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 16 May 2012

Throwing the Tornado out of the Olympics was just the beginning. Now that ISAF, in their relentless search for tv friendliness, have ditched windsurfing (for Rio 2016) in favour or kitesurfing, the commentaries are coming thick and fast. Bruce Kendall and Neil Pryde stories below, and then we hear that Spain and Venezuela have disowned their representatives' votes. And then there's the suggestion that a number of other votes may have been cast incorrectly because the delegates didn't understand the question, so to speak. (If they had ever taken a Hong Kong Pleasure Vessel Operator's Certificate exam the practice would have stood them in good stead).

On a slightly less contentious note, we are delighted to see an apparent resurgence in match racing in Asia - and that's not just the visiting professionals in the WMRT. The RHKYC hosted the hugely successful BNP Paribas Match Racing International Regatta last weekend, and the Malaysian Match Racing Circuit has just run its first event. Both regattas are ISAF Grade 3, and the latter involved the organisational expertise of T-Best Events, gleaned from the running of the Monsoon Cup. Nice crossover - or should that be trickle-down? The RHKYC also ran an Umpires Clinic with a view to boosting the number of match racing umpires in Asia - and therefore facilitating more events of this nature. Watch this space for the next dial-up.

A sad note to end with: Frank Bethwaite, the man that made small boats go fast, has passed away. We met Frank when he came to Hong Kong many years ago, when the Hong Kong STA purchased a number of B-14 skiffs. He was a man of limitless imagination, and equally great kindness and patience. No question was too daft for him to answer, no explanation too simple for him to engage in. Wherever Frank is now, we are sure there is a steady 15kts blowing from whichever point of the compass sends a warm breeze.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Sailing could be next for Olympic axe, says Neil Pryde
Alvin Sallay, South China Morning Post,
Former Olympian and millionaire businessman Neil Pryde has warned sailing is in danger of being kicked out of the Olympics as the fallout continues from the controversial decision to dump windsurfing in favour of kiteboarding for the 2016 Games.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Venezuela splits in ISAF Windsurfing vote debacle
Richard Gladwell,
The Venezuelan national sailing authority is the latest to dissociate itself with the vote of one of its nationals at the recent ISAF Council Meeting staged in Stresa, Italy. In a letter released today, they have expressed their disagreement with the vote of Teresa Lara, one of seven Vice Presidents of the International Sailing Federation.... [more]
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Bruce Kendall: Kite racing in the 2016 Olympics?
Bruce Kendall,
Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist in the Windsurfing Event, Bruce Kendall, presents a very measured view of what lies ahead for both board disciplines, as they contest a 2016 and 2020 Olympic berth: Some say the RSX was not a good Olympic Windsurfing board and had to go. Many say both Kite and RSX should be in the Olympics. Many are also saying Kite should be in the Olympics but not at the... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Spanish admit error and apologise to their windsurfers
Richard Gladwell,
The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation has issued a statement announcing that their representative, Gerardo Seeliger, voted against instructions at the Mid-Year Meeting of the ISAF. The vote between Kiteboarding and Windsurfing was 19-17 and had the Spanish Councillor-substitute voted according to what RFEV claim were his instructions, then the controversial vote would have been tied 18-18... [more]
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BNP Paribas Match Racing International 2012 - Backe victorious
RHKYC Media/Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
BNP Paribas Match Racing International 2012 -... [more]
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BNP Paribas Match Racing International Regatta 2012 - Backe in charge
RHKYC Media,
It is a good indication of the general health of sailing in Asia that this weekend sees the first ISAF-graded match race in Hong Kong since the (very) early 90s, and last week in Thailand a record fleet of 'big boats' contested the Top of the Gulf Regatta. There's activity blossoming at all levels.... [more]
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BNP Paribas Match Racing Visitors' Cup - Lipavsky emerges victorious
Lindsay Lyons,
At the 2012 BNP Paribas Match Racing Visitors' Cup, Vladimir Lipavsky displayed an impressive mastery of tactics and tides to emerge the undisputed winner in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. Early morning, Race Officer Inge Strompf Jepsen found a steady 10 knot easterly in front of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Kellett Island base, and proceeded to set her course with a choice of three windward marks... [more]
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Malaysian Match Racing Circuit Stage 1 - Down to the wire
Miyeera Navaretna,
Malaysian Match Racing Circuit - Day two of stage one started with the remaining matches for Qualifying Round. Jeremy Koo was a picture of confidence as he cruised into the semi- finals after beating long time rival Hazwan Hazim for a straight streak of wins in the Qualifying Round MMRC Stage One.... [more]
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Hong Kong primed for third tilt at Commodores' Cup
Royal Ocean Racing Club,
Having finished fifth on their first attempt in 2008 and second to the run-away Irish two years ago, the Hong Kong team is set to be one of the strongest entries in this year's Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, to be held on the Solent over 22-28th July.... [more]
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A Day at the 700 Yacht Club, Seoul, South Korea
Josephine Lee,,
It's Sunday afternoon at the 700 Yacht Club's Opening Day Regatta. Around a dozen racing yachts are positioned by the starting line. On the start boat, the commodore stands beside the signal flags, looking at his stopwatch and motioning that it's almost time. The blast from the horn rings in my ears, but I'm already crouching with my camera trying to get a shot of the boats as they leap forward.... [more]
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Frank Bethwaite, the father of High Performance Sailing, dies at 92
Richard Gladwell,
The highly regarded designer, meteorologist and sailing scientist, Frank Bethwaite died in Sydney, Australia, this morning. Capable of intensely complex analysis Bethwaite was without peer in the science of high performance sailing. He coupled a very intense analysis approach with the ability to think laterally, and this created the genius that was Frank Bethwaite.... [more]
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NeilPryde Racing Series a success at 2012 Top of the Gulf Regatta in P
NeilPryde Racing Series,
The RS:One Class features a new, attractive, and dynamic race format: one sail, one board - everyone on the same equipment allowing male and female racers of all ages to compete together. Courses were set inside Ocean Marina, just meters from the regatta lawn, providing a unique spectator experience and allowing for some exciting close-quarter competition on the water.... [more]
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Plastic Oceans (Plastic in our playground!) Part 1 - Plastic bags
Ian Thomson,
The ocean is our playground. We sail on it, we swim in it, we fish from it and without it we don't have 60-80% of the world's oxygen........So why do we abuse it? The reason we abuse it is because most of us don't even realise we are. Covering 70% of the planet, our oceans seem to cope with everything we throw at it, right? Well think again.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Hat trick delivered on day 3 + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
At the 470 World Championships, three races were held on day three, during a time when it was crucial for teams to rack up good scores and position themselves as solidly as possible ahead of Tuesday's final two races of the qualification series.... [more]
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Sail Indonesia - a rally into Asia
Nancy Knudsen,
Every year hundreds of cruising sailors finish their cruising in the Pacific, their visits to New Zealand and Australia and are ready for their next great adventure - Asia. Sail Indonesia is one of the rallies which traditionally depart just at the right time to start cruising the thousands of friendly islands that make up Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Ainslie leads the fleet after day 2 + Video
Robert Deaves,
The second day of the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth was an outstanding one for the British sailors as Ben Ainslie (GBR) won the opening race to take the overall lead while Ed Wright (GBR) dropped to second and Andrew Mills (GBR) had another good day to move up to third. The second race of the day was won by Chris Cook (CAN).... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition – Four more nations qualify
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Bermuda, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago and Tunisia have become the latest nations to qualify for the Games after the 49er, Laser and Star Worlds. With four qualification regattas remaining, 54 countries have now guaranteed their spot in the boat park at Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain from 29 July to 12 August.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour – Racing rules amended
World Match Racing Tour,
Alpari World Match Racing Tour 2012 kicks off with the first event of the season, Match Race Germany, in Langenargen on May 23 to 28 when several confirmed rule changes will come into effect. The Racing Rules have been amended in order to continue the positioning of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) as the most compelling, competitive and pioneering action on the water.... [more]
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Vale, Frank Bethwaite DFC OAM 26.05.1920 - 12.05.2012
Nicky Bethwaite,
Frank Bethwaite passed away peacefully after a short illness on Saturday 12 May 2012, surrounded by his family. A pioneer in small boat design and research, Frank was the author of 'High Performance Sailing' (1992) and 'Higher Performance Sailing' (2002) and had just completed his third book on apparent wind sailing to be published later this year by Adlard Coles.... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Round up of the Jinha beach action
PWA World Tour,
The 2012 PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup took place at Jinha beach, a beach that has continued to enrich its ever growing reputation, by providing five captivating days of racing out of a possible seven. This year's event truly was a culmination of blood, sweat and tears, as emotions ran high due to upsets and shock exits occurring left, right and centre, as well as seeing the emergence of a rising star... [more]
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Australia's Outteridge - Jensen sail into history with 49er Worlds win
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have made history with their gold medal at the 2012 49er World Championship in Zadar, Croatia. The win was Outteridge's fourth world title and Jensen's third, with the skipper putting his name in the history books as the first sailor to win four 49er World Championships.... [more]
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Maserati ahead of Mari Cha IV record by 190 miles + Video
Meaghan Van Liew,
Giovanni Soldini and the Maderati crew are facing intense conditions, sailing through the floating icebergs of Newfoundland. At 12.36 GMT (08.36 EDT) the crew is flying at a speed of 23 knots, taking an advantage of 190 miles on Mari Cha IV, the 140 foot maxi yacht that set the New York-Lizard Point speed record in 2003.... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Twists and turns on final day + Video
PWA World Tour,
The final day of the PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup saw yet more twists and turns in an event where no one has been able to dominate. Another-elimination was completed on Friday and the tricky Korean waters continued to claim new victims. As the event concluded, it was Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails) and Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic) who had stepped up to the plate to reign victorious... [more]
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Rogue Wave - IT technology that will have sailors surfing
Neil Langford,
Neil Langford, AV & IT Consultant and practising cruising sailor, has been long-range cruising with his wife Ley for over ten years. On their yacht Crystal Blues, they are currently in Malaysia. Here Neil gives his bird's eye view - a qualified one - on a new internet connection product ideal for cruising sailors, Rogue Wave:... [more]
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