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 17 May 2011
 


There are two events in the Taiwan Strait this week - which, given the politically-charged nature of the area, would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. There's the Third (yes, third) Straits Cup Yacht Competition, which consists of a race out of Xiamen and then inshore racing in and among the Penghu Islands, and also the inaugural Taiwan Strait Race from Hong Kong to Khaosiung organized by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.

Information on the former is patchy. And the latter hasn't started yet, but we will keep our ears open. There are five starters heading for Khaosiung on Saturday, but that's enough to get things going – heck, practically all the ocean races we can think of started off with just a couple of competitors. We'd guess that 350nm is the sort of distance that's likely to prove attractive to more entries in the future – long enough to be interesting, short enough not to take up too much time. Watch this space.

Everyone has heard by now (haven't you?) that Vincenzo Onorato and Mascalzone Latino have withdrawn from the America's Cup - leaving the competition with no Challenger of Record. Equally amazing is that the 'challenge' list now has only three fully paid-up names on it - Artemis, Emirates Team New Zealand, and China Team. Onorato's reasons for withdrawal, below.

The Match Racing bug seems to be getting more and more of a grip in the region. Good! There are the series' taking place at the Royal Varuna in Thailand, the BNP championships in Hong Kong, and now the Bay Challenge in Singapore. Add in the presence of a Bahraini team at the WMRT Asian Qualifiers, and it's looking good.

Guy Nowell, Editor



Inaugural Taiwan Strait Race - Hong Kong to Khaosiung
RHKYC Media,
In 2008, the Club began to explore new, nearby venues for offshore racing. Taiwan Strait Race Chairman, Andy Lam, recalls '...to the north, the Club already had a race to Xiamen, west to Macau and St. John and south to the Philippines, Hainan and Vietnam. We therefore thought that we should do something to the east and so it was agreed that we would race to Taiwan.'... [more]
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RHKYC Spring Regatta Day 2 - sailing with the fishing fleet. Really.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
It was an unremittingly grey day on Hong Kong harbour yesterday – just the sort of weather to make you go back to the Clubhouse and spend the day in the bar. There was a little breeze, but not a lot, and visibility in any direction was probably less than 2,000m. And not even that, upwards...... [more]
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RHKYC Spring Regatta, Day 2
RHKYC Media,
Race Officer Simon Boyde felt confident enough to offer a Club start this morning, in front of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Kellett Island base, and was proved right with over 12 knots of south easterly on offer for the first start for day two of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Spring Regatta. Courses were set to make the most of the east of the harbour up to Shau Kei Wan and Tai Koo Shing.... [more]
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RHKYC Spring Regatta Day 1 - Standard Grey
RHKYC Media,
The last major regatta of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's 2010-2011 season featured 92 boats from eight one-design classes, Sportsboats and two divisions of ‘Big Boats', dual rated on HKPN and IRC. Race Officer Simon Boyde could find only 6 to 8 knots south easterly in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, so opted for a Hung Hom start with courses running west to east, taking in Tai Koo Shing... [more]
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Third Straits Cup Yacht Competition kicks off in Xiamen
Xinhua News Agency,
The Third Strait Cup Yacht Competition kicked off in Xiamen, a coastal garden city in southeast China's Fujian Province on Thursday.... [more]
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Inaugural Bay Challenge 2011 winner KuKuKerChu
Tracy Goh,
The tricky wind conditions of Marina Bay figured prominently in sorting out the champions from the runner's up in the inaugural BAY Challenge as Team Kukukerchu picked all the right wind shifts to storm away to a commanding 2-0 win in the best of three matches final.... [more]
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Bahrain sailors set for WMRT Asian qualifiers
Gulf Daily News,
Four of Bahrain's top sailors are lining up for the week-long championship. Spearheading the Kingdom's challenge are Ebrahim Abdulla, Dawood Abdulla, Ahmed Al Na'ar and Ebrahim Daij. Travelling along with the team is their coach Kasem Ben Jemia.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship 2011 day one + Rick Tomlinson images
Justin Chisholm,
Melges 24 World Championship 2011 day one in Corpus Christi, Texas, saw two closely fought races completed in sparkling conditions. The expectation was always for light to medium conditions to prevail on the first day and race one was started in an unstable eight - ten knots of breeze, with direction swings of up to twenty degrees.... [more]
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Images of the Atlantic Cup: Class 40
George Bekris,
Top US photographer, George Bekris presents this gallery of images pf the Class 40's competing on the first day of the Atlantic Cup.... [more]
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Zhik SB3 World Championships 2011 day 1 lead to Greenhalgh
Katie Ashworth,
2011 Zhik SB3 World Championships day 1. 103 SB3's left Torquay Harbour this morning. Nathan Outteridge (AUS) collected bowman Tom Slingsby (AUS) from the airport at 1am this morning, but lack of sleep and time on the water as a crew did little to dampen his crew's performance. 2010 SB3 World Champion Jerry Hill (GBR) had a difficult day to start the event.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Ulsan 2011 day three down time
PWA,
Ulsan PWA World Cup 2011 day three the wind took a break in Korea, allowing us to catch up with Bjorn Dunkerbeck and quiz him about his new signature series range of sunglasses.... [more]
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America's Cup: Onorato sings on Challenger of Record withdrawal
Richard Gladwell,
The Valencia based website, www.vsail.info (who are much better translators of Italian than we) are reporting an interview given to an Italian newspaper by Vincenzo Onorato, owner of Mascalzone Latino, who sent an open letter on Thursday, announcing that due to impossibility of finding the adequate funding to mount a competitive campaign, his team was withdrawing from the America's Cup.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Ulsan 2011 day 2 action packed
PWA,
Albeau and Arrighetti storm to an early event lead following an action packed second day of competition in Korea. Capitalizing on a promising forecast for the duration of the event's second day, the race committee wasted no time in summoning both fleets to the water to battle it out over two race eliminations.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: 2000 Miles - Hamish's Blog - Day 6
On board Emirates Team NZ,
Latest report from aboard Camper, Emirates Team NZ's entry in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race who are on their 2000nm qualifier sailing in around New Zealand for the round the world classic. Today cooking and food are top of the agenda:... [more]
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Portofino Rolex Trophy 2011 - More Carlo Borlenghi images
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Portofino Rolex Trophy 2011 more day three images by Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Portofino Rolex Trophy 2011 day three images
Carlo Borlenghi,
Portofino Rolex Trophy 2011 day three images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Match Race France to Damien Iehl
World Match Racing Tour,
Damien Iehl and the French Team had a perfect start to the 2011 World Match Racing Tour season, defeating Bertrand Pace and Aleph Sailing Team in an all French Final.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Ulsan - Top seeds advance
Vivienne Masters,
PWA World Cup Ulsan day 1. A leisurely opening day, where in typically taunting South Korean conditions, four heats were completed. Greeted with wall to wall blue skies and winds gusting up to 25 knots, the first heats of race elimination one were given a brief flavor of what's in store for them over the coming days.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final Oceania day two
Pam Scrivenor,
Tight racing conditions at the CYCA had both umpires and the race committee busy during day two of the ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final Oceania. Japanese sailor Maiko Sato and team turned out make large improvements during the race day.... [more]
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