipresse Asia – the Hong Kong based publisher of Asia's finest luxury magazine portfolio including Yachtstyle and Asia Tatler - are delighted to announce they are to team up to produce Boat International China.... [more]
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Koh Samui adds golf, jazz and Boot Camp to the Regatta programme
Sawadee.com,
Competitive sailing and parting late into the night may leave some a bid jaded. However, this can be remedied by joining some of Asia's leading fitness experts for a new and thrilling fitness event happening during the regatta. ‘Asia's Biggest Bootcamp' will be held with like minded and motivated professionals from around the region who will come together for an event... [more]
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62 yachts register for Sail Banda 2010
Antara News,
Sail Indonesia 2010 will depart from Darwin on July 24, and during the following 3 months the participants are invited to participate in a series of Cultural Festivals at the different stopovers across Indonesia on the islands of Timor, Banda, Ambon, Buton, Lembata, Wakatobi, Flores, Sulawesi, Bali, Java, Borneo, Belitung and finally on to Batam or Bintan just south of Singapore.... [more]
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Strong winds test skills on Day 2 of BMW Sailing Cup World Final
Ivor Wilkins,
Strong, gusty winds blowing over 20 knots saw the seven international crews competing in the BMW Sailing Cup World Final 2010 having to use all their boat handling skills to keep control today. The second day of the competition in Auckland, New Zealand produced varied conditions, starting with light, fickle breezes and ending in a howling wind, with spinnakers straining... [more]
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'Procedures website' for yachts visiting Hong Kong ticks all the boxes
Colin Dawson,
The Hong Kong Immigration Department and Hong Kong Marine Department have produced a web page for visiting yachts outlining port procedures and requirements:... [more]
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Ellison's goal is to market the America's Cup to the US
Adam Lashinsky, Fortune,
'All we care about is if we duly lose that we get a fair chance to win it back next time. That's all we want. We don't want to ever have to go to court again to get a fair set of rules. It shouldn't be about money. It should be a little bit about technology and a lot about sailing. And it's got to be a great experience for viewers. It's got to be something kids want to watch.... [more]
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A look aboard the new JP54: Below decks - the revolving interior!
Richard Gladwell,
The JP54 is based on the technology developed for high speed short handers of around 60ft in length. She is the brainchild of Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) a renowned short handed racer, most recently of Paprec Virbac 2 and the Vendee Globe fame. Below decks she has a number of interesting features including a revolving saloon floor known as a 'satellite'.... [more]
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A look aboard the new JP54: Above decks a one sided yacht!
Richard Gladwell,
The JP54 is based on the technology developed for high speed short handers of around 60ft in length. She is the brainchild of Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) a renowned short handed racer, most recently of Paprec Virbac 2 and the Vendee Globe fame. There are many innovative feature above deck - and a revolving galley and navigation station below.... [more]
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Congressional Cup preview - Fifth Crimson Blazer Brady's goal
Rich Roberts,
A fifth Crimson Blazer: that's Gavin Brady's goal in the 46th Congressional Cup running Tuesday through Saturday as the only Grade 1 Open match racing event in the United States. Brady was an unknown 21 when he won his first Congressional Cup in 1996.... [more]
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Quadriplegic yachtswoman Hilary Lister prepares for next challenge
Jo Gawith,
Heroic British quadriplegic yachtswoman, Hilary Lister, today officially launched her latest challenge, to sail solo around the Kingdom of Bahrain. The journey around the coastline of Bahrain is approximately 100 miles and is expected to take Hilary four days. She will set out from Amwaj Marina on April 13 and sail clockwise, covering approximately 25 miles each day.... [more]
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Clipper California reports being rolled in major Pacific storm
Zoe Williamson,
Having been alerted to a problem on California after they activated their EPIRB yesterday afternoon a clearer picture of the team's dismasting is now beginning to emerge.... [more]
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Clipper California dismasted in stormy conditions in the Pacific Ocean
Zoe Williamson,
California, one of ten entries competing in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, has been dismasted in the latest storm to hit the fleet as the teams race across the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco. All the crew are reported to be safe and four of the California's competitors, along with a merchant vessel in the vicinity, have diverted to rendezvous with US entry and offer assistance if re... [more]
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Causeway Race - Difficult Decisions for the Singapore SB3 Fleet
Chris Holmes,
Singapore has been going through a dry spell, however the weather gods decided that it was time to unleash a torrent of water on the island, unfortunately this coincided with the running of the Causeway Race on Saturday 20th March. The first four SB3's all finishing within three minutes of each other, after three and a half hours of racing.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3's Day-to-day round the world + Video
Groupama-Cammas,
Jules Verne Trophy - Day to day summary of Groupama 3's round the world record attempt. After her second failed attempt in November 2009 and a return to Lorient to reinforce Groupama 3's structure, the stand-by period was drawing to a close: a gap in the weather, albeit it narrow, was enough to inspire them to go for the record...... [more]
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