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?
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