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 20 Dec 2013

Test Asia Newsletter

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club will host the Hong Kong Dragon Championship from 10 to 12 January 2014 with the continued support of Central Oceans and Northrop and Johnson, with nine races scheduled to take place over three days in waters to the east of Lamma, south of Hong Kong Island.

1977/8 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race: 'Flyer' skippered by Cornelis van Rietschoten Image by Tom Luitweiler/PPL
  Barry Pickthall/PPL ©

Renowned Whitbread Round the World sailor Conny van Rietschoten died on Tuesday in Portugal. He was 87 years old.

Long regarded as one of the hard men of world sailing, and Round the World racing in particular, van Rietschoten won the 1978 and 1982 renditions of the then four stop race.

Van Rietschoten is reported to have struggled for some time with poor health and died of a stroke.


America's Cup e-Book project close to achieving start up target
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup commentator Jack Griffin has initiated a project using the Kickstarter funding model to produce an e-book on the 34th America's Cup. There are over 24 hours, and just over $400 is required to run to reach the initial funding target. To date 171 investors have pledged their support... [more]
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ORC World Championship - Three World Titles secured
Hermann Hell,
ORC World Championship is being held in Kiel, Germany from second to 9th August 2014. The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) held its annual conference in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman and so did the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC), who helps organize ISAF's official offshore World Championship, the annual ORC Worlds.... [more]
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WWA Wake Park World Series now in the record books
World Wakeboard Association,
WWA Wake Park World Series 2013 concluded this weekend in Bangkok, Thailand. After six insane stops in five different countries, the 2013 WWA Wake Park World Series is now in the record books. The final stop went down at the legendary Thai Wake Park. With everything in perfect shape, the park was 100% ready for all of the big dogs to go as big as possible.... [more]
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IFDS Rankings for Paralympic Classes
IFDS has published the IFDS Rankings for Paralympic Classes following the completion of the ranking events. Rankings in the One-Person Keelboat, 2.4mR; Two-Person Keelboat, SKUD18; Three-Person Keelboat and Sonar have been revealed.... [more]
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Low cost life jackets available for camps, schools and non-profits
Non-profit summer camps, schools, or local non-profit organizations providing on the water programs for kids have a significant need for safety, and having right-sized life jackets for kids is key. Now, the BoatUS Foundation's Kids Afloat Program is offering kid/teen-sized, vest-style life jackets for just $5 each.... [more]
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Professional Kiteracers reveal trio of events for 2014
With the 2013 Professional Kiteracing season completed and another outstanding season to look back on, athletes and fans alike are already looking forward to the 2014 tour season with all the usual suspense and excitement to come. The PKRA is now happy to announce a few important updates regarding the 2014 tour schedule, rule changes, and other pertinent rider information.... [more]
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KTA Thailand Christmas Race Special day 1
Day one of Kite Tour Asia's inaugural event of the 2013-14 season, the KTA Thailand Christmas Race Special, kicked off in high style with the region's leading kiteboard racers fighting for position in the sheltered waters of Phuket's Chalong Bay.... [more]
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Windsurfer Camille Juban awarded Guinness World Record
Chris Yates,
In August of 2013, Camille Juban (Quatro / MauiSails / MFC) travelled to Peru in the hope of finding perfect, long peeling lines of glassy waves and that's exactly what he found at the iconic spot of Chicama.... [more]
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Dongfeng Race Team,
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