The 'Asia' story this last weekend was the RHKYC's annual China Coast Regatta, won in style by first time visitor Ray Roberts, but with Chris Meads' Full Metal Jacket snapping at his heels. In the B division Ambush (Joachim Isler and Drew Taylor) cleaned up for the second year in a row, this time with 7 straight wins from 7 races.
Ambush came from the drawing board of Mark Mills, and so did Alegre, Andy Soriano's 68-footer which took Line Honours in the Rolex Middle Sea Race last year, and has scooped the handicap win this time round. Impressive.
We revisit the AC soap (of course), and take at look at Vestas Sailrocket's latest attack on the World Speed Record.
Guy Nowell Editor, Sail-World Asia
Rolex Middle Sea Race line honours for ICAP Leopard Media, The 2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race line honours have gone to ICAP Leopard (GBR), Mike Slade's supermaxi. Despite their best efforts, the race record has eluded them this year.... [more] Onsend this story
China Coast Regatta 2009 - big bang for the last day's racing Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC, What a difference a day makes. 29 of 30 entrants reported to the start line in a meaty, bouncy 21 knots of breeze for the start to the last day of Hong Kong's favourite three day inshore series. All Divisions were ready for a final windward leeward, followed by an Islands course to take them back to RHKYC Kellett Island for the Overall Prize-giving party.... [more] Onsend this story
China Coast Regatta 2009 - a short wait for breeze Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC, Grizzled veterans of China Coast Regatta did not look enthralled with conditions as they arrived at RHKYC's Middle Island Sailing Centre for Day 2 of China Coast Regatta 2009 and, as the RO checked the available wind off the South East of Lamma Island and found only 3 to 4 knots, it was not looking good on the race track either.... [more] Onsend this story
Roberts' flying start at China Coast Regatta Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, 'Bright and breezy, free and easy' is how the old song used to go, and although there was a tad less breeze to start proceedings for the China Coast Regatta than we have been used to in recent years, there was still plenty to play with. After a short AP on account of a 15 deg wind shift, Race Officer Steve Bourne raised the curtain on the 2009 edition of the RHKYC's number one event.... [more] Onsend this story
RHKYC China Coast Regatta 2009 - Day 1 RHKYC Event Media, In line with recent tradition, a significant wind shift just before the first start heralded the raising of the AP, but after a few minutes, the breeze steadied at 11 knots 080 degrees and Race Officer Steve Bourne was able to get the IRC Racing division underway, albeit with some eager entrants being over at the start.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper Ventures publishes Eco 60 rules and regulations Media, The Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 will see the Eco 60, a new class of offshore racing boat, competing for the first time in the event. 'The Eco 60 Class is an exciting new concept that has proven to be extremely popular with skippers and sponsors alike, with ten entries now confirmed for the next Velux 5 Oceans' - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.... [more] Onsend this story
Extreme 40 Circuit without Title Sponsor for 2010 as iShares withdraws Media, The Extreme Sailing Series, owned and organised by OC Events, is looking for a Title Sponsor after the withdrawal of iShares for the 2010 season.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Middle Sea Race images - onboard DSK and fleet aerials Carlo Borlenghi and Bruno Cocozza images, The Rolex Middle Sea Race - Photographer Bruno Cocozza was onboard DSK Pioneer Investments and offers this gallery of images, showing just what 'race life' is about. Photographer Carlo Borlenghi took to the air and offers these images of various yachts crashing their way through the ocean.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Far from over Media, The 30th Rolex Middle Sea Race is far from over with only eight yachts finished, thirty-nine yachts still on the course and twenty-three retired.... [more] Onsend this story
The story is out: Jessica Watson's collision report Nancy Knudsen, As Jessica's Pink Lady heads for the tip of New Zealand, the just released ATSB preliminary report into the collision that turned her overnight into a world media sensation has cleared some mysteries surrounding the now-famous incident.. One of the mysteries was how Jessica, heading southeast from the coast towards a ship travelling north could possibly have damaged her starboard hull.... [more] Onsend this story
World Match Race Tour - Minoprio at top of game going into Monsoon Cup Tracey Johnson, The 2009 World Match Racing Tour climaxes at the fifth Monsoon Cup to held in Terengganu on the east coast of Malaysia from 1 to 6 December when 12 teams clash in the 2009 Tour deciding event. World Match Racing Tour leader, New Zealander Adam Minoprio and his ETNZ/Black Match team are on top of their game as they head towards the final event on the circuit this year.... [more] Onsend this story
COA HK-Macau Race - typhoon warning Wayne Robinson, HK Cruiser Owners' Association, To those who have already entered the HK-Macau Race on 24th -26th October, and those who are still thinking about it and haven't put in an Entry Form yet, please note:... [more] Onsend this story
Vestas Sailrocket - Contrasts and disappointments Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket is in Walvis Bay, Namibia. The Sailrocket Team are attempting to break the World Sailing Speed record. As it stands there are no great forecasts coming up. Of course that will change... but now I start to hear the clock tick as day by day options fade away.... [more] Onsend this story
Dubai Traditional 43ft Dhow Sailing Championships - Heat 1 report Sharon Allison, Dubai Traditional 43 ft Dhow Sailing Championships - Today's 15-knot west northwesterly wind took the fleet on a one leg cross wind course for thirteen kilometers along the Dubai coastline to arrive at the finish line next to Port Rashid.... [more] Onsend this story
She's off! Jessica Watson departs Australia - but for what record? Nancy Knudsen, After attracting world wide publicity for hitting a cargo ship on her first night at sea, Australian 16-year-old Jessica Watson set out this morning from Sydney on her quest to be the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world non-stop and unassisted. She is leaving just two days before the preliminary report on her skirmish with the bulk carrier, and without the WSSRC to record her journey.... [more] Onsend this story
Alinghi begins training in Ras Al Khaimah, 33rd America's Cup Venue Daphne Morgan-Barnicoat, Alinghi Media, Alinghi, the 33rd America's Cup Defender, cast off from the America's Cup Island of Al Hamra this morning and set sail for its first training day in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. 'The conditions are ideal here for these boats,' said Brad Butterworth, Alinghi team skipper, 'exactly the building sea breeze that we hoped for which means we can sail as much as six days a week'... [more] Onsend this story
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup Poker: 'Your one and up one' Richard Gladwell, What started with a complaint to Justice Shirley Kornreich, by the America's Cup Defender, that the US Challenger had been rather economical with the truth, escalated a few days later with the reply from the Challenger. In their letter Societe Nautique de Geneve claimed 'If the press reports are correct, GGYC may have made false statements to the United States Coast Guard, thereby subjecting it... [more] Onsend this story
Vestas Sailrocket - All efforts to maxxing out the MK1 Paul Larsen, Latest news from the Vestas Sailrocket team on Walvis Bay in Namibia. The team had a few handling issues and I reminded them to stay alert and keep the foil off the sand at all times. These foils need to be in perfect shape... especially the tips. If the nose begins to rise then the top part of the foil will come out of the water meaning that the rest of the foil has to work harder.... [more] Onsend this story
Australia II - Winged Keels revisited Blue Robinson - www.seahorsemagazine.com, Claims that Ben Lexcen did not design the 12 metre Australia II have been cropping up for 26 years. Dutchman Peter van Oossanen in the Sydney Morning Herald and Times Online claims' Ben 'had a flair for shapes, but he wasn't a scientist and he wasn't able to understand the full physics of what was going on'... [more] Onsend this story
High Tech Hot Wheels from McConaghy International John Curnow, The 'Toy Shop' is McConaghy's development area at their Mona Vale facility. It's where the functional and structural necessities of Maxi's, Mini Maxi's and Ocean Racing Yachts are turned into carbon fibre works of art - one of the unique and defining factors of all McConaghy boats.... [more] Onsend this story
Gladwell's Line: New America's Cup legal slugfest signaled by GGYC Richard Gladwell, The two year plus legal saga, otherwise known as the 33rd America's Cup, took a new turn today with the release of a letter from the Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club saying that they were considering filing a new complaint with the New York Supreme Court. This concerns an alleged breech of fiduciary duty, by the Defender and current Trustee, Societe Nautique de Geneve.... [more] Onsend this story
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