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1. EDITORIAL - This month a very diverse range of regattas
. AUSTRAL - ASIAN NEWS - Singapore Sailing's New Committee Elected - Optimist Tracking on the web - Jewel of Muscat arrives in Singapore - Time to check your calendar - Platu Championship 2010 - READY ABOUT! at Putrajaya - RORC IRC National Championship - RHKYC members doing well - Matchrace Thailand, again - AC 33 Winners attend White House reception - Going to the All Souls Regatta? - Superyacht owners rejoice - Elite teams at Stena Match Cup Sweden - Round Australia Rally and Race cancelled - Following Capt Bligh's footsteps - MORE MONEY WILL BRING BETTER SAILORS - New marinas planned for Vietnam
Up next in Asia -
Phuket Multihull Championship (July 16-18) - Six Senses Phuket Raceweek (21 to 25 July) - Starting on July 24th - Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race - Sail Indonesia Rally - 7th Borneo International Yachting Challenge
NEW Venue & Date for WORLD YACHT RACING FORUM 2010 - La Solitaire du Figaro 2010: 41 years & 48 entries - Draft of 34th America’s Cup Protocol - Class40 World Championship - MUNDIAL 40’ IN GIJÓN - VELUX 5 OCEANS schedule confirmed - GliderTV to film the Louis Vuitton Trophy - US sailor returns after 1152 days at sea
Follow the:
Ongoing Clipper Race -
World Match Racing Tour - Audi MedCup Circuit - Extreme 40 Sailing Series - RC 44 Championship
WORLD SPEED RECORDS - Class40 record for Marseille-Carthage passage - New Round Aussie Record for Ian Thomson
5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"
- Sixteen year old Abby Sunderland rolled over - IOR boats out of control

Six Senses Phuket Raceweek1. EDITORIAL

This month brings a very diverse range of regattas that stretch across the length and breadth of the SE Asian archipelago. First up in Phuket is the 'Multihull Only' - 3rd SEA Property International - Phuket Multihull Championship (July 16-18) which is closely followed by the action packed Six Senses Phuket Raceweek (July21 to 25 ). Then on July 24th three simultaneous starts, will get the Rally Season underway from both ends of the Indonesian archipelago - Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race & Sail Indonesia Rally take off from Darwin, Northern Australia and are headed for the Maluku Spice Islands to attend Sail Banda, Indonesia's largest marine event for 2010. At the other end of the spectrum the 7th Borneo International Yachting Challenge runs from July 24th to 31st - Starting in Miri, Sarawak and visiting other East Malaysian states of Labuan and Sabah before finishing up at Sutera Harbour in Kota Kinabalu. Check out the Asian Sailing Calendar Here...

Sandeq Race July 28 - Aug 7Adventure seekers should take note, that's not all we have on offer - The 300 nautical mile Sandeq Race from July 28 - Aug 7 is being billed as "The world's fastest, longest and hardest race for traditional fishing vessels" and has turned into one of Indonesia's best nautical events held each year! This will be the 10th race for traditional Sandeq outrigger, sailing boats, that starts in Mamuju and ends in Makassar, SW Sulawesi. More about these exciting craft, Race Program and how to join in the fun Click Here

Asian Sailing CalendarOver 150 yachts of all configurations will be leaving Darwin on the two events and over the next three months, most of them will be making their way through the Indonesian archipelago and become the new influx of long distance cruisers arriving in Singapore, Malaysian and Thailand waters. Although many are round the world cruisers and will continue on their journey, an ever increasing number of boat owners that experienced the Asian region, have decided to retire or settle in the tropics, open business and perhaps with past boating knowledge become the backbone of the marine industry in Asia. From the beginning, this is how the yachting industry has evolved in Asia and has managed to place an already attractive region onto the world cruising stage.

On the International scene the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Ongoing Clipper Race - World Match Racing Tour - Audi MedCup Circuit - Extreme 40 Sailing Series and the RC 44 Championship continue this month. There will be Live Streaming on AYTV when racing is underway and numerous replays are available on Sail TV long after the racing is over! All these topics and much much more on the Asian and International scene are covered (Below) and regularly updated on the AsianYachting website.
Capt Marty Rijkuris

Dr Ben Tan & Low Teo Ping Handover 20102. AUSTRAL - ASIAN NEWS

2.1 Singapore Sailing's New Committee Elected
The Singapore Sailing Federation (Singapore Sailing) Executive Committee for the term 2010/11 was elected at the 44th Annual General Meeting. In accordance with the Constitution, the election process for the President is conducted prior to the Annual General Meeting. At the close of the nomination on 10 June 2010, the only nominee, Dr Ben Tan took office of the President unopposed. Dr Ben Tan, Head and Senior Consultant, Changi Sports Medicine Centre Medical Director and Senior Consultant, Singapore Sports Medicine Centre, is no stranger to Singapore Sailing. He served as Deputy President last year and played an instrumental role in Singapore Sailing's High Performance Strategic Committee to create the blueprint which has helped Singapore sailors achieved 14 world titles since 2005. More at:

Live Event Tracking viewer2.2 Optimist Tracking on the web...
Optimist North American Championship (June 26 - July 4) Kingston, Canada
Optimist Europeans (July 2nd to 10th) Kamien-Pomorski, Poland
World Championships (Dec 28 - Jan 8) Langkawi, Malaysia
The event organisers have embraced technology with live tracking on the internet and now can present sailing to a wider audience. It features race analysis, mark rounding's and real time standings. You can follow specific sailors or teams – it is easy to use, with replays available after all races. So tell your friends about the Live Event Tracking viewer and watch the action as it happens. More details on Optimist racing worldwide goto: Follow the race tracking at: Amongst our many tasks at AY, we recently took over the webmasters role on the Malaysian Yachting Association website and presently doing some up grading and gearing up for the media coverage at the Worlds in late December at the National Training Center, Langkawi. Check out the MYA website at:

2.3 Jewel of Muscat arrives in Singapore
Jewel of Muscat website We have been closely following the Jewel of Muscat story, ever since the replica 9th - century, Arab trading ship was Hijacked by the RSYC into Pt Klang for a six day stopover. Talk about pirates in the Malacca Straits, these guys have got nothing on them. The Jewel of Muscat set sail on her 3000 nautical mile voyage from Muscat, Oman on 16th February 2010, and now almost 5 months latter, the 70,000 stitch, beautifully hand-sewn, wooden plank hull, sailing ship has made it all the way to Singapore. As the vessel does not have an engine the crew must sail the boat and are left to find their own way at the mercy of mother nature and offshore currents. Captain Saleh Al Jabri and up to 19 brave crew members have spent long periods at sea, crossing the Arabian Sea to Cochin, India and have experienced tropical cyclone strength conditions for four days in the Bay of Bengal on their travels. Back in 1988, a 9th - century Arab ship wreck carrying over 60,000 pieces of Chinese pottery (from Tang dynasty) was found offshore from Belitung, Indonesia and the treasure is now stored in Singapore. After extensive archaeological studies the Sultanate of Oman gifted the Jewel of Muscat to Singapore for them to put on display the treasure in the replica boat. Thus her historic voyage through the “water silk road” from Oman to Singapore, which not only plays a role diplomatically and historically, she also encourages cultural exchange and charity function. Further information at: After taking over 5 days to cover the last 200nm from Pt Klang to Singapore at an average speed of less than 2 knots, perhaps that is were we get the old saying 'On a slow boat to China'. Check out the AY Event Media coverage of the Pt Klang departure "On Da Way Again" Here...

2.4 Time to check your calendar - Platu Championship 2010
The third round of the Quantum Sails Platu Championship 2010 will be held at Ocean Marina, Pattaya on Saturday/Sunday 9/10th July. As with all the events this year they are prepared to run a feeder event on the day before which will be Friday 8th July. The feeder event before the OPEN was very well received and enjoyed by all. Please register your interest to enter the Platu Cup and the feeder event if applicable. Some charter boats are still available. NOR is on the club web site and series results to date can be found at or phone Kev Scott on 0878 25 00 11 to charter a boat.

Take a Sunsail Video Tour 2.5 SUNSAIL Wins Best Asia-Based Charter Company 2010
Sunsail are once again delighted to accept the award for Best Asia-based Charter Company at this year's Asia Boating Awards for their operations in Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Chang, Thailand, giving charterers more opportunity to learn to sail and to explore Asia's best waters. Incredible discounts up to 25% plus extra days charter for free
on various sailing craft are some of the offers going in the Austral-Asian region. Vessels are booking fast so g
rab a fantastic Sunsail bargain for your next sailing holiday. They are also proud to announce that the Leopard 38 - better known to Sunsailors as the Sunsail 384 - has been named 'Boat of the Year' by Cruising World, earning the titles 'Import Boat of the Year' and 'Best Multihull Cruiser'. This new and innovative catamaran is now available at some Austral-Asian bases. Take a Video Tour of what to expect when you charter a Sunsail boat including their innovative award-winning Sunsail 384 catamaran. Some yachts are still available for Six Senses Phuket Raceweek (21 to 25 July). Check them out by visiting the Sunsail Asia website and receive regular updates on Sunsail's activities in the Asian region contact Tel: +66 (0)76 239057 Email:

2.6 READY ABOUT! at Putrajaya
Its back! Putrajaya Sailing Week 2010, will be held from 9th-11th of July in Putrajaya, Malaysia and the magnificent location allows organizers to run the event in a very spectacular way. Parents and Coaches, this is one regatta where the racing sailors can't argue with you, on what they did or did not do on the water! The sailors are practically less than 10 metres from shore when they bear off for the mark! Not to mention the gusty and shifty winds each year, testing even the best of performance sailors with their laylines. Add some good fun (more side events this year), comfortable lodging, good food and city attractions, teams are encouraged to bring along their families to this beautiful city. They have a limited number of charter boats, (Optimists, Lasers and International 470's) and require early indications from the interested team/participant to avoid missing out. Contact the Vice Commodore Mr Megat Fairuz Email: Mobile: (60) 017.628.1007 Kelab Tasik Tel: (60)3.8889.5008 Fax: (60)3.8889.5007 More info on KFC - MYA events can be found at:

2.7 RORC IRC National Championship - RHKYC members doing well
"Hong Kong's Rolex Commodores' Cup big boat, Mills 40, EFG Bank Mandrake, was in pole position after three races." Joint owner, Nick Burns had this to say dockside: "That was pretty hot racing out there. Great fun and fantastic stuff. We were delighted to take two wins but our disappointing last race has left us a bit perplexed. We seemed to lose boat speed upwind and downwind. Perhaps we picked up something on the keel but we really don't know what the issue was." Another boat full of RHKYC sailors is Blondie IV, currently in fourth place. Decent first day for the HK boats at the UK IRC Nationals. Class 0: Mandrake 1,1,9; Blondie 3,7=,3; Class 1: Rockall 6,8=,6. A very difficult day of sea breeze and big tide. Nick Haigh DK46 Dark & Steamy was also competing Results at

2.8 Matchrace Thailand - again
By popular demand - they are doing it again. Matchrace Thailand Cup III is on September 18-19, 2010. This is an ISAF registered Match Race Grade 4 event and this time it has a two day racing program. Join them for fierce and fun match racing. Between races, relax and watch the next races right in front of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club beach bar; as the start area is only 30 m away. Also likely to pop up: good food, regal sunsets and of course lots of drinks and mad sailors. For NOR and other details, log on to: Spectators are most welcome and they are inviting budding sailing teams to "Come Dance With Us" and hope to hear from you all soon. Catch the atmosphere from the last event on YouTube... and for more info Email:

2.9 AC 33 Winners attend White House reception
20 July 2010: The BMW ORACLE Racing team celebrated their historic America’s Cup win at the White House with President Obama on Tuesday afternoon. Led by team owner Larry Ellison (USA) and representing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club, BMW Oracle Racing won the America’s Cup, 2-zip from Alinghi back in February – the first time an American team has won the Cup in 18 years, and brings the contest back to USA shores. Now they showed the Auld Mug to President Obama during a White House reception. The America’s Cup has been to the White House on one other occasion - President Reagan welcomed Dennis Conner after his Stars & Stripes team won the trophy back from Australia in 1987. The visit to the White House marked the beginning of an East Coast tour for the BMW Oracle Racing team and the America’s Cup. For More Click here

2.10 Going to the All Souls Regatta?
Come on down and have some fun! The All Souls Regatta (Oct 30th - Nov 1st) which has built its reputation as the most fun regatta on the sailing calendar in the Philippines, and is the one regatta that is supported by skippers and crew from all the other yacht clubs around the country. The Puerto Galera Yacht Club is proud to invite and entertain the sailors from all over the world who come every year to Puerto Galera for the parties with the tastiest food, coldest beer and best camaraderie anywhere across the Seven Seas. The Notice of Race is available at and check out the PGYC website at and let them know whether you can make it to the 2010 All Souls Regatta, Puerto Galera. At least the Cruising Yacht Club of the Philippines seem to have there house in order.

2.11 Superyacht owners rejoice...
A new set of yacht codes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that are expected to go into effect on July 1 should help local builders compete internationally. The 168-page UAE Yacht Regulations will impact non-commercial vessels that are more than 24 metres in length. "The current codes and regulations for the larger yachts are based on conventional steel ship technology which imposes strong limitations on the innovative and future orientated yacht industry," the UAE National Transport Authority said in a memorandum. The new regulations would remove restrictions as to the number of people on board as well as the maximum size of the vessel. The Gulf News said "That it would allow UAE superyacht manufacturers which do not already conform to other international standards "to perform well" in the export market". The UAE National Transport Authority trusts that these regulations will be recognised by any flag and port state as adequate safety and environmental standard for yachts above 24 metres as these regulations provide equivalent safety to existing IMO (International Maritime Organisation) instruments, include all mandatory international regulations applicable to yachts and are developed based on functional requirements to accommodate the innovative and future oriented yacht industry. Full story in IBI Newsletter Here...

Serious Yachts for Serious Sailors2.12 DK 46's still on Top of the Podium
If your serious about forming a racing team and joining the racing class at major regattas in the region, there is a specially modified Mark Mills designed DK46's, that has won nearly every major event in the Austral-Asian region on the market. DK is one of the most technologically advanced composite manufacturing facility in the SE Asian region. The design office works on high performance IBM CAD/CAM systems which are data supply linked to production and directly command the five-axis milling machine that accurately cuts hull plugs and moulds. Contained within the 110,000 sq ft facility is a multi-cycle computerized temperature oven (25m x 5m x 3.5m), a spray chamber (18m x 6m x 5.5m), an engineering workshop and a dedicated laminating room. In addition, DK also has an in-house 40m long autoclave to cure carbon fibre and kevlar finished products. So what are you waiting for? Serious Yachts for Serious Sailors can be found at

2.13 Elite World teams at Stena Match Cup Sweden
This year more sailors than ever from the world’s elite in match racing are starting in Stena Match Cup Sweden. On July 5-11 the fifth out of nine World championship stages in the World Match Racing Tour is sailed at Marstrand, Sweden. Six Swedish top sailors of a total of 16 men and 10 national women teams in the top elite are fighting for the titles. The race in Marstrand has attracted the best sailors in match racing for 16 years. Now Stena Match Cup Sweden is established as a World championship race of the highest sports caliber, says Erik Centerwall, GKSS’ sports manager for Stena Match Cup Sweden. Most of the 16 male elite teams have been racing in Marstrand before, and is accompanied by a couple of newcomers this year. Also news for this year is the introduction of the boat Elliott 6 in the women’s class. The same boat is used in the new Olympic match racing class for women in London 2012. With only three in the crew, instead of six in the larger DS37 sailed by the male teams, it will surely be a different view on the center court. Check it out at: or

2.14 Malaysian organisation to commercialise wooden yachts
By IBI Magazine
GiatMara Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian trade school for boatbuilders, said it will start building 18m (60ft) wooden yachts for export. The company manufactures traditional custom yachts as part of its training courses. Chairman Datuk Shairuddin Ab Moin told that it had received offers of RM3.5m (US$1.1m) for completed yachts. Its most recent yacht was launched last week in Pulau Duyong. He said new yachts will be aimed at the export market. Shairuddin also said his organisation would partner with MSET, a Malaysian ship builder, to transfer more technical skills for building yachts and fibreglass boats.

2.15 Round Australia Rally and Race cancelled
There are hundreds of good ideas in sailing. Perhaps a few too many. While many great potential events can be conceived, making them work requires some risk taking in a finite addressable market for competitors, partners and investors. Despite generating a large level of enthusiasm and registrations from 97 boats, organisers of the Round Australia Rally and Race have cited a lack of logistical and sponsorship support for its cancellation. Sailing around Australia is not a small undertaking. The country has about 25,000 kilometers of coastline which requires a very fast boat and a crew with a lot of time on their hands to complete. The concept has a lot of merit and unsurprisingly there has been expressions of interest and enthusiasm from potential event hosts, councils, ports and yacht clubs. Organisers say: Despite exhaustive efforts and the depth of enthusiasm for the inaugural Rally event, it is with deep regret that Ocean Events advises the 165 Rally competitors, their crew and associated supporters who have registered to participate that we have run out of time to secure the logistical and sponsorship support necessary to stage the Rally event in 2011. Whilst there is more time available for the inaugural race preparations there is a need for a similar level of logistical and sponsorship support. We cannot guarantee our 97 Race competitors who have registered to participate that the support will be secured in time to stage the inaugural Race in 2011. More from

2.16 Following Capt Bligh's footsteps
A four-man attempt to recreate Captain William Bligh's epic 3,700-mile open boat voyage succeeded today as the replica Bounty Boat arrived into Kupang from Tonga after a seven week voyage. The Talisker Bounty Boat crew (from left) Dave Wilkinson, Dave Price, Don McIntyre and Chris Wilde, after they completed the first authentic re-enactment of the mutiny of the bounty, arriving in West Timor 221 years after Captain Bligh. The journey wasn't the easiest. At the last minute, Chris Wilde, an 18-year-old rookie sailor from Britain, joined the crew when another team member pulled out. Then another of the crew, Dave Wilkinson from Hong Kong, found the going so tough he wanted to pull out during the journey and to be left on an island to make his own way home. The four men began their epic journey off the coast of Tonga on April 29 at the same location where Bligh and his sailors - refugees from the mutiny on the HMS Bounty started some 221 years ago. After almost seven weeks at sea the boat landed in Kupang, west Timor, yesterday afternoon (Tuesday). Don McIntyre, adventurer, brains trust and skipper of the Bounty Boat said: 'Today we have made history and we are immensely proud of completing the Talisker Bounty Boat expedition.

Malaysian businessman Dato' Patrick Lim, Executive Chairman of the ten event World Match Racing Tour, discusses his views and ambitions for the world's match racing championship as new owner of the circuit. In this comment, Lim replies to criticism for focusing excessively on the business and commercial side of the Tour to the detriment of the sports side: "The business side will ensure that in the long term the sports side will have the world's best sailors competing in better venues with better boats. You have to look at it from that perspective. If funding is insufficient then you won't have the adequate sports level. My job is exactly that. We have a very good team put in place now and our job is to listen to event promoters and work with them. They know the sport of sailing inside out. "Frankly, more money will bring better sailors. Talk to any sailor taking part in the Tour and he will tell you that funding is one of their primary, if not the most important, worries. If they can have more income through more prize money then they can be much more focused on sailing. I'm not going to bastardize the Tour and make sailors wear monkey suits in order to make more money. Our focus is the Tour and we want to achieve the highest level of competition and the highest level of sailors. Someone has to take care of the business side and that's my job. Answering your question, I don't think there's anything wrong with having a strong business focus on that. Having said that, I want to make it clear again that sailing is our top priority. I don't claim I'm a sailing expert but our team has excellent sailing experts and we will always strive to achieve the best." -- Valencia Sailing, complete interview:

2.18 New marinas planned for Vietnam
By IBI Magazine/David Robinson
Vietnam is readily acknowledged as holding considerable potential for yacht cruising but, as elsewhere in Asia, the necessary infrastructure is lacking. The developer of the Saigon Pearls high-rise development in Ho Chi Minh City is planning to address this lack by including a $210m marina and yacht club as part of its project. The 130-berth marina is due to open next year. Other developments also include yachting facilities. The $300m Diamond Island scheme, also in Ho Chi Minh City, will also include a marina to service residents. Being developed by the Binh Thien An Company, the site of the development is just 10 minutes by motorboat from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. The company, as part of its promotion, has bought a Princess 58 for $2m to help promote the project and emphasize the marine side of it. In the southern part of the city a further scheme is planning a wharf that will be able to berth up to 30 yachts depending on size. This is the Kenton Center, which is being developed by Tai Nguyen Manufacturing &Trading Co. Yachting in Vietnam recently gained a television profile through a program that followed UK yacht builder Fairline appointing a distributor in the country. With the Mekong River and delta and its beautiful coastline, including Halong Bay, Vietnam is seen as having a promising future for marine leisure activities.


3.1 NEW Venue & Date for WORLD YACHT RACING FORUM 2010
This years World Yacht Racing Forum will take place in Estoril, Portugal from 14-15 December. The two-day conference will include many new features this year such as a new interactive exhibition lounge, additional workshop sessions, and an online networking tool to connect delegates prior to the conference. Delegates will also be invited to participate in a special Golf Day hosted by the organisers on Thursday 16 December. The 500-seat main auditorium in the impressive Estoril Congress Centre will provide an ideal stage for the two days of lively discussions and panel debates at the Forum. A comprehensive speaker schedule is being put together with input from an advisory panel of some of sailing’s most respected industry leaders. Full details of the conference programs and speakers plus registration for WYRF 2010, please visit their NEW website at

3.2 La Solitaire du Figaro 2010: 41 years and 48 entries
The 41st edition of La Solitaire du Figaro will no doubt be the most important solo sailing event of the summer, from 20th July to 22nd August. With 48 entries, including 8 rookies and 5 non-French entries, some of the finest sailors of the moment will meet for the classic summer race. The superb line-up and a racecourse covering 1,717 nautical miles, made up of a combination of short sprint legs and long marathon runs should guarantee some great competition. This year there are 48 entries, including 8 are rookies and non-French sailors, proving yet again that La Solitaire is as popular as ever. Le Havre will host the race for the very first time, followed by stopovers in Gijón, Brest, Kinsale and finally Cherbourg-Octeville. A course with many traps punctuated with a number of tricky passages, notably the Raz Blanchard, the Raz de Sein and the Bay of Biscay, which can prove to be difficult at this time of year. Tactics, audacity and steady progress will be essential in order to hope to win. More at:

3.3 Draft of 34th America’s Cup Protocol
In a joint initiative by the defender, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club and the Challenger of Record, Italy’s Club Nautico di Roma, a draft of the Protocol rules for the 34th America’s Cup was sent to the challenging teams for comment. Foremost amongst numerous innovations is a forward-thinking structure that allows funds and assets to transfer from one America’s Cup to the next. The draft is a ‘listening and living’ document. Teams have been invited to comment and, contribute to its final form. This follows an already unprecedented level of cooperation with the Challenger of Record and a dialogue with potential teams. It offers another chance for input before the Protocol is finalized and published by the of 31st August 2010 target. 'This has been a painstaking process, but we believe it sets out a New Deal for the America’s Cup and fair play for all teams. It also incorporates the vision of the Cup held by Larry Ellison and BMW ORACLE Racing,' said Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing. To create a fair playing field we plan to issue all of the event rules before the end of the year, and this is a significant first step in that direction,' Coutts said. 'Teams will know exactly what they are signing-up to.' Full details at: Download a copy of the Draft Protocol at:

3.4 Class40 World Championship - MUNDIAL 40’ IN GIJÓN
22nd - 25th JULY 2010 - (Asturias - Spain)
The Class40 is a monohull yacht designed for offshore racing and cruising whose length is 40 feet (12.18 meters). The aim of the class 40 is to bring together through a program of coastal and offshore races experienced amateurs and professional sailors to share the spirit of conviviality and experiences. The attractiveness of this class is partly due to the simplicity and rigor of rules, which keep costs down. In 2009, the Class 40 had 120 members from 17 nationalities and 91 boats were registered. The Route du Rhum, the Solidaire du Chocolat, the Trophée SNSM, Les Sables-Horta, Rolex Fastnet Race... The Class 40 is present at all the great events! More at: Official website:

3.5 VELUX 5 OCEANS schedule confirmed
The VELUX 5 OCEANS has announced the dates of the starts of the five ocean sprints in the 2010/11 edition of this solo race, which currently has Brad Van Liew (USA) and Derek Hatfield (CAN) entered in the ECO 60 class (Open 60s launched before January 2003):
Ocean Sprint 1: La Rochelle, France to Cape Town, S.A. - 7,500 nm Start date: October 17
Ocean Sprint 2: Cape Town, S.A. to Wellington, N.Z. - 7,000 nm Start date: December 12
Ocean Sprint 3: Wellington, N.Z. to Salvador, Brazil - 7,400 nm Start date: February 6
Ocean Sprint 4: Salvador, Brazil to Charleston, U.S. - 4,000 nm Start date: April 10
Ocean Sprint 5: Charleston, U.S. to La Rochelle, France - 3,600 nm Start date: May 14
The fleet is expected to arrive in La Rochelle in early June 2011 with prize giving on June 11. The race has been billed as The Ultimate Solo Challenge since 1982 because of the stop-start nature of the high speed racing over the Ocean Sprints, covering the greatest distance and time alone at sea of any race around the world. It is also a truly international ocean race, visiting five continents and offering a worldwide media profile over an eight month period. -- Full report:

3.6 GliderTV to film the Louis Vuitton Trophy
The World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA), organizers of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, will test a unique method of filming the races at La Maddalena in cooperation with GliderTV. In addition to a helicopter, a motor glider will follow the racing teams and film the sporting event. The S10 motor glider, produced by STEMME, a leading edge manufacturer of power gliders, combines the qualities of a sailplane and a powered airplane. It has been chosen to test filming on this event, as it is more environmentally friendly than a helicopter. The fuel consumption of an S10 glider is 14 liters per hour. This is 25 times less than a helicopter consumes. Working with GliderTV is the perfect opportunity to test a real alternative for reducing the carbon footprint of obtaining aerial footage. The S10 glider not only has a low carbon footprint, it causes no noise disturbance at all and has an airtime of up to 10 hours. Moreover, it can generate the same and even better footage for the media: All sorts of camera systems can be attached, its operating radius is up to 2000 km and it enables live streaming to the internet. An additional competitive advantage is that a glider does not produce a downwash, so risks from this force are avoided. A crowning achievement for the S10 glider was the world record for cross-country soaring in 2000; flying a distance of 2,463 km in about 14 hours in the updraft of the Andes in South America. The manufacturer of the glider, STEMME AG, has worked for 25 years on perfecting its products.

3.7 US sailor returns after 1152 days at sea
A sailor has returned to shore after spending more than three years at sea without touching dry land. Reid Stowe, 58, docked in Manhattan after his 1,152 day voyage, and was greeted by his girlfriend and 23-month toddler who he had never seen. Mr Stowe left in the 70-foot (21m) two-masted sailing boat in April 2007. Guinness World Records say they are looking into the claim that the trip sets a new record for the longest voyage. Mr Stowe originally set off with his girlfriend, Soanya Ahmad, 26, until she had to return to shore after suspecting she was pregnant. The couple agreed that he would continue without her, despite it meaning that he would miss the birth of their son. He said that seeing her go was the hardest part of his trip. " Before we left, we had an agreement that if I had to get off for any reason, he would go on," Ms Ahmad said. The vessel was built by Mr Stowe and his family 30 years ago, and named "Anne" after his mother. While at sea, Mr Stowe says he spent his time repairing torn sails, painting, practicing yoga and writing a book. "I'll tell you that boat will take me for another year and there is still a years worth of food on that boat...It's a magical boat, it's full of love." He said that the GPS satellite system that tracked the voyage provides evidence that the boat had not touched land during the trip.


4.1 Class 40 reference time set for the Marseille-Carthage passage
The skipper and crew of Class40 Akilaria Great Circle have set an impressive Class40 reference time for the 480 mile trans-Mediterranean Marseille-Carthage route. The 49 year-old Belgian skipper Gérald Bibot and three crew crossed the start line off Marseille in the middle of the afternoon on Sunday 30th May and completed the record route crossing the finish line off the Ras Quartajamah lighthouse in the Gulf of Tunis at 02:18:20 UTC on Tuesday morning. Great Circle has set a Class40 reference time of 35 hours 35 minutes and 23 seconds, averaging 12.89 knots. Crewing with Biblot were fellow Belgian yachtsman Michel Kleinjans – single-handed competitor in the 2008-09 Portimão Global Ocean Race who will be competing double-handed in the Global Ocean Race 2011-12; 35 year-old Nicolas Marchand from Southern France whose racing background is Mini Transat and Transat Jacques Vabre and the team’s female crew, 30 year-old Cécile Poujol also from the South of France with Mini Transat and extensive Class40 experience. Full story at:

4.2 New Round Aussie Record for Ian Thomson
SOS Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Thomson from Airlie Beach, crossed the finish line off the Whitsunday Sailing club after 42d:5h:30m:2s to set the fastest solo circumnavigation of Australia. It has been a remarkable journey and has taken some 26d:2h:29m:58 seconds off the previous record. Whilst Ian's record is not non stop and unassisted, it is still a great achievement and only two other boats in the world have been around Australia faster, the French 110ft Trimaran called Geronimo who holds the outright record and Kaz, sailed by Sailors with Disabilites who holds the monohull record. Both were crewed. There are several boats that have been around with two people or crew that have gone around in slower times as well which highlights Ian's achievement. Immediately after the finish Ian was joined by his mum and friends on board SOS Ocean Racing and the celebrations began. Lots of boats from the local sailing fleet sailed past Ian to congratulate him and then the evening at the Whitsunday Sailing Club. Check out the details at:

5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"

5.1 Sixteen year old Abby Sunderland rolled over.
10 June 2010: Abby Sunderland had a very rough day with winds up to 60 knots and seas 20-25 feet. She had been knocked down several times but was handling things well. The wind had subsided to around 35 knots which she and her Open 40 Wild Eyes are quite comfortable with. She was troubleshooting her engine and was trying to start to charge her systems. Satellite phone reception was patchy. She was able to get the water out of the engine and start her up. We were waiting to hear back from her when American Search & Rescue authorities called to report having received a signal from her emergency beacon (EPIRB). We initially thought that the signal was sent automatically from her water-activated EPIRB and that it had been activated during one of her knockdowns. As we pulled the paperwork from her EPIRB registration, we learned that the signal had come from her manually activated EPIRB.We were referred to Australian Search & Rescue and while we were on the phone with them another signal came in from her handheld PLB (Personal Locator Beacon). Her water-activated EPIRB has not been activated so we are hopeful that the boat is still upright. Australian Search & Rescue arranged to have a Qantas Airbus fly over her location at first light. The plane arrived on the scene and reported that Wild Eyes is upright but her rigging is down. The weather conditions are abating. Radio communication was made and Abby reports that she is fine! The rescue of 16 year old US solo sailor, Abby Sunderland, from the yacht Wild Eyes to the fishing vessel Ile De La Reunion was successfully conducted at 7:45pm AEST on Saturday 12th June - approximately 2000 nautical miles off the West Australian coast. The Master of the Ile De La Reunion has reported Ms Sunderland is safe and in good health. For more check out Abby's Blog at:

5.2 IOR boats out of control
Sun, wind, great competitors and a tense finish that went right down to the closing seconds of the final race made the final day of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 an absolute stunner. These old IOR designed boats come from a bygone era of handicap systems the produced boats with canoe like sterns and made them very vulnerable to broaching downwind. Sailing Anarchy go on to describe them as "unsafe at any speed". Peter Morton's Anchor Challenge designed by Bruce Farr in 1980 is a leading light of the Quarter Ton class. Race eight proved to be the pivotal point in the regatta for more reasons that one. As the boats came round the second weather mark Cote led Anchor Challenge round the mark and the two boats had a comfortable lead on the pack. Anchor Challenge's kite set went well and they were looking pretty confident until a massive gust came rolling down off the shore just as bowman Jason Carrington was tidying away the jib.

Within seconds the foredeck was awash and the boys were on their way to giving the fleet a master class in how to complete the perfect Chinese gybe. With the exception of the ever canny John Newnham the entire crew ended up getting a soaking and crucially it was some time before they could get the boat righted and the kite down. They immediately re-hoisted and were back on track but those vital seconds meant that they could only manage a fourth place while Cote went on to win the race and take out the series. Anchor Challenge ended up in second overall. Sadly bad luck was running in the Morton family in that penultimate race and Louise Morton found herself the wrong side of the line in the closing minute of the start and subject to a 20% Z flag penalty. Her 28 point score dropped her from third down into sixth, leaving Aquila in third, Whiskers four and Bullet fifth.


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