Hong Kong-Vietnam Race, Raja Muda, America's Cup. In order of importance?

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 12 Jul 2013

It really is business as usual at the America's Cup, isn't it? Never mind the big cats, never mind the tv techno stuff, never mind the much-touted desire to ‘bring sailing to the people' – in the end, and after endless wrangling and posturing (and so far there hasn't been a trip to the Courts!) it all comes down to a two-boat face off. Before AC33 I wrote a story on the history of the America's Cup for a magazine in South African, which is a tough call when there are only 1,500 words to play with. Doing the research, I discovered that the present-day shenanigans pale into insignificance compared with past manoeuvrings, and that the yacht race at the end of the process has almost always been the least part of the event. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

On a less contentious note, the RHKYC's Hong Kong-Vietnam Race is shaping up to be something really special. Six editions and 17 years after the first fleet whooped and hollered its way to Nha Trang, international names on the provisional entry list for the 2013 event outnumber the local boats. In fact, this looks to be the most international entry a Hong Kong blue water race has ever seen. Obviously, the news about the 656nm spinnaker blast to Vietnam is getting around. We don't know what the definition of a ‘classic' might be, but by any reasoning the Hong Kong-Vietnam Race deserves to be called a classic.

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RHKYC Hong Kong-Vietnam Race 2013 – records definitely under threat.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
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Event Media and Sail-World Asia,
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Event Madia,
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Marek Nostitz-Jackowski,
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Transpac media,
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Andrew Jacobs,
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Bob Fisher,
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America's Cup: Jury refuses to support Regatta Director on Ruddergate
Richard Gladwell,
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Rolex Fastnet Race - High profile women join in
Trish Jenkins,
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Bob Fisher,
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Gilles Martin-Raget ACEA,
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Sailor Jeanne Socrates, world's oldest non-stop female circumnavigator
Nancy Knudsen,
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WSSR Council announces the establishment of a new World Record
John Reed,
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Luna Rossa,
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Des Ryan,
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Richard Gladwell and John Navas,
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Coralie Rassinoux,
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Mathilde Mermod,
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John Jamieson,
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Sail-World Cruising,
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Queen's Counsel latest inductee into America's Cup Hall of Blame
Richard Gladwell,
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