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Back on deck


The latest sailing news from Asia and the world.
 22 Mar 2017

Back on deck

Here at SW Asia, a recent dose of food poisoning (“must ‘ave been something I ate, Mum”) has meant that all sailing and editorial activities have been strictly virtual. But the head is now back above the parapet and looking for news.

No 1 event in Asia this last week was of course the Singapore Youth Sailing Championship, another constituent regatta in the ASAF Youth Cup. News coming out of Singapore was a little thin on the ground, but here's what we received. An event of this calibre, and involving this much potential, really deserves more coverage – organisers please note.

Of course, there's always plenty of info coming out of the Volvo Ocean Race press room – this time it was the announcement of Vestas Wind's entry in the next VOR. Charlie Enright and Mark Towill, ex-Alvimedica, are in charge, and are rumoured to be taking two sets of paper charts with them – to be sure, to be sure, as Paddy said.

Throw in the big boats racing for the St Barth's Bucket, the Extreme Sailoing Series taking off in Mexico, and the WMRT going at in Perth, and there's plenty of splash and dash to read through, below.

Guy Nowell, Asia Editor

Singapore Youth Sailing Championship – Day 4
Icarus Sports,
Laser Radial class and the Byte class' final races were held near to shores for parents and supporters to get as close to the action as possible.... [more]

Singapore Youth Sailing Championship - Day 3
Panos Marinopoulos,
Singapore's Lu Junrui suffered a slight blimp in his quest for the Singapore Youth Sailing Championship Laser Radial title but recovered in his final race. He is on course to claim the 2017 crown.... [more]

Singapore Youth Sailing Championship – Day 2
Icarus Sports,
All classes completed the maximum number of races they could as the race committee took full advantage of the good weather.... [more]

Singapore Youth Sailing Championship – Day 1
Icarus Sports,
This year's edition had 356 sailors from 10 countries compete with the first day of competition seeing shifty winds throughout the day. Boats launches were delayed but winds picked up throughout the day and ended with good racing winds towards the evening.... [more]

Rolex China Sea Race 2018 - First mainland Chinese entries
RHKYC Media,
Of their 2016 experience, Wang Bin recounted “It was very exciting to enter the race for the first time. We managed well on the start line and became one of the leading boats out of Victoria Harbour - despite the heavy rain shutting the wind off completely.... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race set to attract another monster fleet
James Boyd,
Some offshore yacht races struggle for entries, but the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event is not one of them. When the entry list opened on 9 January, spaces sold out faster than a Rolling Stones farewell concert; the 340 boat limit reached, incredibly, in just four minutes and 24 seconds.... [more]

Inaugural PHINSAF Nasugbu to Busuanga Race
With plenty of encouragement from Busuanga Bay Lodge Resort GM Thomas Mayer, the Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Federation (PHINSAF) has added a new race to the Philippine sailing calendar. The aim was to provide an interesting new race to introduce yacht owners and crew to the extensive cruising grounds of Busuanga and Coron in the Calamianes group of islands at the northern end of Palawan.... [more]

Andrea Francolini takes us into the sewer
John Curnow,
With many thanks to the magnificent Andrea Francolini and also Team Beau Geste on their TP52, we have this splendid on board gallery from training ahead of the 2017 Australian Yachting Championship. The AUS Sailing event is hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will take place from Thursday 23 - Sunday 26 March 2017.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Vestas 11th Hour Racing VOR entry announcement live
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
See Vestas 11th Hour Racing announce their entry as the fourth boat in the Volvo Ocean Race. The announcement is being made in Newport RI at 10.00am EDT or 3.00pm CET... [more]

St. Barths Bucket Regatta – More action shots by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images... [more]

America's Cup - Ben and Barry on Bermuda docking technique
Bangin' The Corners,
Another in the series from the Bangin' The Corner, this time offering some pointers on docking technique, after the British America's Cup team had a close encounter with their mobile dock in Bermuda. Here's a few tips on how to dock the easy way.... [more]

World Match Racing Tour - Images from a light Day 1 in Perth
Ian Roman,
Image gallery from Day 1 of the World Match Race Tour event in Perth - the first round of the 2017 Tour. Conditions were light for the first day of racing, which featured an all-womens crew.... [more]

Extreme Sailing Series heads to Mexico for the first time in history
Extreme Sailing Series,
Today the owner and organiser of the Series, OC Sport, is delighted to announce that the German software giant SAP – a longtime supporter of the world's leading Stadium Racing Series - will be the Host Venue Partner for the Mexican Act.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng has an offshore hit-out - Video NZL,
After a one million euro re-fiit procedure in Lisbon, the Dongfeng Race Team crew gave their boat its first real test ahead of 2017-18 – and it looks better than ever! In this video Dongfeng go offshore in a big breeze for the first real work-out of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ say they have learned 2013 lessons
Duncan Johnston,,
Time is the enemy of Team New Zealand as much as the prying eyes of five America's Cup rivals as they countdown to what they expect to be 'brutal' racing in Bermuda. The Kiwi syndicate are adamant they have learned from the painful lessons of the 2013 regatta in San Francisco where they pioneered foiling but ran out of development... [more]

New Pacific 52 class makes its debut in San Francisco
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
The first of two new-build Pacific 52's from Auckland's Cookson Boats is now sailing in San Francisco. Invisible Hand for San Francisco's Frank Slootman replaces his earlier RP63 of the same name. She will soon be joined by a second Cookson build, Bad Pack (Tom Holthus) from the same moulds. A third, RIO 52 is for RIO 100 supermaxi owner Manouch Moshayedi.... [more]

On-the Water judges for FAST40+ Class Race Circuit
Fast40 Class,
With close racing there are times when teams push the RRS too hard and teams feel aggrieved, but reluctant to protest. The Fast 40+ class saw this at earlier events in 2016 and introduced the On-the-water whistling Judge at the One Ton Cup in 2016.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Top female sailors join Dongfeng Race Team
Volvo Ocean Race,
Dongfeng Race Team have selected Carolijn Brouwer and Marie Riou for their Volvo Ocean Race campaign in 2017-18 – a move that confirms the impact of a rule change introduced by the race to encourage mixed male-female crews. The two women bring a wealth of experience to Charles Caudrelier's team, including a total of five Olympic Games and a host of world titles.... [more]

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta – Nautor's Swan dominates
Nautor's Swan,
Don MacPherson's Freya captured her second consecutive class victory and third in the last four years, winning all three races in Class C by an average of more than five minutes.... [more]

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