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 25 Jul 2017

Travelling sailors - imports and exports

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017.  Guy Nowell / Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
Asia's most recent big boat regatta, Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, wound up on Sunday after four days of good workable breeze, more than a capful occasionally, a bit of softly, softy, on the last day, and buckets of sunshine. 41 boats made for a pretty respectable fleet, and more than half of them were multihulls. A mixture of round the cans (windward-leeward) races and trips through the delightful scatter of islands that surround Cape Panwa kept everything lively, and the exceedingly pleasant environs of the Cape Panwa Hotel make this an excellent event for WAGS and families. Throw in some 5-star catering spread over four party nights, and the event really covered all the bases.

Tear yourself away, we have to go racing... Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2014.   Guy Nowell / Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek

All the Asian regattas, almost without exception, like to think of themselves as ‘international' and are keen to promote themselves as such. It sounds very grown-up if you're the organiser, and it's good when you are trying to extract a few extra dollars from the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Of the 41 boats at Phuket Raceweek, only three were flagged as THA for Thailand. There were 18 Aussies, nine Brits, three CHN flags, a JPN and even two MEX. However, closer scrutiny reveals that the majority of the participants actually live in Thailand, regardless of the nationality of their passport, and this is in reality a local regatta.

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017.   Guy Nowell / Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek

Anyone for next year? Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is slated for 18-22 July 2018, and organisers are very keen to point out that there are plenty of boats available for charter, both monohull and multihull., and the regatta comes highly recommended by your SW Asia Editor.

Day 3 - The Gertrude Cup 2017

From imports to exports – Jamie Badenach (HKG) is presently leading the charge at the Royal Thames YC's Gertrude Cup in Cowes. This is the Etchells invitational in which crews change boats every day, and the event leader flies a red spinnaker: target! 13 races over five days really sorts out the sheep from the goats. Badenach, representing RHKYC, was sitting on a 9-point lead after two days and eight races. Other Asia imports in the event are RHKYC's Bill Steele sailing under a Royal Perth flag and Laurence Mead on board the entry from the Lagos Yacht Club – really. (In 2015 The Gertrude Cup was won by Mark Thornburrow, Lauren, Karen and Laurence Mead, all from RHKYC. No pressure!.

Standing by on 72.

Guy Nowell, Asia Editor

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - closing with a full card of races
CPHPRW Media and Sail-World Asia,
Another iffy start to the day, with an AP on shore. There were plenty of crew taking the opportunity to hang out at the back of the beach at the Cape Panwa Hotel (an eminently suitable spot for a bit of enforced idleness), but then the breeze came in and it was all hands on deck. Literally.... [more]

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017 - Aussies in charge
It looked pretty ominous at dawn on day 3 of the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek with a glassed-out Andaman Sea. The AP was raised on shore, but was lowered within the hour as PRO Simon James and his formidable on-water team tracked down some good breeze to get the fleet racing. Soft but consistent, the 8kts of wind allowed two races for the racing fleet and one for the cruisers.... [more]

Capa Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017 - day 2 - stirring the pot
A busy day on the water yesterday saw some excellent competition, close calls and racing incidents which resulted in a busy evening later for the Protest Committee onshore. All protests were heard, and come this morning the sailors were happy to be back out on the water as a forecast-defying 8-10 knot breeze got the fleet underway on Day 2 of the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017.... [more]

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017 - day 1, a packed race card
CPHPR Media,
In spite of some rather unpromising weather forecasts, the wind arrived bang on cue as a fresh 10-15 knots of breeze powered the 41-strong fleet around the course on Day 1 of the 2017 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, in what turned out to be a packed race card – three races for all classes except Cruising and Multihull Cruising who completed two races each.... [more]

14th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek – ready to race-
Event Media,
The monohulls will compete in three classes – IRC 1, IRC 2 and Cruising – with 17 boats from around the region taking part. Five closely-matched “40-somethings” will be up against Ray Roberts' TP52 Team Hollywood, the defending champion, while in IRC 2 Raceweek first-timers and charter teams will be taking on the local knowledge of Niels Degenkolw's Phoenix and Mike Downard's Krabi Boat Lagoon Pic... [more]

The Gertrude Cup – Classic Solent racing conditions on Day 3
Louay Habib,
In a shifty northerly breeze, a significant tide built during the day, and by mid-afternoon the wind speed had piped up to 20 knots.... [more]

The Gertrude Cup 2017 - Overall report
Laurence Mead,
For the third time this season a Hong Kong team is leading the way in a major Solent Etchells regatta, this time the Gertrude Cup run by the Royal Thames Yacht Club. This invitational series sees competitors being provided with a fully rigged Etchells with almost new and equally matched sails so that it provides an incredibly level playing field for the international teams.... [more]

The Gertrude Cup 2017 – Preview
Louay Habib,
The invitational event for the Etchells Class has attracted teams representing yacht clubs from around the world.... [more]

Hong Kong Race Week - 2018 dates announced
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and Hong Kong Sailing Federation are pleased to announce that the fifth edition of Hong Kong Race Week will take place from 20 to 25 February 2018.... [more]

Sign up to Bart's Bash – The biggest sailing event in the world
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Following on after racing, everyone is invited to join in at The Big Bash, a huge party in Cowes Yacht Haven starting at 7pm and designed entirely around putting the FUN into fundraising with Olympic medallist and DJ Mark Covell on stage as Master of Ceremonies!... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race - Raw challenge, compelling beauty
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), race founder and organizer of the Rolex Fastnet Race, has said that the fleet that will contest the 2017 edition looks set to be the largest and most diverse in offshore racing history. The facts unanimously back up the statement. The near 400 yachts registered for the 47th running of the legendary 605-nm race represent a record number of participants.... [more]

Italian Moth Series at Lake Garda – Am Cup sailors show form - Day 1
Jonny Fullerton,
A huge fleet of Moths have already been practising on the lake over the last few days to get valuable time on the water to get to understand the vagaries of the local conditions. 150 boats entered the Italian Series regatta, split into just two groups. A total of six races are planned, three per day... [more]

Moth Worlds - McDougall McConaghy Moth Worlds Preview - Part 1
Neil Baker,
It's a wonderful time; it's a horrible time. We're less than a week away from the start of the 2017 Moth Worlds and it really is a time of mixed feelings for Mothies. It's getting the heart pumping just putting these thoughts down.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Another America's Cup winner joins MAPFRE
Volvo Ocean Race,
Joan Vila, one of the best navigators in the world, will return to the Volvo Ocean Race with MAPFRE in 2017-18, some 15 years after becoming the first Spanish sailor to win the coveted trophy. One of the most decorated sailors on the planet, Vila joins MAPFRE having last competed as part of a victorious Illbruck Challenge campaign in 2001-02.... [more]

Black Jack makes the journey back to the water
Andrea Francolini,
Last night, and into the early hours of this morning, the new Black Jack (100) made her way slowly back to her waiting keel and mast. She has just had a wee makeover at theMcConaghy facility on the Central Coast, in very good time, and now gets ready for the Sydney to Gold Coast event. These images are as she arrived at Sydney City Marine in Rozelle, after having spent four hours navigating...... [more]

America's Cup - Protocol announcement for next Cup in six weeks
Richard Gladwell/,
The Challenger and Defender for the 36th America's Cup, to be held in Auckland have issued a statement advising that the Protocol for the 36th America's Cup will be announced in September. As previously tipped in Sail-World the statement indicates that the regatta will be held in the early 2021 - probably in February. The last America's Cup staged in New Zealand got underway on February 15, 200... [more]

Announcement on the 36th America's Cup
Emirates Team New Zealand,
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia as the Challenger of Record, together with their respective representative teams Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge, are pleased to announce that the Protocol establishing the parameters for the 36th America's Cup will be released in September 2017.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Getting faster - Five days aboard team AkzoNobel
Tom Martienssen,
On board reporter Tom Martienssen shares his observations after spending five days at sea with Team AkzoNobel “We're really struggling at the moment to make the boat go as fast as it's meant to.” That was the team AkzoNobel navigator Jules Salter soon after leaving Falmouth, England.... [more]

J-Class revolution + Video
Ben Gladwell,
In the 1930s, when the rule was first introduced, J-Class yachts were the pinnacle of world yacht racing. But by 1940 many had been stripped or broken up for scrap metal for the war effort or just abandoned and left to rot in mud berths. Decades later several of these leviathans have been rebuilt and restored and are now part of a healthy and spectacular racing class... [more]

Gold medallist Xu Lijia announced as ambassador for ChinaOne Ningbo
ChinaOne Ningbo,
The new partnership with the ChinaOne Ningbo sailing team is a clear demonstration of the commitment Ningbo, a vibrant coastal city near Shanghai, China, is making into the sport.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Vestas 11th Hour Racing announce crew line-up
Vestas 11th Hour Racing,
With exactly 100 days to go before the Volvo Ocean Race fleet departs Alicante to tackle 45,000 nautical miles around the world, Vestas 11th Hour Racing have unveiled their crew for the 2017-18 edition – and have built a mixed, ten-strong team featuring six nationalities and six previous Race wins.... [more]

Olympic champion Blair Tuke joins MAPFRE in the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
New Zealand's Blair Tuke is joining MAPFRE in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18, and could become the first sailor in history to win the ‘Triple Crown' of an Olympic gold medal, the America's Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]

RC44 crews cross fingers for a single-hulled 36th America's Cup
RC44 Class Association,
In the interests of equality, we polled two Italian tacticians and two New Zealand ones to get their views on what might happen and what should happen in this next chapter in America's Cup history.... [more]

Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2017 - max international interest
RHKYC Media,
International entries from seven countries mark the first sign ups for the eighth Hong Kong to Vietnam Race; the 673nm predominantly downwind run to Nha Trang Beach, Vietnam. Racing kicks off on 18 October 2017 on Victoria Harbour in front of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's flagship Clubhouse at Kellett Island.... [more]

America's Cup – How to fix the world's most prestigious sailing race
Angus Phillips,
Well, that was quick! The 35th America's Cup was over in a heartbeat. It took barely a month for Emirates Team New Zealand to buzzsaw through a fleet of four challengers before shellacking the U.S. defender, Oracle Team USA, 7-1, to snatch yachting's oldest prize.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - The world according to David Witt
Jonno Turner, Volvo Ocean Race,
Over 20 years after getting his first taste of the Volvo Ocean Race, SHK Scallywag skipper David Witt is back in the race – and he's proudly leading Hong Kong's first ever entry. Backed by Seng Huang Lee and Sun Hung Kai, the SHK Scallywag campaign aims to bring Asian sailing to the world in 2017-18.... [more]

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