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One typhoon is bad. Two is terrible.

29/08/2017


 
The latest sailing news from Asia and the world.
     
 30 Aug 2017
 


One typhoon is bad. Two is terrible.

Pak Sha Wan, the aftermath of Typhoon Hato  Steve Pheby
A week is a long time in politics, but a week that saw not one but two typhoons come close enough to Hong Kong to shut the city down is an absolute age. Damage to boats has been substantial – did you strip off everything that moves above deck when the T3 signal went up? Did you check your mooring lines and chafe gear, remove biminis and barbeques, take down all the sails and snug down the hatches properly tight? Or are you now the proud owner of some seriously damaged dacron or a large and expensive piece of severely smashed grp? Even a comprehensive insurance policy is not a guarantee of a payout if you don't follow the rules. Remember, the summer is not over, and it's still typhoon season.

Intrigue Plus raises its kite in Race 8 - UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series 2017  Hebe Haven Yacht Club

Hong Kong's major piece of summer sailing fun is all over... all over bar the shouting, that is. The last day's racing of the UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series took place last Saturday in absolutely perfect sailing conditions, slotted in just after Typhoon Hato but with Typhoon Pakhar incoming and just below the horizon. That meant the evening's prizegiving party was postponed as it was all hands on deck at Hebe Haven Yacht Club, strapping down for the imminent blow. Just as well they did – it was nasty. ‘Resail' this coming Friday. Bring a thirst.

Tiger Mok, SHK Scallywag, Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18  © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race

Tiger Mok has been appointed to the crew of the Hong Kong entry in the forthcoming Volvo Ocean race, SHK Scallywag. Mok, a proper Hong Kong sailor, is relishing the challenge of doing something a bit longer than a China Sea Race, and will be the only Hong Kong sailor on the boat. In the position of ‘back up navigator' it is unclear how much sailing he'll be doing. Rumour has it that he did very well in the last VOR virtual race, and enjoys locking himself in a darked room for weeks at a time and taking cold salt showers at regular intervals.

Rush hour at the leeward mark. WMRT Fremantle 2016  Guy Nowell ©

The World Match Racing Tour has joined hands with the China Cup International Regatta, and the last event of the WMRT season will take place at Longcheer (or Shenzhen, if you prefer) in October. WMRT has been trying to carve out a slot in China for quite a while now – first there was the very public fiasco in Qingdao in 2008 when the local partners moved the goal posts so far (after contracts had been signed) that WMRT very wisely walked away; after that there were attempts to get events going in Shanghai, Ningbo and Xiamen, all of which fizzled out. Let's hope this one works out better. WMRT regattas are usually stand-alone affairs, but now it looks as if the match racing will be a sort of side show to the main event, the China Cup. A decade ago the CCIR proudly announced that their event was “bigger than the America's Cup” on the basis that it involved more boats. With the current uncertainty as to where the AC is going, we are wondering whether racing in lightweight catamarans will still be the “pathway to the America's Cup” in a couple of months' time?

Hanuman - 2017 J-Class World Championship Newport RI
  Daniel Forster ©

At the bigger end of the scale, there have been plenty of voices suggesting recently that the next AC should be sailed in J-Class yachts. Being a dyed-in-the-wool romantic, I think that's a grand idea: however, my good friend and Sail-World colleague over in New Zealand, Richard Gladwell, pointed out very succinctly that “the America's Cup is war, not dressage,” and I am not going to argue with that. For those that like the latter, the recent J-Class Championships was a proper treat, especially for the photographers.

The Editor also sails. Or hangs on, at least.  © Ian Roman / WMRT

The Editor also sails. M32s are great fun to sail – enjoy this pic of the Editor in the sixth man seat in Fremantle last year. Photographs? You must be joking: I was too busy hanging on for dear life! Yup, got the t-shirt.

Standing by on 72.


Guy Nowell, Asia Editor



Typhoon Hato - a cautionary reminder to ALL boat owners
Colin Ip,
Harder still was explaining to distraught owners why their claim for damages would not be paid by the insurance companies – ‘Fully Comprehensive' does not mean a payout for all and any eventuality. If that was the case, then your policy would simply be a one pager: effectively, a guarantee from the insurance company.... [more]


UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series – Final Fantasy, part I
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Pity the poor announcer. “Sorry chaps, there won't be a prizegiving party after racing today” is a pretty miserable way to have to start the radio chit chat - especially when there are 57 boats up and ready for it, the sun is shining, and the breeze is IN. The problem was incoming Typhoon Pakhar – and the staff were too busy tying down the Club to worry about trivia of that sort... [more]


Navigating new waters- Tiger Mok prepares for Volvo Ocean Race
VOR Hong Kong,
In the wake of being named Hong Kong's only native sailor participating in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Tiger Mok is busy preparing for the challenge of his sailing career. Despite relatively little experience in Ocean crossing events, Mok is ready for the role: 'I've never participated in an event of this stature and certainly nothing this long. It's a big step up but I'm not nervous.'... [more]


China Cup International Regatta to host WMRT 2017 Championship finals
WMRT,
“Taking the World Match Racing Tour to China for the first time in its history is a huge step which we are very excited to be announcing today,” said Robert Magnusson, CEO at the World Match Racing Tour.... [more]


J - Class Worlds - Daniel Forster's view
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer Daniel Forster was on the water for the recent J-class World Championship in Newport RI, and filed this gallery of images.... [more]


J Class Worlds - Lionheart are the toast of Newport
J Class Yachts,
On the same Newport, Rhode Island waters where the legendary Ranger cleaned up 4-0 in 1937, the last time ever that the mighty J Class raced for the America's Cup, the first J Class World Champions are Lionheart, the owner driven Dutch-flagged modern day Ranger descendent.... [more]


J Class World Championship – More final day images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from final day... [more]


J-Class World Championship – Day 4 action shots by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from day four... [more]


J Class Worlds - Images from Day 2 by Paul Todd
Paul Todd,
Top international photographer, Paul Todd was on the water for Day 2 of the J Class Worlds being sailed out of Newport, RI. Here's Paul's take on the day.... [more]


America's Cup - Jimmy on Jimmy
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ,
The first of three America's Cup books has been released. Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill's biography, 'Chasing the Cup' was released today and is a fast forward through the twice winner of the America's Cup winner's sailing and personal life. Now aged 38 years, the tenor of the book is that the feisty Australian is far from finished with the sport and America's Cup in particular.... [more]


SAP Extreme Sailing Team triumphs in Cardiff to reclaim 2017 lead
Extreme Sailing Series,
It went down to the wire between SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi in the thrilling finale of Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 6, Cardiff, but the Danes pipped the Swiss to the post in the final throes of battle. The Danish squad claimed its third win of the season to go top of the overall leaderboard.... [more]


Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 8 Race 1 – Qingdao Storms into the lead
The Clipper Race,
GREAT Britain, which has played its Joker Card and is currently in seventh position, may be one to watch as it has gone further west than Qingdao and benefitted from the same northerly winds.... [more]


Changing of the Guard in 49er – A tough bet to place
Club 49er and Nacra 17,
The truth right now in this post Burling and Outteridge era is that there is so much parity in the fleet making predictions right now is harder than it's ever been. Up to 60 teams are competitive enough that they are looking to make it through the qualifying series to the top 20 Gold fleet.... [more]


Gladwell's Line - Cup capers continue in Auckland and Bermuda
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ,
Two months have now passed since New Zealand won the America's Cup, without too much as yet on how the next event will shape up. What has been released is a big improvement on what was produced in the run up to the last four America's Cups, which drip fed basic information over 14 months, and then changed the class nine months after entries opened.... [more]


Volvo Ocean Race - Womens Olympic Medalist misses out on Volvo spot
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ,
Olympic Gold and Silver medalist, Jo Aleh has missed selection for a crew position in the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race. Aleh had been trialling for one of the crew positions allocated on Team Brunel. Fellow Gold and Silver medalist and America's Cup champion, Peter Burling has been confirmed on the crew of Dutch-flagged Team Brunel... [more]


America's Cup - Dalton survives 100mph Isle of Man Classic TT crash
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand's CEO, Grant Dalton has walked away from a high speed crash in the Isle of Man Classic TT on Wednesday (NZT). The CEO of the champion America's Cup team survived a 100mph(160kmh) crash after his bike seized.... [more]


North Sails 3Di – It all started with an idea
North Sails,
“As a management team, we had to decide if we wanted to invest in the technology or not. The bet was about a 20 million dollar bet,” said North Sails CEO, Dan Neri, reflecting back on North's decision to purchase an idea that eventually led to today's most advanced sailmaking product: North Sails 3Di.... [more]


Joshua one-design yacht to be inaugurated in 2022 Golden Globe Race
Event Media,
The 2018 race, set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Knox-Johnston's victory in his traditional 32ft yacht Suhaili, has attracted 27 sailors from 14 countries to compete in similar type yachts between 32-36ft in length.... [more]


Iran announces plans to develop “marine tourism”
IBI,
It seems an unlikely sort of boating story, but (apparently) Hossein Cheraghi, head of the provincial office of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization, believes that the coastal regions of Iran have the potential to draw three million foreign visitors each year. Marine tourism is currently responsible for just 1% of national employment and revenue.... [more]
 





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