New Hainan record; windsurfing not lying down to die just yet; more...

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 20 Oct 2012

Good news and bad news. Let's start with the good news.

Sam Chan and the Free Fire boys are definitely on a roll, having just blitzed the Hainan Race record with a new time of 28h 43m 54s for the 360nm. Add that to their perfect score in the China Coast Regatta last week, and they probably have an eye on the China Coast Raceweek Overall prize. The race used to start south of Hong Kong Island, near Yuen Kok light, and this was the first time the event has gone from the RHKYC Club Line in the harbour - we estimate that added at least 15nm to the elapsed distance.

Of course, all things are relative, so maybe it's not such good news for the smaller boats chasing a handicap result. That, we can only wait and see.

Bad news for Oracle's USA 17 that tripped and fell during training, and ended sans wing, upside down, badly damaged and washed out to sea. A capsized AC72 is a sad sight indeed, regardless who you support. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Pacific, maybe the Kiwis are being just a little more conservative - at least, for a while. There's nothing like driving past a nasty crash to make you slow down, right?

Guy Nowel, Editor

RHKYC Hainan race - new record for Free Fire
RHKYC Media,
With an average VMG of 13.4kts, Sam Chan's TP52, Freefire, arrived in Hainan at 17 03 54hrs today to claim line honours in the 2012 Hong Kong to Hainan Race and better her predecessor's record (FfreeFire 71) by 51m 14s with an elapsed time of 28h 43m 54s.... [more]
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RHKYC Hainan Race starts in good breeze
Sail-World Asia and RHKYC Media,
Twelve boats lined up today to start in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour at 1220hrs for one of the best distance-race starts that we have seen from the RHKYC Club Line – grey and gloomy to be sure, but with 10-12kts of breeze to send the fleet on its way under the looming gaze of the skyscrapers of Central and Causeway Bay.... [more]
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Top Windsurfing stars join 2012 Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Event Media,
Thai and International sailors to celebrate His Majesty the King of Thailand's Birthday... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA damage revealed - images
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of was down at Pier 80 again this morning and sent these images of Oracle Team USA's USA-17 as she was hauled from the water after the capsize yesterday.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of Oracle's AC72 being hauled from the water
Guilian Grenier,
Oracle Team USA's AC72 was hauled from the water at Pier 80 in surprisingly good shape considering her ordeal yesterday, after capsizing and being sucked out into the Pacific Ocean. The netting and other 'consumables' have all gone, but the hulls and platform generally seem to be intact albeit waterlogged.... [more]
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GME EPIRB plays critical role in remarkable coastal rescue
Matthew Heap,
Some would argue that solo yachtsman Glenn Ey is an unlucky man, with his beautiful 11 metre vessel Streaker rolled by a rogue wave and dismasted off the Australian south east coast this week.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 7 - First day of action in Nice cancelled
Extreme Sailing Series,
The first day of competition for Act 7 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Nice, France, has been cancelled due to ‘extreme' conditions. ‘On the edge, then over it' – this was Extreme Sailing Series Race Director Phil Lawrence's description of conditions in Nice today that resulted in the cancellation at the penultimate Act.... [more]
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Rio 2016: It's time to take action
Rory Ramsden,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Conference is almost upon us so I thought I'd utilize this opportunity just to reiterate the principle reasons why MNAs and Council members should vote for windsurfing and in particular the RS:X Class. Here are five good reasons why you should vote to include windsurfing in the Olympic sailing programme for Rio 2016.... [more]
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ICBC to provide financial support for Ferretti buyers
Ferretti Group,
Italian yacht maker Ferretti and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) have reached an agreement to provide financial support to potential yacht buyers. In a release, the company said that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the lender, allowing potential customers to make use of ICBC's guarantee to make purchases.... [more]
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