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 14 Apr 2016

Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong

October 11, 2014. The fleet during the Start of Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa.  © David Ramos / Volvo Ocean Race
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet.

The kind of conversations I had with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and a month after they happened.

And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!

She is right, is anyone really going to read about the Olympics some time down the track when they can be in Rio with an online team.

At the Qingdao and Weymouth venues Sail-World had the largest reporting team.

For Rio 2016 Sail-World will once again have a major presence with six journalists from around the world contributing to our daily newsletters. The Sail-World/ YachtsandYachting team which will be headed up by Richard Gladwell and Rob Kothe.

Over the course of August the sister publications will send out around two million newsletters and our combined traffic will be distinctly out there.

Giles Scott  © Robert Deaves

For us Rio 2016 is coming up fast and there is a lot happening on the Olympic scene, the usual suspects have figured at the 470 and 49er/FX European,s and it you have to think that in at least three of the classes, 49ers, Finns and 470 Mens, the story of the Rio regatta will be if Burling and Tuke, Giles Scott and Belcher and Ryan don't win.

Interesting to see the affect the Internet is having on the Games. In Sydney, Athens, Qingdao accomodation for international visitors was in reality hotels, with media coralled into Buses and soldiers with automatic rifles.

The talk it up from the local media about giant crowds and traffic congestion meant that the regular British holiday crowd stayed away from Weymouth, the popular holiday destination and there were cheap empty rooms at the local pubs, walking distance from the venue.

Now it's AirBnB Rio who is your friend, with ticket sales at about half the levels of London 2012 and with thousands of private apartments available in Rio, boosted no doubt by major economic downturn, the major hotels are not likely to benefit anywhere as much as at earlier Games.

Nothe Hill - 2012 London Olympics ©

As Guy Nowell reported today from Hong Kong, the worst kept secret in Asia, that the Volvo Ocean Race was moving out of mainland China to Hong Kong was confirmed.

A major success of the Volvo race has been the numbers of people brought to the Stopovers by the Sponsors and plainly Hong Kong is much more convenient and interesting to the Sponsors than Sanya or Qingdao etc.

Looking at the stopover map, it seems there are two more decisions to make, a stopover in the Middle East or Indian subcontinent and a South American destination will complete the 2017-2018 route.

Will negotiations for these two stopovers be completed before Mark Turner opens his office door in the VOR Alicante headquarters on June 6th. We shall see.

Rob Kothe, &

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 – Hong Kong here we come
Guy Nowell,,
The worst-kept secret in Asia came out of the closet today with the announcement that Hong Kong will be a stopover during the 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), in February 2018... [more]
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Rio refinements as Young embarks on Radial Worlds
Olympic sailor Alison Young is set to embark on her ‘second most important regatta of the year' as she prepares to race at the Laser Radial World Championships in Vallarta, Mexico, this week.... [more]
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19 teams tune up for the 2016 Etchells Worlds
Rob Goddard,
The April Training Regatta with coaching attracted 19 teams hosted by the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club (CCYC) and supported by Doyle Sails One Design guru, Jud Smith, who provided high level on the water coaching.... [more]
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International 14 Easter Tray – Three straight days of tight racing,
The forecast was suggesting that we might have a little too much on Saturday (47 knots) and Sunday (35 knots), so we added a race to Friday's schedule.... [more]
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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award 2016 officially launched
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image,
Started in 2010, the event has been held to provide an opportunity for professional yacht racing photographers to share their passion for yacht racing with a wide community. It is the world's premier photography competition dedicated to the sport of sailing.... [more]
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Incredible final test of seamanship for Clipper Race skippers and crew
The Clipper Race,
Following the knockdown of Da Nang – Viet Nam yesterday morning, it was sixth place Garmin's turn to take the brunt of the Pacific's full force.... [more]
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2016 Les Voiles de St. Barth - A day for close matches + Video
Kirsten Ferguson,
2016 Les Voiles de St. Barth - Exciting one-on-one matches punctuated opening day action at Les Voiles de St. Barth, where nine classes competed in testing seas and 12-15 knot breezes on courses, ranging from 24-31 nautical miles, that flanked the southern, western and northern sides of Saint-Barthélemy.... [more]
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2016 Les Voiles de St Barth - More images from Day 1 by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
2016 Les Voiles de St Barth - Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 2016 Les Voiles de St Barth and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 action.... [more]
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2016 Les Voiles de St Barth - Day 1 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
2016 Les Voiles de St Barth - Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 2016 Les Voiles de St Barth and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 action.... [more]
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470 Europeans - Champions decided after closest of medal races
470 Class,
A display of superb counter-attacking tactics as teams pushed each other around the track in a final bid for leader board dominance in the 2016 470 European Championship on the Bay of Palma. Close and compact racing was the order of the day, as battle commenced in a breeze of seven - ten knots.... [more]
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49er/FX Euros - Unstable winds no match for Champions NZL,
The 49erFX fleet raced first off the waters of Barcelona, on Day 2 of the 49er and 49erFX European Championships. As the sea breeze grew it was a much lighter start than day 1, with the teams crouching on the wing for the first two races, before the wind filled in to ten knots for the third race.... [more]
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Race of their lives unfolds at 2016 470 European Championship + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
Numerous teams vied for a spot in the ten medal race line-up. For some today's racing also marked their last shot at selection to their nation's Olympic team.... [more]
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Intense racing for 13 teams at Flying Phantom Series Cannes
Nicolas Felix,
The Flying Phantom Series Cannes is the first event of the 2016 season for the international Flying Phantom fleet. The competition was organized by the Yacht Club de Cannes and supported by Cannes City with races taking place in the fantastic bay of Cannes in front of the famous “Croisette”.... [more]
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Crews face hard challenges on Day 4 of Helly Hansen Warsash Series
Louise Nicholls,
Crews and skippers alike had their work cut out with a SE to ESE wind of 19-24 knots, gusting 28-29 knots and a big spring tide in the Solent... [more]
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Race is now on to prepare Sharp's boat for the Transat Bakerly
The Transat Bakerly,
Marking 10 years since his victory in the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe transatlantic race in 2006, Sharp returns to the Class40 to take on the 3,000-mile solo race across the north Atlantic.... [more]
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Clipper Race – Can anyone beat Unicef's time for coveted bonus points?
The Clipper Race,
With four teams having completed the Ocean Sprint, it is Unicef that has recorded the fastest time so far in a day of high winds and strong seas which proved costly to some of the yachts.... [more]
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Crewsaver announces sponsorship of Silvers Marine Scottish Series
Alison Willis,
The sponsorship will see the racing areas, including that of the One Design Racing, provided with buoys from Crewsaver's extensive mark buoy range.... [more]
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43 knots for Gitana Team's foiling MOD70
Gitana Team,
Just a few days ago, equipped with her new appendages, the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild definitively took flight, racking up some 43 knots on the speedo in 20 knots of breeze and thus validating the efforts of a whole team, supported by the passion and commitment of the boat's owners, Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild.... [more]
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Phil Sharp back to take on 3000 mile challenge of the Transat Bakerly
PS Racing News,
Few professional solo sailors are prepared to take on the challenge. The east-west transatlantic course is a contest dominated by stormy weather systems, headwinds, high seas, icebergs, and even whales. With outside assistance forbidden, this race is a true test for man and boat.... [more]
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RS200 Eastern Travellers Series at Waldringfield Sailing Club
Sally Campbell,
Sailing on club courses from this friendly club, which has recently adopted the class and in superb surroundings, the five local boats initially appeared to have home field advantage over the two visitors, having some idea what the tide might do as the channel snaked between banks and saltings submerged by spring tides.... [more]
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Terrific battle in Oyster Regatta Antigua finale
Louay Habib,
On the final day, two of the three Classes were so close that the winners were decided on the last race. Spectacular sailing conditions prevailed with a brisk 20 knots of wind from the south east. Oyster yachts are built to sail the oceans and revelled in the conditions.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team - Burling and Tuke on the secrets of their success NZL,
Video interview, by Mike Heydon, with four times world 49er champions, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke ahead of the 2016 49er Europeans in Barcelona, Spain... [more]
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RS500 training at Northampton Sailing Club
Sally Campbell,
Tim Wilkins (previous RS500 World, European and National Champion) led the coaching with support from Debbie Darling (1988 and 1992 Olympian in 470's) to boost the skills of experienced and novice crews on and off the water in: boat handling, boat speed and tactics, in this increasingly popular single trapeze racing dinghy.... [more]
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49er FX and 49er Europeans - Dutch discard win to lead after Day 1 NZL,
The Dutch duo took all four races in straight bullets to start the championship, but unlike in the 49er fleet, with only 18 boats per qualifying fleet in the 49erFX the overall lead they were able to build up was only a handful of points with most of the contenders following closely behind.... [more]
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Star Worlds - Augie Diaz leads after Day 2 in Florida
Paul Cayard,
Race 2 of the 2016 Star World Championship was held today on Biscayne Bay. At start time, 11:30, the wind was in at 16 knots from 085 and stayed pretty much the same all race. Having said that, there were 15 degree oscillations and four knot changes in wind speed. It was still a very shifty race course with the wind coming over Key Biscayne once again.... [more]
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The perfect end game unfolds for some at 470 Europeans
470 Class,
2016 470 European Championship - A day of pressure on the Bay of Palma as numerous teams vied for a spot in the 470 European Championship ten medal race line-up. For some today's racing marked a last shot at selection to their Olympic team. Stunning conditions with a breeze of 10-14 knots and blue sky.... [more]
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America's Cup - SoftbankTeam Japan pick up Aussie multihull Olympian NZL,
SoftBank Team Japan have announced that Australian Olympic multi-hull sailor Jason Waterhouse will join the sailing team after racing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Waterhouse is set to make his Olympic debut competing in the Nacra 17 mixed multi-hull event, a boat in which he currently holds the 1 ISAF world ranking.... [more]
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2016 Les Voiles de St. Barth - In the starting blocks
Kirsten Ferguson,
2016 Les Voiles de St. Barth - The energy has been palpable on and around the docks of the Capitainerie in Gustavia as hundreds of sailors from dozens of countries prepare for Tuesday's kick-off races for the seventh edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth.... [more]
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Zhik announced as Official Clothing Sponsor for 2016 Etchells Worlds
Etchells Worlds 2016,
Zhik are providing clothing for each competitor at the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes. There will also be prizes for many categories from their new shop in Cowes High Street, which is managed by Kate Palfrey, wife of America's Cup Coach and former Etchells World Champion Andrew 'Dog' Palfrey.... [more]
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Francis Joyon to tackle the Jules Verne Trophy again
Mer and Media,
It's now official: Francis Joyon will be setting off in the autumn to try to improve on the Jules Verne Trophy record time. It will once again be on his IDEC Sport ‘ultime' trimaran with a crew that he will attempt to complete the voyage in under 45 days. We met up with him to find out more.... [more]
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World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
Rob Kothe, &,
Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it's a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)... [more]
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The Clipper Race - Race nine, Day 20 - Fleet rides Railroad to Seattle
Clipper Round the World,
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Clipper Race fleet is experiencing the ‘North Pacific Railway' right now, according to race Meteorologist Simon Rowell, with a regular timetable of low/ridge/low coming through. A ridge of high pressure is whipping through the fleet from west to east today and then it will be back in the thick of another strong low system by tomorrow.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Shock exit for world champion
World Match Racing Tour,
2016 Congressional Cup - Six-time Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams, GAC Pindar crashed out of the 2016 Congressional Cup, Stage Two of the World Match Racing Tour after finishing 12th and last in Qualifying. Exiting the regatta alongside Williams were Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Keith Swinton (AUS) and Sally Barkow (USA).... [more]
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470 Europeans - Storms bring an end to racing on Day 2 in Palma, Spain
470 Class,
Various storm systems rolled across the race course on Friday, forcing postponement on the water, as the breeze swung to the west, rain filled in, visibility dropped and the breeze kicked up. Challenging conditions by anyone's standards. A cold, damp and dreary day could not quash the spirits out on the race track on Day 2 at the 2016 470 Europeans.... [more]
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EUROSAF team selected at RYA Youth National Championships
Imogen Stanley,
2016 RYA Youth National Championships - Over 325 sailors concluded their five day RYA Youth National Championships today (Friday) at Plas Heli. Outstanding performances in all classes, some Championships won with a race to spare and others came down to the wire.... [more]
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