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 24 Aug 2010
 


Startling news from Qingdao - “The Qingdao Match Cup has been cancelled after the local organising authorities were unable to commit to hosting the event.

Despite an agreement having been concluded in June 2010 the local authorities have been unable to meet the requirements outlined by WMRT.”

After the Vietnam Match Cup and the LV Trophy event in Hong Kong, this is the third major event in Asia to be called off this year.

The press release goes on to say that “WMRT remains committed to the expansion and development of the world championship series and continues its discussions with potential cities.” So is it a coincidence that in Hong Kong the Sunday Morning Post ran a story on the weekend saying that the WMRT “still has eyes on Hong Kong. Despite being snubbed for (the) abortive Louis Vuitton venture”?

Last weekend the Editor went yacht racing – not, as usual, spectating from the sidelines on a luxury megayacht (ha ha!) or clutching a wet camera in a RIB, but actually racing. On the foredeck of an X-99, something I used to do quite regularly - a distressingly long time ago. It was a hot, windy (and - judging by my bruises - brutal) reminder that the Hebe Haven Yacht Club annually produces one of the very best racing series' in the Hong Kong calendar. With 57 boats in the start line, and blue skies and sunshine, and breeze to blow everyone round the course, it just couldn't have been better. I just wish I had remembered the pole on that first hoist, and hadn't fallen down the hatch (ouch). And that the purveyors of a really excellent event would make a little more noise about it.

Guy Nowell, Editor



Breaking News - Qingdao Match Cup cancelled
Sail-World.com,
ISAF World Match Racing Tour's Qingdao Match Cup in Qingdao China scheduled for October 19-24th 2010 has been cancelled.... [more]
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Qingdao might spell the Future of Sailing
Marine Business World,
As Kjell Borking, the Vice President of EUROSAF, the peak European sailing body commented today at the 2010 International Sailing Forum in Qingdao ‘'The explosion of sailing in Asia is both a joyous and a sad time for this European dominated sport.'... [more]
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Tide yet to turn for Chinese yachting
China Daily,
Dong Yongquan has been under intense pressure ever since the Beijing Olympic Games ended in 2008. As the President of Qingdao International Yacht Club, he is supposed to turn a profit. 'The harbour is eating up 50,000 yuan (about US$7,350) every day in maintenance costs and if I don't attract enough members, I can lose millions every year,' Dong said.... [more]
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Owning a boat in China - an unusually candid view
Wang Chow / China Daily,
A security door gives access to a floating dock where hundreds of yachts bob in the water and tanned sailors, many wearing blue and white shirts, mill about. Once in a while, Club members equipped with diving gear jump into the water. 'The celebrities are very concerned about their personal lives,' Dong said, adding that T-shirts and bikinis are the owners' favorite attire... [more]
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Driving you up the Wall - the Great Wall - Beijing Sailing Centre
BCS Media,
The challenge is a testing three step race; a 40km sail from the BSC sail base near Beidaihe to Laolongtou (Old Dragon's Head, where the Great Wall meets the Bohai Sea); a 12km run along the path of the Great Wall ruins via the scenic wall fort of Shanhaiguan; and then onwards to the grand finish point on top of the Great Wall at Jiaoshan.... [more]
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Benoy International 24 Hour Charity Aquathon 2010
Hebe Haven Yacht Club Media,
All the major Hong Kong Yacht Clubs will be represented, and entries are also expected from schools and Government services as well as individual and corporate entities. We have also received confirmation that teams from India, Shanghai and Macau will be competing this year, making it a truly international affair.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds Championships 2010 - Razmilovic heads day one
Graham Smith,
Etchells Worlds Championships 2010 started at Howth today (Monday 23rd) with two scheduled races sailed in freshening winds, with Ante Razmilovic of the UK holding a one point lead over Australian sailing legend John Bertrand at the end of the first day. The leading American entry is Jud Smith of Eastern YC in sixth overall.... [more]
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Oman Air Majan on track to break single-handed record
Into the blue,
Skipper Sidney Gavignet on-board the A100 trimaran Oman Air Majan is currently in the final stages of his attempt to break the single handed Round Britain and Ireland record. Current forecasts predict Oman Air Majan to finish tomorrow between 0800 – 1100 GMT off Lizard Point, Cornwall.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit - One extreme or the other
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi MedCup Circuit, the Caja Mediterreneo Region of Murcia Trophy Regatta starts Tuesday. In 2008 when Jose Cusi's Bribón (ESP) won, it was predominantly a light winds regatta. Last year it was Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) who won in big winds, triumphing at their fourth regatta in a row to clinch their overall 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit title.... [more]
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Unveiling of l'Hydroptère.ch
Presse Hydroptère,
l'Hydroptère.ch follows the same principle. As a trial lab, she will help conceiving l'Hydroptère maxi whose purpose is to beat the most famous oceanic records and to follow Jules Verne's vision: Flying around the planet. Three boats to attempt all major records: Pure speed, Atlantic crossing, Pacific crossing and circumnavigation.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour – Stage six starts next week in St. Moritz
MaxComm Communications,
ISAF World Match Race Tour's sixth stage begins in St. Moritz next week and will see the world's best Match Racers arrive to compete. It will be the eighth edition of St. Moritz Match Race.... [more]
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Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race – Big gun retires
Trish Jenkins,
One of the big guns has contacted the RORC racing office to announce that they are retiring from the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.... [more]
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Hobie 16 Worlds Womens & Youth Championships - Aussie Champs
Paul Pascoe,
In a convincing display of smart consistent sailing, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin from Australia today won the Hobie 16 Youth World Championships in Weihai, China.... [more]
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Japanese entry in 2010 China Cup
CCIR Media,
This is HMYC's first participation in an overseas sailing event. 'We are selecting a skipper and crew from the wonderful and competitive teams of HMYC. Hopefully it will be one of the best teams in Japan,' Mr. Aritomo from HMYC said. 'And one of the advantages and strength of HMYC team is, in my opinion, teamwork.' he added, giving a novel insight into the team being formed.... [more]
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Rolex Commodores' Cup - Jamie McWilliam wraps it up for HKG in CAPS
Jamie McWilliam,
OK, this was the Rolex Commodore's Cup, not Cool Hand Luke, but the constant 11-15kn mumbleswerve of the first 6 days definitely was not the way we wanted it - so it was FANTASTIC when for the final day's double-point race it blew a rock solid 20-30kn out of 225, for a windward-leeward style thrash around some cans in the central Solent. Magic!... [more]
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Lack Of Development Hampering Sailing, says Malaysian Yachting Assoc
www.bernama.com,
Young Malaysian sailors have started producing excellent results on the international stage but to achieve the desired results, development programmes need to be enhanced say the Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA). MYA general manager Mohd Afendy Abdullah said much can be achieved in the sport of sailing since the current development only accounts for about 10 per cent of the actual requirement.... [more]
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Team Chicago sets sail for China Cup 2010
CCIR Media,
The 2010 China Cup International Regatta is delighted to welcome a new challenger to the Beneteau First 40.7 OD Class — Team Chicago, representing the Chicago Yacht Club. This is the first-ever USA entry in the China Cup.... [more]
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Rolex Commodores' Cup - Around the Island with Jamie McWilliam
Jamie McWilliam,
A massed start at the Royal Yacht Squadron line, a beat out past The Needles with the tide, a reach along the south-west edge to St. Catherine's Point, then a run to Bembridge, a broad reach to the forts, and a fetch back home to finish at the RYS. A course of 50nm give or take the odd 'uh-oh, better not get too close' moment... [more]
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