News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Team Canada reports from the Korea Cup 2012
Team Canada reports from the Korea Cup 2012

'Giles Oland and Mike Evans at the 2012 Korea Cup'    Mike Evans    Click Here to view large photo

I'm in Korea this week racing in the Korea Cup 2012. It's always interesting traveling to Asia and this time is no different. The culture and sights are so different than Nova Scotia that it is never boring and always entertaining!

This year, I'm fortunate to have Giles Oland with me and the two of us are Team Canada for this event. There are also teams here from USA, Russia, China and the Philippines.

The Korea Cup International Yacht Race is composed of four separate races; two inshore and two offshore races that start at Uljin and go to Ulleung Island then Dok Do Island and back to Uljin. We are racing a Taylor 47 appropriately named 'Diva'.

The racing has been tougher this year than last. We completed the Uljin inshore race earlier this week and only managed a fourth against some very stiff talent from Team Russia in a Beneteau First 40.7. We also had some crew issues to work through as I really don't speak Korean and my crew doesn't speak a whole lot of English! Trying to give any direction on short notice is very difficult but we improved as the race went on.

The next day, we participated in the first of the offshore races and what a great race it was! We banged the start in Uljin and headed for Ulleung. It was a short race for an offshore event at only 85 nm, but what a sail! It was a beautiful sunny day with a nice 10-15 knots of breeze with a following sea; outstanding! The only problem was it was a beam reach and we couldn't move the apparent wind back far enough to get the symmetric spinnaker going. Some boats were flying A-kites with some success, while others were wiping out with the tight angle. We were surrounded by the Beneteau 40.7's the entire race. One of them in particular got away from us at the start and it took us 30 miles to reel him in and make the pass to take the lead.

That didn't last long though, as everyone was working hard to make their boats go fast. Eventually that same 40.7 got his kite going enough to pass from underneath quite a distance to leeward. Unfortunately for him, he then sailed into a large hole and with Giles at the helm we passed him again near the finish.

Team USA is having a real tough time here in a very hot Sydney 40. After a disappointing inshore race, it looked like they had the first offshore race in the bag only to sail into the same hole at nightfall as the First 40.7 did. Unbeknownst to us, they had reached Ulleung Island first and then sat in a wind hole while seven other boats, including ours, passed them. Results for the offshore haven't been posted yet but one thing I do know is that it's 2-0 Canada-USA!

Hopefully, the Canadian Team’s sense of humour for crew over board rescues is appreciated world wide -  Mike Evans   Click Here to view large photo

Today is the Ulleung Island inshore race and it's a beautiful day here so we're hoping for the best. The Koreans have been superb hosts and the hospitality is second to none. More news to come.

The race website is here:

by Mike Evans


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

3:47 PM Sat 26 May 2012GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,

America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team by Richard Gladwell,,

Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland

2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul

Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/,

Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England

IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   
Frostad proud to have seven Volvo Ocean Race boats with seven sponsors *Feature   
RC44 World Championship - Bronenosec Sailing Team on form   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng defends third position   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind emerges into the sunlight   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Team SCA with the   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Azzam and Team Campos   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Twist of fate on day 5   
Mallorca’s Puerto Portals to host the 2015 TP52 World Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board with Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain with on board with Team Dongfeng   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Teams ready for action   
USA Match Racing Grand Slam Series - Kicks off in Chicago   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT