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 13 Oct 2016

Sailing news from Asia

It's been a bumper weekend for sport in Hong Kong. There was the HK Tennis Open (Ladies only, so no gender equality there), a giant Scalextric race (very expensive to watch, apparently), and – the Jewel in the Crown – the Hong Kong Optimist Dinghy Association National and Open Championships. Girls and boys, lots of noise (cheering!), 90 entries (a lot more participation than either the tennis or the Formula E), and three days of hard-fought racing on off Stanley. Read all about it, below.

We have received lots of Asia-based news lately – there's the China Coast Rally (started), a China Transpac (proposed), the Thailand and Singapore Yacht Shows (dates announced), and more.

So stop reading this into, grab a coffee, and scroll down.

Standing by on 72.

Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia

HKODA National and Open Champs 2016 – day 3, finals. We have a winner-
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Once again, the day started with bright sunshine and a healthy 6-8 kts of breeze that saw the first race away on time at 1030hrs, and once again Duncan Gregor led the fleet around the first mark and ten all the way round the rest of the course for a convincing win. Behind him in second place, Hong Kong sailor Faolan Whyte recorded his best race of the series... [more]

HKODA Nationals and Open 2016. More images...
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
More images from the recent Hong Kong Oppie Champs. Can't leave these on the cutting room floor, so to speak!... [more]

HKODA Nationals and Open 2016. A Curate's Egg - good in parts.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
There was plenty of sunshine to start the proceedings today, and wind as well, but the swinging breeze was a repeat of yesterday, and the start of racing was delayed while RO Charlie Manzoni waited for the direction to settle down. Which it did, long enough to get two races away in good order. Duncan Gregor (HKG) made the most of the light to moderate breeze, and drove home two more first places... [more]

Hong Kong Optimist National and Open Championships 2016 – day 1
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
With Typhoon Aere doing rhythmic gymnastics somewhere south of Hong Kong, and a T1 signal hoisted by the HK Observatory, there was plenty to think about for the first day of the HK Optimist National & Open Championships 2016. This is an event that has grow massively over the last few years, and is rapidly staking its place as a competitor to the Thai Oppie Nationals in the ‘must do' department... [more]

China TransPac – going the other way, all the way
Lu Wen'ao, Global Times,
A highly ambitious trans-Pacific yacht race from Shanghai in China to Los Angeles USA is slated to start in 2018. The inaugural Pacific Cup International Yacht Race, a 6,000 nm crossing of the full width of the ocean, will start in the winter of 2018 – a time of year when the northern Pacific is often considered “windy season” on the waters, with force 8-10 winds.... [more]

Phuket King's Cup Regatta marks 30th Anniversary
Phuket King's Cup Media,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is one of the top international sporting events in Asia, annually attracting entries from around the globe. This year is the 30th anniversary of the event, and once again sailors will be competing on the sun swept waters of the Andaman Sea, 3-10 December 2016. And as usual the regatta headquarters will be at the Kata Beach Resort & Spa.... [more]

China Coast Rally for Cruisers - up and running
CCRC Media,
The first edition of China Coast Rally for Cruisers (CCRC) 9 October – 4 November has begun in Qingdao. The first of its kind in the country's sailing community, CCRC is a long-distance sailing rally, covering over 1,488 nm from Qingdao to China's most southerly province Hainan, showing the participants' determination to do long cruises with strong spirits and seamanship.... [more]

Top of the Gulf Regatta wins Silver at Asian Sports Industry Awards
TOG Event Media,
Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina won Silver in the category “Best Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand” at the recent Asian Sports Industry Awards (SPIA Asia 2016), beating out strong competition from around the country and a record number of 208 entries across 17 categories.... [more]

Hong Kong Team in control at RS-One Worlds
With two days ashore for the 66 racers from three continents due to Typhoon Mengi, the 2016 RS: One World Championships from 26 - 30 September in Penghu, Taiwan continued with an intense day of racing.... [more]

2016 Volvo China Coast Race Week – Overall report
Headlined by Volvo, newly-minted partners of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Volvo China Coast Race Week comprises the Volvo China Coast Regatta sailed over three days in the regional waters of Hong Kong Island followed by the Volvo Hong Kong to Hainan Race, an Offshore Category One race of 390nm from Hong Kong to Sanya, Hainan.... [more]

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image exhibition at the World Sailing conference
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image,
World Sailing's annual conference reassembles World Sailing member national authorities, Committees, Sub-committees, Commissions, Class Associations, sailors, event organizers, boat manufacturers and observers. Up to 700 delegates are expected in Barcelona this year.... [more]

Singapore and Thailand Yacht Shows - dates
SYE Media,
Singapore Yacht Events Pte Ltd is delighted to announce the dates for the second edition of the Thailand Yacht Show (TYS) 15-18 December 2016 at Phuket's Ao Po Grand Marina, and the seventh Singapore Yacht Show (SYS), four months later from 6-9 April 2017 at ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ spins out in training - Video,
Emirates Team NZ are putting in the hours on the Waitemata Harbour now their AC45S is launched and fully operational. In this short video from the team we can see the boat sailing on the harbour at speed before losing control and launching before the correction is applied and she dives back into the water.... [more]

America's Cup - Land Rover BAR crew review Cup preparations
Richard Gladwell,,
BBC Sport caught up with 2016 Olympic Gold medalist Giles Scott and David 'Freddie' Carr aboard the Land Rover BAR tender as they took a time out from training in the Solent. The British team has about a month of training and development left in the Solent before they pack up and head for Bermuda ready to launch their AC50... [more]

America's Cup - Oracle Team USA hunkers down ahead of Nicole
Richard Gladwell,,
Oracle Team USA is hunkering down ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Nicole around midday on Thursday local time. Winds are not expected to reach the heights of Hurricane Fabian which hit in the 2003 Hurricane Season causing one death and considerable damage, however forecasters are emphasising the unpredictability of the storm... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - New boat brings fleet to a possible eight teams,
Volvo Ocean Race has confirmed that an eighth boat is being built at Persico Marine, Italy. The new one design VO65 will be identical to the existing fleet of seven Volvo Ocean 65s, and will be launched in May next year. In previous interviews with Sail-World it was indicated that teams would have the ability to either take over one of the existing fleet for the 2017/18 race, or build a new boat.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race sailors to provide social media updates from oceans
Volvo Ocean Race,
Sailors will be able to send social media updates direct from the oceans for the first time in 2017-18, following a rule change and technical development that opens up a race that has always prevented onboard internet access.... [more]

Gladwell's Line -The America's Cup settlement deal
Richard Gladwell,,
The 'News' today that Emirates Team New Zealand has won their case before the America's Cup Arbitration Panel is not new - Sail-World reported the same story in the first and second weeks of September. The Hearing on the amount of compensation to be paid is yet to be held. So far we have been unable to discover a date if indeed one has been set. Maybe next year?... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race changes rules in top level female participation
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the first of a series of ten announcements that the Volvo Ocean Race will make over the next two weeks, the rules of the race will limit all-male teams to seven sailors, one fewer than in 2014-15, and give mixed teams a significant numerical advantage.... [more]

World Sailing - Kim Andersen announces Presidential bid and V-P team
Mads Kolte-Olsen,
Kim Andersen (Denmark) has announced his candidacy for President for the Wold Sailing Board of Directors along with a strong, experienced, international team of Vice-presidents. The announcement today of Kim Andersen's candidacy goes beyond a traditional presidential candidacy in World Sailing.... [more]

Cheeki Rafiki tragedy - Director and company charged with manslaughter
Richard Gladwell,,
A director of Stormforce Coaching has been charged with four counts of gross negligence manslaughter after the capsize and loss of four sailors aboard a yacht returning from a cruise rally to England. The Beneteau First 40.7, Cheeki Rafiki capsized 720nm off the Nova Scotian Coast in May 2014, after losing her keel. The crew reported by email and phone conversation back to their UK base about t... [more]

For the glory of a nation - Australia II wins the America's Cup
America's Cup,
The sailing world changed on September 26, 1983. That was the day Australia II rumbled past Liberty to become the first challenger in history to win the America's Cup.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Unique refit process begins in Lisbon
Volvo Ocean Race,
A unique refit process is underway in Lisbon, with the first of the fleet of seven one-design Volvo Ocean 65s going in for a complete overhaul ahead of the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race... [more]

Les Voiles de St Tropez France – Crash sequence images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from crash sequence... [more]

World's First photochromic bi-focal sailing glasses by BZ Optics
Kevin Barr,
BZ Optics- an Australian start-up company have just developed a unique sunglass which is specifically designed for sailors who require glasses to read their watch, computer, digital screens or charts while sailing in no or low light conditions.... [more]

Panerai Classic Yachts - Images from Régates Royales - Final day,
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales. Eugenia Bakunova of was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the Final Day - there ws no racing due to the obvious lack of wind - but the images are still excellent.... [more]

Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - Images from Régates Royales,
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales with classic yachts and Dragons. Eugenia Bakunova of was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the penultimate day of the regatta.... [more]

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