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Farewell Bermuda, Hello Volvo in Hong Kong


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 04 Jul 2017

Farewell Bermuda, Hello Volvo in Hong Kong

2017 America's Cup Finals - Day 2  Ingrid Abery
Just nine days ago, at about 0114h Hong Kong time, the fat lady got up from her seat, smoothed her skirts, took a deep breath and started to sing. It was a gorgeous moment, when ETNZ gybed inside Oracle Team USA out near the boundary, and then pulled away to win the race by 55 seconds, win the series 7-1, and win the 35th America's Cup.

Where the AC goes next in terms of Protocol is anyone's guess – and there is plenty of speculation going on. Luna Rossa (‘Prada', or more correctly the Circolo della Vela Sicilia) is the new Challenger of Record, Patrizio Bertelli having walked away when the last Protocol started becoming altogether too lopsided – so expect rather more even-handedness in the next version, and rather fewer swift alterations of the goalposts. And maybe less of the blinkered pursuit of commercial gain that this edition of the AC has generated, not always successfully.

New Challenger of Record - Patrizio Bertelli (Luna Rossa, dark shirt)) looks on from the back ground chase boat after Emirates Team New Zealand - Match, Day 5 - Finishes - Race 9 - 35th America's Cup - Bermuda June 26, 2017  Richard Gladwell
Expect some nationality regulations. The America's Cup Deed of Gift calls this event “a friendly competition between nations” but with 5½ Aussies and just half an American on the ‘USA' boat, that went right out the window for AC35.

Back to monohulls or stay with the foiling multis? The America's Cup has always been an technological arms race: it is hard to imagine a Protocol that actually slows the event down by sending eveyone back to what some have called “the Dark Ages”. The fast foiling cats have proved that they can match race, even if it doesn't look like match racing as we know it, Jim. Those of us who really enjoyed the pre-start dog fights, the dial-ups, the hoists and drops and gybes of yesterday may be disappointed. We now have a high octane 20-20 cricket match on our hands instead of the considered thoughtfulness of a five-day Test, and that may well be here to stay.

Whatever happens next, we can be sure that AC36 will be more about sailing, and less about selling t-shirts than AC35. Huge congratulations to ETNZ on a great job well done. We look forward to a spectacular event in Auckland in a few years' time, but without the Defender racing in the Challenger series.

David Witt, skipper of Scallywag, and a Volvo Ocean Race trophy  Guy Nowell ©

Talking of big ticket events, Hong Kong was recently graced with a visit from the Volvo Ocean Race trophy. There was a rather unannounced ‘media meeting' with very few attendees, at which David Witt, skipper Team Scallywag and self-appointed representative of Hong Kong sailing across the globe, assured us that “the Scallywag crew is different to everyone else [in the Volvo Ocean Race]. They are all very good sailors; tough, frank, happy to put their hand up and say ‘I made a mistake.' They are all happy to cover for each other. Nobody is trying to make a name for themselves, and there are no egos to get in the way.”

Sadly, it was evident that the trophy wasn't actually THE trophy: a quick inspection revealed that Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Ian Walker's names were not engraved on it. Rumour has it that THE trophy is still in Sheikh Khalid's palace in Abu Dhabi, and nobody has yet had the courage to ask for it back. Just a rumour.

In Asia, the next major event on the calendar is the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, which is one of the bigger events in the region. There are presently 45 boats on the list either entered or ‘with intentions', and the Cape Panwa Hotel is a delightful place for a regatta venue – just add water, and you have a regatta, so to speak. Sail-World Asia will be in Phuket, reporting.

Last weekend, Hebe Haven Yacht Club's UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series attracted 61 boats for a short, sharp and hugely enjoyable scoot around the islands in 15kts of breeze, which made for a great day out on the water. Those at the front of the fleet were back at the dock before the 30kts rainsquall came through – although some of us were still flaking sails and got a soaking anyway!

Barry Hayes, UK Sailmakers. On the move from Hong Kong to Ireland.  Guy Nowell ©

News (below) that the General Manager of UK Sailmakers Hong Kong, Barry Hayes, is departing for pastures greener – literally. He and Claire Morgan are off to Ireland to take over the UK/McWilliam Sailmakers loft in Crosshaven, Cork. Sail-World Asia wishes them well, but we'll be missing you - to be sure, to be sure.

Standing by on 72.

Guy Nowell, SW Asia Editor

Watch Change in Crosshaven - UK Sailmakers under new command
UK Sailmakers / Asia Yacht Press,
The famous Crosshaven loft that is part of the UK Sailmakers organisation will shortly have a new crew on deck. Barry Hayes, Claire Morgan and Graham Curran are taking over from Des McWilliam who is stepping down after 39 years in the business and 25 years at the helm of McWilliam Sailmakers.... [more]

Reducing the carbon footprint at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
Phuket Raceweek Media,
The ocean environment is an important resource for everyone. Recent research shows that a number of countries in Asia, including Thailand, are amongst the world's top ocean polluters and at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek we will play our part in keeping the oceans clean and reducing our carbon footprint.... [more]

America's Cup - Vodafone Dock-In Show - Stories that can now be told,
Peter Lester and Martin Tasker set up an interviewing position inside the Emirates Team New Zealand base during the post-America's Cup celebrations, and got some of the key players to let a few cats out of the bag, after they'd had a couple of beers.... [more]

Olympians and AC sailors descend on Marstrand for GKSS Match Cup
Aston Harald,
With breaking waves and gales blowing today on the Marstrand Arena, competition at the World Match Racing Tour's GKSS Match Cup Sweden will get underway tomorrow.... [more]

Female skippers come out on top in first major test
Clipper Round the World,
Our two female Clipper Race Skippers, Wendy Tuck and Nikki Henderson, have made a huge statement less than two months out from Race Start in Liverpool.... [more]

America's Cup - Kiwi Government tips initial $5million into Cup champs
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
The New Zealand Prime Minister, Bill English, has announced that the New Zealand Government will make an initial investment of $5million (USD 3.65million) into America's Cup champions, Emirates Team New Zealand. As with the investment of the same amount, at the same stage of the 2017 campaign, the funding is labelled as being required to 'retain key staff'.... [more]

Rs-X Youth World Championship – Israelis on the roof of the world
Leonardo Omezzoli,
For the Female league the gold medal goes to Maya Morris (Isr). As expected Nicolò Renna is the new U17 world champion, and his performance yesterday was as exceptional as the previous ones.... [more]

ASMEX brings renewed energy to the Australian Marine Industry
Jenny Cooper, Asia Yacht Press, and AIME Media,
The seventh edition of the Australian Superyacht, Marine Export & Commercial Marine Industry Conference (ASMEX) was held over two days in late May at Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast in Queensland. With a record group of 260 international and local industry professionals in attendance including a top line up of speakers, the conference addressed existing legislative challenges with vigour... [more]

Youth RS:X World Championship - Nicolo Renna is the new World champion
Elena Giolai,
Among men Sil Hoekstra,Tom Reuveny Daniele Gallo, Luca Di Tomassi, Andy Brown,Zhaoguan Dong, Geronimo Nores, Yoav Cohen, Nicolo Renna, Aleksander Przychodzen, Fernando Lamadrid Trueba reached the final race and will compete for the top ranks. It was another exciting day for the 200 athletes hailing from thirty nations, who have been striving to conquer title of Olympic class Rs:X Youth champion... [more]

2018 Golden Globe Race – One year to start from Plymouth
Golden Globe Race,
The Race marks the 50th anniversary of the original Sunday Times Race and the remarkable achievement of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in becoming the first man to complete a solo nonstop circumnavigation.... [more]

Ludde Ingvall and CQS arrive in Stockholm
John Roberson,
Ludde has pulled together an all-star line-up for the event, including world famous New Zealand sailor Chris Dickson as a helmsman and his compatriot Rodney Keenan.... [more]

America's Cup - Glenn Ashby - How the Lone Wolf won the America's Cup
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Late in 2016, when they refused to sign an agreement on how the next two America's Cups would be conducted, Emirates Team New Zealand was cast in the role of being a 'Lone Wolf'. The moniker has stuck with the team since then and has been the hallmark of a campaign that has struggled financially and has been forced to eke the most out of the resources that it does have.... [more]

Gladwell's Line - America's Cup returns to its new home and thinking
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand's win in the 35th America's Cup ends 17-years of wandering in the AC wilderness and will open a new era of America's Cup, New Zealand and World Sailing. A rookie crew won the most prestigious trophy in sailing, and one of the most difficult to win in any sport.... [more]

The 'hands' of the America's Cup 2017
Carlo Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from America's Cup 2017.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Seventh team announced with returning sponsor
Volvo Ocean Race,
Bouwe Bekking, the most experienced sailor in Volvo Ocean Race history, will return to skipper the seventh confirmed team in the 2017-18 edition – and give himself another chance at claiming an elusive first victory at the eighth attempt. No one has sailed more miles in the Volvo Ocean Race than Bekking, who made his first appearance as a crewmember on Philips Innovator back in 1985-86.... [more]

A Few Rays – Sunscreen with no preservatives – brilliant-
Sunscreen with no preservatives, why this is great? If your sunscreen has no preservatives in the formulation it will be much more skin friendly than traditional screens. However, the vast majority of sunscreens are water based and require the addition of preservatives in order to keep them microbe free and usable for longer.... [more]

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