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 03 Nov 2012
 


Plenty to look at today, so you'd better brew another coffee. There are full reports on the China Cup International Regatta from both Andy Rice and Sail-World Asia, with slightly different emphases on events. With 91 boat entries, CCIR is definitely ‘on the chart', but the emphasis of the event is all on the Beneteau 40.7OD division, and there is no serious Grand Prix big boat division to lift it into the company of ‘Asia's major regattas'. Yes, it is the biggest regatta in China, but...

Evidently there is some confusion as to who runs the event. Yachts & Yachting ran a headline on 27 October, ‘6th China Cup at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club', which isn't quite right. At the invitation of CCIR, the RHKYC has provided race management for the event since its inception 2007, but is believed to be stepping down next year on account of the Flying 15 Worlds taking place in Hong Kong. We await developments with interest.

The debate over windsurfing vs kiteboards at the next Olympics is still a-rumbling, and Luna Rossa now has an AC72 cat in the water in New Zealand. Indonesia is making another attempt to attract cruising boats to the biggest archipelago nation in the world, and in a moment of amazing irony the Vendee Globe race village at Les Sables d'Olonne had to be closed due to bad weather!

If you can't find something to interest you among that lot (and there's a good deal more) then you may as well take up ballroom dancing!

Guy Nowell, Editor




China Cup International Regatta 2012 – the view astern
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The brown smog squatting heavily on the hills behind Longcheer didn't look so good, but the breeze felt fantastic. 20kts and some as we poked our nose out from the marina, and that's the way it stayed. The RO probably didn't want another boat-breaker of a day (and probably nor did any of the owners) so where the programme said ‘geometric or islands course', it was geometric.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta 2012 – Boats Behaving Badly
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
‘The sky, beach and the weather here also make a deep impression on the sailors.' (ChinaCup Express) Really? No idea what they are talking about here... But we were very disappointed to miss out on yesterday's 'five hour struggle in the showers'.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta 2012 – Welcome to China!
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Whiskey Jack came off mid-line with the height and pace an electric giraffe on a skateboard, and was delighted to be keeping company with Jamie McWilliam's rather more powerful Ker 40, Peninsula Signal 8. It felt good while it lasted.... [more]
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Dragon Hong Kong Championships, 24-25 November 2012
RHKYC,
The Hong Kong Dragon sailors will be joined this year by a number of international sailors flying to Asia including Tim Tavinor, current Dragon World Champion, Theis Palm, North Sail Dragon specialist and Olympic sailor for Denmark and others from Hamburg, Munich, Copenhagen and Cowes. The championship will also have the opportunity to see an all-female team with HKG26 helmed by Karina Trebbien... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race Village to be closed due to weather
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe Race Village in Les Sables D'Olonne along with the pontoons will be closed from Wednesday, October 31st at 8pm to Thursday November 1st. Meteo France weather forecasts predict that gale force winds are expected to reach up to 90km/ph.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Skippers' Day in Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
The 2012-2013 Vendée Globe has not even begun yet, but SAEM Vendée already has its eyes set on the future. On Friday, skippers contemplating launching a 2016-2017 Vendée Globe participation project gathered at the Sables d'Olonne Race Village where they met with Bruno Retailleau to attend the 2016 Skippers' Day. Immersing in the atmosphere of the race and networking were the main goals for the day... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race Village opening draws record spectators
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The first week of the Vendee Globe Race Village opening in Les Sables d'Olonne drew a record number of spectators. Since October 20th, no less than 230,000 people (including 10,000 school children) strolled around the aisles and the pontoons where the 20 boats participating in the next non-stop single-handed round-the-world race without assistance are moored. An obvious success!... [more]
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Water Margin: Hong Kong's Link to the Sea
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
And then we get to the ‘Challenges'. An inundation of plastic. Waterborne litter. Sewage pumped into Victoria Harbour. Storm drains. Degraded water quality. Reclamation. How on earth, one is moved to ask, did it come to this? The rape of a natural resource and an environment that has given so much to Hong Kong and received so little care in return.... [more]
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Royal Phuket Marina to double berthing capacity
Royal Phuket Marina,
Even during the summer low season, RPM was the only marina in Phuket with 120 per cent occupancy. Extensive new moorings accommodating an additional 100 berths are now being developed in preparation for the coming high season. 'Expanded berthing facilities are needed to accommodate fast-growing demand,' said RPM developer Gulu Lalvani.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta - Hectic day 3 in Shenzhen
Andy Rice,
On a hectic day three at the China Cup International Regatta in Shenzhen, with wind gusting to 20 knots and rocks and moored ships to navigate, there was plenty to keep the 91 teams occupied and entertained. Many teams would have wished for a day like Sea Wolf's, whose two race wins have maintained a perfect score of straight victories for Yan Yuye's Archambault 40 in IRC division 3.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta - Day 3 images by Stefano Gattini
Carlo Borlenghi,
Images from day three of the China Cup International Regatta by photographer Stefano Gattini.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta - Seven jump the gun on day 2
Andy Rice,
After day two of the China Cup International Regatta in Shenzhen, there were some surprises in store for sailors as they looked at the results. Such is the competitive nature of the Beneteau 40.7 fleet, seven boats jumped the gun in today's first of three windward/leeward races, and paid the price with an OCS disqualification.... [more]
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Accused British sail trainers off the hook for four of seven charges
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A British sailing school owner and a skipper employed by the firm have been acquitted of four of seven charges relating to the rescue of training yacht Liquid Vortex in January this year. Three charges, however remain for the two, which relate to checking weather forecasts, planning of the voyage and failing to identify and assess risks to the vessel and crew.... [more]
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2012 Olympics: The Medalists thoughts on Kites and Windsurfers
Richard Gladwell,
At the Medal Winners Media Conference held after the Medal Ceremony for the Mens and Womens Windsurfing Event at the 2012 Olympics, the new Olympic Medalists were asked their thoughts on the decision to change the event from Windsurfing to Kiteboarding the 2016 Olympics.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa sails for the first time in the Hauraki Gulf
Carlo Borlenghi,
Italian America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa, was out sailing on the Hauraki Gulf today - just a week after being launched in Auckland. It was a grey day in Auckland, which started with light winds before the breeze came in to a modest strength - ideal for a first sail.... [more]
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Yacht babes and weddings at Xiamen Boat Show
WhatsOnXiamen,
The four-day event will continue in its water-land theme, and a series of related events, including yacht trial driving, a yacht baby competition, a yacht photography competition, yacht test tours and an on-site show of luxury cars and helicopters, are to be organized. In addition to this, a wedding photography zone, high-end lifestyle zone, and overseas countries zone will also be set up... [more]
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America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray talks to Mark Heeley +Video
Bob Killick,
Mark Heeley talks America's Cup with Iain Murray in the 18 footer rigging park Double Bay, Sydney......Iain dropped down to check out Steve Jarvin's new number one rig set up on Gotta Luv it 7 and had a few comments after the race to Mark Heeley's pointed questions.... [more]
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Crimea to attract cruising sailors to the Black Sea
Lee Mylchreest,
Several years ago Bulgaria decided to become yacht friendly, encouraging yachts to travel up the Bosphorus through Istanbul to the Black Sea. Now, if a planned marina development becomes a reality, Crimea will soon be adding to the reasons why cruising sailors should include the Black Sea in their touring itinerary.... [more]
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Marmaris International Race Week now underway
Icarus Sailing Media,
Marmaris International Race Week is now underway in one of Turkey's tourist hotspots. Teams and boats have been split into eight groups and the many sailors gathered in this popular port town in the Mediterranean coast for the 23rd edition of this exciting event, were eager to get started with the always demanding inshore races scheduled for today.... [more]
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HMS Bounty sinks in Hurricane Sandy - two missing
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
As east coast America battens down and floods and high surf swamp the coastline, a tall ship has already fallen victim to Hurricane Sandy. Replica tall ship HMS Bounty was caught in the rough seas off the North Carolina Coast and began taking on water, forcing a rescue operation.... [more]
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High Season sailing for Act II of the 2012 Phuket Dinghy Series
Event Media,
Act II of the 2012 Phuket Dinghy Series took place over the weekend of 27th and 28th October in front of Bliss Beach Club on Bang Tao Beach with 16 Optimists and four Lasers competing for the Act II title and amassing points in the three-event Series.... [more]
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Indonesia opens its heart to long range cruisers
Nancy Knudsen,
...and hopes they will open their pockets. About 500 yachts a year visit Indonesia. For a tropical country blessed with thousands of remote and interesting islands, that is very few of the 50,000 yachts that sail through Asia. While it has traditionally been complicated and time consuming to obtain a cruising permit for Indonesia, the emerging country is now saying 'Yes!' to yachts.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Oracle's options to get back into the Game
Richard Gladwell,
With just ten months left to the Defence of the 34th America's Cup, Oracle Team USA's current situation is not ideal. But it certainly isn't terminal either. After her capsize and subsequent retrieval from San Francisco Bay on October 16, there has been little by the way of comment from the team as to the state of the damage to their first launched AC72.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: 'You're gonna see a boat that's really cool'
Volvo Ocean Race,
The 65-foot one-design boat for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race will be very forward thinking according to Patrick Shaughnessy, president of Farr Yacht Design. 'The overwhelming impression will be of a top level Grand Prix racing boat,' says Shaughnessy, the boss of the company responsible for the new design.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA - Repairs and Construction
Oracle Team USA,
One week after capsizing on San Francisco Bay, Oracle Team USA says it is busy moving forward with repairs on the first AC72. At the same time, construction is well underway on the team's second boat. Attention now turns to scheduling and balancing work lists as the team prepares not only to get sailing again as soon as possible, but also to race next summer.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference - Events and equipment to be decided
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Council is responsible for determining the events and equipment used at the Olympic Sailing Competition. The same slate is then used at the ISAF Sailing World Championships and ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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