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230-strong fleet for Turkish Airlines Around the Island Race 2017


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 10 Nov 2017

230-strong fleet for Turkish Airlines Around the Island Race 2017

It's the biggest sailing event in Asia. Really. This year 230 boats have signed up for the RHKYC's Turkish Airlines Around the Island Race. With the exception of the annual marathon, this is Hong Kong's biggest participation sports event of the year, attracting entries from single-handed dinghies all the way up to the big flat-out offshore race boats. The serious racers will be hoping for plenty of breeze and a crack at the ATIR record (currently 2h 13m 11s set by Nick Moloney on an Extreme 40 in 2013) or the monohull best time of 2h 29m 29s (Jelik, Frank Pong). It's often a race that favours the small boats on ATI handicap – Calum Gregor has won the last three races on a 420 (2014) and a 29er (2015, 2016). For some of the more cruising-inclined, it may be the only race they enter in a year – absolutely everyone welcome.

Back in Hong Kong for the big race will be Tiger Mok, recently ‘relieved of duties' on the VOR front by Team SHK/Scallywag. That's right; the token HK/Asian face has been fired, and the last tenuous whiff of Scallywag's claimed legitimacy as a Hong Kong team has gone with the wind. (Credibility departed a long time ago, having been overwhelmed by the ‘social experiment', the ‘trenchers', and the long shadow of the San Fernando Race from back in April this year). Go, Dongfeng!

Is there such a thing as too much news? As in; too much information? The start of the Volvo Ocean Race leg out of Lisbon was pretty spunky, and made for brilliant video footage. The next three days were even more so, with the deluge of incoming reports matched only by the deluge of water over the decks of the race boats. Much was made of this edition of the VOR sending ‘raw' info straight from the boats, without the On Board Reporting being filtered through the event PR machine. But does someone vomiting, or pouring urine into the cockpit, really make for engaging coverage? I have my doubts.

Here in Hong Kong it's been a packed programme of late: it's that time of year. There was the Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championship, the Volvo China Coast Regatta and Volvo HK to Vietnam Race, a flurry of Class Championships (Flying 15s, J/80s, Etchells). Just around the corner in Daya Bay there was the China Cup International Regatta which this year incorporated the final of the World Match Racing Tour – congratulations to Torvar Mirsky, a new name on the trophy. Listening to the background noise, there were a lot of questions being asked about even-handedness (or lack of) at CCIR, and not for the first time. For all its noise and glitz, it remains a strangely unique regatta. One visitor, a seasoned media professional, remarked, “There's obviously plenty of money here, but it isn't being spent on running the regatta!”

Standing by on 72.

Guy Nowell, Asia Editor

Turkish Airlines Around the Island Race 2017
RHKYC Media,
This event is Hong Kong's largest celebration of sail, and will see Victoria Harbour filled to the brim with yachts, before they set off on the 26nm circumnavigation of Hong Kong island. The race is a breathtaking event to behold, either from the land, sky or sea, so make sure to keep an eye out!... [more]

Hong Kong Flying Fifteen Championship – Carlyon and Adam claim title
Carlyon Knight-Evans,
For the second year in a row the Championships were going to involve overseas sailors with Masayuki Ogura from Japan, Joe Nelson from the United States, who were both helming, and Adam Kingston, who had crewed the winning boat in 2016 with Ashley Smith, returning to crew again.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Images from a torrid first day of Leg 2,
Volvo Ocean Race photographers were in the air and aboard the racers to capture images of the seven boat Volvo Ocean Race fleet as they had a fast ride away from the European coast in the opening stanzas of Leg 2. Boats were reported to be hitting 30kt boatspeeds as they surfed over the top of the North Atlantic swell, and took a dunking as they ploughed through the back of big one.... [more]

Sharp start to Transat Jacques Vabre
Transat Jacques Vabre,
A pumped up Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde (Imerys Clean Energy) – the Anglo-Spanish pair – were first across the line in the Class40 as the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 started at 13:35 (French time) from its home in Le Havre, in Normandy, France today (Sunday). Beautiful light but lively weather greeted the fleet of 37 boats and 74 crew.... [more]

Round the World Solo – Fran├žois Gabart and the MACIF trimaran are off
In addition to working relentlessly to push his 30-metre trimaran as hard as he can, he will also need a sequence of favourable weather conditions, starting with the weather he will meet on the first run to the equator, which Thomas Coville crossed last year in five days, 17 hours, 11 minutes and 52 seconds.... [more]

How close is too close- Best images from the Volvo Ocean In-Port Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Dutchman Bouwe Bekking's Team Brunel fended off a late charge by Spanish team MAPFRE to win. Conditions were challenging, to say the least, with squalls bringing rain and gusty, shifting winds.... [more]

Clipper Race team evacuated after running aground near Cape Town
Chris Harris,
The crew of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race team, Greenings (CV24), have been safely evacuated after running aground on the western side of Cape Peninsula, which sits roughly halfway between Cape Town and Cape Point during Leg 3 of the eight-leg global sailing race.... [more]

Life of Volvo Ocean Race sailor in pictures – Eat, sleep, sail, repeat
Volvo Ocean Race,
Leg one saw the teams race 1,850 nautical miles from Alicante to Lisbon, spending approximately six days at sea.... [more]

China Cup 2017 images by Studio Borlenghi
Studio Borlenghi,
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Red Bull Sailing - Jimmy Spithill sets himself America's Cup mission
Red Bull Sailing,
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Torvar topples Robertson to win Match Racing World Championship
Mirsky's precision sailing came as a surprise to a lot of teams, bearing in mind they haven't done nearly as many regattas on the circuit since the arrival of the M32 catamaran. Robertson went into this event as the clear favourite and it looked like he would go all the way after dispatching fellow New Zealander Chris Steele 3-0 in the Semi Finals.... [more]

Kiwis win China Cup International Regatta at their third attempt
Andy Rice / Sailing Intelligence,
The breeze blew in at around 10 knots this morning, setting up the perfect scenario for a big battle between the defending champion Vanhang Longcheer and the America's Cup winners, along with some other hot contenders that included My Side from South Africa and Team Hollywood from Australia.... [more]

Predictwind - Updates released for new offshore app
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Volvo Ocean Race – Form book turned inside out in first 24hours of rac
Volvo Ocean Race,
For team AkzoNobel, it's been a whirlwind 24-hours. After three of the team's most experienced crew elected not to sail Leg 1, reinstated skipper Simeon Tienpont submitted his final crew list just an hour before leaving the dock.... [more]

Hebe Haven 24 Hour Charity Dinghy Race 2017 - Preview
Lauren Pincott,
The 24 Hour Charity Dinghy Race is an annual event, organised by Hebe Haven Yacht Club. The event took place over the 21st and 22nd of October, and was open to the General Public. Since its inception in 2002, the Hebe Haven 24 Hour Charity Dinghy Race has raised over 11 Million Hong Kong Dollars for its chosen charities.... [more]

2017 Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race - it's a wrap
RHKYC Media,
Michael Lunn's Azuree 40 Lion Rock was the last boat to sail into Nha Trang, Vietnam, this afternoon at 13h 45m 45s, putting her in fourth place in IRC Racer 1 division... [more]

VOR - From conception to reality - Turn the Tide on Plastic
Turn The Tide On Plastic,
The Volvo Ocean Race (set to depart from Alicante, Spain 22 October) is one of the greatest challenges in professional sport. The 2017-18 edition will take the teams 45,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark Host Cities.... [more]

Vincenzo and his Mascalzone Latino win Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race
Mascalzone Latino,
After winning the world title on a difficult course off Trieste in the fiercely competitive and experienced ORC fleet, Vincenzo Onorato's crew today celebrates its first place overall in the IRC fleet in the South China Sea... [more]

2017 Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race - Mascalzone Latino takes victory
RHKYC Media,
Vincenzo Onorato's Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino sailed into Nha Trang last night at 18h 46m 31s to take the win in IRC Racer 0 and IRC Racer Overall. The Italian boat was a cool 2h 49m 55s ahead of Joachim Isler and Drew Taylor's Ambush who are presently second place in IRC Racer Overall.... [more]

2017 Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race - Alive takes Line Honours
RHKYC Media,
Australian entry, Phillip Turner's RP 66 Alive charged into Nha Trang, Vietnam, this afternoon on a two sail reach, popping their kite at the cardinal mark just before the finish to take the Line Honours for the 2017 Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. Currently, Alive is third in IRC Overall with a corrected time of 79h 21m 52s on her elapsed time of 50h 11m 56s; a mere 15m 35s outside... [more]

Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race – Alive gaining on early starters
RHKYC Media,
Joachim Isler and Drew Taylor's Mills 41 Ambush did two early jibes; the first of which may have put them west of the rhumb line; a tactic which has not paid off for Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns' Sydney GTS 43 Ontonomos Mandrake and Jonathan Mahony's HYD 42 Zanzibar.... [more]

Second consecutive Clipper Round the World Yacht Race victory
Chris Harris,
The Greenings team claimed victory late last night in a thrilling finale to the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms, which saw the top two teams finish approximately two miles apart after 14 days racing through the South Atlantic in the second stage of the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race, from Punta del Este, Uruguay.... [more]

2017 Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race - they're off-
RHKYC Media,
A beautiful day in Hong Kong harbour with blue skies and a north easterly breeze of 10kts for the start of IRC Racer 0 and 1 in the Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. 10 boats were on the start line - IRC Racer 2 division started yesterday, 25 hours earlier.... [more]

11th China Cup International Regatta - Preview
Andy Rice,
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2017 Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, starts 18 October
RHKYC Media,
“The first yacht to finish the inaugural Hong Kong to Vietnam crossed the finish line at Nha Trang at first light, on the first day of the Year of the Rat in 1996. That yacht was Sam Chan's Nelson Marek 68 FfreeFire. By all accounts the race was a wild ride, and lived up to the predictions of a downwind flyer”... [more]

Robert Scheidt retires from the Olympics
Declan McSweeney and,
Reporting for, Declan McSweeney reports that Brazil's Robert Scheidt, winner of five Olympic medals, including two gold, has announced his retirement from Olympic competition, ending a career that spanned a quarter-of-a-century. The 44-year-old revealed he would continue to participate in non-Olympic events... [more]

Nations Trophy - Swan OD Challenge - More images by Studio Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
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MAPFRE draw first blood in Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Fernández and his team made a bold call at the start to duck behind the entire fleet in order to sail up what turned out to be the favoured right hand side of the course, coming from behind to earn a narrow lead at the first gate.... [more]

Volvo China Coast Regatta – Day 2
RHKYC Media,
Racing carried on as planned for the day but as the last boats crossed the line in their final race it was announced that due to the likelihood of a Typhoon 3 signal being issued and still being in force tomorrow, all racing would be cancelled for the final day of the regatta.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Local heroes take popular win in first In Port race
Volvo Ocean Race,
The local heroes on Xabi Fernandez's MAPFRE were a popular winner in the first point scoring race of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. Sailing in winds of 8-10kts, Fernandez and his team made a bold call at the start to duck behind the entire fleet... [more]

Volvo China Coast Race Week – Day 1
RHKYC Media,
Racing started in a northerly breeze of eight to 10kts that dropped throughout the day. Two windward/leewards and an island course were held for IRC Racer 0, 1, 2, 3 with the IRC Premier only joining the windward/leewards.... [more]

Inside the Volvo Ocean Race - The Boatyard and North Sails
North Sails,
With the Alicante in-port race kicking off this weekend and the start of Leg 1 fast approaching, the Volvo Ocean Race's Boatyard Sail Loft Manager Nathan Quirk and Neil Cox, head of the Boatyard, explain how North Sails 3Di technology has changed the game in port.... [more]

World Sailing complete move into London Headquarters
World Sailing,
Following the announcement World Sailing's relocation from Southampton to London in January 2017, an extensive evaluation process was undertaken to select a location that enabled World Sailing's members and stakeholders ease of access to the new facility and allowed international diversity with a high quality, multilingual employment base.... [more]

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