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 01 Mar 2011

Plenty of news from around Asia today, starting with the forthcoming 16th China (Shanghai) International Boat Show, now the grand-daddy of all the China boats shows, that famously started with a few enthusiasts and a couple of tables in an underground car park in 1996. It's come a long way since then.

China is threatening a new tax on luxury yachts, just as Hainan gears up to welcome as many superyachts as they can entice down there.

And in Hong Kong it's all about Schools and Nations. According to the eligibility rules for the RHKYC Nations Cup, I can sail for Yemen (I was born in Aden), but I guess I'll have a tough time finding qualified crew, so may just have to do it in a Laser!

The PWA (Professional Windsurfing Association) Grand Slam is in Asia, too - Vietnam, to be precise. Reports, below. And then there's all the news from the rest of the world - Volvo, Velux, Barcelona, and 'the Freo Files' - a great reminder of what many have called the 'best AC regatta ever'.

Hmmm... must be time for a cup of coffee. Take a break.

Guy Nowell, Editor

16th China (Shanghai) International Boat Show - coming soon
CIBS Media,
Depending on the report you read, China now ranks second or third amongst the economies of the world. Shanghai provides over RMB500 Billion (USD75Bn) of that economy and last year the show sold over RMB300 Million (USD45M) in boats, all numbers which are impressive. China is not slowing down and neither is the apparent desire for Chinese enthusiasts to own their own piece of floating assets.... [more]
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RHKYC Inter-Schools Sailing Festival, 26-27 February 2011
RHKYC Event Media,
This year was the ninth year of the Interschool Regatta organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and once again it broke all records. A total of 148 sailors in 20 teams took part, including one school team from Macau. The teams were split into two divisions, RS Feva and RS Q'Ba. A total of 98 races were sailed over two days consisting of a round-robin format before the petit and grand finals.... [more]
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Hong Kong Nations' Cup - 20 April 2011
RHKYC Media,
The inaugural Hong Kong Nations' Cup race will be held on Sunday 10 April, out of the RHKYC in Causeway Bay. Any boat can enter, under the latest Round The Island handicaps: that's anything from a Laser, through J/80s and Hobies, up to Jelik (76'). The unique feature of this race is that everybody on board any one boat must be of the same nationality... [more]
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Vietnam PWA Grand Slam day 4 - Thode fires
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam - Kiri Thode slays Jose Estredo to continue his unbeaten streak, and wins the first ever Vietnam PWA Grand Slam.... [more]
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China's tourism island (Hainan) to tap yacht market
Xinhua News Agency,
Government officials used to be wary of the luxurious image of yachting for fear of upsetting social harmony, particularly given the widening rich-poor gap in China, Wang Dafu, chairman of the Shenzhen Visun Real Estate Group, and a deputy to the Hainan provincial people's congress, was quoted as saying.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 victory to the French
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - It was what has become a classic series finish to Act 1 at The Wave, Muscat, Oman. The all-French team of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild clinched victory in the final double point's race at the end of an astonishing 32 races over 5 days.... [more]
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New tax on China yachts? More boats looking for Hong Kong berths?
Sail-World Asia, and China Daily,
Owners of yachts - a luxury that is gaining popularity among China's newly rich - will have to pay an annual vessel tax based on the length of their craft if a draft law is passed by the top legislature. The latest draft of the vehicles and vessels taxation law was submitted to the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee for second reading on Wednesday.... [more]
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2011 China (Shanghai) International Boat Show – Asian Marine & Boating
AMBA Media,
CIBS and the organisers of the Asian Marine Boating Awards are delighted to announce that a panel of judges has been appointed for the AMBA. These are drawn primarily from among the marine and boating media, with addition of a number of experienced marine professionals. Our judges are now going through the process of nominating candidates for awards in the various categories.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Freo Files - KZ-7 forces White Crusader out
Sail-World Archives,
The British Challenger, White Crusader was one of the top boats forced out of the semi-finals for the 1987 Louis Vuitton Cup. Here PJ Montomery anchors the TVNZ coverage of her final race, the arm-wrestle downwind luffing match, followed in a second clip with the Media Conference and comments from White Crusader challenge head, Harold Cudmore.... [more]
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America's Cup: The Freo Files - Erle Williams on wintering over
Sail-World Archives,
Erle Williams is one of the hard men of New Zealand sailing. A chip off the old block. Erle was a watch captain aboard Whitbread line honours winner at the age of just 22years old. Less than four years later he was bowman aboard KZ-7 in the Louis Vuitton Cup. Here he tells how the Kiwis under the baton of Michael Fay and whip of Laurent Esquier and friends...... [more]
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Barcelona World Race podium race on
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - The battle for third place in the Barcelona World Race may appear to be slightly remote from the leading duo, more than 1400 miles behind Virbac-Paprec 3 and Mapfre, who this afternoon had around 1200 miles to make to Cape Horn.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Groupama Team campaign down to business
Kate Jennings translation,
Since 15 February, Groupama Sailing Team has really been getting down to business at their base in Lorient, France. From the four corners of the globe and France, the crew of the future Groupama 4 are back on Breton soil to get back down to training.... [more]
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America's Cup - USA 17 trimaran back home
Oracle Racing,
America's Cup - The ship carrying USA 17 passed underneath the Golden Gate Bridge at 0530 PST and berthed alongside San Francisco's Pier 80 at 0650.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - North American interest growing
World Match Racing Tour,
While the popularity of match racing in North America has traditionally lagged behind the levels of enthusiasm seen elsewhere around the world, a recent steep rise in the number of events and participants indicates that the tide is starting to turn... [more]
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Vietnam PWA Grand Slam Day 3 - Thode v Estredo showdown
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam day three sees no change at the top after the second full single elimination. At the end of the day on the final horn, it was anyone's guess who'd won - over to the judges.... [more]
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Board or Kite-Board: Why not having both in the Olympics?
Markus Schwendtner,
One of the most debated issues behind closed doors is surely the question on what 'Board OR Kite-Board' exactly means, as it was decided by the ISAF council during the 2011 ISAF annual conference in Athens.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans interesting developments
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Derek Hatfield and Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski were today neck and neck in the sprint for the finish line of the third leg of the race. Separated by just a few miles, the race rivals could see each other from their yachts, an incredible achievement given they have been at sea for more than three weeks and have covered more than 6,000 nautical miles through the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 - Andrea Francolini's 'Best Of' event images
Andrea Francolini images,
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 'Best Of' images are presented by ace photographer Andrea Francolini. We hope you enjoy Andrea's choices from the event, which has just concluded in Sydney.... [more]
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Vietnam PWA Grand Slam Day 2 sees Thode on fire
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam day 2 and the double elimination roared into action shortly after one o'clock on day two. In conditions mirroring the single elimination, competition got underway in a steady twenty five knot cross onshore breeze, with moderate sized chop over most of the sailing area.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 Worlds Race 10 - Transfusion Team new World Champions,
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2011 Race 10. Nerone was two points ahead and would win on a count back, so it was do or die for Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, John Kostecki and the Transfusion team.... [more]
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Vietnam PWA Grand Slam 2011 Day 1 - Throde gets dialled
Kiri Thode gets dialed into the Mui Ne rhythm to secure single elimination victory on the opening day of competition in Vietnam.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Halfway from Wellington to Cape Horn
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Though the two leaders had become increasingly isolated at the head the fleet, with nearly twelve hundred miles now between Virbac-Paprec 3 and third placed Renault Z.E Sailing Team, the third to fifth placed peloton were back up to full speed this afternoon.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans fleet passed The Horn
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - After almost three weeks at sea, the third ocean sprint is now firmly on the home straight towards Punta del Este and the battle for positions at the back of the fleet couldn't be tighter. Whilst the toughest part of the 6000 nautical mile leg is now over, there is no time to relax as changeable winds will make the next day or so crucial for the final standings.... [more]
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