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 28 Aug 2012

The days are cooling down (a little bit) in Hong Kong, and it's time to re-start the official sailing season. Not that there hasn't been plenty of sailing going on over the summer – there has – but the organisers don't go in much for press releases and other useful vehicles of communication. On the other hand, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club fires off its Autumn Regatta over the weekend 8-9 September and are currently believed to be burning up the remaining stock of last season's joss sticks while asking for sunshine, blue skies, and 15 kts of breeze from the east!

If you think that current plays an important role in race tactics, please read Rod Davis's story on getting used to multihull tide tactics vs monohull. A different thing entirely!

If you have ever fancied ‘something completely different,' maybe a trip through the Northwest Passage would fit the bill? Rising global temperatures is making the passage through the ice-bound parts of northern Canada easier in some ways, but it is still not a trip for the faint-hearted. Incomplete charts, infrequent ports of shelter and just being a long way from help if you really need it are all part of the story. Report from s/y Upchuck, below.

Guy Nowell, Editor

RHKYC Autumn Regatta 8-9 September 2012
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club will launch the 2012-2013 sailing season with its Autumn Regatta over the weekend of Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September 2012. This two-day, three-race regatta will feature over 100 boats in ten different classes of racing and is one of the oldest regattas in the region, with a history dating back to 1889.... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup - The heat is on in Alacati
Chris Yates,
The opening day of the PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup had a quiet start to proceedings as the sailors registered for the upcoming week of competition between 10:30am and 12pm. With just a light breeze gracing the shores of Alacati, the skippers' meeting was delayed until 2:30pm, however despite the postponement, the wind remained absent on day one of the competition.... [more]
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Hong Kong 5th and 12th at UK Optimist Nationals
Fiona Gregor,
The 2012 Volvo Gill Optimist British Nationals took place at Pwllheli, Wales, from 11-17 August and attracted over 500 entries including over 100 from overseas. The event consisted of three fleets; Regatta (coached), Junior (9-12yrs) and Senior (13-15yrs). The Senior and Junior fleet regattas comprised of a qualifier series held over the first three days after which the fleets were split... [more]
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ACWS San Francisco – Challenging week for Team BAR
Ben Ainslie,
The America's Cup World Series 2012-13 first event of the season has concluded in San Francisco, California. Ben Ainslie on the final day of racing:... [more]
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Sailing Maine on a Windjammer
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
While sailing on a modern yacht is one of life's great experiences, there's nothing like exploring the traditional, and there are many tall ships offering a great adventurous sailing holidays, doing like they used to. And then there are the Windjammers.... [more]
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China (Xiamen) International Boat Show 2012 – An Exclusive Sea Feast
Themed as 'Get aboard to a new life', China (Xiamen) International Boat Show (CXIBS) 2012 will kick off at Xiamen Marina from second to 5th November and will bring you a boat-featured visual feast.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Oracle Team USA double
Jane Eagleson,
The day began with Russell Coutts, the four-time America's Cup winner, taking out teammate Jimmy Spithill in the Match Racing Championship.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 5 ACWS San Francisco - Seriously speedy Sunday
Bob Fisher,
Day 5: It had to be singularly appropriate that the two home teams, Oracle Team USA - Spithill and Oracle Team USA - Coutts met in the final of the match racing on the Bay. It provided a preview for the next twelve months when they will work up for the defence of the America's Cup in the 72-footers, the first of which is scheduled to take to the water this week.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Joshua McKnight claims 2012 title
Pierre Orphanidis,
This year's Zhik Nautica Moth World Championships came down to the wire and were decided in the final race amid fabulous conditions. Joshua McKnight kept his calm, sailed nearly flawlessly and prevailed over fellow countryman Scott Babbage with two bullets in three races. Rob Gough had a very good last day and snatched third place overall from Anthony Kotoun in the last race.... [more]
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Rod Davis: Rethinking the Current Tactics
Rod Davis,
Professional sailing coach, Olympic Gold and Silver medalist and long time America's Cup crew and skipper, Rod Davis gives his insights on the effect of current on catamarans, and the new tactics, in San Francisco. We are always learning in this new Cat world. You have to think a bit more laterally when comes to racing high-speed boats like cats, particularly in current.... [more]
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Cambridge Bay, Northwest Passage, hotting up.
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The melt goes on, and it's encouraging the adventurous. as the Northwest Passage becomes increasingly ice-free during the summers, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, has seen a dramatic upswing in cruising sailors arriving, with up to six yachts in the Bay at the same time.... [more]
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Scottish sailor in new non-stop solo attempt
Des Ryan,
He sailed single-handed across the Atlantic Ocean in 2005 and now he is to circumnavigate the world non-stop and single-handed. Well, you might say, pretty good but many have done that before, so what is so impressive? That's until you find out that Scottish sailor Gerry Hughes is profoundly deaf.... [more]
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Cruising Guide of Tasmania, free and online
Des Ryan,
Gradually every part of the far reaches of the earth's sailable coastlines are being covered by Cruising Guides. Now there's a good new one of the eastern coastline of Tasmania, created by someone with a vast experiences of sailing in the area and the last of a series covering all of the coastline.... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup preview
Chris Yates,
The 2012 PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup is set to take place from the 27th August to the 1st September. The world's fastest sailors will grace the idyllic shores of Alacati with their presence when the men hit the race course just one month after their last event in Fuerteventura, whilst the women will be recommencing battle with one another for the first time since Korea.... [more]
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