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Rio 2016- full-on!


The latest sailing news from Asia and the world.
 12 Aug 2016

Rio 2016- full-on!

It's all about the Olympics at the moment. This newsletter is awash with Olympic news. Sift through the stories and pick the fleets that you want to know about.

There have been a great many interesting comments about the Rio courses, particularly concerning the shiftiness of the breeze as it swirls around the mountains surrounding Guanabara Bay, and regarding the extreme variations in breeze that have been occurring. Happily, nobody is reporting islands of floating garbage and all the other horrors of Guanabara that we heard about over the last couple of years leading up to the Olympics.

And that's not just from the sailors, who may be excused for having other things to think about when they get off the water – it's also the reporting from the ever-alert media, always on the lookout for something with which to ring the changes on the ‘who-came-first-who-came-second' story line. (In Qingdao in 2008 the first question every morning at the press conference was about weed: in the end the MC got fed up with it – “Why do you keep asking about weed? Why don't you ask questions about the sailing?”)

So here, to save you the trouble of trawling through the results sheets, is the Quick Guide to results from Asian sailors to date. You can check out the full results, E&OE, here :

and forgive me if I have missed anyone.

RS:X Windsurfer, Men
36 entries. After 9 races:
13 HKG Chun Leung Chen
15 CHN Wang Ai Chen
18 JPN Tomizawa Okato
20 SGP Leonard Ong
25 THA Nattaphong Phonoppharat
27 KOR Lee Tae Hoon
31 TPE Hao Chen

RS:X Windsurfer, Women
26 entries. After 9 races:
9 CHN Chen Pei Na
19 HKG Lo Sin Lam, Sonia
24 SGP Audrey Yong

Laser Radial, Women
37 entries. After 6 races:
4 CHN Xu Li Jia
25 SGP Elizabeth Yin
31 THA Kamolwan Chanyim
33 MAL Nur Shazrin Mohamed Latif

Laser Standard, Men
46 entries. After 6 races:
11 KOR Ha Jee Min
18 SGP Colin Cheng
35 MAL Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy
37 THA Keerati Bualong

470, Men
26 entries. After 4 races:
9 KOR Kim/Kim
18 CHN Wang/Xu
20 JPN Imamura/Doi

470, Women
20 entries. After 4 races:
2 JPN Yoshioka/Yoshida
12 CHN Huang/Wang
20 SGP Choo/Ng

Nacra 17, Mixed
20 entries. After 6 races:
18 SGP Liu/Lim

It is quite apparent that whatever the conditions, the cream still floats to the top, with many of the favourites appearing at the top of their respective fleets. Call me biased if you will, but this Brit is very happy to see Giles Scott at the top of the Finn leaderboard. Scott missed qualification for London (Weymouth) whilst living in the shadow of Ben Ainslie, and has won every Finn Worlds since then. Now it looks as if he is making good.

Aside from the Olympics, we have news from the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, the newly-created Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous, and the Thailand Yacht Show. They are all on the horizon at the moment, but the clock spins fast! Add in the Phuket King's Cup, and December is going to be an exceptionally busy month in this part of the world.

Standing by on 72.

Guy Nowell, Asia Editor

Rio 2016 - 'Brutal conditions' in a test of survival
Andy Rice,
The Olympic sailing competition again produced the extremes of flat water and shifty conditions on the inshore courses with the giant wind and size-of-a-house waves out on the seaward courses. This regatta is testing every extreme of a sailor's ability, which some argue is exactly what the Olympic competition should be.... [more]

Rio 2016 - More from the Niteroi with the Mens and Womens 470
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
Second image gallery from the Niteroi course where the Mens and Womens 470 had a complete contrast to the light winds and vague shifts of Guanabara Bay on their first day of racing on Tuesday. With 3-4 metre Atlantic rollers and 20-25ktwinds the 470 sailors had their hands full.... [more]

Rio 2016 - 470's get taste of the wet and wild Niteroi
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
he Niteroi course is one of three on the Atlantic Ocean being used in the 2016 Olympics. Today the Mens and Womens 470 sailors got a taste of what it is like to sail in 20-25kt winds and 3-4 metre swells. Sail-Worldwas on the course to provide these two galleries of images... [more]

Rio 2016 - Magical Rio turns it up two notches for Finn spectacular
Robert Deaves,
2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games - You had to see it to believe it. The third day of racing for Finns at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition was a spectacular day of sailing with big winds, huge seas and even bigger stakes. While Giles Scott moves into an 11-point lead and Vasilij Zbogar hangs onto second, Zsombor Berecz (HUN), rockets up the fleet to third after a great performance.... [more]

First races of Laser Radial and Standard U-21 Worlds have been sailed,
Joel Rodriguez (Spain) is dominating the men's fleet of the Laser Standard by finishing in first and in second position, followed by Jonatan Vadnei (Hungary) and Santiago Sampaio (Portugal, both with seven points).... [more]

Sailing at Rio 2016 Day 4- Racing for Finns, Nacra 17s, 470s and RS:Xs
Mark Jardine,
Day four of the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition with the RS:X Men and Women, the Finns, the 470 Men & Women and the Nacra 17 Mixed Multihulls all in action. The wind at race time was from the West with 9 knots on the inshore Escola Naval inshore course and a building breeze elsewhere.... [more]

Rio Olympics – Scott lays down Finn gauntlet as he moves into pole
Four-time World Champion Scott took advantage of almost Britain-esque conditions of 20+ knots and grey skies to take second place in the day's opening race – race three of their event overall – before leading from start to finish in their second race to claim pole position at the top of the Finn class rankings.... [more]

Rio Olympics – Thompson's silver Laser lining at midway point
The Lasers now have a rest day tomorrow and Thompson admits it was important he made his move on the medal positions as the midway point of the regatta passed.... [more]

Rio 2016 - 470 racing images from Guanabara Bay
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
Images from mostly the first race in the Mens and Womens 470 as they started their Olympic Regatta racing on the Escola course a little further out in Guanabara Bay... [more]

Gladwell's Line - The challenges of Guanbara Bay
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
The decision to run Medal Racing on the Pao de Acucer, probably won't be remembered as one of the brightest of the 2016 Sailing Olympics. Over shadowed by a 1300ft tall granite and quartz mountain in the shape of a sugarloaf, the bay suffers from dramatic windshifts, and huge variance in wind pressure.... [more]

Rio Olympics - Images from Day 3 - Nacra 17, 470 men and Women
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
It was a bleak rainy day in Rio de Janeiro. Inside on Guanabara Bay it was as shifty ever, with some magnificent leads being established and then ripped away. Sail-World was on Guanabara Bay to capture some of the action in the Nacra 17, Mens and Womens 470 classes.... [more]

2016 Olympics - Defending Womens 470 Olympic Champions disqualified
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
The defending Olympic champions in the Womens 470 class suffered a set back in their quest to win a second Gold medal . Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie were found by the Olympic jury to have infringed a rule soon after the start of Race 1, and they were protested by the Austrian crew.... [more]

2016 Rio Olympic Games - Swiss win opening day in the Nacra 17
Andy Rice,
2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games - It was a game of two halves on day three of the Olympic Sailing Competition, with the inshore courses forcing the sailors to make the best of a light-wind lottery. Out to sea it couldn't have been more different, with the NiterĂ³i and Copacabana courses offering up high winds and mountainous waves.... [more]

Finn focus at Rio 2016 - Big day out on the high seas in Rio
Robert Deaves,
2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games - It was a big day in Rio on the second day of racing for Finns at the Olympic Sailing Competition. Racing on the Niteroi courses area out on the open ocean, the Finn fleet excelled in the huge waves in big winds.... [more]

Rio Olympics – Big breeze set to greet Olympic debut of the Nacra 17
Andy Rice - World Sailing,
Big breeze up to 20 knots is set to greet the Olympic debut of the Mixed Multihulls - Nacra 17 and the start of competition for the Men's and Women's Two Person Dinghies - 470. While most of the 470 sailors will say 'bring it on' to the breeze, the Nacra 17 boys and girls will be heading out with a little more trepidation.... [more]

Rio 2016 - Fresher breezes expected inside and outside on Day 3
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
Stronger winds are expected for the third day of racing in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Rio de Janeiro. Two of the fleet scheduled to race outside on the Atlantic Ocean course off Copacabana Beach, while the 470 Men and Women will race inside on Guananara Bay.... [more]

Rio 2016 - More images from Day 2 on Guanabara Bay
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
Second image gallery from Day 2 of racing in the 2016 Olympic Regatta on Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro... [more]

Rio 2016- Singapore surprise-
Singapore sailors Justin Liu and Denise Lim are in sixth place after two races of the 20-strong multi-hull Nacra 17 (multihull) class event at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.... [more]

Rio 2016 - Images from Day 2 on Guanabara Bay
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
Image gallery from Day 2 of racing in the 2016 Olympic Regatta on Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro... [more]

Rio 2016 - Day 2 brings more tumult for some, salvation for others
Richard Gladwell and Mark Jardine,
The course area may have changed, but Brit, Nick Dempsey's performance early on stayed the same. He picked up where he left off on Day 1 in Race 4 of the Men's RS:X class on the Escola Naval race area to record his third win in four races. Poland's Piotr Myszka finished second with Brazil's Ricardo Santos third.... [more]

Rio 2016 - Dempsey overcomes Race 6 stumble, Italy leads Womens RS:X
World Sailing,
2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games - Day 2 of the Olympic Sailing Competition produced lighter winds more expected at this time of year in Rio, and the south-easterly breezes were mostly around five to seven knots with only occasional moments in double figures.... [more]

Finn focus at Rio2016 - Young and old rule first day in Rio
Robert Deaves,
The talk going into the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition was that anything and everything could happen. Well, as the Finns started racing today, it did. Out of the crazy conditions, the youngest sailor, Facundo Olezza (ARG) won the first race, while the oldest sailor, Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) won the second. After two races, Zbogar leads overall from Alican Kaynar (TUR) and Olezza.... [more]

Rio Olympics - Images from Guanabara Bay on Opening day
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
The 40kt breeze had blown itself out, for Day 1 of the 2016 Olympic Regatta - with just the Laser and Laser Radial and Mens and Womens Windsurfer (RS:X) competing. Sail-World's NZ Editor was on the water and file these images of the day.... [more]

World Sailing ready for Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Carlo Croce, President, and Andy Hunt, CEO,
Years of planning, preparation and, at times, improvisation will culminate on Monday with the beginning of the sailing competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.... [more]

Rio Olympics – More flag bearers for sailing than Beijing and London
Daniel Smith – World Sailing,
Sailing will have more flag bearers than Beijing 2008 and London 2012 combined at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 in the Maracana Stadium. In total, 13 athletes will lead their nation around the stadium this evening for the eyes of the world to witness.... [more]

Phuket King's Cup - A Heritage of Passion
Phuket King's Cup,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta will again put on a spectacular display of the finest sailing talent from around the world, competing in the Andaman Seas to win the greatest sailing trophy in all of Asia from 3-10 December, 2016. This 30th anniversary year is a culmination of the hard work, dedication, passion and heritage which have been hallmarks of this regatta since its inauguration in 1987.... [more]

Lovely trade winds forecast for Day 1 at Airlie Beach Race Week
Di Pearson,
2016 Airlie Beach Race Week - It's a beautiful morning at Airlie Beach as the record 131 entries for the 2016 Airlie Beach Race Week gear up for their opening races starting from 11am this morning after registering at Whitsunday Sailing Club yesterday.... [more]

SeaLink Magnetic Race Week - Musto joins Magnetic Island Race Week
Terri Mitchell,
International sailing clothing group Musto Australasia are joining the family of competitors, supporters and sponsors to celebrate SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week's tenth anniversary regatta which will be held from September 1 to 6.... [more]

A 'phenomenal' 252 yachts enter for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Rob Mundle,
2016 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - A record 252 yachts have entered for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016, which starts on August 20. The remarkable fleet, which represents the full spectrum of offshore capable yachts, is 25 more than the previous record of 227 which was established in 2008 - the regatta's 25th anniversary series.... [more]

2nd Thailand Yacht Show taking shape-
Event Media,
With its new timing at the beginning of the season, rather than slap bang in the middle, preparations for the second Edition of the Thailand Yacht Show (TYS2) are well under way. Running from 15-18 December, organisers 3L Events and co-hosts the Thai Government aim to showcase the emerging marine tourism powerhouse of Phuket to the world.... [more]

EFG Sailing Arabia–The Tour score Farr 30 success on and off the water
Oman Sail,
Strong winds on three of the four days made life tricky for Dee Caffari's half Omani half European crew since they were around 100kgs lighter in weight than other teams. They finished in 10th place overall after 12 races.... [more]

The storm before the storm
Andy Rice,
2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games - Today saw 40 knots of wind blast out of nowhere and hit the Olympic sailing venue from the south-west. With sand whipping across Flamengo Beach, it was an eye-watering reminder that in Rio, you really do have to be prepared for anything.... [more]

35 Copa del Rey Mapfre - Final day images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from the final day.... [more]

Ross Ham - First double circumnavigator in Clipper Race history
Clipper Round the World,
The conclusion of the Clipper 2015-16 Race enrolled 106 crew members into our exclusive circumnavigator club, but not content with this achievement on its own, Australian crew member Ross Ham, 59, has just become the first double circumnavigator in the history of the race.... [more]

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