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 14 Feb 2014

Let's start with a question today. What do you think of sports diplomats - you know, those people who like wearing white blazers and going to events such as the Olympics, but don't seem to actually do very much? Hong Kong's one and only Winter Olympics competitor - a short track speed skater if that means anything to you - has just returned from Sochi having failed to qualify in the preliminaries of his event. He has spoken to local media, and points out that there were no less than six 'officials' from the Hong Kong Sports Federation & Olympic Committee riding the gravy train in Russia. Six? Holding one speed skater's hand? (and apparently they didn't even do that). Here's my question: so how is the money being divvied out? Competitors, or Officials? And is anyone aware of anything similar in other sports - like, a little closer to home? Food for thought.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Extreme Sailing Series - Teams reveal line-ups ahead of Act 1 + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series anticipation that has been building around the first act will come to a head as the first starting gun is fired, starting four days of Stadium Racing on Singapore's world-famous Marina Bay, 20th-23rd February.... [more]
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Clipper Round The World Yacht Race fleet arrive in Singapore
Ruth Harrington,
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 – Race eight: The Old Pulteney Navigator Cup - part of the 16 stage Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - was particularly long and challenging due to unfavourable weather conditions which saw severe squalls, a water spout, stifling temperatures and wind holes frustrate the fleet.... [more]
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A-Class Worlds: Carnage, Cartwheel and Capsizes on Day 3
Heather Forbes,
Winds of 18-20kts prevailed for both races sailed on Day 3 today of the 2014 A-Class Catamaran Worlds. The upper limit for A Class racing is 22 knots so it was a day of carnage, cartwheels and chaos!... [more]
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A-Class Worlds: Another clean sweep for Emirates Team NZ
Kerry Ellis,
Sailors from Emirates Team NZ dominated the third day of racing in the 2014 A-Class Catamaran World Championships, being held at Takapuna, Auckland. Races 5 and 6 were sailed today in the heaviest conditions of the regatta thus far, the wind prior to the first race was gusting to 18.3 so the race committee waited for several big puffs to pass through before starting.... [more]
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Mr Viggo Jacobsen, founder of IODA, turns 100 years young
Jonas Døpping,
Viggo Jacobsen (the father of the Optimist Dinghy class) turns 100 on the 13th February 2014. The first Danish optimist dinghies sailed in Vordingborg, Hvidovre, and Roskilde. The first regatta for optimist dinghies took place in Vordingborg on the 24th April 1954, this was the beginning of the optimist dinghy era in Europe.... [more]
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EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour: Messe Frankfurt Sailing Team in control
Oman Sail,
At EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour, the world-class crews competing enjoyed fast and fiercely competitive in-port racing with Messe Frankfurt Sailing Team sailing impeccably to win both inport races in off the coast of Qatar.... [more]
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Tomes Cup presented by zerorh+, 1 March 2014
RHKYC Media,
Scheduled slightly later in the season than normal due to the fall of Lunar New Year and in slightly warmer weather, the Tomes Cup pursuit race, organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and presented by eyewear specialist zerorh+, forms a constituent part of the Club's annual Top Dog Trophy Series.... [more]
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It's official: Final word on Bounty, the Captain's 'reckless decision'
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
They didn't mince their words. 'The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the sinking of tall ship Bounty was the captain's reckless decision to sail the vessel into the well forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy, which subjected the aging vessel and the inexperienced crew to conditions from which the vessel could not recover...'... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker on unsuccessful Cup bid
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand's Dean Barker was interviewed on Tuesday evening in the top rating Paul Henry Show, broadcast on TV3, on the subject of his team's performance in the 2013 America's Cup. Particular focus was put on the granting of a lay day on September 16, 2013, when Emirates Team NZ was leading by 7-1, and the option of a layday was taken by senior management in the team.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - GAC Pindar completes all Aussie crew
James Sephton,
GAC Pindar has revealed that 2013 18ft Female Skiff World Champion, Alexandra South, will be their fifth team member for this season's Extreme Sailing Series. Sydney-born South is the final member of an all-Aussie crew and will be making her Extreme Sailing Series debut at act one in Singapore, between 20th – 23rd February.... [more]
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EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour: Dramatic finish to first leg
Lisa Hynes,
There was an exciting finish to the first leg of EFG Sailing Arabia the Tour as only 25 seconds split the leading crews after a gruelling 100 mile race between Bahrain and Qatar. French skipper Sidney Gavignet was at the the helm of the race favourite EFG Bank (Monaco) and his team included two local Omani sailors.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour 2014 schedule announced
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
Alpari and ISAF Match Racing World Championship 2014 - The 2014 Tour will feature six stages across three continents spanning Europe, Asia and North America – with additional events expected in Europe and Oceania in the coming months.... [more]
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Six Top Tips for the best chartered yacht holiday ever
Des Ryan,
Wanting to charter? How do you decide which destination, which boat is suitable for you? Des Ryan interviews a number of brokers and charter operators and comes up with the following Six Top Tips which will be useful to achieve that fantastic holiday experience on a chartered boat, whether crewed or bareboat:... [more]
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When whales and oil rigs meet
Rob Jordan,
Humpback whales, ocean-going giants, face threats from offshore oil platforms and related infrastructure, according to a study that also revealed new secrets about the whales' migration patterns.... [more]
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Jeanneau Class Regatta 2014 – Tricky conditions on Day 2
RHKYC Media,
Jeanneau Class Regatta 2014, organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, second day forecast looked inviting but in the event the breeze promised throughout the day by Wind Guru didn't kick in until nearly 1400hrs. Having completed the first race of the day without too much drama, the second race proved extremely tricky... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Australian Championship final race
Frank Quealey,
Gotta Love It 7 became the 2013-2014 Australian 18ft Skiff champion after another brilliant win in the final race of the championship on Sydney Harbour today. Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Ed Smythe (replacing the regular for'ard hand Sam Newton, who was married yesterday) again proved their dominance with the 2 rig on the North-East course to win by 53 seconds.... [more]
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RHKYC Class Regatta 2014 - day 1. Miserable.
RHKYC Media and Guy Nowell/Sail-World Asia,
In Hong Kong's New Territories today, a total of 51 boats, 24 in the short course and 27 in the long course division, took to the waters of Port Shelter for the 2014 RHKYC Jeanneau Class Regatta. The turnout was impressive, given the morning's lack-lustre breeze and heavy skies, and competitors patiently waited while the flukey conditions... [more]
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Olympics 2016 - No Stars to shine in Rio,
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed on Thursday that the Star class will not be sailing in the Rio 2016 Olympics, according to a report from Brazilian media published today. The official recognition came with the release of the classification criteria for the Olympics, which closes any possibility of inclusion of new classes, as it would need a change to rules that are already in p... [more]
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Will your sailing boat's mast clear these hazards?
John Jamieson,
There are some dangers on inland waterways that don't occur in an open ocean. Look over any larger scale chart and you sometimes may see overhead power cables that span a narrow channel. Take care to make sure that your mast will clear the cable--before you attempt to pass beneath! Use these sailing tips for safety.... [more]
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