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 06 Apr 2012

The Rolex China Sea Race 2012 50th Anniversary fleet is pausing for breath a couple of hundred miles south of Hong Kong. No threat to the record this time, even from the stray 90-footer that has nobody to race against except the clock. The best breeze for the trip so far (race started yesterday 1220hrs) was probably the 10 minutes before and after the start in Victoria Harbour.

(Hey, did anyone notice - no little red hats at the Mount Gay Rum party on Monday? I reckon that a 'Rolex China Sea Race 2012, 50th Anniversary' Mount Gay hat would have been an absolutely gold-plated collector's item, and something any self-respecting sailor would be wearing for years to come. Instead, there were some rather nasty white hats destined for the nearest bin. Marketing? Beats me...)

Meanwhile, as the Volvo Demolition Derby crashes its way around the bottom of the planet, even VOR CEO Knut Frostad describes the attrition rate of boats is 'unacceptable.' We like the well-worn saying that 'in order to win, first you have to finish,' but this is getting silly. By the time this global marketing tour is over, every single boat (and there are only six of 'em) will have been sidelined at one point or other. Me, I'm racing on an X-99 on Saturday afternoon. The plan is to complete the first beat, retire to Yau Ley for lunch after a structural failure in the fridge department, get shipped back to the clubhouse on a barge, and claim a win on points. Any questions?

Lastly, ISAF elections coming up, and it's worth knowing who is in the frame even if you can't vote. That's right, just like elections for the Hong Kong Chief Executive. So take a look at David Kellett's profile - isn't that the sort of person you'd like to see in the ISAF chair?

Guy Nowell, Editor

Rolex China Sea Race 2012 - a marathon, not a sprint
RHKYC Event Media,
Maybe the Philippines' weather patterns have come north to greet the fleet, but whatever the reason this is not a blast reach to Subic Bay. A quick look at the tracker image shows some very unusual fleet manoeuvres, with the fast and leading boats diving away to the south before heading east again, and the less fast boats making the easterly turn before the southerly.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race fleet splits
At the 50th Anniversary Rolex China Sea Race there has been a split in the fleet. Alan Tillyer on Genuine Risk gave some on-the-water details. 'The first night was a bit bumpy to begin with and we had up to about 15 knots of wind. We ran off low and made good progress South. The wind then eased and headed up slightly; we kept going with that wind.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race - Genuine Risk leads at first sked
The Rolex China Sea Race got underway today under near-perfect conditions for a start in Victoria Harbour, just off the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Good Easterly breeze at about 12-15 knots gave the 26 participating boats the push they needed to get the 50th Anniversary race underway.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race 2012 - start today 1220hrs
RHKYC Event Media,
Fifty years is a significant milestone for any sailing event, and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is proud that in that time, the 565-nautical mile course from Hong Kong to the Philippines has grown from its first race in 1962 with only 5 yachts to become.... not only the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's flagship sailing event.... but an event that is widely recognised as Asia's premier offshore race.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race 50th anniversary at Royal Hong Kong YC
Rolex China Sea Race kicks off tomorrow Wednesday 4th April. Activity at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is gearing up for Asia's premier Category 1 Offshore race with 26 competitors on the start line. The diverse fleet ranges from the sole participating Maxi, Geoff Hill's Genuine Risk, to the many 50 and 40-footers competing for the China Sea Race Trophy on corrected time... [more]
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America's Cup: Energy Team signs up with Oracle Racing for an AC72
Ricahrd Gladwell,
Energy Team (FRA) have announced they have concluded a licence agreement with Oracle Racing to purchase a base-line AC72 design package, The move is a strong indicator that the team will become a full-blown Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, and they say they will become the fifth team intending to build an AC72.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Tension mounts onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 18 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: I'd like to be able to say we're the last boat standing, because as the only boat yet to suspend racing this leg that's the way it feels, but in actual fact Telefónica is very much a threat to our first leg win as they make their charge well to the east.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Latest images from onboard - Groupama dismasting
Yann Riou, Groupama,
Groupama's MCM, Yann Riou, has just filed these images taken aboard the Volvo Ocean race entry Groupama, skippered by Franck Cammas, after her dismasting 650nm from the finish of Leg 5 in Itajai, Brazil... [more]
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ISAF Presidential Candidate plans to sail a new course,
There will be an election for a new ISAF President at the annual conference in Dublin Ireland in November 2012. Australia's David Kellett, who for 14 years has been on the ISAF executive - ten years as a Vice President and four as ISAF treasurer - was the first person to formally advise his intention to stand for the ISAF President at the end of 2011.... [more]
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Melbourne wins bid to host ISAF Sailing World Cup 2013 to 2016
Lauren Garnet,
Yachting Victoria's major event arm Sail Melbourne, in conjunction with the State Government of Victoria, are delighted to announce today their successful bid to host the Oceania Leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne for the next four years. The event will be held at the Sandringham Yacht Club later in the year, kick starting the Oceania leg of the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup series... [more]
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Yacht race cancelled due to wrecked container ship debris
Floating wreckage and oil spilled from the wrecked container ship MV Rena, has forced the cancellation of the Auckland to Tauranga Race, less than 24 hours before the race was due to start on Thursday 5 April. There 22 entrants listed for the race, which included the ORMA60 trimaran Team Vodafone Sailing, which was expected to break the race record, on her third attempt.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi turns south towards Cape Horn
The Emirati Volvo Ocean race entry, Abu Dhabi has made a change of course, and is now headed south. Previously the Ian Walker skippered Volvo 70, looked set to follow Camper into the Chilean port of Puerto Montt, however a few hours ago the course tracker showed a turn to starboard, and she would appear to be headed south and possibly to attempt to round Cape Horn.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper suspends racing and begins motoring + Video
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand has officially suspended racing in Leg Five of the Volvo Ocean Race and began the 180 nautical mile trip up the fjord to Puerto Montt. Camper suspended racing at just past 1400h NZT, near the southern entrance of the fjord and under race rules must return to this point when racing is resumed after the repair is completed.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 4 underway
Oliver Dewar,
The four Class40s in the double-handed race Global Ocean Race are now heading for Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Throughout a windless and cloudless morning, the GOR teams continued to load their Class40s with the final necessities of fresh vegetables and bread on the shadeless pontoons in the blistering sun.... [more]
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Jeanne Socrates announces next solo circumnavigation - non stop
Nancy Knudsen,
55 days across the South Indian Ocean, but she's just 'going home'. Jeanne Socrates, sailing maths whiz and the oldest female circumnavigator on the planet, has announced in Hobart she is definitely planning her next attempt at a non-stop solo circumnavigation, but she's going to sail the Pacific first, 'home' to Canada to prepare.... [more]
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RYA Sailability fundraiser welcomes HRH The Princess Royal
Susie Nation-Grainger,
RYA Sailability held a fundraiser, in conjunction with Coutts bank and law firm Farrer and Co, on Thursday 29 March welcoming HRH The Princess Royal and Skandia Team GBR's Alex Rickman and Niki Birrell as the guests of honour.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Two crew rescued from Geraldton
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Race yacht Geraldton Western Australia has undergone a rescue operation after crew members on board sustained injuries when the boat was hit by a large wave in heavy seas on Saturday. Two of the injured crew members have been transferred successfully onto a US Coast Guard cutter.... [more]
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Alpari World Match Racing Tour preview
Alpari World Match Racing Tour is just over seven weeks away and with established names set to be pitted alongside a new breed of Tour Card Holder, old rivalries will be rekindled and new ones ignited this season. The story of 2012 could not have been better written for Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar. After early season dominance from Francesco Bruni and then Torvar Mirsky, he rose to the top... [more]
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22ft Dhow Sailing Championship - Hareb clinches victory
Alice Ekonomou,
22ft Dhow Sailing Championship final heat was held off the Mina Seyahi waters of DIMC on Saturday. Sultan Saeed Hareb led a tactical race to take Shamardel to a final flourish. With perfect winds ruling the course, it was skipper Hareb's tactical brilliance that saw him lead from the start and clinch victory over the chasing pack of Al Iz, Ghalais, Al Liya and Mujahir in an entertaining race.... [more]
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London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition at WPNSA
London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition is being held from 1st to 5th September. A total of twenty three nations have qualified to sail in the waters of Weymouth Bay. As the host nation, Great Britain has filled their quota with sailors in all three of the Paralympic events. Joining them with sailors in the 2.4mR, SKUD18 and Sonar will be Australia, Canada, Italy and the USA.... [more]
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