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Optimists and Scallywags


The latest sailing news from Asia and the world.
 12 Oct 2017

Optimists and Scallywags

Final day – 2017 Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championship  ¬© Guy Nowell / Optimist Asian & Oceanian Champs
Launching 138 Optimists down one slipway in under 18 minutes is a tour de force of the highest order. It requires imagination, organisation, enthusiasm and effort, and those are just the qualities that characterised last week's 2017 Optimist Asian & Oceaninan Championship. Congratulations to the overall winner, Muhammad Kei (SGP), but equally congratulations to the other 137 young sailors, the 100+ volunteers, the officers of the IODA and HKODA, the Jury, the Measurers, the staff at RHKYC Middle Island, the RHKYC Sailing Office and the thoroughly dedicated race management team. RO Charlie Manzoni climbed off a flight from San Francisco at 05.30h on the Monday morning having sailed in the Etchells Worlds, and was on station at Middle Island at 08.00h. “Yes, I have had a shower and a shave,” he said. That pretty much sums up the energy that went into this event. It was a phenomenal five days of good sailing breeze that allowed all the ‘individual' racing schedule to be completed in good order. Day three's team racing looked for a moment as if it might be a write off, but even that was only a brief meteorological hiccough.

Prologue, sunset on-board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. Photo by Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race. 09 October, 2017  Volvo Ocean Race

In slightly bigger boats, the Volvo Ocean Race's non-scoring ‘prologue', now re-christened the ‘slow-logue', was cut to a short finish when the breeze died, leaving Mapfre with a nominal lead and the Hong Kong entry, SHK Scallywag, in an equally nominal last place. The scoring starts soon. Thus far the rogue HK social experiment has failed to distinguish itself, finishing last in three races and second-last in two more. Maybe they are deliberately getting rid of all the bad vibes before the main event starts, and will be electric from here on in. Maybe.

Wet stuff - 2015 China Coast Regatta  © RHKYC/Guy Nowell

Closer to home, the Volvo China Coast Raceweek (not to be confused with the Volvo Ocean Race, which arrives for a stopover in Hong Kong in January 2018) starts tomorrow, Friday. The customary Welcome Drinks will take place at RHKYC Kellett Island this evening. CCRW consists of three days of inshore racing based out of RHKYC Middle Island will be followed on 18 October by the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, the 673nm ride in the northeasterlies down to Nha Trang. Hang on to your hat. Said Duncan Hine, skipper of Phillip Turner's RP66 Alive, “It was so much fun last time (2015), we had to come all the way back from Australia for another go.” Please spread the word, Mr Hine; some people believe that this should the biggest offshore racing draw card in Asia.

Some years ago the China Cup International Regatta produced a particularly syrupy self-promo video that featured CEO David Zhong in a ‘fireside chat' sequence. He turns to camera and says, “China... Cup. Can you imagine the power of those two words together?” China Cup likes to compare itself in status with the America's Cup, and it is quite possible that Mr Zhong, a non-sailor, confused America (the country) with America (the boat) on that occasion. Whatever. In the most recent piece of self-puffery, the China Cup rates itself alongside both the AC and the WMRT, which is not really cricket. Or even sailing, for that matter.

Standing by on 72.

Guy Nowell, Asia Editor

Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championship – Final day
RHKYC Media,
The first two championship races were sailed yesterday where Singapore's Muhammad Daniel Kei Bin Muhammad Yazid, moved up from fourth to first overall after coming first and second in his races. With a total of 28 points, he was 15 points ahead of his nearest competitor Demir Dirk from Turkey with China's Xilun Lin following in third overall.... [more]

Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championship - Penultimate Day
RHKYC Media,
Two races were held for both the Yellow and Blue fleets off Stanley Bay with the only challenging conditions the competitors had to contend with being a one to 2kts spring tide running across the race track.... [more]

Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championships - Team China in-action
The wind came out in force for Day 3 of the Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships for the 2017 Team Racing Championships. 16 teams were ranked in terms of points of their top four sailors after two days of racing where six races were completed.... [more]

Optimist Asian and Oceanian Champs - Day 2
Day 2 of the Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships saw blue skies and a better than forecasted easterly breeze of 6 to 12kts on the race track positioned off Stanley Bay in Hong Kong.... [more]

2017 Optimist Asian and Oceanian Champs kicks off
RHKYC Media / Nick Atkinson,
The 2017 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championship opened last night at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in conjunction with Hong Kong's National Day celebrations. There was a flag parade from all the regatta participants, and then one of those fireworks displays that only Hong Kong can lay on – ok so the occasion was China's National Day, but HKODA has raised the bar on Oppie events by opening a regi... [more]

Hubris at China Cup International Regatta
China Boating Intelligence (CBI),
Some years ago the China Cup International Regatta claimed to be “bigger than the America's Cup,” on the basis that the event attracted more boats. They were, and probably still are, a regatta organiser with precious little understanding of the bigger picture of the sport of sailing.... [more]

13th China Club Challenge Match, Part 1. So how was it for you-
Al Skinner,
The CCCM is by any reckoning the longest-running and entirely amateur sailing regatta in China. Club crews against club crews, representing their clubs. A long weekend's fleet racing to seed the field, followed by a weekend's match racing to sort the salty tars from the dilettantes – and judging by the smiles of the sailors as they came off the water at the end of it all, it was PDG!... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Alicante Race Village is open-
Volvo Ocean Race,
The gates to the Race Village opened at 18:00 local time Wednesday afternoon, with an opening ceremony, entertainment and fireworks planned throughout the evening.... [more]

Shanghai Cup. What's in a Name-
China Boating Intelligence,
In 1876 the Shanghai Cup was replaced with an ornate silver trophy which cost (according to the receipt) $433. It was won on a number of occasions by Club member G B Hill who subsequently took the Cup back to the UK, and eventually gifted it to his son who in turn passed it on to the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club where to this day it is competed for annually on the waters of the Bristol Channel.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – MAPFRE edges Team Brunel to win Prologue Leg
Volvo Ocean Race,
For skipper Xabi Fern√°ndez and his team, it's a continuation of the success MAPFRE found on Leg 0, where the team was the overall winner of the four-stage leg.... [more]

Silk Cut back for the Volvo Ocean Legends Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Silk Cut started the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race as the pre-race favourite, with odds of 7:2. The combination of Lawrie Smith as skipper and strong funding held good promise.... [more]

The Nations Trophy – The gathering of united nations
Event Media,
Beyond that statistic, the individual crew are mix of professional and amateur sailors drawn from some 22 countries making the dock a real melting pot of languages, expressions and culture.... [more]

Volvo China Coast Race Week - Action starts Friday 13 October
The 2017 Volvo China Coast Race Week (CCRW) comprises the Volvo China Coast Regatta 2017, sailed over three days in the waters south and east of Hong Kong Island, and the Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2017, an Offshore Category One race of 673 nautical miles from Hong Kong to Nha Trang, Vietnam.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race – Distinctly Mediterranean, truly international
With most crews expected to spend at least five nights at sea, it is an exacting test of resources requiring mental fortitude, excellent preparation and shrewd anticipation, as well as an ability to make precise decisions in a pressured environment. Teamwork and seamanship are vital to succeed. Rolex has been title sponsor of the race since 2002.... [more]

Images of Les Voiles De St Tropez 2017 - October 6 and 7
Eugenia Bakunova,
Eugenia Bakunova of was on the water for Day 4 and 5 of Les Voiles De St Tropez and provided this image gallery from the day.... [more]

Barcolana Regatta Trieste – Action photo gallery by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images... [more]

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez – Action photo gallery by Studio Borlenghi
Studio Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images... [more]

America's Cup - AC50's to make a return to Bermuda-
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
Bermudian newspaper, The Royal Gazette is carrying a report that the AC50 wingsailed foiling catamaran's could make a return appearance on the Great Sound.' It is understood that a regatta possibly featuring the AC50 foiling catamaran used for the 35th America's Cup, which Bermuda hosted this year, could be held on the Great Sound.'... [more]

Rothmans returns for Volvo Ocean Legends Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Rothmans originally sailed with a crew of up to 16 and finished the 1989-90 race in fourth place overall, taking 131 days to complete the 33,000-nautical-mile course. It was Smith's second race, having completed part of the course onboard Simon Le Bon's maxi, Drum in 1985-86.... [more]

Gladwell's Line - The Italian Job
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
The surprise was the fallback option of an Italian venue in the event of Auckland being unable to come up with the required infrastructure by August 2018 - or earlier. Those who have stalked this issue for the past few years will be aware that talking the talk, is a lot easier for local politicians than walking the walk when it comes to America's Cup and facilities around the Auckland waterfront.... [more]

Williams shuts out champion to win Chicago Match Cup
Aston Harald,
In front of a cheering crowd at Navy Pier, Lake Michigan turned on all the drama for the final day of the Chicago Match Cup as Ian Williams, skipper of GAC Pindar, defeated current Match Racing World Champion Phil Robertson in a tour de force shutout victory.... [more]

America's Cup - Ainslie says next Cup will be a design challenge
Sir Ben Ainslie,
Sir Ben Ainslie has added to the comments in the media release issued by the British America's Cup team on Friday after the announcement of the Protocol which will govern the 36th America's Cup to be staged in New Zealand or Italy in 2021. Writing in the Daily Telegraph (UK), the four times Olympic Gold medalist and CEO, Skipper and Helmsman of Land Rover BAR says they are still digesting the P... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Mark Turner elaborates on resignation reasons,
Outgoing Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Mark Turner has elaborated on the reasons behind his sudden announcement that he would be parting ways with the event into which he had put an enormous effort to both effect changes for the next edition of the race and the shape of the race over the next 10 years.... [more]

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