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Cue the elephants (we're in Thailand)! Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous 2018 - photo © Pozeidon2017

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What are boat shows all about? Somewhere to go and check out new boat models while clutching a cold one? (“Cor, fancy that one over there…”). But surely you did the research online before you got there? Boat shows have discovered that it’s no longer about showing off new models – besides, Asia is not a sufficiently large market for the big manufacturers to bring lots of brand new never-seen-before boats over here. And they are not about selling gadgets and widgets, since precious few people look after or maintain their own boats here. That’s what boat boys are for. No, boat shows are about LIFESTYLE, which is currently one of the most overused words in the dictionary, along with PASSION and LUXURY.

However, if you are looking for a bit of passion and some luxury lifestyle, the Thailand Yacht Show (which now has a ‘RendezVous’ attached to it) is up and running next month. There used to be two shows, but after years of counter claims and competitive superlatives they have got together and are now “all-inclusive,” and the venue is Royal Phuket Marina. As everyone knows, the 3nm trip past the sandbanks and through the mangrove channel is strictly dependent on draught and the state of the tide. Which is why the really big boats are parked at Koh Rang Noi. Enjoy.

`The Ocean Race` is launched in Paris - December 2018 - photo © Rick Tomlinson
`The Ocean Race` is launched in Paris - December 2018 - photo © Rick Tomlinson

Volvo walked away, and now the Volvo Ocean Race is called “The Ocean Race” which is about as exciting as wet breadcrumbs. Which ocean race? It’s almost as bland as the The Race in 2001. Which race? Yes, that’s right. However, a friend who understands this sort of stuff says that it should really be referred to as ‘The ( ) Ocean Race’, as the owners are really just waiting for the right name to come along. That sounds about right to me, but how on earth do you pronounce “( )”?

Nansha Marina.  - photo © Guy Nowell
Nansha Marina. - photo © Guy Nowell

There’s no prize money for the America’s Cup. The same goes for an Olympic medal, the (Volvo) Ocean Race, Vendee Globe or absolutely any class World Championship. They all cost a bomb, but the only prize is bragging rights. So why does a very small event in China, the Guangzhou Nansha International Sailing Regatta, feel the necessity to hand a prize of RMB60,000 (USD8,680) for first place in a 7-boat affair sailed in FarEast 26s. RMB40,000 and 20,000 for second and third place respectively. Presumably they think that a carrot is necessary to get crews to turn up for an event on the fast-flowing Pearl River, under the shadow of the Humen Bridge. Inside news is that the competitors were treated like 5-star celebrities, and the whole bash was brilliantly well-organised. Let’s hope the entry list will be massively over-subscribed next year!

Standing by on 72.

Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous 2018
New Superyacht Hub at Koh Rang Noi private island to showcase Phuket's superyachting potential. Royal Phuket Marina chosen as new venue for all-inclusive show.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race covered from all angles
The 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is going to be arguably the closest race in history – and sports fans can catch the start of the race no matter where they live around the world.

12th Yisunsin Cup International Yacht Race Documentary
In ORC1 class, "Vikira" managed to win the race for the second year in a row. In the ORC2 class "Rate" was the boat that claimed first place.

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Rolex China Sea Race 2020: 30th edition of Asia's blue water classic
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has released the Notice of Race (English and Chinese) and opened entry for the 58th Anniversary of the Rolex China Sea Race.

Gladwell's Line: Stars & Stripes resonates with fanbase
Last Thursday's announcement that the fifth accepted Challenge for the America's Cup would carry the name "Stars & Stripes" received quite a remarkable reception from the New Zealand media, and indeed worldwide.

Golden Globe Race - Day 169: Jean-Luc Van Den Heede's lead cut by further 154 miles
Dutchman Mark Slats has taken a further 154 miles out French Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede over the past seven days, reducing the gap to 794 miles with 4,300 miles still to run before the winner returns to Les Sables d'Olonne at the end of January.

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Ocean Marina Yacht Club supports disabled sailing in Thailand
Ocean Marina Yacht Club (OMYC) have invested in Thailand's growing disabled sailing scene with the purchase of eight SV14 boats from FarEast Yachts - the world's first SV14 fleet

Yassine Darkaoui: off on a long trip, again.
Previously, Darkaoui sailed 211 nm in 77 hours, on a route from Ao Yon to Phi Phi and Koh Racha and back, returning to Phuket more than once to collect food and water from a support boat anchored off Ao Yon.

HKG crowned winners of Guangzhou Nansha Regatta 2018
The sailors arrived at the Nansha Marina today morning to be greeted with light rains and 14 to 18 kts of wind blowing across the course. At the end the weather held out and today's racing was proclaimed as the “best of the regatta”

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A great Rhum
The 40th anniversary Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe proved to be a memorable edition, with big crowds turning out in Saint Malo to see the record fleet of 123 boats in six divisions start the 3,542-nautical mile race to Pointe-à-Pitre.

Volvo OR: IMOCA joins VO65 to form "The Ocean Race"
Good progress was made and celebrated in Paris this week with IMOCA ratifying a version of their class rule for fully crewed events. “We intend to issue the Notice of Race and open the entry period in the coming days ” - Richard Brisius

Tip & Shaft: 15 -22 entries expected in two fleets for "The Ocean Race"
In the Espace 2000 at Paris' annual Salon Nautic further details about The Ocean Race, the son and heir of the Volvo Ocean Race, were announced by co-owners Richard Brisius and Johan Salén long time partners in Atlant Racing

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Clipper Race - calling Chinese adventurers
The Chinese city of Zhuhai has today announced an Ambassador Crew programme which will enable local people to take part in the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race.

Hong Kong Race Week, 12-14 February 2019
Hong Kong and Asia's biggest dinghy regatta is just around the corner! Hong Kong Race Week is also a constituent event of the ASAF Youth Cup and represents Leg 2 of the 2018 – 2019 series.

Phuket King's Cup 2018 - close and wrap
Saturday's closing day at the 32nd Phuket King's Cup started with the obligatory bright sunshine, and 10 kts or so of breeze from the east. PRO confided over breakfast that the plan was for “two windward-leewards for the Racing classes."

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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup Challengers - a nice problem to have
As Emirates Team New Zealand's Chief Operating Officer Kevin Shoebridge told the Auckland Council's Governing Body on Thursday afternoon, they all came in on the last day [November 30], and three came in within the last five minutes of entry time.

Phuket King’s Cup 2018 – a major hiccup in the programme.
After a day off, when the breeze continued just like the day before, there was plenty of enthusiasm to get going again for the fourth day's racing. 0730h on the beach and the longtails were filling up, returning, and filling up again

Royal Huisman and Berret-Racoupeau Launch in Asia
Royal Huisman shipyard is teaming up with Berret-Racoupeau Design to produce custom-built multihull superyachts, both power and sail, that redefine luxury catamaran design from the waterline upwards.

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Documentary: 2018 China Sailing League Weifang
This intense competition brought forth Gao Mengfan and Lu Yunxiu as men's and women's RS:X class champions respectively. Xu Yani and Wei Mengxi were the winners of women's 470 class, while Zhang Dongshuang took the 1st place in women's laser.

Phuket King’s Cup 2018, day 3. As good as it gets - really.
What do want you for a perfect day's racing, in Asia? 18kts of breeze, flat water (but a little bit of chop allowed), blue skies, deep blue ocean, 25 deg, t-shirts and shorts for ‘wet weather' gear, and the tactician doubling up as the fridge trimmer?

Phuket King’s Cup 2018. A trip round the islands.
Another grey day to start with, but it burned off pretty quickly and out came the sun with his hat on. The Cruising fleet (Bareboat A/B, Cruisers, Multihull Cruisers, Classics and Modern Classics) got an off-wind start and set off towards Koh Kaeo Noi

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