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20 May 2008

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Grey, wet and miserable in Hong Kong, so we hope that all of you everywhere else are enjoying better weather. It was good enough, though, for the RHKYC's closing event of the sailing season, the Spring Regatta.

We have a novice skipper 'coming clean' in the Confessional (he says writing the story was 'strangely cathartic'), and news of yet another full-on rescue from the South China Sea. There's a bit of 'editorialising' goes with that one, and Sail-World Asia will be very happy to hear your opinions on the subject.

Don't waste any more time looking at this bit: read on..!

RHKYC Spring Regatta 2008
RHKYC Events / Sail-World Asia,
With better breeze than forecast by the observatory, 81 boats took to Victoria Harbour today to compete in Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Spring Regatta. The largest fleets were the Etchells and Flying Fifteens with 12 boats apiece, followed closely by the Impalas with 11 boats.... [more]

You Only Live Twice - rescued (again)
Guy Nowell,
Last week we reported the rescue of two oarsmen and their boat, Sunny, who had set out to row from Subic Bay (Philippines) to Hebe Haven (Hong Kong) to raise money for charity – and incidentally become the first people ever to make the 600 nm crossing in a rowing boat. That should have been the end of the story, but it wasn't - not by a long chalk... [more]

Stuck on a comma - a cautionary tale
Andrew Cooper,
“Often Wrong, Never In Doubt”. We all enjoy reading the ‘Lessons Learned' stories of near disasters in Yachting Monthly, don't we? Crew overboard... blowing 35 knots and still twenty miles to windward... engine failure in the shipping lane... aground on a lee shore. But I never thought I would actually feature in one - particularly not one caused by something as small as a comma.... [more]

Keppel to develop marina in China
Robert Carry, Asia Property Report,
Keppel Land Ltd has entered a joint venture with Sunsea Yacht Club (HK) Company Ltd to develop an integrated residential cum marina lifestyle development in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province of China.... [more]

Singapore sailors to raise funds for Myanmar
Singapore sailors are organising a fund-raising event tomorrow to help the sailing community of Myanmar, recently devastated by Cyclone Nargis. The ‘Sailors' Appeal: Fund Raising for Our Myanmar Friends', will take place at the National Sailing Centre on 17 May from 10.00am to 1.00pm.... [more]

2nd Kuwait Boat Show Breaks 12,000 mark
Jeni Bone,
The 2nd Kuwait Boat Show International, organised by Knotika Holding took place at the Fahaheel Waterfront, Al Kout, from 29 April to 3 May 2008 and attracted a record breaking 12,000 visitors, achieving more than US$50 million of sales.... [more]

Sport 18 to market Volvo Ocean Race India stopov,
Sport 18, a division of Network 18, has acquired the marketing rights of the Volvo Ocean Race India stopover to be held at Kochi from December 3-13, 2008.... [more]

Malaysian Yachting Assoc reimburses Olympic campai,
Sailor Kevin Lim is getting closer to resolving his dispute with the Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) over his participation in the Beijing Olympics in August. The MYA have agreed to reimburse Kevin the money he spent towards his campaign to earn a record fourth appearance in the Olympics from the World Championships in Australia in February.... [more]

Keeping your Mast Vertical AND in One Piece
Des Ryan,
How often do you personally check your mast? Every time you use the boat? Never? Do you leave it to the experts? Do you know what to check for? What can bring it down anyway? How can you tell the integrity of the stainless steel on your boat?... [more]

New TP52 Quantum Racing third in race debut
Keith Taylor,
The new Botin Carkeek-designed TP 52 Quantum Racing finished third overall at Alicante in the first regatta of the six-race 2008 Audi Med-Cup Circuit. 'This was a good regatta for us,' said Terry Hutchinson, skipper of the new Quantum Racing.... [more]

Sodeb'O on standby - North Atlantic record attempt
Kate Jennings,
Thomas Coville's maxi trimaran Sodeb'O (105 feet) is currently moored at Brooklyn's Gateway Marina in New York, ready to set off on the North Atlantic record attempt. Thomas Coville's objective is to make Lizard Point single-handed in less than 6 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 37 seconds.... [more]

Jamaica leads off on home Clipper leg
Event media,
In fluky wind conditions, varying between 12 and 30 knots predominantly from a north easterly direction, Race 10 to from Panama to Jamaica began at 10:02 local time (15:02 UTC) with a Le Mans start. Jamaica was first off the line, showing determination to break the ‘home port curse' and secure their first win of the Clipper series... [more]

Model your Yacht and Have it Forever
Nancy Knudsen,
She's been faithful and never let you down... you've had wonderful moments with her and will miss her have to let her go, but can't bear to part with her...sound familiar? Well, there's a solution... [more]

Clipper fleet complete Panama Canal transit
Clipper Event media,
Race 10 of the Clipper Round the World yacht race will take the Clipper fleet from Colon, Panama, to Port Antonio, Jamaica, where final preparations are under way to host the fleet in the Errol Flynn Marina.... [more]

Gitana Eighty second, Gitana 13 heads to Taipei
Gitana-Team media,
Gitana Eighty, skippered by Loïck Peyron, currently lies in second position in The Artemis Transat behind leader PRB (Vincent Riou). And after two Chinese stopovers Gitana 13 is now heading towards Taiwan and the town of Taipei.... [more]

BT retires from Artemis Transat
Coralie Rassinoux,
During the blackout phase of The Artemis Transat, Seb Josse, skipper of BT, called his shore team to report that the mainsail on BT had come crashing down. After pushing very hard during this phase of the race to take advantage of the positions blackout, a combination of two linked factors, mast track damage and headboard car lashing failure [holds the mainsail up], led to the crucial failure.... [more]

Alcohol Leading Cause of Boat Deaths
Sail-World Cruising,
Alcohol has been blamed as the leading cause of boat accidents which result in death, according to the US Coast Guard. While total deaths were down in 2007, total accidents were up. 90% of the 688 people drowned were not wearing life jackets, and 75% of the skippers of boats which had an accident had not had boating safety instruction... [more]

Artemis Transat blackout ensures suspense
OC Events and Sam Davies,
Day 7 of The Artemis Transat and the skippers are sailing in the middle of the North Atlantic wearing a tactical blindfold. For the Class40 yachts, this data drought has arrived as the fleet pass through a zone of light, fickle and highly unstable wind. The Class40 leader was Giovanni Soldini on Telecom Italia at the time of yesterday's blackout.... [more]

Mean Machine a winning machine
Audi MedCup media,
Peter de Ridder and the crew of Mean Machine (MON) emerged as winners of the City of Alicante Trophy. Their maiden regatta victory with the brand new Mean Machine, which was only launched on the 3rd of May, mirrors their success with at the start of their 2006 Med Cup Circuit winning season... [more]

Clipper fleet in transat through Panama Canal
Clipper event media,
All ten of the yachts in the Clipper 07-08 fleet are now in Panama. The first three yachts set off early this morning to transit the Panama Canal. Each yacht must have a pilot on board for the passage through the Canal as navigation through Gatun Lake is tricky.... [more]

Wot Wind for Wot Rocket - aiming for 50 knots
Lisa Ratcliff,
'I'd love 30 knots of breeze' admitted Langman this afternoon at the end of the second day of light air testing off Kurnell in Sydney's south as the jets screamed overhead on their way to and from Sydney Airport.... [more]

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