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13 Oct 2007

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Today was the first day of the RHKYC's 'flagship' event for big boats, the China Coast Regatta, with title sponsors Total Lubmarine Asia Pacific in the chair for the second year. The opening round was a 20-mile trip round the bushes, with w/l cans racing on the programme for tomorrow.

There won't be too many Open 60s in the next Velux 5 Oceans Race - none, in fact. But the race has 'a bright future', they say. Read all about it.

And last week a little-known and even less-publicised event took place quietly in Shanghai - the Special Olympics. Read this too - bet there have been times when you wished the RO would move the finish line for you! It's great.

Sail World Asia will be out on the water at the China Coast Regatta again tomorrow, hoping that the breze stays in, the sun comes out and the smog disappears. Optimists are not just small boats...

Total Lubmarine Asia Pacific China Coast Regatta
By Event Media,
A grey Hong Kong day greeted the 38 entrants in Total Lubmarine Asia Pacific China Coast Regatta 2007, but, accompanied by a 20-25 knot easterly, the cobwebs from the previous night's welcome drinks were quickly blown away by the 1155hrs warning signal.... [more]

No change as Clipper Fleet head for Equator
By PR,
As the Clipper Fleet starts to encounter the steady south easterly trade winds, the boat speeds have picked up and the crew has had to readjust to upwind sailing again and life on a heel, after what seemed like the longest days of light airs downwind sailing - The Equator is just 138 miles ahead... [more]

Award Double for Mike Golding
By PR,
Mike Golding has this week received two awards for his rescue of fellow yachtsman Alex Thomson during last year´s Velux 5 Oceans round the world race - the Emile Robin Award and The Marine Society Thomas Gray Memorial Trust Silver Medal... [more]

IMOCA dumps Velux 5 Oceans race
By Anna Wardley,
IMOCA, the international governing body of the Open 60 Class, has announced that the next Velux 5 Oceans, starting in 2010, would not form part of their provisional championship calendar of events. This action, will prevent skippers in the Velux 5 Oceans race from winning points toward the IMOCA championship... [more]

Special Olympics: They Know They Can!
By Alistair Skinner,
Put almost 100 competitors from over a dozen countries together and you can expect the competition to be fierce. On Dianshan Lake, just to the west of Shanghai, it was not much different. This was the venue for the 2007 Special Olympics Sailing Regatta which closed yesterday after a week of competition... [more]

Seven Challengers take umbrage at Cup Protocol
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Just two weeks after the finish of the 32nd America's Cup, seven of the Challengers signed a letter expressing their views of the Protocol which had been signed between the Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve, and their Challenger of Record Club Nautico Espanol de Vela.... [more]

A Bright Future for the Velux 5 Oceans in 2010/11
By Anna Wardley,
Following the recent announcement in September of VELUX’s continued sponsorship of the 5 Oceans yacht race, today (October 10) saw IMOCA, the international governing body of the Open 60 Class, announce that the next edition of the VELUX 5 OCEANS in 2010 would not form part of the provisional championship calendar of events.... [more]

Vendée Globe 2008-09 to make history
By Vendée Globe Media,
Twenty years after its first edition, when this race was first created around an idea, which was both simple and crazy: sail single-handed non-stop around the world via the three capes without any external assistance, Philippe de Villiers, race organiser, officially presented the 2008/09 Vendée Globe in Paris today, Wednesday 10th October 2007.... [more]

Clipper fleet stretches out - 405 miles to leader
By PR,
With Durban 2010 and Beyond in the lead, the Clipper race from La Rochelle to Salvador has now stretched out to 405 miles between first and last. Durban has a 34 mile lead from nova Scotia and a 405 miles lead over the tailenders, New York at 18:00hrs Wednesday... [more]

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