Last week it was the Singapore Straits Regatta that delivered buckets of breeze and good sailing in spades. This weekend the inaugural Neptune Regatta, the Race to Zero, has kicked off with plenty of wind and the promise of an exceptional event.
Don't think we are complaining (we aren't!) but there are definitely some unusual weather patterns out there. And right now they are working in favour of the sailors.
Tomorrow Sail-World Asia is going 'off the air' as we accompany the Neptune Regatta fleet south down the Riau Strait and into the Riau Archipelago towards Pulau Buaya and the sprint race to 0 deg 0 min - the Equator - that is the highlight of this all-new event. The internet hasn't been invented down there yet, so expect radio silence for a few days. So see you later, with tales of Pollywogs, Shellbacks, Neptune's Knuckles and Big Stiffy Island. Really...
Guy Nowell, Editor
Neptune Regatta 2011: the Race to Zero has started Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, RO Jerry Rollin sent the PY boats away at 1000hrs off a reaching start to the east, with the course then taking the fleet south and east down the Riau Strait towards a finish line and first night's stopover at Pulau Karas Besar, 34 nm away. It was spinnaker reaching all the way in 9-15 knots of breeze, and first to finish after six hours' sailing was Simon Piff's Rainbow Dream.... [more] Share this story
Neptune Regatta 2011: Ready to head south to Neptune's Realm Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, ‘It' is the Neptune Regatta, ‘The Race to Zero', and as far as we know (challenges, anyone?) it is the very first regatta to sail to the Equator and use 0 deg 0 min 0 sec as the finish line. Right now nine sailing yachts and four motor yachts (yes, everyone is welcome) are ready and prepped at the Nongsa Point Marina, Batam, Indonesia.... [more] Share this story
San Francisco set to host Windsurfing World and National Championships David Wells - waterhound.com, San Francisco is to host the Windsurfing World and National Championships this July on San Francisco Bay. The last World Championship level windsurfing event on The Bay was the 1993 IMCO worlds but that's set to change soon. The upcoming Techno worlds will be hosted by the prestigious St. Francis Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
Auckland Blokart Club Team stopped by Police for speeding Ross Vickers, As the Auckland Blokart Club (ABC) team prepares for the Masters Games the training group session was halted by the New Zealand Police for speeding. The Auckland Blokart Club Master Games team is expected to perform well this weekend, but will face strong competition for the Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Manawatu, and Capital (Wellington) Teams.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: No public announcement of World Series today Richard Gladwell, With the deadline for announcement of the America's Cup World Series venues and dates just hours away, it seems that there will be no public announcement by the deadline set down in the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup. Earlier today, Sail-World asked the spokesperson for the America's Cup Event Authority Stephanie Martin, as to whether the announcement would be made on the deadline of 31 Ja... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: AC45 suffers wing damage in high winds Jane Eagleson, Americascup.com, The boat received some minor damage to the trailing edge of the wing in the first gybe of the day out of the Viaduct Harbour but nothing to get in the way of a 30-mile sail in up to 30 knots as the crew opted for a circumnavigation of the iconic Rangitoto Island.... [more] Share this story
Sailing Arabia-The Tour: Renaissance wins first leg Bahrain-Qatar Oman Sail, Oman Sail's Renaissance, skippered by Saleh Al Jabri, has taken a win in the first leg of Sailing Arabia-The Tour from Bahrain to Qatar. After almost 16 hours of racing through the night Saleh and his team finished 5 minutes ahead of the second placed Team Commercialbank Group.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Standings take shape after Rolex Miami OCR ISAF, ISAF Sailing World Cup - US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR came to an end over the weekend with Great Britain taking 14 medals to lead the medal table in the International Sailing Federation Sailing World Cup.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Less than one week to go Velux 5 Oceans, There is less than one week to go until the start of sprint three of the Velux 5 Oceans round the world yacht race. Since they finished the gruelling second sprint from Cape Town to Wellington around two weeks, the Velux 5 Oceans skippers have hard at work preparing their Eco 60 ocean racing yachts for their next challenge.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: On board the AC45 - Wet, Wet, Wet .... Gilles Martin-Raget, Images from aboard the prototype AC45 on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour during the Oceanbridge Anniversary Regatta capturing this very wet action - and maybe a glimpse of what we can expect to see in the real thing . Winds in the harbour were recorded at a peak average of 29kts with gusts recorded at 35kts.... [more] Share this story
Yachts at starting line in Sailing Arabia The Tour Eugene Harnan, The National, The 1,408km race starts in Bahrain today and finishes in Muscat, with stops in Doha, Abu Dhabi, Ras al Khaimah, Zighy Bay and Mussanah. The boats are expected to reach Abu Dhabi on Thursday.... [more] Share this story
Hainan Yachting Association - Founding Conference Hainan Yachting Association, Yesterday was officially declared the establishment of Hainan Yachting Association and was held the first conference of Hainan Yachting Association, which identified key goals and objectives of the Hainan Yachting Association.... [more] Share this story
2011 China (Qingdao) International Boat Show to be held in May China Daily Qingdao Bureau, The ninth Qingdao Boat Show will be held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing center from May 27th to 29th, stated sources within the Qingdao Sub-council of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, the organizer of the event.... [more] Share this story
Singapore Straits: Ray Roberts collects another win AsianYachting.com, Going into the final races only one or two points separated the leaders in three of the five classes. Most boats headed out early for some fine tuning and prepare the crew mentally and physically for what needs to be done to win the title. The IRC B class were a little too ambitious, and a general recall was signalled by PRO Richard Cai, whose team have done a great job to hold it all together and... [more] Share this story
J class regatta announced for Newport, RI Titch Blachford, The J Class yachts Velsheda, Ranger and Shamrock V will be participating in the J Class Newport Regatta, the first of a series of global J Class events, culminating in the Hundred Guinea Cup race, Cowes 2012. The J Class will use this regatta to kick off a four regatta programme culminating in a race around the Isle of Wight in July of 2012... [more] Share this story
Qingdao confirmed as host city for Chinese round of Extreme Series China Daily, The Extreme Sailing Series Race Village will be located in Fushan Bay, which was also the home of the Olympic Village in 2008, and will be open to the public between the 15th to 17th April when the 11-boat Extreme 40 fleet will race inside the bay right in front of the spectators [13th-14th April are ‘open water' days when the fleet will be racing outside of Fushan Bay].... [more] Share this story
Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron receives sponsorship donation Idea Generation, Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron - Six Senses Phuket Raceweek is Asia's fastest growing regatta; the event has seen unparalleled growth in the past five-years following a strategic alliance with Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co., Ltd.... [more] Share this story
Images from Rolex Miami OCR: More ISAF World Cup action Daniel Forster, Top international photographer, Daniel Forster, was on the water for the first days of the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, the second round of the ISAF World Cup, and presents this second gallery of the action from the Olympic and Paralympic classes... [more] Share this story
Abu Dhabi Yacht Show - New concept launches anticipated Abu Dhabi Yacht Show, Abu Dhabi Yacht Show - Some of the global superyacht industry's most important players have signed up for the third edition... [more] Share this story
2011 Neptune Regatta Nongsa Point Marina 01/02/11 Combined rally/race, inc powerboats, from Nongsa Point Marina (opposite Singapore) to the Equator and back.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Eid=1419
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