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One of the RHKYC currently competing in the NYYC Invitational said recently, "This is going to be more serious than we originally thought..." A look at the crew lists, packed to the fence with Olympians, World Champions and America's Cuppers, confirms this. Our man on the spot, Jamie McWilliam, proves that wherever you come in the fleet, you can do it with style.

The 09-10 edition of the Clipper Race is under way. One of the boats missed a turning mark near the start, in England, and now (in France) is facing a Protest. Presumably missing a mark mean that they didn't sail the correct course? Should be a short trip to The Room, then.

Read on for all the sailing news that's happening in Asia - that is, all the news that's been sent to us..

Guy Nowell
Editor, Sail-World Asia



BMW Autumn Regatta 2009 at RHKYC
RHKYC Media,
The largest class was the Etchells with 15 boats, followed closely by IRC Cruisers, also with 15. Numbers were definitely encouraged by the prospect of an overall winner being eligible to represent BMW Hong Kong at the BMW Sailing Cup in 2010, and some of the smaller classes had made great efforts to bring their numbers up to the required eight boats... [more]
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Hong Kong teams compete for BMW Sailing Cup
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
These crews will match race the RHKYC Platus next Sunday 20th September. Two round robins of four crews each, and the winners of each round robin to face off in a best-of-three final. The winning boat's skipper and crew will be invited to represent BMW Hong Kong at the World Final of the BMW Sailing Cup in 2010, with flight and hotel expenses paid by BMW Hong Kong.... [more]
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RHKYC at NYYC Invitational - Jamie's Story (4)
Jamie McWilliam,
It certainly looked like it was a bit dodgy starting at one end or the other, so we lined up in the middle for the start of the second race, and got a beauty a few yards back from the boats either side but with a lot of space. Then the boat above us got called over, magic! Then the boat two below us got called over, even better! Then the boat directly below us got called over, WOW!... [more]
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2nd OMYC Koh Samet rally
OMYC Media,
Following the success of last year's inaugural rally, where about 20 sailing and motor yachts participated, again this year we plan to make use of the long weekend at Chulalongkorn Day, Friday, October 23rd. As some of you may wish for a longer stay at Koh Samet, the event official start already on Thursday, October 22nd and finishes on Monday, October 26th. You may obviously join and leave the... [more]
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RHKYC at the NYYC Invitational – Jamie's Story (3)
Jamie McWilliam,
We shepherded a group of boats out there on port as we came down to the last minute before the start, preventing them tacking, and turned back at about 40 seconds to explode off the boat end at pace, only to discover the port jib sheet had come off the jib clew.... [more]
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RHKYC at NYYC - Jamie's story (2)
Jamie McWilliam,
The challenge in the light certainly seems to be the fact that the boats have an alarmingly wide tacking angle in this stuff, and holding a lane on the line on starboard looked to be quite hard work. So we started on port both times about halfway down the line, and popped out with great pace while the bulk of the fleet pinched away on starboard.... [more]
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The Bar-to-Bar Race (RHKYC-HHYC)
HHYC Media,
The course will be from the RHKYC Main Bar to 'all crew present' in the bar at HHYC with boat packed in the same condition they were prior to the start of the event. Engines may be used to reach 100 metres past the breakwater of the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, and from in line with the beacon at the entrance to Pak Sha Wan. All boats must leave Tung Lung Chau to port.... [more]
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NYYC Invitational - Jamie's Story (1)
Jamie McWilliam,
We arrived over the weekend and today had our first spin in the boat, which is a nice piece of kit with a very big spinnaker and a very small rudder. Let's hope it doesn't get too windy... Today the Club ran practice starts and practice races. We had some good moments and a few bad ones, but all told felt pretty OK at the end of the day. And we made the weight!... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Battle for the medals
Matchtight,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta reaches its climax at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy tomorrow (Saturday). The first medals of the 2009 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta were awarded to the winners of the three Paralympic classes tonight.... [more]
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iShares Cup Cup teams prepare for Extreme sailing on a tricky course
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup Cup teams prepare for Extreme sailing. The six-event European series sees the iShares Cup return to the Dutch capital for the third consecutive year, with nine teams again racing the 40ft long catamarans on Amsterdam's narrow waterways in the IJ-haven.... [more]
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Images of Cartagena: Spectacular racing in the big breeze
Ian Roman,
Top international photographer, Ian Roman was in the air for the second day of racing in the Audi MedCup at Cartagena and provides this spectacular gallery of images.... [more]
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Golden Gate not happy with ISAF 'secret' agreement on America's Cup
Golen Gate YC Media,
Following yesterday's unexpected release of the so=called 'secret agreement' between the International Sailing Federation and Societe Nautique de Geneve, the Challenger of Record have issued a statement commenting on the agreement and the advantage they believe it confers on the Defender (SNG/Team Alinghi).... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup: 'Game on' as NYYC leads
Barby MacGowan,
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Lotz gave credit to his team and tactician Ken Read (Newport, R.I.), known as one of the best sailors in the world, for a remarkable comeback in the second race that took them from sorry-at the-start to phenomenal-at-the-finish. Having jumped the start gun with three others, the team was called back to clear itself and begin again.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 fleet in La Rochelle - Protest results pending
Clipper media,
All ten of the Clipper 09-10 yachts are now berthed in La Rochelle. Talk on the pontoons has been about one subject - the Race Committee's decision to protest two of the yachts, Hull & Humber and Cork, for contravening the sailing instructions - and what that might mean to the points each team will win for Race 1.... [more]
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How the America's Cup ended up heading for Ras al Khaimah
Khaleej Times, UAE,
A wide-ranging interview by the Khaleej Times with the Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah reveals many details about the choice of RAK as the venue for the 33rd America's Cup and insights as to what this means to the emirate and to the UAE.... [more]
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NYYC Invitational Cup - day 1 is 'a ripper'
NYYC Media,
The opening race, sailed in lumpy seas and an 18-knot easterly on Rhode Island Sound, started the regatta off with lots of action, as the Canadian boat, helmed by Terry McLaughlin, battled most closely with the New York Yacht Club, Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRL) and Japan Sailing Federation for best position between the start and the first mark two miles to windward.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: ISAF releases confidential document ahead of Hearing
Richard Gladwell,
The International Sailing Federation have released the hitherto confidential America's Cup agreement ahead of a telephone hearing the New York Supreme Court. Yesterday permission was sought from the New York Supreme Court by Sailing Scuttlebutt's America's Cup correspondent Cory Friedman, who had filed papers with the Court, to have the agreement made public.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Drama as Race Committee considers protesting yachts
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 09-10 race update. The Race Committee is considering evidence that Cork and Hull & Humber did not correctly sail the race course. This drama is set to unfold over the next 24 hours once the race has finished and the skippers have submitted their race declarations. The finishing positions will remain provisional until the Race Committee has made their ruling.... [more]
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BOR 90 back on the water in San Diego
BMW Oracle Media,
BMW Oracle Racing's 90ft America's Cup Challenger is back in the water and sailing again after a maintenance period. It was lift off at 9am on Sunday as a 240-ton crane lifted the BOR 90 off the cradle in the boatyard and splashed the trimaran dockside for the start of another testing session in San Diego.... [more]
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