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 05 Mar 2013

We know that they shrink wrap boats in places like Canada - it helps them survive the freezing winter weather. Now they are doing it in Bangkok - well, sort of. Build a shrink wrap tent around a big boat so that the new paint job doesn't get rained on. Sounds like a good idea.

Matchrace Thailand was delighted to welcome a late entry - Bjorn Hansen - who joined what was already a strong field. Wrapping up the first day as the sun was going down, literally, this event is rapidly establishing itself as the no 1 Asian match racing fest.

For the past few years there has been one major race boat builder in China - McConaghy's. Now add Hakes Marine to the list, and their first offering is a sexy-looking Judel-Vrolijk designed HH42. 'HH' stands for Hakes and Hudson - Hudson Yachts in Xiamen is where it's happening. Two boats in the water already, and the third in build for an Asian owner, as yet undisclosed. Watch out - new kid on the block very soon.

Guy Nowell, Editor

That's a wrap! - superyacht shrink wrapping comes to Thailand
Yacht Solutions Ltd,
In Bangkok, Yacht Solutions has just finished erecting and shrink wrapping scaffolding over s/y Douce France - a 42m metre catamaran. This is the first time a superyacht has been fully enclosed in shrink wrap, in Thailand, and this new service enables Yacht Solutions to create a climate-controlled environment to facilitate large yacht painting and refitting projects.... [more]
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Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race - Challengers prepare for unique voyage
George Shaw,
Japanese tradition headlines as local and overseas dignitaries hail the start of the seventh Melbourne-Osaka Double Handed Yacht Race. Traditional Japanese entertainment, featuring women in kimonos and a sake barrel will complement a blessing of the fleet in both Shinto and Christian styles at Sandringham Yacht Club on Sunday evening.... [more]
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HKRNVR Memorial Vase - there (quickly) and back again (slowly)
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC,
Saturday came ‘in like a lion and out like a lamb' for the finale of the 2012-2013 Top Dog Trophy Series, with 63 boats competing for the HKRNVR Memorial Vase, a beautiful piece of silverware gifted in memory of the Royal Volunteer Naval Reserve, whose volunteer sailors used to patrol Hong Kong waters in bygone times.... [more]
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10-year-old Blythe wins sail design competition
Susie NationGrainger/Sail-World Cruising,
UK's Royal Yachting Association (RYA)'s move to offer a prize to under-16-ear-olds as a way of encouraging young yacht designers is something that other countries could well copy. This week, during the RYA's annual dinghy show, a ten-year-old girl has triumphed as the winner over 70 competitors.... [more]
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Mussanah Race Week - 25 nations to participate
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat (As Amended by ISAF),
The third annual Mussanah Race Week is approaching and Mussanah Sports City is abuzz with activity, 250 sailors, coaches, boats, equipment and race committee are arriving from 25 different nations to participate in this growing event. Teams will have travelled from as far as the United States, Australia, Africa and all over Europe in order to showcase their talent and race for a podium position.... [more]
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Five against four in Matchrace Thailand Open Nationals day 1
Apple Asawawatanaporn,
On day one of the main event of the Matchrace Thailand Open Nationals, sailed at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, the contrast between the European teams, and the Asian teams was obvious for anybody who could count. With only a limit on crew numbers, the much bigger European sailors would clearly have had a major advantage in the breezy conditions under which the event was sailed.... [more]
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Asian teams beats big guns in matchrace Thailand open warm-up event
Apple Asawawatanaporn,
At the last moments a surprise competitor joined the matchrace Thailand event held off Royal Varuna Yacht Club and added to the strength of an already strong field which includes the European teams who are no 24 and 26 on the match race world ranking.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72's foiling and racing in the Hauraki Gulf
Chris Cameron,
America's Cup Challengers Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa (ITA) have been making the most of the brilliant summer Down Under, and have become a familiar sight doing race training in warm breezes. Emirates Team NZ's photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to catch the action and sight of two AC72's racing and foiling.... [more]
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New China builder launches Grand Prix race boat
Hakes Marine,
The first of the new production HH42 high performance grand prix racing yachts built by Hakes Marine, a division of Hudson Yacht and Marine Co. Ltd, and designed by Judel Vrolijk was launched today in Xiamen, China. Oystercatcher XXX, represents the second racing yacht for owner Richard Matthews that has been built by Paul Hakes.... [more]
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New benchmark time on a World Record route established
John Reed, WSSR,
The World Sailing Speed Record (WSSR) Council has announced the the establishment of a new benchmark time on a World Record route.... [more]
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