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San Fernando results, Scallywag, and a Hong Kong team for VOR


The latest sailing news from Asia and the world.
 18 May 2017

San Fernando results, Scallywag, and a Hong Kong team for VOR

Scallywag. RHKYC San Fernando Race 2017.  © RHKYC/Guy Nowell
Late last evening the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club published Revised Results for the recent San Fernando Race, indicating Lee Seng Huang's 100ft supermaxi, Scallywag, as RET, thereby handing the IRC 0 title to Judes Echauz's Standard Insurance Centennial and the IRC Overall win to Black Baza (Steve Manning/Anthony Root). This, in the aftermath of a protest (deemed invalid) brought by Standard Insurance Centennial alleging that Scallywag had not sailed the proper course, and a recommendation by that same Protest Committee that RHKYC conduct an investigation into the alleged misconduct. With Scallywag's retirement, that's all over.

Black Baza. Volvo China Coast Regatta 2016.  Guy Nowell / RHKYC

Standard Insurance Centennial. RHKYC San Fernando Race 2017.  © RHKYC/Guy Nowell

So congratulations to the new winners, and we believe that Black Baza now becomes the first boat ever to hold the RHKYC's four offshore IRC Overall titles simultaneously – the Rolex China Sea Race, the Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, the San Fernando Race and the Volvo Hong Kong to Hainan Race. That's quite some achievement – well done, Black Baza!

And then this morning a press release from the Volvo Ocean Race people announcing that there will, indeed be a Hong Kong entry in the VOR 2017-18 that is scheduled to stop over in Hong Kong in January next year. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag is the team, and David Witt is the skipper.

In June last year, with great fanfare, Hong Kong was announced as a stopover on the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. Sailors were delighted, and it has been know for some time that the VOR ‘wanted' to go to Hong Kong. There are plenty of good reasons: Hong Kong is highly accessible, a great place to host corporate events and entertainment, it has a spectacular harbour that makes a perfect amphitheatre, and it has the infrastructure and organisational ability to support a VOR stopover.

Since then, however, the phone has been silent. Not a peep. There were reported attempts get a Hong Kong team up and running for the race, but that seemed to fizzle out. The silence was deafening. Today's announcement is a breath of fresh air: it's good news for Asia and for Hong Kong, so let's get on it, Hong Kong, and welcome Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (HKG) and the VOR when it arrives on or near 20 January 2018.

28/4/17- Emirates Team New Zealand sailing on Bermuda's Great Sound testing in the lead up to the 35th America's Cup  Hamish Hooper/Emirates Team NZ

Over in Bermuda, the strutting and posturing is increasing in the run-up to the America's Cup. No matter whether you are a fan of high-speed foiling catamarans, never mind whether you think aqua-cycling is a good idea, and regardless of any opinions concerning crews actually sailing and manoevering a boat, this is still the America's Cup and you can bet that there will be plenty of people watching – if they can. America's Cup Event Management has attracted a good deal of adverse comment concerning broadcast arrangements. In Hong Kong you should be able to see it on NOW Sports, and in Thailand go to True Visions. Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines have no live feed, but you can download the AC App on your phone – go to Here's hoping that Bermuda's internet system has been upgraded since we were at the ACWS there in October 2015 when the AC App crashed on day one as everyone logged on!

RHKYC Spring Regatta 2014  © RHKYC/Guy Nowell

This weekend marks the end of the official sailing season for RHKYC when the Club expects around 100 class and keelboats at its Spring Regatta, raced over two days in Victoria Harbour. It only takes a modicum of breeze to make a big fleet like that look good, and the forecast is for force 4-5 from the east. Please, bring on the sunshine!

Standing by on 72.

Guy Nowell, Asia Editor

Volvo Ocean Race entry Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag to represent Hong Kong
Volvo Ocean Race,
The campaign will be backed by Seng Huang Lee and Sun Hung Kai and Co., the Hong Kong-based owner of supermaxi yacht Scallywag, and aims to promote competitive sailing in Asia and build a long-lasting youth sailing legacy in the region.... [more]

Dongfeng Race Team reveals full Volvo Ocean Race line-up
Dongfeng Race Team,
The French offshore all-rounder Kevin Escoffier, another pillar from the last campaign, is also back in the squad.... [more]

Spring Regatta - Action coming soon...
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The curtain comes down on the eighth Vendée Globe
Vendée Globe,
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Top of the Gulf 2017 - fabulous finale for the Coronation Cup
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
With whitecaps all across the bay, “the lambs are in the paddock,” said RO Dennis Thompson, and reached for the mint sauce. Hot, bright sunshine over the racing area, and a spectacular backdrop of nearly jet black over Jomtien Beach made for some great images. Kitati Assakul's ponderous Sonic proved that she could, indeed, pick up her skirts and get on with it... [more]

Top of the Gulf 2017, day 3. Topsy-turvy with a vengeance.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
A hot and glassy start to the day, but the organisers had the good sense to put a bar on the media boat – well, temporarily anyway! After an hour's wait under AP, RO Dennis Thompson fired off a sequence and the various divisions went away in 6 knots of breeze, having been assured that there was to be no live firing by the Royal Thai Navy today. Really.... [more]

Top of the Gulf - bringing back the sunshine
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Small numbers in the above-named classes meant that, once again, everyone was a winner – it was just the order of the chocolates that were rearranged a little. In fact, the only boat that wasn't on the podium at the end of the day was Sail Quest Hi-Jinks who scored fourth places in both of today's races.... [more]

Top of the Gulf 2017 - from feisty to feeble
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
There were massive thunderstorms rolling around last night, big winds and torrential rain. Having optimistically called the weather yesterday as sunshine and blue skies, at 08.00h today it was a case of “I'll eat my hat” - if it had't already blown away: outside Ocean Marina there was 25kts of wind and breaking rollers across the bay – fun if you can hack it, but not to everybody's liking.... [more]

Top of the Gulf 2017 – ready, steady...
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
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Nations' Cup – NZ wins again
RHKYC Media,
Competitors set out to find blue skies and a varied breeze of five to 10 knots with Race Officer Lucy Sutro sending racers on a three-loop harbour course between the Central Club buoy off of the Wan Chai Ferry terminal then to Shau Kei Wan(SKW) and back.... [more]

Tomes Cup goes to Flying Phantom
RHKYC Media,
Race Officer Gareth Williams was first on the race course finding a moderate easterly breeze affecting Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, however by the time the first warning signal was sounded at 1355hrs, the breeze of 10 to 12 knots had filled in.... [more]

Top Chinese sailor aims to inspire in hometown of Qingdao
Extreme Sailing Series,
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Challenging Qingdao tests Extreme Sailing Series fleet in Act 2 opener
Extreme Sailing Series,
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The world's most successful yacht to compete at AHIRW 2017
Rob Mundle,
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German skipper to lead China's sailing city in Clipper Yacht Race
Julia Fry / Clipper Ventures,
Known as China's Sailing City, Qingdao first sponsored the Clipper Race in 2005 and used the event as a focal point for building its credentials to host the sailing events for the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games, and developing itself as a powerful maritime city with a strong ‘blue' marine economy.... [more]

Antigua Bermuda Race – Day 6 – Allegra take multihull line honours
Louay Habib,
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Antigua Bermuda Race – Monterey abandoned – All crew safe
Louay Habib,
The Antigua Bermuda Race Committee has been informed by RCC Bermuda Radio on Wednesday 17 May that Les Crane's Farr PH 56, Monterey (Bermuda) had been abandoned after taking on water; the cause of which is unknown.... [more]

America's Cup - Practice Session 5 - Day 2 marred by serious collision
Video coverage from Day 2 of Practice Session 5 in Bermuda. The racing was marred by a serious collision involving Land Rover BAR and Emirates Team New Zealand - with the Kiwis getting a hole punched in the topside of their boat close to the water line, after they were rammed by the British Challenger.... [more]

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ rammed and taken out by Brits
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
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Rolex TP52 World Championship – Day 1, Race 1 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
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Louay Habib,
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America's Cup - Splash and Crash on Day 1 of Practice Session 5
Richard Gladwell and MyislandhomeBDA,
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Team AkzoNobel name winning quartet for Volvo Ocean Race campaign
Volvo Ocean Race,
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GC32 Racing Tour,
Despite an impressive late charge from their compatriots on Team Tilt, the Jérôme Clerc-steered Realteam hung on to its lead to win the GC32 Riva Cup by four points after another three race day held in perfect 10-16 knot conditions on Italy's Lake Garda. Flavio Marazzi's ARMIN STROM Sailing Team managed third place, making podium of this first event of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour a 100% Swiss affair... [more]

Onorato conquers Scarlino edition of 2017 Melges 20 World League
Melges 20,
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America's Cup - Emirates Team New Zealand's crew jumps ship,
Emirates Team New Zealand lost a man overboard while training on the Great Sound on Saturday. The incident occurred as the crew began to set up for a manoeuvre, and the crew began moving across the boat, from the video it is not possible to positively identify the crew member, but it is likely to have been wingsail trimmer and skipper, Glenn Ashby.... [more]

Phaedo^3 attempting to break Transpacific World Speed Sailing Record
Rachel Fallon-Langdon,
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America's Cup - Coutts coy about picking a Cup favorite
Bernie Wilson, AP,
Russell Coutts has been watching practice races between the 50-foot, foiling catamarans. He said he's impressed with Oracle Team USA, Artemis Racing of Sweden, SoftBank Team Japan and Emirates Team New Zealand, the hard-luck loser in the 2013 America's Cup on San Francisco Bay. “I actually don't think there is a clear favorite right now,” Coutts... [more]

Dr. Jason Smithwick to become Director of Rating for IRC
RORC Press,
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Gladwell's Line - For whom will the America's Cup bell first toll-
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
With Practice Session 4 just concluded, in Bermuda some very clear trends emerging - and particularly so when the results of the Practice Sessions 1,3 and 4 are combined and considered, in the context of a win-loss record/percentage. The number of races sailed by each team also tells us something about their current emphasis.... [more]

FAST40+ Spring Regatta – Hitchhiker declared winner
Fast40+ Class,
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IMOCA General Assembly gives thumbs up for foils
Marion Cardon,
The IMOCA Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, 26th April in Paris at the Fédération Française de Voile. This meeting was highly anticipated, because, in addition to reviewing a rich season that culminated in the end of the Vendée Globe, the IMOCA class rules had to be set for the next four years, and technical decisions made, given the number of new projects waiting in the wings.<... [more]

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