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February 6, 2010 by Yachtie
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This newsletter is coming to you from the nether reaches of Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, Thailand, where internet connections are a little patchy. We are at the Phang Nga Bay Regatta, a gentle progression from one scenic stopping place to another, with some (very) light-airs sailing in between. Uploading Sail-World quality images is not an option here, so we’ll be posting a wrap story and full report at the end of the event.

It’s just three days until the America’s Cup starts in Valencia, and the International Jury has thrown out the wind limits clause in the NOR, allowed the use of ‘green’ friction-reducing technology and put the decision to start any race firmly back into the hands of RO Harold Bennett –right where it should be. Sail-World’s New Zealand Editor, Richard Gladwell will be in Valencia to bring you all the news that’s fit to print when the most contentious ever AC starts next Monday.

The latest attack on the Jules Verne Trophy, by Franck Cammas and crew on board Groupama 3, started a little slowly but is now catching up the reference time – passing Madeira at speeds in excess of 30 knots.

Expect another newsletter on Monday, with news and photos from Phang Nga Bay, and all the latest as the America’s Cup kicks off – almost, allowing for time zones!

Guy Nowell, Editor

Extreme Sailing Series Asia lives up to its name
OC Events,
Extreme Sailing Series Asia – On the water, boat handling and precision gennaker hoists and drops proved crucial… The six boats raced with a reef and for the first two races without their massive gennakers, but the race committee finally gave the nod for the sails to be used in the remaining races…. [

Americas Cup: Team BMW Oracle Racing’s ‘wind mapping’ technology

Loz Blain
Imagine you’re a competitive sailboat racer, about to go into the richest and most storied of all sailing races with a squillion-dollar boat and a razor-sharp crew. Now imagine somebody hands you a device that can quite literally map out the wind activity up to a kilometer out in front of you, showing wind speed, direction and turbulence – and giving you the almost superatural ability to adjust yo…

Hong Kong Etchell Nationals Showdown
Marty Kaye,
Hong Kong Etchell Nationals are to be sailed this week off Lamma in Hong Kong Chinese waters with a very aggressive and competitive fleet……

UAE National Sailing Championship
Sharon Allison,
UAE National Sailing Championship at Mina Seyahi. Already in its eighth year the championships brings together the sailing communities of the UAE in a regatta designed to encourage national competition and develop the sport. he majority of the fleet over the weekend will be juniors sailing single-handed with some as young as eight years old….

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Close racing to Qingdao
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Some close match racing has taken place in Race 6 to Qingdao over the past 24 hours with positions changing regularly. Skipper Jan Ridd and his crew on board Cape Breton Island have also been enjoying the close racing, which at times has been a little too close. ‘We passed Hull & Humber in the middle of last night crossing on different tacks within feet of each…

Jules Verne Trophy – In the line of sight
Cammas-Groupama.com,
Jules Verne Trophy – A last gybe is scheduled this Wednesday evening to take the crew right around the outside of the Cape Verde archipelago and above all conserve an optimum angle in this descent towards the equator….

Extreme Sailing Series Asia – Match Racing in multihulls works
OC Events,
Extreme Sailing Series Asia – Some said it couldn’t be done on more than one hull, but theSome said it couldn’t be done on more than one hull, but the six Extreme 40s here at The Wave, Muscat for the Extreme Sailing Series Asia demonstrated that match racing in multihulls is not only viable, but spectacular. is not only viable, but spectacular….

Sail-World’s America’s Cup coverage – we’re taking you to Valencia!
Sail-World Media,
Sail-World will again be producing a special newsletter for the 33rd America’s Cup. The world’s largest email newsletter will provide over 85,000 subscribers, worldwide with the latest information from the regatta venue, Valencia. New Zealand and US Editor, Richard Gladwell leaves for Valencia on Friday evening, and will remain until the end of the regatta or around the 13th February….

Challenger has a good day in America’s Cup Jury Room
Richard Gladwell,
Other significant issues have been ruled on by the International Jury for the 33rd America’s Cup in Valencia Both have gone as expected and are consistent with rulings from the New York Supreme Court on related matters, Justice Shirley Kornreich previously ruled that the America’s Cup was a test of sailing technology as well as sailing skill itself….

America’s Cup Jury rules that there will be no wind limits for Match
Richard Gladwell,
In a decision just announced the five strong International Jury has ruled that the wind limits written into the Notice of Race for the 33rd America’s Cup are illegal, and will not apply for the match which starts in five day’s time on Monday 8 February. Earlier the International Jury for the 33rd America’s Cup has ruled on the amount and location of water ballast allowed to be used by the America’…

Largest Marine online news network does major site upgrades
TetraMedia’s IT Team,
Sites offline today – All the Sail-World.com.Powerboat-World.com and MarineBusiness-World.com sites were offline for 30 minutes for a major upgrade…

Clipper Round the Worlds Yacht Race – Singapore farewells fleet
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. The 68-foot ocean racing yachts competing in race set sail from Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore, this morning to a rousing send off featuring live music, a mass of flags and huge confetti cannons. The loudest cheer was reserved for the home team, Uniquely Singapore….

Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland – Eight teams to compete in March
Louis Vuitton Trophy media,
Louis Vuitton Trophy match race regatta. In just six weeks time, during the Southern hemisphere Summer, eight of the best sailing teams in the world will race in Auckland, New Zealand. Just over a year ago the inaugural regatta was sailed in Auckland, the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. Ten of the best sailing teams in the world, including the current Challenger and Defender of the America’s Cup…

Classics of the Mahurangi
Richard Gladwell,
Auckland, New Zealand boasts one of the best fleets of classic yachts in the world. The Mahurangi Regatta is one of their principal racing events. sail-World was there on Saturday to witness the occasion of these classic yachts dating back into the 1800’s and beautifully restored, being raced hard….

Jules Verne Trophy – Groupama 3 over a hundred miles behind
Cammas-Groupama 3,
Groupama 3 – Jules Verne Trophy update. After 24 hours on the water, Groupama 3 is conceding a deficit of nearly a hundred miles in relation to the reference time. On paper, this might appear worrying, but on water the situation is becoming favourable again for the giant trimaran this Monday afternoon….

Paddle your own canoe – from Phuket to California
Fraser Morton, Phuket Gazette,
Two Phuket kayakers are getting ready for a spot of exercise: the world’s longest paddling expedition, a 14,000-mile voyage from Phuket to California in a 20-foot wooden boat. American Ryan Doran, 26, and Phatum Thani born Piya ‘Mr X’ Sukunthai, 28, plan to leave Nai Harn Beach on March 10 – and they won’t be back for a while. During their paddle, which they expect to take 20 months…

Extreme Sailing Series Muscat Day 1 – Finesse required
OC Events,
Extreme Sailing Series Day 1 – Muscat. With the wind reaching a maximum of nine knots, it was a slow afternoon for the Extreme 40s, requiring more brain than brawn to get round the four courses….

Sponsors wanted for Youth Worlds in Pattaya, Thailand
Peter Cummins,
In a world clouded with doom and gloom, there is a bright ray shining over the Sattahip-Jomtien-Pattaya Eastern Seaboard region. It is an event far removed from the outside turmoil. It is clear skies, sparkling waters and the smiling faces of some 100 young people from more than 40 countries world-wide who will come to Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard – to go sailing….

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