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 09 Apr 2012
 


What is it that non-sailors find so tough to understand about the concept of handicaps? It's simple, right? Bigger boats generally go faster than smaller boats; to compensate for this, the big boats' elapsed times are multiplied up by a time correction factor. I have a friend who can solve quadratic equations in his head and butter toast at the same time, but is completely flummoxed by the idea of a time handicap related to the size of a boat.

Yesterday he called me, eager to let me know that he was following the Rolex China Sea Race, and once again I found my self explaining that while the first boat to finish had been awarded Line Honours, ‘winning the race' was quite another matter.

Hong Kong is horseracing crazy, and the punters seem to understand that horses carry handicaps in the form of weights. So I told my friend to think of big boats carrying more weight in the form of a ‘heavier' time correction factor. He's still buttering toast, but I think we're getting there.

Congratulations to Jono Mahoney and the crew of the Humphreys 42 Zanzibar on their IRC Overall win in the 2012, 50th anniversary, edition of the Rolex China Sea Race. As far as we know, it's the first CSR victory for a Singapore boat and crew, and it very much to be hoped that it will encourage more crews and boats from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand to make the trip north to compete in events such as the China Sea, Boracay, Vietnam, San Fernando and Hainan races. Last Tuesday, before the race started, we asked Mahoney what brought him, his crew and Zanzibar, up to Hong Kong when the Asian regatta circuit ‘traffic' is so dominated by Hong Kong boats going south to Singapore, Thailand and Malaysaia. “Just because of that,” he said. “We thought it was high time that one of the ‘south end' boats paid a visit to the north end of the South China Sea. Returning the compliment, sort of thing.”

From those of us up at the north end, thank you for the compliment, Zanzibar. Three cheers for your win, and hope to see you in Hong Kong again. Bring some friends...

Guy Nowell, Editor



Rolex CHina Sea Race 2012 - ZANZIBAR victorious IRC Overall
KPMG,
By 1330hrs (UTC +8) the results for IRC Overall were in: Zanzibar has won the 50th Anniversary Rolex China Sea Race on corrected time. With an official finish time of 20:44.48 yesterday (April 7, UTC +8), Zanzibar beat out the 'big boats' and all other competitors on handicap to take the Overall title, the Sunday Telegraph Trophy and a Rolex Yacht-Master watch.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race 2012 - chasing the Overall title
KPMG,
Following Hi Fi, the next to arrive in Subic Bay at 17:59.19 (UTC +8) was Jelik V and their almost entirely Filipino crew. The team's enthusiasm at coming home was evident, as boat owner Ernesto 'Judes' Echauz said, 'It was a very nice race, we enjoyed it a lot. It was exciting because as usual, the race was very tactical and we were trying to analyze what the other yachts were doing.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race line honours awarded
KPMS,
Genuine Risk crossed the finish line of the 2012 50th Anniversary Rolex China Sea Race on Saturday, April 07 at 02:43.26 (UTC +8).... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race 2012 - pointing at the finish line
KPMG,
Singapore entry Zanzibar made gains overnight and is currently (1700 hrs, UTC +8) sitting first overall on corrected time, although the lead is changing regularly between EFG Bank Mandrake, Red Kite II and Hi Fi. The final outcome will depend on the best tactics for approaching what are typically tricky conditions at the Filipino coast.... [more]
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All systems go for Phuket Raceweek 2012
Phuket Raceweek Media,
After eight years at Evason Phuket, the regatta must move. Ownership changes, plans to sell the property and so on have left Phuket Raceweek organisers looking for a new host venue. With venue negotiations drawing to a close, an announcement can be expected soon.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper back in race mode for Itajai
Volvo Ocean Race,
Six days after they suspended racing and headed to Puerto Montt in Chile, Chris Nicholson's men were back in racing mode to take on the remaining 2,800 nautical miles to the finish line in Itajaí. Camper officially resumed racing at 0441 UTC after motoring through Chile's waterways for more than 26 hours to get back to the place they suspended.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - Testing final day
KPMS,
On the final race day at Les Voiles de St. Barth crews were again tested with light and variable winds.... [more]
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River Thames to come to life with 1000-boat pageant
Sail-World Cruising,
Whether your boat is powered by sail, oars, steam or petrol, if you're British-based and boat-minded, on 3rd June, 2012, the River Thames is the place to be. You'll be joining 999 other boats taking their places in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. It will be one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the great river, and it will be led by the Queen's barge... [more]
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Etchells World Championship 2012 - David Edwards on winning the Worlds
David Edwards,
Our Etchells World Championship campaign came together from the bones of the Sputnik Farr 40 team, which was a team that had a great deal of fun sailing together. We figured most of us on Sputnik had sailed Etchells at some point, the Worlds were going to be in Sydney in 2012, it should be fun and we should give it a go. Right? Getting started wasn't really any more complicated than that... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet pick their way through windless bubbles
Oliver Dewar,
The four Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40s have been picking their way through windless bubbles due south of Rio de Janeiro with the boats furthest offshore initially finding the best breeze. With light headwinds forecast and working against the southerly-flowing Brazil Current, the passage around Cape Frio could potentially compress the fleet and will provide difficult conditions.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama and Camper resume the chase for third place
Sail-World,
The two remaining yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race are back at sea, and are chasing the vital third place points. Puma Ocean Racing (Ken Read) and Telefonica (Franck Cammas) finished just over 12 minutes apart earlier today, taking first and second overall. Puma was the only yacht on the leg not to suspend racing at some stage from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil. Includes two video clips... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - Round the island race a favourite
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The Maxi and IR52 classes share the same Les Voiles de St. Barth start line with a dozen boats, half of these over 90 feet, which poses tactical challenges for all.... [more]
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Amundsen's North West Passage - not just a difficult sail
Ned Rozell/Sail-World Cruising,
With the sea ice receding at a rapid rate more and more adventurous cruising sailors are heading for the North West Passage to take their chances. But at least they have GPS. First explorer Roald Amundsen's team did not only have to find a way without such technology or charts, they were also pretty mean scientists. Science writer Ned Rozell explains.... [more]
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AC45 Luna Rossa training in Naples - Images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
AC45 Luna Rossa crew training in Naples. Iamges from photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma snatches epic wins after match race
Sail-World,
Puma Ocean racing skippered by Ken Read, held firm in the face of a relentless attack from Telefónica to clinch an epic Leg 5 victory on Friday, crossing the finish line in Itajaí, Brazil with a slim winning margin after the Spanish team had threatened to complete one of the greatest sporting comebacks.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Ken Read - the adventure so far
Richard Gladwell,
Listed as one of the oldest sailors in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, Puma skipper Ken Read impresses many with his boyish enthusiasm and approach to life. We caught up with him the night before the start of Leg 5 and talked to him about the race so far, playing golf on Leg1, the relative speeds of the boats, campaign costs, that horrendous start to Leg 4 and more.... [more]
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Where the whales are
Nicholas Woods,
There are patches in the ocean where right whales congregate to feed. Nobody knows how these patches form. But understanding why they do would certainly help design policies to conserve marine animals - and perhaps help cruising sailors to avoid contact. Nicholas Woods, in this Oceans Watch Essay, here describes an expedition into an Atlantic Ocean patch, located in the 'Great South Channel':... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Barth competitors enjoy lay day
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Les Voiles de St. Barth competitors were able to enjoy a lay day before the final two days of racing on Friday and Saturday as it was mostly quiet dockside in the race village, at the Quai General de Gaulle. While a few crews tended to boat maintenance, others worked on their own personal maintenance, heading to the Nikki Beach resort on St Jean Bay for some stand-up paddleboard competition.... [more]
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