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 07 Jun 2012
 


The loss of Tipsy Frenz during the recent RHKYC Taiwan Strait Race has been well-covered by regional and marine press. We are delighted that all crew are now safe and sound back in Hong Kong. With the boat now at the bottom of the Taiwan Strait, there's no way of conducting a physical post mortem, but there are nevertheless a number of interesting points to come out of the event.

We have learned that although Tipsy Frenz was carrying the full complement of electronic and communications gear - radio, AIS, EPIRB, satphone etc etc - the thing that attracted the attention of the East Success was a good old fashioned red parachute flare. Are yours in date?

Once again, we have heard that a crew with Safety & Survival at Sea training knows how to cope with an emergency situation. Is your certificate in date?

In the middle of the drama, Orient Express's win has become a little overshadowed - so: congratulations one and all, and especially to Iris Chan from the RHKYC Sailing Office who now not only knows what happens after the Committee Boat turns for home, but has a Cat 1 race win on her CV as well!

Guy Nowell, Editor





RHKYC Taiwan Strait Race 2012 - Tipsy Frenz crew return home
RHKYC Media,
All 11 crew from the yacht Tipsy Frenz which sank in the early hours of 3 June whilst racing to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, arrived back in Hong Kong yesterday from Manila where they were taken after being rescued by a cargo vessel. The happy but tired crew was met at the airport by family, friends and representatives from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.... [more]
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RHKYC Taiwan Strait Race 2012 - Orient Express victorious
RHKYC Media,
Just under 57 hours after they set off from Hong Kong, Orient Express crossed the finish line at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, at the end of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Taiwan Strait Race, a 350nm Category One Offshore Race across the South China Sea.... [more]
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Not a sail in sight, but 1000 boats spectacular on River Thames
Sail-World Cruising,
There was not a sail in sight, but even so, the River Thames in London was a spectacular sight on Sunday with an extravaganza of steam boats, tugs, speed boats and historic vessels as part of festivities for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.... [more]
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Thai Platu Nationals - change of date. Now 24-27 August 2012
Kev Scott,
The Thai Platu Nationals, which we announced just yesterday, have had to change their dates in order to accommodate YRAT's Hua Hin Regatta. As Kev Scott says very politely, 'We naturally defer to their prestigious event.' Interested parties can check it out at www.YRAT.org.th... [more]
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Sail for Gold Regatta - Day 3 images by Thom Touw
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
Photographer Thom Touw was on hand to capture this gallery of images during day three of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.... [more]
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Noumea Race - Day 3: Beau Geste withdraws - Update @2300hrs
Richard Gladwell,
2200hrs: The 80ft Farr design Beau Geste has withdrawn from the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race with structural damage, which is later reported as continuing to deteriorate. A ship has been diverted to stand by. Beau Geste is heading for Norfolk Island and is expected to arrive in the morning.... [more]
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Olympic Sailing Competition – Seoul 1988
ISAF,
Until the country was awarded the Olympic Games in 1981, sailing for pleasure really hadn't taken root in South Korea and the Korea Yachting Association existed in name only. The sailing competition would ultimately take place in Busan, South Korea's second city after the capital and host Seoul, and the country's major port.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Korea principal says they will enter AC34
Sail-World,
America's Cup.com, the official America's Cup website is reporting that Team Korea is sending signals that they may soon have some news on their challenge for the 34th America's Cup. At the Korea Match Cup this past week, team principal Kim Dong-Young told his sailors the team would be entering the Louis Vuitton Cup and building an AC72 to race.... [more]
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Round Britain and Ireland - Safran's record attempt underway
Soazig Guého,
Safran Sailing Team's Round Britain and Ireland Record attempt got underway this morning, Wednesday 6th June. Safran set off from the Lizard to try to improve on the record she previously set around Britain and Ireland. In a 20-25 knot south-westerly wind, Marc Guillemot's crew set sail eastwards on the starboard tack.... [more]
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King Tides and and East Coast Low - storm surf in Sydney
Sail-World.com,
Australian marine photographer Andrea Francolini hits the beaches every time there is some serious wave action. With a big weather system and a king tide, he delivers more great images. Enjoy... [more]
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Samui Regatta 2012 - strong winds decide the places on final day
Samui Regatta Media,
Participants in the 2012 Samui Regatta headed out for the last day of racing with plenty to play for in some of the classes. While the Multihull and IRC Zero titles were sewn up the day before. Steady breezes at the start line belied what was to come. A storm rolled off the northern tip of Samui Island and out to the race area delivering 30 knots and gusts, leaving a trail of tired sailors, brea... [more]
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America's Cup: Paul Cayard interviewed on Artemis wingsail break
Bob Fisher,
The amazing factor of America's Cup stories is how exaggeration immerses them. The breaking of the AC-72 wing of Artemis that was being trialled on an ORMA 60 hull platform for example was retold to a degree that defied belief. No sooner had the wing folded than it was in four pieces and with that the rumour mill built so that everything that Artemis Racing had achieved was in the trash-can.... [more]
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Etchells – A lot of truth about this boat
ADCO Etchells Australiasian Media,
Heavy weather and king tides are about to hit Queensland's Sunshine coast, but these tough conditions should ease in time for Friday morning's start of the 16th ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship. Australian Etchells Class President Jake Gunther, the skipper of one of six Victorian boats, is heading 1980 kilometres north on the highways from Melbourne to Mooloolaba.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Tide Application for iPads
Marine News Wire/Sail-World,
ChronGlobal Corporation, the developer of the successful ChronGlobal Tidal Chronoscope App, has just released a new specifically designed version for iPad users, which has shot to No. 6 position in the Nav category in less than a week.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - A salute to Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Isabel Hokken,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, 10 British registered 68 foot yachts formed up into a spectacular ‘Parade of Sail' in New York with the lead boats flying huge Great Britain spinnaker sails in a salute to Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.... [more]
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