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 23 Oct 2010

Another hugely successful China Coast Regatta has come and gone, further cementing the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's place as one of the very top racing events in Asia. A great fleet, fabulous sailing conditions and high quality race management an organisation makes this event that plenty of Asian events could usefully take a look at.

Right now, Sail-World Asia is in Korea at the Jeeonnam-Jeju International Yacht Race, where the hotel doesn't have towels, let alone an internet connection, and there is no recognisable media centre. So please excuse some patchy reporting. More when possible...

Guy Nowell, Editor

China Coast Regatta 2010 – bring it on, BRING IT ON!
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Yesterday's closer was further proof – as if any were needed – that when it comes to flat-out-racing-never-mind-the-frills, the RHKYC's China Coast Regatta is the very best in Asia. Three days of hard graft on the water closed out with a day of 20+ kts wind (at least two boats recorded 32 kts immediately pre-start), lumpy seas and a swell big enough to swallow the Committee Boat entirely.... [more]
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China Coast Regatta 2010 and the 'two Stugeron swell'
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media,
The final day of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's flagship regatta, sponsored by Ocean Safety, offered a challenge to the fleets, with 25 to 27 knots and a ‘two Stugeron' swell. The conditions deterred some competitors from starting and only 41 of the 47 entries made it across the start line for the first windward/leeward of the day.... [more]
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China Coast Regatta 2010 - more images from Guy Nowell
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
In good healthy 16-knt breeze, the trio of Mills approximately-40-footers (Ambush, Blondie and EFG Bank Mandrake) raced the three back-to-back raced practically in each others' pockets. 'The most fun I've had since a China Sea Series donkey's years ago,' said Jamie Boag.... [more]
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China Coast Regatta 2010 - a long day and hard work on the water
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media,
Champagne sailing with a constant 16 knots gave another line honours to Jelik 3 and another first on corrected time to Evolution Racing in A, Blondie in B and Anthony Root's Archambault 35, Red Kite II in C. J/80 Hakawati, helmed by Jim Johnstone, claimed her first bullet of the regatta, while Simon Boyde's Cave Canem, extended her dominance in the IRC Cruising division.... [more]
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China Coast 2010 starts just the way it's meant to
RHKYC Media,
China Coast Regatta 2010 - Competitors arriving at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Middle Island venue this morning were greeted with a steady drizzle, which quickly gave way to the bright and breezy weather expected from Hong Kong's foremost ‘big boat' regatta.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race 2010 - Start preparations
Alex Bocage,
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2010 - The day before the start of the 2010 Rolex Middle Sea Race and for the crews of the 75 boats registered there are different approaches to be battle ready. Most of the boats have been onsite in Malta for the past week and despite some rough conditions early on, they have been able to get out a few times to practice.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup space up for grabs at Malaysian Match Racing Championship
World Match Racing Tour - With the promise of a berth at the World Match Racing Tour's (WMRT) Championship finale - The Monsoon Cup - on offer for the winner, The Malaysian Match Racing Championship (MMRC) has attracted a stellar field of Malaysia's finest match racers, including two former winners of the MMRC.... [more]
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La Route du Rhum - 86 in Saint-Malo
La Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale,
In the glowing Autumn sunshine 2010 Route du Rhum La Banque Postale took shape and form today around the historic basins in the heart of Saint Malo, a remarkable fleet mustering for what promises to be a remarkable ninth edition. There are nine days still until the start gun sounds at 1302hrs on Sunday 31st October.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans day 5 - Brad Van Liew knock down
Velux 5 Oceans,
rican ocean racer Brad Van Liew had his first scare of the VELUX 5 OCEANS just days into the first ocean sprint when his yacht Le Pingouin was knocked flat in the Atlantic. Brad had been resting in his bunk with Le Pingouin travelling at 20 knots when the power to his autopilot, failed, forcing the boat to crash gybe.... [more]
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America's Cup: Large turnout for secret Challenger Briefing in Paris
America's Cup Media and Sail-World,
Twenty-four prospective teams for the 34th America's Cup met today with the newly established independent organization, America's Cup Race Management (ACRM), regarding the details for the next Cup racing cycle set to begin in 2011 with an America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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Moth World Championships 2011 to be sponsored by Zhik
Scott Babbage,
<:img std_Moth Worlds logo2011.jpg left :>The International Moth Class Association (IMCA) welcomes the timely addition of Zhik as title sponsor of the Zhik 2011 International Moth World Championships and Australian Championships, to be held on Lake Macquarie, Australia in January 2011.... [more]
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America's Cup: new AC45 class build progresses in Warkworth
Ivor Wilkins,
A couple of weeks after his last visit, Ivor Wilkins toured the Core Composites facility to check progress on the new AC45 class that will be used for the opening rounds of the America's Cup World Championship series of regattas. The first set of female moulds have now been constructed from the male moulds that were being finished in the last visit, in preparation for the first layup.... [more]
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Match Racing in Monohulls or Multihulls – Have your say!!
The Sail-World Team,
Now Sail-World gives everyone in the sailing community, both match racers and other sailors the chance to have your say, or rather vote, as we conduct a survey to find out the 'People's Choice' Complete the quick survey below and go into the draw to win one of six Musto fleeces... [more]
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Monsoon Cup Qualifier -Malaysian titles –Defending champion holds lead
Monsoon Cup Media 2010,
The Monsoon Cup, the final round of the ISAF World match Racing Tour is the most prestigious sailing event in Asia and the first of three qualifying events, the Malaysian Match Racing Championship continues to grow in stature as the experience of the local match racers conditions to rise.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup – Malaysian Qualifiers: Semi-Finalists decided
Monsoon Cup Media,
The Monsoon Cup 2010, to be sailed from November 30th to December 5th is the grand finale of the 2010 ISAF World Match Racing Tour and ahead of that there is plenty of match racing action. The first of three qualifying regattas, the 2010 Malaysian Match Racing Championship, is being sailed out of the Ri-Haz Resort, Spa and Marina complex at Pulau Duyong in Terengganu, Malaysia.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was - Olympic Decisions
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on the Olympic decisions for November - following the 'Olympic Decision - will ISAF get caught by a Yorker?' and the earlier 'Olympic sailing destined for another major jolt at Athens in November'. You can have your say by clicking on the reply form on the bottom of http://www.one.sail-world.com/NZ/Gladwells-Line:-Olympic-Decision---will-ISAF-get-caught-by-a-Yorker?/75967!th... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Olympic Decision - will ISAF get caught by a Yorker?
Richard Gladwell,
In just over a couple of weeks the International Sailing Federation's Council will have to make a decision as to whether they have the courage to make the biggest changes ever proposed in the Olympic side of the sport; or, will they compromise and try to almost please almost everybody.... [more]
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2010 VinaCapital Vietnam Race stopped by Super-Typhoon Megi
RHKYC Media,
Rear Commodore Sailing, Russ Parker, stressed that 'RHKYC regards safety as its first priority for all its events, particularly for its international Category 1 Offshore events. It would be unthinkable to send the boats out in front of such a storm.' It was with great regret that the unanimous decision was taken to postpone the this year's Vietnam Race.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship 2010, Annapolis MD - Day 2
Farr 40 Media,
Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship 2010, Annapolis MD - Day 2 - Local knowledge of Chesapeake Bay tides and currents seemed to pay off for the crew of Ramrod, who consistently led the fleet around each and every mark. Large swells and 30 knot gusts did not phase Jabin, who boat handling skills and excellent crew work made for quite the show.... [more]
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New America's Cup Rule - second wingsail but big advantage remains
Richard Gladwell,
A revised version of the measurement rule has been released which will be used for the new AC72 class of catamaran to be sailed in the 34th America's Cup. As with any rule revision, the second release - just a few weeks after the first, tidies up some areas and clarifies others.... [more]
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2010 Neptune Regatta 2010
Nongsa Point Marina 01/02/11
Combined rally/race, inc powerboats, from Nongsa Point Marina (opposite Singapore) to the Equator and back....
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2011 Royal Langkawi International Regatta
Langkawi 11/01/11
Inshore big boat regatta, racers and cruisers....
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2010 Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta
Port Klang 19/11/10
Mixed coastal distance and cans racing...
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2010 Jeonnam-Jeju Yacht Race
Jeonnam 22/10/10
Point to point offshore race...
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