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 17 Aug 2017

VOR Leg Zero, Rolex CSR, UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series, All Souls, more

Ambush and Vineta round Bluff Island, UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series 2017  HHYC
People do say some funny things, don't they? Dee Caffari is quoted in a VOR press release as saying that “our campaign is dedicated to the issue of ocean health.” With 66 days to go until the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, you might think that the campaign was dedicated to getting the boat going as fast as possible and trying to win, no?

Certainly the VOR ‘Leg Zero' has laid down a few markers: after four races – Around the Island (Isle of Wight), the Fastnet, Plymouth-St Malo, and St Malo-Lisbon – the MAPFRE crew topped the results sheet with 29 points. Skipper Xabi Fernandez said they are now going to look at “small details of the boat, do the last push in the gym, make sure everyone is healthy...”

MAPFRE – Volvo Ocean Race  © Ugo Fonolla / Volvo Ocean Race

The self-appointed Hong Kong entry Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag came comprehensively last on 9 points. Chief Scallywag David Witt said, “The racing on Leg Zero has shown us what we're strong at, what we're weak at. We are not weak in all areas – there are some areas we are quite good at. It's good to find this out now rather than on Leg 2 of the race. And now we've got five weeks to fix: I've got a pretty good idea how to fix it and now we've just got to get on with it.” Maybe a ‘last push in the gym' would help?

In Hong Kong the impending VOR Stopover still hasn't appeared on the radar, but there's plenty of interest from local sailors: every time I go into the bar at the RHKYC someone asks me, “Have you heard anything about the Volvo stopover?” It's difficult to work out who is actually in charge – who ‘owns' the event. In Hong Kong there are a lot of dots to join up, starting with layers of Government Depts with no experience of large scale sailing events, and the various Clubs in a position to offer assistance. Hopefully it will be all right on the night; if it isn't there's going to be an awful lot of finger-pointing going on, and that would be nothing but bad news for the image of sailing in this town.

All Souls Regatta  Puerto Galera Yacht Club

Elsewhere in Asia there's news of the next All Souls Regatta in Puerto Galera, Philippines - rated by one previous competitor as 'the most laid-back regatta in the world', a call-out for crew for a China entry in the next Rolex China Sea Race, and a roundup of the penultimate day's racing in the UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series - the number one summer entertainment for Hong Kong sailors.

The Fastnet Rock as captured by the legendary photographer Carlo Borlenghi – Rolex Fastnet Race  © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

And this photo from Carlo Borlenghi? - well, it's just so gorgeous it seemed a shame not to show it off again!

Standing by on 72.

Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia Editor

MAPFRE set the Volvo Ocean Race bar with overall Leg Zero victory
Volvo Ocean Race,
Charlie Enright's Vestas 11th Hour Racing became the third team to grab a victory from four stages in Leg Zero – a series of pre-race qualifying stages for the next edition of the round-the-world race – as they sneaked ahead of MAPFRE in the early hours of Wednesday morning.... [more]

Rolex China Sea Race - First time entry Shanghai seeks crew
The third Chinese entry in the 2018 Rolex China Sea Race has been received from Hanse 575, Shanghai. Shanghai's owner and skipper, Zhu Li Xiong is a veteran sailor with 33 years of experience and he will be joined on the Race by a core crew of eight ranging in age from 28 to 35. The team have participated in a slew of top races in China including the China Cup, Round Hainan Regatta... [more]

UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series 2017, Race 7
HHYC Media,
Last Sunday was the plum-perfect example of why we go sailing in Hong Kong. Sunshine, breeze, clear air, and some of the best scenery around any race course in the world (really, no exaggerations here) made for a whizz bang day out on the water for everyone.... [more]

All Souls Regatta schedule announced
Every year a handful of yachts are offered for visiting crews to rent and this regularly attracts teams from Hong Kong, Japan and other nations, making the All Souls Regatta a truly international sailing event that promotes the beauty of the Philippines and the opportunity that the country offers for the sport of sailing.... [more]

Asia Marine's Fractional Yacht Ownership - how it works (it works-)
Guy Nowell, Asia Yacht Press,
There have been a number of attempts to fire up fractional yacht ownership in Asia, but the only one that has really worked is the brainchild of Eric Noyel the CEO and Founder of Asia Marine. 'We now have 30 participating owners and six yachts in the programme, and most yachts are making money for their owners!'... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – What the skippers say
Jonno Turner / Volvo Ocean Race,
We had an email a couple of hours ago from Race Control saying that the forecast was no wind at all and they decided to shorten the race which I think is a good decision because this Leg Zero was already becoming quite long and we are looking forward to finish and have a good rest.... [more]

France annihilates Rolex Fastnet Race competition for a third time
James Boyd,
As ever the course took the giant fleet west down the English Channel, either side of the prohibited 'traffic separation scheme' zone between Land's End and the Scilly Isles, across the Celtic Sea to the Fastnet Rock, four miles off southwest Ireland, back south leaving Bishop Rock and the Scilly Isles to port and then, on past the Lizard, to the finish off Plymouth - in total 605 nautical miles.... [more]

Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta returns for 38th edition
Event Media,
For the first time, immediately following the Herreschoff Classic Yacht Regatta, Newport Classic Yacht Regatta competitors will compete in a point-to-point race from Bristol to Newport.... [more]

Oman Air moves top of overall Extreme Sailing Series™ leaderboard
Extreme Sailing Series,
Oman Air took its second Act victory in a row in a thrilling Hamburg finale, despite last minute pressure from SAP Extreme Sailing Team. The triumph sees the Omani syndicate move into pole position in the overall rankings.... [more]

RC44 Marstrand World Championship – Battleship Nika sweeps to victory
RC44 Class Association,
For the first race of the day, John Bassadone steered Peninsula Petroleum into her customary position on the left-hand of the start line and sailed into the lead to secure the team's first race win of the regatta.... [more]

International competitors look back at the Rolex Fastnet Race
James Boyd,
Richard Matthews was presented with the Dennis Doyle Memorial Salver as the competing skipper with the greatest number of Rolex Fastnet Race participations. Deb Fish won not only the prize, with Rob Craigie, for having the boat (Bellino) with the top mixed IRC Two Handed crew, but also the Maite de Aramblaza Trophy for the best yacht with a female skipper.... [more]

Dongfeng Race Team win dash for Rolex Fastnet Race finish line
James Boyd,
Thanks to a combination of this and smart tactics, they were three miles ahead of both the IMOCA 60 and VO65 fleets at Portland Bill, extending this to seven at Start Point and to ten by the Lizard.... [more]

One year on from Rio 2016 – Extreme Finn sailing – Finnally
Robert Deaves,
There were photos to show it had taken place, and lots of wild stories, but very few had seen any footage of sailing's gladiators taking on Rio's extreme conditions.... [more]

Young British Finn squad head to U23 Finn World Championship
Robert Deaves,
The squad of six, under the guidance of coach James Hadden, a former British Sailing Team member, have made significant improvements.... [more]

Mirror World Championship - Overall report
Simon Barwood,
Australia hasn't had a Mirror World Champion for 26 years. The 2019 Mirror World Championship will be sailed on Sydney Harbour. As hosts our message to the world's Mirror sailors is... PLEASE... DON'T... COME.... [more]

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