Guo Chuan comes home, OK Worlds, Antipodes takes San Fernando title, more...

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 06 Apr 2013

Something to write home about...

On Friday (yesterday) Guo Chuan became the first Chinese sailor to make a solo non-stop circumnavigation. 138 days from Qingdao to Qingdao, arriving in proper style with flares held high as he passed the breakwater of the Olympic Marina. Guo previously participated in the 2006 edition of the Clipper Race, and was Media Crew Member on board Green Dragon in the 2008 VOR. So that makes three very different circumnavigations!

So congratulations, Guo Chuan. Your very real achievement makes a pleasant change from the over-cooked press releases that come out the world of Chinese sailing ‘events' where everything is biggest and best in the world – or not, as the case may be.

Guo had his fair share of bad weather, equipment problems and fishing nets with which to contend, and gave a special mention to onboard cuisine - “I am the happiest man in the world. I don't have to eat that awful dehydrofrozen food any more!”

The OK Dinghy Worlds have just taken place at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, with Roger Blasse taking the title after nine races over a week, and discarding a 5th place to hold a score sheet that had him on the podium every time. By all accounts, the sailors very much enjoyed the venue – if you're sailing a dinghy, and you're going to get wet, heck, I'd take the Gulf of Thailand in preference to a European winter every time! Exposing more and more sailors to warm water Asian sailing can only be a good thing – they come, they see (and sail), and they return. Hong Kong will be hosting the Flying 15 Worlds in October this year - it's all good exposure for the Asian sailing scene. The venues and the facilities exist, it's just a matter of attracting the events.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Guo Chuan becomes first Chinese solo non-stop circumnavigator
China's Guo Chuan is celebrating with his world record in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, April 5, 2013. Guo sailed back home on Friday morning to become the first Chinese to successfully circumnavigate the globe singlehanded. Aboard his Class40 yacht, 48-year-old Guo travelled about 21,600 nautical miles in 138 days before he returned to his hometown of Qingdao... [more]
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San Fernando Race 2013 - Antipodes Does the Double
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC,
With eleven boats of the 24 boat San Fernando feet safely anchored off the beach and target finish times for the other boats now passed, Geoff Hill can relax in the knowledge that Antipodes will lift not only the silverware for Line Honours but also for IRC Overall at the formal prizegiving back in Hong Kong.... [more]
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San Fernando Race 2013 - Line Honours for Antipodes
Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC,
After 480 nm and over 51 hours of racing, Geoff Hill's Smith 72, Antipodes, crossed the finish line of the 2013 San Fernando Race to claim Line Honours. Taking a route south of the rhumb line, Hill avoided the wind shadow of the Philippine coast and, once out of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, rarely dropped below 9kts boat speed for the entire race.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championships - Blasse takes the title in Pattaya
Robert Deaves,
At the 2013 Singha OK Dinghy World Championship in Pattaya, Thailand, Roger Blasse (AUS) has taken the title after placing second in the only race sailed on the final day. Nick Craig (GBR) took the silver while Mike Williams (AUS) took the bronze. The final race was won by defending champion Andre Budzien (GER).... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championship - Blasse extends lead on day 4
Robert Deaves,
At the OK Dinghy World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand, Roger Blasse (AUS) has claimed a commanding lead on day four. Race wins went to Andre Budzien (GER) and Mike Williams (AUS), while Blasse extended his lead to nine points from Nick Craig (GBR) and 11 points from Williams.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championships - Budzien second overall after day 3
Robert Deaves,
As racing resumed at the Singha OK Dinghy world Championship in Pattaya, Thailand, defending champion Andre Budzien (GER) claimed victory on the day with a first and second to move up to second overall. Roger Blasse (AUS) remains in second after a second and a third while the winner of the second race today, Mike Williams (AUS) moves up to third.... [more]
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OK Dinghy Worlds 2013 - Blasse extends lead in perfect Pattaya
Robert Deaves,
It was 'more of the same' on day two at the Singha OK Dinghy World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand, with slightly less wind and tide making the racing exciting and close. Race wins went to Nick Craig (GBR) and Mike Williams (AUS) though Roger Blasse (AUS) continues to lead overall.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championships - Paradise in Pattaya on day 1
Robert Deaves,
At the Singha OK Dinghy World Championships, taking place in Pattaya, Thailand, the 70 sailors were greeted by another day of perfect conditions. The first two races were staged in a 12-18 knot hot breeze with race wins going to defending champion Andre Budzien (GER) and Roger Blasse (AUS).... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - 20 clubs all set to battle
Jan Harley,
The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup 2013. Since it started in 2009, the Rolex-sponsored event has successfully reignited the tradition of international Corinthian competition between yacht clubs. The biennial event returns to Newport from 7-14 September this year will fuse five days of intense racing with a glamorous social schedule for competitors visiting Newport, RI from around the globe... [more]
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International 14 World Championship - Aussies set sight at top prize
Neil Patchett,
International 14 World Championship 2013. Current Australian Champions in the International 14 class, Brad Devine and Ian Furlong, are building towards a strong showing at the upcoming world championship in Canada.... [more]
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Something to ponder - Is your GPS system 100% safe?
Simon Jinks, RYA/Sail-World Cruising,
Is your GPS system 100% safe? Even if you have multiple redundancies on board your sailing boat, what happens if the signal actually fails? How could that happen and what about the alternatives to GPS now being rolled out? Would they be a solution? - or if not, now that fewer and fewer sailors are carrying complete paper charts, what IS the solution?... [more]
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America's Cup: 'We will keep learning, even in the Match' - Simmer
Richard Gladwell,
Part 2 of the interview with Oracle Team USA's COO, Grant Simmer, whose experience spans nine America's Cup campaigns, including three wins in 1983, 2003 and 2007. Simmer picks up the story, revealing that the launch date for Oracle Team USA's second AC72 will be prior to the end of April, and elaborates on the program through to the end of the America's Cup Match.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Act 2 action underway next week
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 2 of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series gets underway in just one weeks' time and the high-rise, cosmopolitan city of Singapore is getting into gear to host. Eight international teams with 28 World Championship titles, 20 Olympic campaigns and 25 America's Cups between them will line up on the 11th April for four days of intense stadium racing on Marina Bay Reservoir.... [more]
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America's Cup: More images from the Hauraki Gulf as NZL5 departs
Chris Cameron,
More images from Emirates Team NZ's NZL5, had her final sail on the Hauraki Gulf on Wednesday, before packing up for San Francisco. Chris Cameron was in the air to catch her final hours in New Zealand.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf set to deliver world-class sailing in Pattaya
TOG Media,
The 2013 Top of the Gulf Regatta (TOG Regatta), is set to attract over 600 sailors from more than 30 countries to Pattaya to compete in Asia's largest regatta from third to 7th May at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien, Pattaya, Thailand. The Top of the Gulf Regatta has, over the years, proved to be a valuable training ground for sailing stars around the world... [more]
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Melbourne to Osaka Race 2013 - Escapade heads into Solomon Islands
George Shaw,
Melbourne to Osaka Race 2013 - At the 3 pm update today Escapade was well into Manning Strait in the northern Solomon Islands. Some fairly strong tides there, which should make for an interesting navigation exercise as it gets towards dark.... [more]
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Melbourne to Osaka Double-Handed Yacht Race - Escapade still out front
Robert Tanner,
In the Melbourne to Osaka Double-Handed Yacht Race on Tuesday afternoon, the fleet was spread out over approximately 1200 nautical miles, north to south, from Escapade at about 12 degrees South (about 220 miles south west of the Solomon Islands) to Gusto about 12 miles off the NSW coast, approaching Port Macquarie.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2013 - shaping up for excellence
TOG Media,
With only two Platus left for charter, the Coronation Cup Platu fleet looks to be the largest and most competitive yet. Back to defend their crown is the Australian 'Easy Tiger Racing Team' on their brand-new Batam-built Platu 'Easy Tiger IV'. The same crew line-up, lead by Chris Way, are looking forward to the challenge. Fifteen Platus in total will be on the startline... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Southern Spars ready to deliver first VO65 rigs
Volvo Ocean Race,
Two rigs done, five more underway: Southern Spars is on schedule to deliver the first Volvo Ocean 65 rigs next month. The New Zealand rig specialist will supply all the masts, booms and rigging for the 2014-15 and 2017-18 races.... [more]
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Access Class Asia-Pacific Championships - Full program concludes
David Staley,
The 2013 Australian and Asia-Pacific Access Class Championships have concluded with a full program of eight races for each division conducted by Phil Yeomans and his race management team. As it has for the past three days, a light and variable morning breeze was replaced by a moderate westerly in the early afternoon, providing excellent race conditions to finish off the regatta.... [more]
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ISAF points system cops a spray from Sailing Super coach
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Australia┬┤s 470 Super coach Victor Kovalenko angrily criticizes ISAF Sailing World Cup scoring system. Today at the first World Sailing Cup in Europe, at the 44th Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapre in Palma, Mallorca, Spain, Australia 470 Gold Medalist Mat Belcher and his new crew Will Ryan won both races.... [more]
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New 'cold water route' for World ARC 2015
Nancy Knudsen,
If you have ever wanted to sail 'the Horn' but the challenge was daunting, the World ARC, the round-world version of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) run by the World Cruising Club, is planning an east-west route, via the spectacular Beagle Channel.... [more]
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No more windless weekends – RHKYC changes the timetable
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
In a move sure to both astound and delight all Hong Kong sailors, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has announced that, with immediate effect, all races and regattas scheduled to run over weekends will start instead on the following Monday.... [more]
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