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 30 Mar 2012
 


News that Abu Dhabi's Azzam hit 40+ kts in the Southern Ocean makes you stop and think a bit. OK so it's a burst and not a sustained speed, but it's getting seriously close to that magical 50kt number, on a fully crewed big boat. But think of the wind chill factor!

AC China Team seem to change skippers about as often as Italy change Prime Ministers, and after a blistering start to the Congressional Cup, Gavin Brady is having to look over his shoulder at a fast-charging Ian Williams.

Phuket Boat Show (PIMEX) is open for business this weekend, and the Clipper fleet is going in to 'sprint' mode.

Enjoy your weekend on the water.

Guy Nowell, Editor



AC China Team: crew lineup for Naples, new skipper
AC China Team,
Fred Le Peutrec, from France, is a seasoned multihull sailor. At 45 years old, and with a multitude of Olympic campaigns and world records, Fred represents the maturity that comes with such extensive experience. But nothing stops Fred from openly showing his passion for sailing and most specifically stating recently 'I just love multihulls!'... [more]
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The Future of Yacht Racing - Third Int'l Yacht Forum shows trends
Hans Genthe,
The third International Yacht Forum in Hamburg attracted around 150 enthusiastic race sailors to talk about this topic on Saturday, 24.3.2012, and Sunday 25.3.2012... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Williams closes on Brady
Rich Roberts,
Ian Williams raced like the world's No. 1-ranked match racer on day 3 of the Congressional Cup. Gavin Brady was only 2-2 on the day, including a close loss to Williams that saw them never more than a boat-length apart.... [more]
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Robert Braithwaite, Founder of Sunseeker, interview at PIMEX
PIMEX Media,
Attending PIMEX for the first time was Robert Braithwaite, Founder and President of Sunseeker, who opened the Sunseeker display together with local dealer Max Marine Asia presenting a trio of boats – the new Manhattan 53, together with the Manhattan 63 and Manhattan 73.... [more]
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Hong Kong celebrates success at Asian Sailing Championships
HK Sailing Federation,
275 sailors from 19 different countries inc. HK, Malaysia, China, India, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Korea took part in this event. With 25 boats and 35 sailors, HK entered the highest number of sailors and participated in all but the Match Racing category.... [more]
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Singapore Yacht Show - introducing distinguished guests to a glamorous
Event Media,
Singapore Yacht Show is an exclusive invitational event, specifically conceived to introduce distinguished guests to the glamorous lifestyle of top-end yachting and boating. Embodying luxury leisure at its finest, the event incorporates many other high-end activities, products and brands – supercars, fine dining, 6-star hotels and waterside properties - as part of a whole lifestyle experience.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race leaders close in on Cape Horn
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race at 1900 UTC today, as Groupama and Puma close on Cape Horn, conditions have improved temporarily for the series of gybes required to set them free of the Southern Ocean. Groupama reported sailing with 25 knots of west north-westerly wind in a much less violent sea.... [more]
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Do You Know These Five 'Time-to-Reef' Signals?
John Jamieson,
You may have heard the sailing term 'Reef when you first think of it'. But you might be surprised how many sailors forget to follow through with this simple rule of sailing safety. With today's push-button and pull-a-string technology for winching or rolling up a sail, it's almost too easy to become complacent.... [more]
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Open for boating business: Phuket International Boat Show 2012
Event Media,
Asia's leading consumer Boat Show, Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), opened today with USD250 million (THB7.5 billion) of boats on display, ranging in price from USD80,000 (THB2.4 million) upto USD14 million (THB420 million), the largest being the 92 foot Pershing presented by Ferretti Group.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet enter Ocean Sprint zone
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet have entered the Ocean Sprint zone, in the last 24 hours, as they close in on the end of the sixth leg to Oakland, San Francisco Bay. Singapore and New York have both crossed the finish line of the sprint. The fastest team to cover the distance between the latitudes of 22 degrees north and 25 degrees north will score one bonus point.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper's shore crew prepare for quick turnaround
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand has been chalking off the miles towards its pit stop in Puerto Montt in Chile where they will stop to repair bow damage suffered in the Southern Ocean. With the boat back up to 90 per cent of its normal speed Camper is less than 1700 nautical miles from its destination.... [more]
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MarineBusiness-World talks to Sanctuary Cove GM
Rob Kothe,
The launch of the 24th annual Sanctuary Cove international Boat Show took place today and we talked to Sue Thomson, the General Manager Boat Show and Marketing for Sanctuary Cove.... [more]
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America's Cup: San Francisco Board approves Cup Agreement
Sail-World,
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today approved by a majority of 11-0, the agreement to host the America's Cup in San Francisco September 7 to 22, 2013. The San Francisco agreement calls for teams to be based at Piers 30/32 and for the America's Cup Village – the public Race Headquarters – at Piers 27/29. The pier improvements will be funded by the Port.... [more]
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