Lipton Trophy, Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race, Vendee Globe attriytion begins...

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 13 Nov 2012

It is well understood that the Vendee Globe is the ultimate example of 'to win, first you have to finish.' Just a couple of days into the race, and there's one keel missing and one collision with a fishing boat on the scoreboard. The last VG had an attrition rate in excess of 40% - 20 boats this year would indicate there are at least six more casualties to come before the race is over. That's tough stuff.

It was a busy weekend in Hong Kong with a major pursuit race (the Lipton Trophy), the Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race, and a smaller version of the ATIR, the Around Middle Island Race. That means there were probably in excess of 2,500 sailors afloat over two days - recreational boating is alive and well in this town.

Next weekend - Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta starts at Port Klang (Royal Selangor Yacht Club). If you're a sailor, you should be there - or take up knitting.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Tommy Bahama Around The Island Race 2012
It was the proverbial ‘game of two halves' for the sailors today, as 235 boats of all shapes and sizes gathered in Victoria Harbour for the start of this year's Tommy Bahama Around The Island Race. With 7 knots of breeze prevailing for the first starts at 0830hrs, the Pandora and HKPN 1 fleets got clear away, but the breeze then dropped to less than two knots for the later starts... [more]
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Inaugural RHKYC Around Middle Island Race
Richard Knight,
Youth sailors have navigated around Middle Island many times before, but now they got the opportunity to do it as part of a formal race! The Inaugural Around Middle Island Race attracted 20 Optimist sailors from the RHKYC and ABC racing teams.... [more]
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RHKYC Lipton Trophy presented by Infiniti
Course 6 was selected, leading competitors to Tai Koo Shing twice, before entering two small triangles and a repeating Dock Buoy/ Gate Buoy loop designed to engineer a finish as close to the 1630hrs target time as possible.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series action returns to Naples in 2013
Irene Corosu,
Talented sailors will return to Naples, Italy from April 16-21 for the first America's Cup World Series event of 2013. Naples originally hosted the AC World Series in April 2012, drawing over 500,000 spectators on site, with the racing on the water highlighted by a spectacular debut from the Italian Luna Rossa Challenge team, who won fleet racing and finished in second place in match racing.... [more]
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Dousing - er furling - a spinnaker from the cockpit
UK-Halsey Sailmakers/Sail-World Cruising,
If, as a short-handed cruising sailor, you use spinnakers at all, you would probably have been using a dousing sock. This takes the place of several long-armed crew members, but you still have to leave the cockpit to lower the sail. Here is a new tool that has been perfected to help cruising sailors control the cruising spinnaker from the safety of the cockpit.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Bitter conclusion for Kito De Pavant
Vendee Globe,
'I am cursed. The Vendée Globe is not for me.' That was the conclusion of the intensely disappointed Kito de Pavant this Monday afternoon, despairing at the harsh reality that his challenge to complete the Vendée Globe is, again, very prematurely over. For the second successive edition of the race this charismatic, twinkle eyed skipper from Port Camargue in the Mediterranean is having to withdraw.... [more]
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Rarest whales make their appearances
Sail-World Cruising,
As long as it's not colliding with you, every cruising sailor loves a whale sighting. If you keep your eyes peeled at the right time in the right place, you just might have the chance to see one or two of the world's rarest whales, each of which has made a recent appearance. However, on latest information, you'll have to be in the Southern Hemisphere, somewhere between Australia and New Zealand.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Emotional roller coaster ride continues
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe is in full swing as the emotional roller coast ride continues. Rather than the strong gales which often prevail on the Bay of Biscay it was irregular, unsettled winds and big squalls which set a high work rate for the solo skippers through their first night of the solo race around the world.... [more]
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Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race - Line honours for Jelik
It was the proverbial ‘game of two halves' for the sailors today, as 235 boats of all shapes and sizes gathered in Victoria Harbour for the start of this year's Tommy Bahama Around The Island Race. With seven knots of breeze prevailing for the first starts at 0830hrs, the Pandora and HKPN 1 fleets got clear away.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Active, challenging first night at sea
Vendee Globe,
Following the high emotions of the start day of the Vendee Globe in Les Sables d'Olonne, skippers competing in the solo round the world race had an active, challenging first night at sea dealing with unstable winds, occasional squalls and regular manoeuvres. On the early morning ranking, François Gabart leads the fleet which already spans 74 miles on the Bay of Biscay.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Excitement builds ahead of Pulau Duyong battle
Miyeera Navaretna,
Excitement is building with less than one month to go before the eighth Monsoon Cup gets underway. This year's event consists of one of the strongest fields ever, including three ISAF Match Racing World Champions. Eleven teams, including the top eight skippers on the Tour leaderboard, confirm their hard earned place in the season-ending Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT).... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Safran forced to retire with broken keel
Soazig Guého,
Vendee Globe - At 1745 hrs CET (1645 hrs GMT) on Saturday 10th November, Marc Guillemot called his shore team to inform them that he had hit something and that there had been a loud noise, after which the boat suddenly heeled over. After making the boat safe, the skipper of Safran decided to head back to Les Sables d'Olonne in order to inspect the damage... [more]
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ISAF announces new Council Members
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has now announced the new members of the ISAF Council, the final decision-making body of ISAF. The new members of the ISAF Council were made known at the ISAF General Assembly in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.... [more]
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ISAF Conference - Kiteboarding out, Windsurfing back in
After a long six month battle, Windsurfing has made it back as an Olympic Event for the 2016 Olympics. The ISAF Annual General Meeting, in a simple majority vote, decided to delete Kiteboarding and re-instate Windsurfing, which has been in the Olympics since 1984 as a Mens Event, and since 1992 for Women.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Fleet sets off from Les Sables d'Olonne + Video
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe is now underway with 19 of the 20 skippers entered for the seventh edition of the solo 24, 048 mile, three month circumnavigation race around the world taking to the start line at 1302hrs local time off Les Sables d'Olonne, France today. A small collision with his support team's rigid inflatable boat required Bertrand de Broc to return to port even before the start.... [more]
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Lipton Trophy - Ambush sails to victory
The Lipton Cup, the first Pursuit Race of the 2012-13 season, took place in Victoria Harbour today in an average eight to ten knots of easterly breeze. Race Officer Gareth Williams had been unimpressed with conditions when he went out to check the harbour at noon, but for once, the wind gods were smiling, and the 58 entrants enjoyed a consistent breeze on a beautiful afternoon for sailing.... [more]
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Singapore 2012 SB20 National Championship
Chris Holmes,
The Singapore SB20 National Championship was held over the weekend of 4-5 November at raffles Marina in Singapore. A competitive fleet of eight boats made the start on Saturday and Sunday, and was greeted by a very pleasant force 2-3, with perhaps some stronger gusts.... [more]
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Bird's Eye View of before and after Hurricane Sandy
Des Ryan,
It is difficult for those not affected to envisage the scope of Hurricane Sandy. However, thanks to photos from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), here is a bird's eye view of before and after the worst Atlantic Hurricane on record hit the north east coast of North America.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ goes for the high jump
Emiartes Team NZ,
Join Emirates Team NZ's sailing crew as they upgrade their safety skills ahead of the second half of their AC72 testing program. Safety onboard the AC72's has always and will always be paramount. In the event of a capsize, people first, boat second.... [more]
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Rob Andrews presented with ISAF President Development Award
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has bestowed the ISAF President Development Award upon London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition manager Rob Andrews. The Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the development of sailing. Rob Andrews already had a long and illustrious career in sailing when he was appointed to the role of Sailing Manager for London 2012.... [more]
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