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 18 Oct 2013
 


It's been a good week for sailing in Hong Kong – first, the St Regis China Coast Regatta delivered. Meaning that the wind came, the swell built, and everyone had a bone-crunchingly good time. Asked whether he was enjoying himself, David Ross (KukuKERchu, Ker 40) said, “yes, but I'm very glad it's only three days! This is like trying to race the whole of the King's Cup in half the time. I am exhausted” (but still smiling!).

It was three days of the sort of weather that has made the China Coast arguably the best and most competitive regatta in Asia. IRC 1 and IRC 2 division between them boasted no less than 20 entries in the Over-40 and just Under-40 department. Competitive? You bet. In IRC 1 it was all down to the last race, with Signal 8 (Ker 40) needing a 3rd place to beat Marcel Leidts' Elektra (GTS43), but that went out the window - or over the side - when a lifeline broke and two crew members went for a swim. Anthony Root's all-conquering A35, Red Kite 2, ‘did it again' with a win in IRC 2, and made it look easy.

One weary-looking visitor remarked, “heck, if the Hong Kong boats sail in these sort of conditions on a regular basis, no wonder they win so much silverware when they go south.”

No sooner had the spilled DRCs from the prizegiving been wiped off the bar at the RHKYC, and it was time for the Audi HK-Vietnam Race. A record fleet entry of 17 boats for the 656nm spinnaker run to Nha Trang, destined to become Asia's no 1 offshore race, and a blue water classic that should be every sailor's bucket list. After a blowy start the fleet was well launched when Avant Garde turned round with steering problems and then – real drama – Walawala 2 sustained rudder/rudder stock/lower bearing damage and an intake of water that caused the crew to abandon ship. Can't be more exact than that, the boat is now at the bottom of the China Sea. Crew were picked up by fellow competitor Krampus, and eight of the ten subsequently airlifted back to Hong Kong where they were last seen tucking into an All Day Breakfast at RHKYC that was probably going to take all day to finish. Story below.

Plenty of other news from around Asia and the southern hemisphere – ISAF Sailing World Cup in Qingdao, Team Australia takes on the Tasman for starters. Welcome to the busy end of the sailing year in Asia – there's lots more to come.

Guy Nowell, Editor





RHKYC Audi HK-Vietnam Race - Walawala crew abandon ship - all safe
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media,
By 0145hrs, Walawala's life raft was being prepared which led to MRCC activating the Hong Kong Government Flying Services who deployed both a helicopter and a fixed wing aircraft.... [more]
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Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race : Teams line up for the start
RHKYC Media,
Weeks of preparation came to a head this morning, as the 17 entrants in the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race carried out their radio checks and made their way to the start line of the longest offshore race in Asia.... [more]
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Audi Chivas racing to defend Audi HK-Vietnam Race title
AUDI media,
Ludde Ingvall the skipper and Vietnamese Duke Ha Ton are seasoned sailors with a fair chance to defend the title. Other Vietnamese celebrity onboard includes actress Ngo Thanh Van known for her sporty skills in action movies.The racing team will consists of top sailing talent combined with experienced international yachtsmen and women.... [more]
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Hong Kong Vietnam Race record in the crosshairs
Di Pearson,
This week, with a forecast all yachties dream for, Syd Fischer and his crew on the super maxi Ragamuffin 90 will have a crack at the 656 nautical mile Hong Kong Vietnam Race record set by fellow Australian, Grant Wharington, with the 98 foot Skandia (now Wild Thing).... [more]
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St Regis China Coast Regatta day 3- Back to it's Best!
RHKYC Media,
The third and final day of the St. Regis China Coast Regatta was a full on, 20-24kt, two-stugeron day with white horses, tidal swell and everything else that makes this one of the region's top three-day sailing regattas.... [more]
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St Regis China Coast Regatta - It's only rock'n'roll but we like it!
RHKYC Media,
At the St. Regis China Coast Regatta, it's only rock'n'roll but we like it! Day two was scheduled to offer two windward/leeward races and an islands course for the IRC Racers, and one race around the cans followed by an islands course for Premier, Cruiser and HKPN.... [more]
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Team Australia: Damaged foil and flying fish on record run
Lisa Ratcliff,
Team Australia's skipper Sean Langman this morning revealed they have a damaged starboard foil after hitting something on the first afternoon of their Sydney to Auckland world sailing speed record crack. The damage may extend to the rudder; when they finally gybe and the other hull is out of the water the extent should be revealed.... [more]
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Team Australia's sprint to Auckland - Driving down a mine
Lisa Ratcliff,
Team Australia's navigator Josh Alexander this morning described careering eastwards to Auckland with a 40 plus knot WNW wind on their aft quarter and not being able to see the waves as like driving the trimaran repeatedly down a mine.... [more]
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Team Australia heads across the Ditch
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Back in the middle of the 2001 Sydney to Hobart, with Sail-World's coverage in full swing, the office phone rang. It was a satellite phone call from Sean Langman, aboard his 66 foot skiff on steroids Grundig/AAPT/Xena. ‘Hello Rob' said Sean, ‘We have just declared a Pan Pan. ‘ I said ‘Sean, Gee that is awful, so why are you calling me?'... [more]
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Volvo Ocean 65 - the womens crew give their verdict - Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
The first crew to take delivery of a new Volvo Ocean 65, the womens team, Team SCA, have completed their sea trial and delivery to Lanzacote in the Canary Islands, where they will be based for training. Volvo Ocean race media caught up with Team SCA's Sam Davies, Annie Lush and Liz Wardley to talk about the new boat that they will race around the world starting in early October, 2014.... [more]
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Team Australia speeds out of Sydney Heads
Lisa Ratcliff,
With spray flying and one hull lifted skyward, Sean Langman's giant trimaran Team Australia sped through Sydney Heads at 12:09:58 this afternoon bound for Auckland, New Zealand, and the record books.... [more]
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America's Cup: Pete Melvin - Emirates Team NZ design guru - Video
pressure-drop.us,
One of the design team of Emirates Team NZ - Pete Melvin (USA) was interviewed by Erik Simonson of US sailing website and forum www.pressure-drop.us In this 26 minute video interview Melvin provides an insight into his introduction to Emirates Team NZ after the AC72 rules were written, the development phase, initial foiling, the methodology of designing and building the first foiling AC 72.... [more]
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It's official - boat owners have more fun!
BoatUS,
If you thought people seemed happier spending time on a boat, you're right. In a first-ever survey of the half a million recreational boat owning members of the national boating advocacy and services group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), 99.4% responded 'yes' when asked: 'Do you wave (to other boats)?'... [more]
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The foiling kiteboard phenomenon + Video
Erik Simonson,
The concept of foiling kiteboards is not something new with early editions reaching back a decade or more. Early models were cumbersome and involved ski boot s attached to wakeboard and one piece foils which limited the rider in many ways. The weight slowed the process of foiling.... [more]
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Will kitesurfing be included in future Olympic Games?
Afloat.ie,
Kitesurfing would bring an 'urban sport' feel to the Olympic programme and should be re-evaluated for inclusion in future Olympic Games.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Qingdao To Challenge Sailors On Opening Day
Daniel Smith,
The opening race day of ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao will welcome the 131 sailors from 24 nations with a warm breeze that could turn cooler as the week progresses.... [more]
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Heavyweights reassessing Rio 2016
Matthew Pryor,
Leading up to the 2012 Olympics in 'windy' Weymouth, the future of the Finn looked like the land of the giants. It was not just the rise of the huge Estonian Deniss 'Two Metre' Karpak, the whole fleet were getting taller. It took the brilliance of a bulked out Ben Ainslie to hold back the tide. With three years to go to Rio 2016 has the landscape changed?... [more]
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ISAF revolution proposed for Olympic Class circuit competition
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
A revolutionary proposal designed to change the nature of Olympic class sailing competitions at all levels is to be presented to the ISAF Council in mid-November 2013 in Oman.... [more]
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