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13 Sep 2013
The America's Cup is dominating the world of sailing at the moment, and there will be a Sail-World America's Cup newsletter on the airwaves very shortly, so we'll not dwell on that here. Six down and just three to go for the Kiwis, and Oracle need 10 points to make the running. That's a tough place to be. One tv commentator likened yesterday's racing to Groundhog Day. Remember Brad Butterworth's press conference after the first race of the AC33? Someone asked him what Alinghi were going to do to come back after being thrashed by Oracle, and Butterworth said, “They sail higher, and they are faster. What do you want me to say?”
Next on the AC agenda (apart from the cheering) is going to be the delightful speculation as to what to do with the format for AC35. That should be interesting.
But there's still ‘other' sailing going on around the world, in case you'd missed it. It's still quiet season in Asia as everyone quietly gears up for the back-to-back events that fill up the calendar towards the end of the year – China Coast, Vietnam, China Cup, Raja Muda, King's Cup, Royal Langkawi and more.
Further afield, and the Clipper Race is going great guns as the fleet heads south down the Atlantic towards Rio de Janeiro, and Henri Lloyd reporting a new Clipper speed record with a 30.7kt burst. It is worth remembering that the new generation of 70' Clipper boats are the most ‘racy' ever, but the crews on board are the same sort of non-professionals – and many of them real novices – that have contested all the Clipper events. Skippers are saying that they are sailing ‘conservatively' while their crews gain more experience – heck, the learning curve must be almost vertical! As someone who raced on a first-generation Clipper (Chrysolite, the same year that Alex Thomson steered Ariel to an emphatic victory and kick-started his professional career in the process) from Hong Kong to Singapore, I'd give one of my eye teeth to be on a Clipper right now. (The other eye tooth is of course reserved for an afternoon on an AC72).
The RHKYC opens its sailing season over the weekend 28-29 September, and the Hong Kong Hobie Nationals follow the weekend after (5-6 October).
Whether you are glued to a screen watching the power play in San Francisco, getting ready for the big Asian regattas or tuning up a 16 or a Tiger for the Tai Tam event, you'll find it all reported at www.sail-world.com
2013 Phuket King's Cup Regatta 30/11/13 The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia's biggest and most popular regatta. Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.one.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=849
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