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Sail-World Asia newsletter 08 April 2020


Sail-World Asia newsletter 08 April 2020 2014

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San Fernando 2003. The Race that never was. - photo © Guy Nowell

Dear Recipient Name

Today should have been the start of the Rolex China Sea Race, but it wasn’t. The last time a bug cancelled a race out of Hong Kong was – you guessed it – San Fernando Race 2003. SARS. When all boats were denied entry to the Philippines before the start, but the Clipper fleet set off for Singapore instead and ended up in Nongsa Point Marina (Indonesia) because Singapore changed their mind while they were en route.

The outlook continues grim practically everywhere, but the thing that really worries me is what the scenery will look like when ‘normality’ returns. ‘Control Measures’, especially when they are ‘for your own good’ never go back to where they started. Expect a surge in dinghy, small boats, and short-handed sailing as sailors find that they can’t have a full crew on the TP52 any more. Four-up to Vietnam, anyone? And everyone minimum 2m apart? Definitely no hot-bunking!

So: now that you have time on your hands, take a look at our stories below. From self-isolating advice from offshore sailors to a fabulous VOR drone compilation, and from varnishing a Contender to techie stuff in the America’s Cup… top up the coffee and read on. If you want more, just go to - what you can see here is only a selection.

Standing by on 72.

Not the Rolex China Sea Race 2020
Today we should be reporting from the start of the 30th Rolex China Sea Race. We should be angling for a good camera position at the outer end of the line, with the RHKYC at the other end, but...

McConaghy takes on the BlackCat 30
McConaghy, the Zhuhai (China) builder of high-performance and specialised mono and multihull yachts and superyachts, states that its yards in both Australia and China are both fully operational.

Eight Bells: Bertie de Speville
Bertrand de Speville, 78 years, passed away March 30 after a long and typically courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Carol and children Guy and Clare.

C-Tech Emirates TNZ 250   Whitsunday Holidays 2018 MPU
America's Cup: Favorite Moments - Dean Barker - Final Race 2000 Match
Dean Barker is now on his sixth America's Cup campaign and was part of the America's Cup winning 2000 team skippered by Russell Coutts, and skippering the trial horse all through that campaign. Here's his favorite moment of the campaign.

America's Cup: Ainslie explains spectacular splashdown
On February 1,in Cagliari, Sardinia, INEOS Team UK's Britannia performed a series of spectacular manoeuvres, before spinning out - all captured on video from the chase boat. Britannia's helmsman, Ben Ainslie talks through the incident

America's Cup: INEOS Team UK looking for a Boarding Pass for Auckland
It has been a tumultuous month for Sir Ben Ainslie's INEOS Team UK, just 12 months out from the 2021 America's Cup, winning the SailGP Sydney before having a planned three month training session in Sardinia foreshortened by the coronavirus.

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Home-building something that is pointy at both ends
Andy Ford shares a boat-building process which began with a very complicated brief. It seems he wanted three or maybe four boats, but felt he should build just one hull...

Where there's a will there's a way
If there's one thing that the past fortnight has proved, it's that sailors are a resourceful bunch. The vast majority of the sailing world can't get out on the water, but it certainly doesn't mean we're idle.

Restoring a very early wooden OK dinghy
Our series of ebay restorations continues, but this time only £50 was spent, or was that actually £0? Rob Efans tells us the story...

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Sailors in lockdown - reflections of an Olympic medalist and Coach
Luca Devoti, the larger than life Finn Olympic medalist, coach, boat builder and writer shares his thoughts on the Lockdown and how it has affected him and the people in his bubbles.

Hugo Boss completes keel repairs and is ready for launch
Just a few days before the UK went into COVID-19 lockdown, the Hugo Boss IMOCA 60 was ready to exit the shed. The team had completed the significant job of rebuilding their keel area, after striking a UFO and jettisoning their keel during the 2019 TJV

Video: Meet INEOS Team UK designer Ollie Pendleton
Moving Parts is an INEOS TEAM UK series looking at the invaluable work of different members from across the team. This time we are looking at a member of the design team, Oliver ‘Ollie' Pendleton.

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The Whitbread Round the World Race 1981-82 Official Film
Conny van Rietschoten returned to the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1981-82 determined not just to defend his title but to win both line honours on every leg, and the overall race on handicap.

The Top of Tech - New York Yacht Club's American Magic
"It's the people behind the sailors, the people behind the tech, the people behind the design team. Anything that can make the boat faster is a go."

The unstoppable journey - 2021
The Clipper 2019-20 Race will resume in early 2021 to complete the final three legs and the full circumnavigation.

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Best drone shots from The Ocean Race!
Sit back, relax and enjoy 10 minutes of incredible drone shots from the toughest test of a team in sport – The Ocean Race!

Self-isolation hacks from offshore sailing
Sailors are uniquely qualified to talk about extended periods of isolation and our very own team member Amory Ross gave us his list of key things to keep the mind and body in balance during times of confinement whether at home or out on the water.

30th Rolex China Sea Race 2021
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has released the Notice of Race and opened entry for Rolex China Sea Race 2021. The Race will start one year from today on 31 March 2021 in Hong Kong's iconic harbour

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America's Cup: Current Olympic champion will bring Finn to Auckland
Current Olympic and former World Champion, Giles Scott intends to 'juggle' twin demands of America's Cup duties with defence of Finn title at Tokyo Games, raising the prospect of working up against two Emirates Team NZ Olympic aspirants.

Gladwell's Line: Little wriggle room with Cup - the show must go on
In an interview with INEOS Team UK's Ben Ainslie, he was looking for some certainty about when the Challengers would be allowed into Auckland. Given that would be in August/September. His view was that the Prada Cup timetable should be compressed.

Sailing clubs and class associations encouraged to share their 2020 plans
It's true there is little racing to look forward to at present, but still sees this as a great time for class organisations and sailing clubs to publicise their news and plans for 2020. 250 - 2014   Hyde Sails 2017 March 300x250
The Ocean Race: Helping our neighbours
The international crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus has impacted communities, families and individuals around the world.

A first-time varnishing experience for a Contender sailor
After sailing my Contender for a year at Hythe and Saltwood Sailing Club, and then Bough Beech Sailing Club for their Icicle Series over the winter, my Contender's deck varnish was looking somewhat worse for wear.

The first episode of On Course - exciting new series that takes a regular look at the sailing world
Welcome to the first episode of On Course, our exciting new series that takes a regular look at the sailing world.

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Oman Sail appoints new CEO
After eleven years of exceptional service and leadership, David Graham will be stepping down from his role as CEO of Oman Sail on April 1, 2020.

Hong Kong Leisure Marine Industry Hit Hard by COVID-19
A survey of Hong Kong's leisure marine businesses, members of the Hong Kong Boating Industry Association, the HKBIA, attracted a large and powerful response from the multifaceted membership, most of whom are SMEs.

21 knots upwind in a Moth: Amazing on-board video from Dylan Fletcher sailing in December
Back in the depths of December Dylan Fletcher was learning how to hike and sit out at over 21 knots upwind in training on Portland Harbour. This video taken from the bowsprit shows just how extreme this is...

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Iconic Olympic class regattas launched in Virtual Regatta
World Sailing, the International Federation for the sport, and Virtual Regatta, the world-leading digital sailing platform, are launching several iconic Olympic class regattas in the eSailing world.

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