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Paralympic sailing in Rio, Sailability in Hong Kong


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 13 Sep 2016

Paralympic sailing in Rio, Sailability in Hong Kong

In Rio the 2.4mR, Skud and Sonar classes in the Paralympic sailing regatta have been going at it hammer and tongs since yesterday, full reports below. If you fancy something ‘connected', then Bart's Bash in Hong Kong will involve a 2.4mR class, and contact details are in the Bart's Bash story.

Having been to boat shows from Korea to Genoa, and a great many mediocre ones in between, we were most intrigued to come across a boat show summary from the other side of the pontoon, so to speak. Maybe we are straying into ‘marine business' land here, but never mind. What do boat show organisers think of their visitors? Check it out.

Sailing next weekend (the Bash), sailing last weekend: it must be that time of year. The season has started in earnest in Hong Kong, first with something less than a whimper (there was no breeze at all), and then with a glorious blue skies affair in Victoria Harbour that had 75-odd boats enjoying the sunshine, the 8kts on offer, and the cold beer afterwards. Big boats pay attention – if you weren't practicing over the summer you have just over a month until the China Coast Regatta, and we know what sort of breeze that can mean.

Standing by on 72.

Guy Nowell, Asia Editor

Bart's Bash Hong Kong 2016 - roll up, roll up-
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Bart's Bash probably needs no introduction – it's the sailing memorial event that raises funds for the Bart Simpson Foundation. Andrew ‘Bart' Simpson was a member of the Artemis challenge crew prior to the last America's Cup, and was tragically killed when the Artemis AC72 foiling cat broke up while sailing. Bart was both a ‘character' and a gent... [more]

The Darwinism of Boat Shows
Clare Wray,
My father owned a boat before he owned a car. My first boating trip was on board a converted Chinese junk named The Three Coins. My clearly brave mother allowed my father to take us all out for the day onto Hong Kong Harbour. I was 10 days old. On that day, a small part of my father's passion for the sea and everything boating passed to me.... [more]

RHKYC's 'game of two halves'
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Drag out the old chestnut: “What a difference a day makes.” Heck, it's true! On Saturday afternoon there were sailors hanging back in the Main Bar at the RHKYC, peering gloomily out across the harbour, with the rain coming down like stair rods. Someone swore that they had just seen the ark being swept towards Lei Yue Mun on an ebbing tide.... [more]

Rio 2016 - Rickham and Birrell relish Day 1 Rio 'Battle'
SKUD18 helm Alexandra Rickham described she and Niki Birrell's opening day of the Rio 2016 Paralympics as “quite a battle” after an eventful two races on Guanabara Bay today (Monday 12 September).... [more]

Sonars vow to 'come back stronger' after tough Rio opener
John Robertson insisted he and his Sonar teammates would 'come back stronger tomorrow' after a difficult start to their Rio 2016 Paralympics today (Monday 12 September).... [more]

Rio 2016 - Images from Day 1 - 2.4 Mtr and Sonar Classes,
Richard Langdon of Ocean Images was on hand in Rio de Janerio to record the Day 1 action at the Paralympics for World Sailing in the three man Sonar keelboat and the singlehanded 2.4Mtr classes.... [more]

Rio 2016 - Images from Day 1 - Skud 18 class,
Australia had a great first day at the 2016 Paralympic Regatta, in Rio de Janeiro in the two-person SKUD 18 class, which must be sailed by a mixed gender crew. Richard Langdon of Ocean Images was on hand to record the action for World Sailing... [more]

Rio 2016 - Champions conquer on sun soaked opening day
Richard Aspland,
In the build-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition the sky has been a dull shade of grey, but the minute the first day of racing started, the stereotypical Rio de Janeiro sunshine came out with a 10 knot wind to boot. It was a glorious opening session of sailing.... [more]

12 TP52s to compete for 52 World Championship title
52 Super Series,
Menorca is a new venue to the TP52 class, and while many sailors have raced at the two previous Maxi regattas, this regatta happens late in the summer.... [more]

Rolex Swan Cup – Largest ever fleet celebrates 50 years of Swan
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda,
2016 heralds a very special edition of the regatta marking the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Nautor's Swan and welcoming a record fleet of 125 yachts.... [more]

Rolex Swan Cup 2016 – Tradition meets innovation
Even the famous pontoons of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo have rarely paid witness to such a flurry of activity and vibrant sense of anticipation.... [more]

America's Cup - Outteridge says communications secret to Artemis win
America's Cup Media,
Artemis Racing became the second team to win three Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series regattas with a resounding victory in Toulon. With practice cancelled on Friday due to light winds, the teams came into racing on Saturday with little opportunity to get a feel for the shifty local conditions in Toulon.... [more]

RHKYC Autumn Regatta 2016
RHKYC Media,
Beautiful sunny weather for the second day of the RHKYC Autumn Regatta in Victoria Harbour saw 75 boats come out, with 11 Impalas setting off in the first start at 1100 hrs. With 6kts of easterly breeze, Race Officer Barry Truhol set the start line off Hung Hom, with most divisions racing on course 302 - a mark off Shau Kei Wan and back to finish off at Hung Hom.... [more]

LV America's Cup World Series – Artemis Racing take Toulon
America's Cup,
Late summer sunshine greeted the thousands of spectators who made it out in force for Super Sunday at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Toulon, and it is Artemis Racing who leave France celebrating after taking the regatta honours. Behind them, Softbank Team Japan went from last on Saturday to finishing second overall, an incredible turnaround... [more]

M32 Series - Ian Williams unstoppable in Stockholm
Aston Harald,
Ian Williams and GAC Pindar were crowned champions of the M32 Scandinavian Series today after winning the series final in Stockholm. The local teams skippered by Hans Wallén and Nicklas Dackhammar couldn't get close enough to challenge the British skipper in front of the crowds at Riddarfjärden.... [more]

Etchells Worlds - Bertrand wins another World title in Cowes
Louay Habib,
The overall winner of the 2016 Etchells World Championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club, is John Bertrand (AUS), representing the Royal Brighton Yacht Club, with a crew of Paul Blowers (GBR) and Ben Lamb (AUS). In second is Steve Benjamin (USA), representing the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club... [more]

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2016 - Day 4 Images by Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
The Mistral finally blew itself out on Day 4, permitting the Race Committee to run two coastal courses for the 52 participating yachts in breezes that started at 15 knots and slowly faded as the afternoon wore on. Day 5 (Friday) saw the winds lighten further bringing some changes to the podium positions of several divisions... [more]

The Usual Suspects line up for 2.4 Norlin OD glory at Rio Paralympic
Richard Aspland - World Sailing,
If you move around the boat park at the Marina da Gloria it will not be long before you bump in to a 2.4 Norlin OD Paralympic medallist, world champion, Sailing World Cup winner or challenging newcomer.... [more]

Park backs sailors for Britain's best Rio Paralympic medal haul
The Brits marked the start of the 15th summer Paralympic Games with a private team dinner as thousands of spectators and athletes packed into Rio's iconic Maracanã Stadium to enjoy the colour and endeavour celebrated in the Opening Ceremony.... [more]

Gladwell's Line - America's Cup Arb Panel rules in favour of Team NZ-
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
The strong indications are that the Arbitration Panel for the America's Cup has ruled in favour of Emirates Team New Zealand over the withdrawal of the Qualifiers from Auckland and re-allocation of that event in Bermuda. As yet the Decision of the three-man Arbitration Panel has not been published.... [more]

Two months to go before an exceptional 8th edition of Vendée Globe
Vendée Globe,
After the Euro football tournament and the Rio Olympics, the next big international sporting event marking this year, 2016, will be the eighth Vendée Globe, which will begin from Les Sables d'Olonne in exactly two months from now on 6th November.... [more]

Interview with Robert Magnusson, CEO Aston Harald Sports
World Match Racing Tour,
Robert Magnusson is the recently appointed CEO of Aston Harald Sports, the company that owns the rights not only to the WMRT but also M32 World and the M32 Series... [more]

Soft Padeyes – light, strong and versatile
Phil Anniss,,
Several types of soft padeyes are now available on the market and are proving increasingly popular over traditional stainless steel padeyes. They all capitalise on the incredible strength to weight ratio and abrasion resistance of Dyneema® which offers a reliable, robust, flexible and safe termination.... [more]

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