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 20 Oct 2016

Mirabaud Images, VOR, more...

Free Fire and the Dragon's Back. Rolex China Sea Race 2016.  © Guy Nowell / RHKYC
We are deeply saddened to report the death of His Majesty King Bhumiphol Adulyadej of Thailand. HM was not only the Father of the Nation, but also in his younger days a skilled and enthusiastic sailor - hence the Phuket King's Cup that was founded in honour of his 60th birthday, in 1987. The King took a detailed interest in this event; every year, and by request, reports and photographs from each day's racing were forwarded to the Palace, where His Majesty paid great attention to the progress of the event. No doubt this year's Phuket King's Cup will be a slightly less than usually exuberant affair, in proper keeping with Thailand's national mourning, but we are still looking forward to what many consider to be Asia's Blue Riband event. That, we are quite sure, is how His Majesty would have wanted it.

The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image is a yearly photographic contest and exhibition. It seeks to recognise “the very best yacht racing image taken during the year, and that which best represents the essence and excitement of yacht racing as a sport.”

Well, it's Mirabaud Yacht Racing Photograph of the Year time again, and we are delighted to report that three Sail-World photographers – including myself (Guy Nowell) and Richard Gladwell (Editor of Sail-World New Zealand), have ‘made the cut' into the last 80. Please go and take a look at the images ( and cast your vote! There are two prizes to be won; the Judges' Award, and the Public Award for the image that gets the most votes from the public, so share this around and recognise the hard work (and occasional soaking!) of the yachting photographers who put great images on your screens and in your magazines all through the year.

The Volvo Ocean Race people are doing some very smart marketing at the moment, by firing out 10 press releases over 10 days. Some of them are real game-changers, and we have put all the latest releases into this newsletter. Female and mixed crew regulations, onboard reporting revamped, scoring bonuses to discourage the whole fleet from running around like a flock of sheep and more. VOR have also announced the building of another VO65, the eighth, for the next race. Although they are not making announcements about entries yet, it's a good bet that they wouldn't be spending that kind of money for no good reason.

And speaking of Volvo - next weekend is the RHKYC's Volvo China Coast Regatta, possibly the most hard-nosed of all the Asian inshore events. Right now, Typhoon Haima is headed this way on a highly inconvenient schedule. Assuming that the storm doesn't blow off the regatta entirely, it's sure to send some heavy weather to Hong Kong, and that'll make for some great images! Now, where's my camera?

Standing by on 72.

Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia

HM King Bhumipol Adulyadej of Thailand - Designer, Builder, Sailor
Duncan Worthingtom, MarineScene.Asia,
His Majesty was a hugely talented craftsman, building many boats in his time – 25, to be precise, all dinghies. His first was “Rajptain” an Enterprise Class dinghy. In 1965 in his first ever sailing race, His Majesty, with HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani as crew, competed against 35 other boats in a race from Pattaya to Koh Larn... [more]

King Bhumiphol Adulyadej of Thailand dies
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Sailors will always remember him as the monarch who designed, built, and sailed his own dinghies, and who won a gold medal for sailing at the fourth South-East Asia Peninsula Games in 1967. In 1966 the King sailed an OK dinghy, the Vega, across the Gulf of Thailand from Hua Hin to Sattahip, and later presented the boat's rudder as a trophy; the Vega Rudder Race remains an annual event.... [more]

Phuket King's Cup Regatta marks 30th Anniversary
Phuket King's Cup Media,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is one of the top international sporting events in Asia, annually attracting entries from around the globe. This year is the 30th anniversary of the event, and once again sailors will be competing on the sun swept waters of the Andaman Sea, 3-10 December 2016. And as usual the regatta headquarters will be at the Kata Beach Resort & Spa.... [more]

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image – Discover world's best sailing pictures-
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image,
The competition will be tight again this year, with the highest participation rate ever !... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race adds Fastnet Race new Prologue to qualifying schedule
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the sixth of a series of 10 major announcements in 10 days, Race Management outlined a number of mandatory qualifiers before the start in Alicante, Spain, in October 2017 – including provisionally a transatlantic test for all the fleet in June or July.... [more]

2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race – M32 catamarans to be used for guest sailing
Volvo Ocean Race,
The specific aim is to increase the number of sponsor client, city and media guests that get to experience high performance sailing during the stopovers between the ocean legs.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race new scoring system to encourage strategic risk-taking
Volvo Ocean Race,
The seventh in a series of 10 announcements from the Race in 10 days is designed to open up the competition in an era of incredibly close One Design racing and give an incentive for teams to gamble more often to split the fleet.... [more]

Premium team bases to enhance experience for Volvo Ocean Race fans
Volvo Ocean Race,
New team bases will be both built and dismantled by the Race organisation – allowing race teams more time to focus on winning the race on the water.... [more]

Transpacific record setting voyage about to begin,
Guo Chuan puts the former IDEC II now Qingdao Trimaran through the paces on San Francisco Bay.... [more]

35th America's Cup schedule announced
America's Cup,
The full event schedule for the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda in 2017 has been confirmed, outlining the calendar of almost five weeks of world class sailing action which lies ahead in the beautiful waters of Bermuda, starting on May 26th and finishing on or around June 27th 2017... [more]

America's Cup - Challenger and Defender line up for practice race,
The America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA and the Challenger Softbank Team Japan have been practising in their AC45S catamarans in Bermuda. Practice racing by the Defender against Challengers gives Oracle Team USA the opportunity to hone its match racing skills and develop its playbook.... [more]

Paul Henderson - Pace and Process of 2020 Olympic event choice queried,
A submission by the Japan Sailing Federation essentially says that it had been agreed in 2013 that changes to the Olympic classes would be signalled seven years in advance to ensure a more orderly transition and reduction of financial expense to sailors for upgrading equipment or shifting to a new class. Now World Sailing is proposing to give only three years notice of changes.... [more]

RORC Transatlantic Race - Supermaxis to hit out against Multihulls
Louay Habib,
Mike Slade's 100ft canting keel maxi, Leopard 3 is no stranger to the Atlantic. Leopard has accomplished five separate Transatlantic records over the last nine years and has crossed the Atlantic 12 times, with this race being Boat Captain, Chris Sherlock's 30th crossing. Maserati will be represented in this year's RORC Transatlantic by Giovanni Soldini's foiling MOD70.... [more]

2017 Hong Kong Race Week - Entries open now-
Entries are now open for Hong Kong's foremost international dinghy event, Hong Kong Race Week, which will take place from 14 to 19 February 2017.... [more]

Paul Henderson- Why are we trialling new events in the Youth Olympics-,
One of the issues facing World Sailing, or rather the the world of sailing, is the expansion of the sport into developing sailing countries and increasing the participation in the regions where sailing is not a popular. Part of the issue is the classes sailed at an Olympic level and more importantly at a Youth Worlds and now Youth Olympic Games level.... [more]

Five win day for 2016 GC32 Racing Tour champion
GC32 Racing Tour,
For this final day, the forecast promised 9-11 knots, but after an hour on the water waiting for the wind direction to stabilise, much to the pleasure of everyone, it built into the high teens, gusting into the mid-20s.... [more]

America's Cup - Spectacular video from Oracle Team USA of Hurricane,
Oracle Team USA videographer Sam Greenfield collects the best footage from the team to show our experience with Hurricane Nicole as she ripped into Bermuda. Despite this extreme hurricane footage, Oracle Team USA, their friends and neighbours, in Bermuda, weathered the storm.... [more]

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