Today is the last day of the Lunar New Year, so a hearty Kung Hei Fat Choi to all our readers. In Hong Kong it is characteristically cold and wet, but that didn't stop the COA stalwarts heading for Macau on the annual trip to let off fireworks and stock up on good Portuguese port.
Further afield, and in slightly warmer climes, the Singapore Straits Regatta (www.straitsregatta.com) is ready for its 18th edition (starts Thursday 26 January), and if you fancy a relaxed trip around some of the major beauty spots of Phang Nga Bay, then you should be thinking about ‘The Bay Regatta – Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi' (www.bay-regatta.com) which cruises off on 01 February.
And then the thoroughly unique adventure that calls itself The Neptune Regatta (www.neptune-regatta.com) follows on starting 05 February. Right now, in Asia, down near the equator is a good place to be!
There's a story here about building the first of the AC ‘big boats' – Grant Dalton and the ETNZ boys are into the build programme of their AC72. Heady stuff.
And the Volvo fleet are en route to Singapore on the latest leg of the stop-start, not-quite-a-race-around-the-world, marketing tour of unlikely sailing stopovers. We know some of the people involved, personally, and won't hear a word against the sailors and their endeavours – but at the same time cannot quite get the head around a round-the-world race that can be won without actually sailing around the world. OK so it's just spin, but it leaves a funny taste in the mouth, and smacks badly of tails wagging dogs...
Planet Solar is taking on security crew (read – big chaps with guns) for their trip through the Gulf of Aden. Fair enough – with a cruising speed of 4kts and a top ‘burst' speed of 8kts they certainly aren't going to be able to outrun any Somali pirates!
We really appreciate all the people and Clubs that submit stories and news – posting on Sail-World guarantees you and your sponsors maximum visibility in the sailing world all over Asia. In this newsletter there is a story on ‘How To” – guidelines for contributors. We look forward to hearing from you – from more of you, and more often!
If it's warm where you are – enjoy. It it's not, get warm. And start planning your sailing calendar for the rest of the year.
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