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January 2011 - AsianYachting News and Views

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Royal Langkawi Int Regatta

January 11th - 15th
Royal Langkawi Int Regatta
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1. EDITORIAL - Warm welcome to 2011
. AUSTRAL - ASIAN NEWS - Optimist Worlds underway in Langkawi - Matchrace Thailand 2011 schedule - Heineken Cape To Rio 2011 - Extreme Sailing Series turns into Global Circuit - Aussie Syndicate to Challenge for AC34
Up next in Asia Optimist World Championship - Royal Langkawi Int Regatta - Singapore Straits Regatta -
Matchrace Thailand - Neptune Regatta
2nd Barcelona World Race sets sail - San Francisco to host AC34 - AC34 Forum Inspires Rule Amendments - As one restarts the other is flying
Follow the:
Velux 5 Oceans - AC 34 - Barcelona World Race
4. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"
- Embarrassment as 60m yacht sinks at launch in Thailand - Wheelchair-Bound Vessel Sinks Off Massachusetts - RC44 Mast snapping Miami debut - Central Lechera Asturiana dismasting

1. EDITORIAL - Warm welcome to 2011

As we usher in the new year, lets take a quick look at how sailing has grown during the first decade of the new millennium. Over 20 major regattas, several boat shows and yachting forums have been introduced in the Asian region. These days we may take it for granted that all these events will run each year but many people, sponsors, sailing organisations, government departments, dedicated boat owners, skippers and crew must be congratulated for achieving this formidable growth and carrying it on into the future. This has not gone unnoticed, as many top class International events are now expanding their horizons into the Asian region. Already the Olympic Games, Volvo Ocean Race, World Match Racing Tour, Extreme Sailing Series, Clipper Race and Louis Vuitton Trophy have visited our shores and we can expect even more as the America's Cup comes online. Each year as more boats and sailors join the events they are rapidly finding out, just how diverse and enjoyable the region is and continue coming back year after year.

Optimist World ChampionshipLocally the boating action continues unabated with the ongoing Optimist World Championship in Langkawi till 8th January and the 8th Phuket International Boat Show launching us merrily into the new year from Jan 6 - 9. Serious big boat racers will be at it again at the 9th Royal Langkawi Int Regatta (Jan 11th - 15th) and the 17th Singapore Straits Regatta. (Jan 26th - 29th). The match racing season kicks off on January 29-30 with the Grade 5 Matchrace Thailand at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club. For something new and completely different the inaugural Neptune Regatta starts from Nongsa Point Marina on Feb 1st to 5th with a clockwise course around Batam, Indonesia down to the Equator via the Riau Islands and back.

RSHYR - AY Photo Gallery There is no let up on the International scene as the Barcelona World Race blasted off on the 31st December (What a day to start!) as the shore crews and spectators went on to celebrate New Years eve. At the last minute, an announcement that San Francisco was selected as host venue for 34th America's Cup. One wonders was it ever in doubt? For those that missed the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race we have compiled an AY Microsite with the news in brief and RSHYR - AY Photo Gallery during the event to record the hardships and tribulations of the classic blue water event.

We have enjoyed meeting people online and our end of the year shout to the many "friends" we would never have met any other way, but who have inspired, amused, comforted, encouraged and touched us in so many ways. I love you all. Here's to another year together!
Capt Marty Rijkuris


2.1 Optimist Worlds underway in Langkawi
IODA World Sailing Championship This fabulous island venue plays host to a near record attendance of 235 sailors from as many as 56 countries. Many sailors arrived early to familiarize with the sailing conditions in the race area, including the current, which can make this venue particularly challenging. Amongst the sailors there are 6 champions including Sinclair Jones (Peru) the reigning World Champion and Malaysian runner-up, Mohamad Faizal Norizan, on his home waters. Noppakao Poonpat, first girl last year in Brazil, is also, one of five sailors from Thailand. The Continental Champions from the North Americans (Christoper Williford USA), South Americans (Ignacio Varisco ARG), Oceanians (Nia Jerwood AUS), Africans (Imane Cherif Sahraoui ALG) and Asians (Kimberley Lim SIN) are hoping to add a Worlds title to their names. This year
IODA have launched a Mini-Site and in conjunction with the MYA - IODA World Sailing Championship site are posting Photos, Videos, Results, Live Tracking during the races and News bits after racing.

2.2 Matchrace Thailand 2011 schedule
Pattaya, – The Royal Varuna Yacht Club and Matchrace Thailand are pleased to announce the expansion of open match race events for the 2011 season. The schedule will consist of six events in total, including 4 one-day ISAF Grade 5 events and 2 three day ISAF Grade 3 events, a first for match racing in Thailand. This is the most match racing offered at these grade levels than at any other facility in Thailand or ASIA. The season kicks off on January 29-30 with the Grade 5 Matchrace Thailand – CUP IV & V and the season highlight will be the Grade 3 Matchrace Thailand Open National Championship on March 18-20, an event not to be missed. “Admittedly, this is an aggressive schedule of events,” said Simon Makinson, Commodore of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club “but our success in 2010 has encouraged us to keep growing. We feel like we’re providing good quality match race sailing for teams not only from Thailand, but also from Asia. That’s why we are offering two Grade 3 events in 2011.” For more information contact Till Ahnert on +66 (0) 8-4736-1704 - eMail: or visit

2.3 Heineken Cape To Rio 2011
International brewing giant, Heineken, has announced that they will once again be the Title Sponsor of the Royal Cape Yacht Club's premier South Atlantic race, the Heineken Cape-to-Rio, will have 2 starts on the 15th and 22nd January 2011. The Heineken Cape to Rio is a jewel in the crown of Heineken's global partnership with the premium sport of sailing. The total length of the race is around 3 400 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean. After leaving Cape Town, participants route direct for Rio. With the South Atlantic high pressure in mid atlantic the yachts have to deviate in order to miss the calm conditions. Skippers therefore need to decide whether to take the longer route with stronger winds, or a more direct route with the risk for lighter winds. Event site:

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2.5 Extreme Sailing Series turns into Global Circuit
The award-winning and ‘ISAF Special Event’ circuit is going truly global as it enters its fifth year, with 9 events spanning 3 continents, over 11 months and 10 teams representing 8 nations. The series kicks off in the Sultanate of Oman in February, as part of the annual Muscat Festival, before heading to China for Act 2 (location to be announced separately). The gateway between Europe and Asia, and European City of Sport for 2012, Istanbul, will host the third Act before the Extreme 40 fleet travels to the United States of America for the first time, to Boston’s waterfront in time for the July 4th celebrations. Cowes Week welcomes the Extreme 40s for the fifth consecutive year for Act 5, ahead of a return to the Sicilian port of Trapani, for the second consecutive year. The French round will be staged on Mediterranean waters of Nice before Almería, in Andalucia, Spain hosts the penultimate event and the 2011 circuit will be decided in Singapore in mid-December.

Two-times runner-up Groupe Edmond de Rothschild returns (skipper to be confirmed); new entry Luna Rossa has snapped up last year’s winning skipper Paul Campbell-James as helm, with the boat skippered by America’s Cup winning sailor, Max Sirena. Oman Air Masirah, returns, skippered by French Volvo Ocean Race veteran Sidney Gavignet; double Olympic Gold Medallist Roman Hagara enters for the second season with his Red Bull Extreme Sailing team. Britain’s Ian Williams, two times winner of the World Match Racing Tour joins Team GAC Pindar; another new Italian entry, Team Nice, led by Alberto Barovier and 2010 winners, The Wave, Muscat return to defend their title, this time skippered by emerging star Torvar Mirsky. Alinghi returns to the fleet after winning in 2008, skippered by experienced Extreme 40 tactician Tanguy Cariou; Paul Cayard’s Artemis Racing is skippered by American Terry Hutchinson and finally, new to the 2011 circuit will be Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Kiwi America’s Cup winner, Dean Barker, who experienced Extreme 40 racing for the first time at the final event in Almería this year. More at

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2.7 Aussie Syndicate to Challenge for AC34
SYDNEY, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Today a Syndicate of Australians including legendary yachtsman Ludde Ingvall, skipper of the YuuZoo Big Boat Racing Team, has submitted a Notice of Challenge to the defending Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco. The Syndicate aims to bring together nationwide resources and skills in a true people's challenge. Lodging the application reserves a place for Australia to return to competition for the world's oldest international sporting trophy. Ludde Ingvall: "Excellence in youth sailing is my objective. We want to bring home the many talented Australians sailing for other countries and give them a chance to compete for their country. We want to create a legacy for future generations, something to aspire to, a reason for any Australian youngster to get out there and take part in our wonderful sport of sailing at all levels." YuuZoo Co Founder Ron Creevey says: "We are delighted and excited about partnering with the Big Boat Racing Team to work on the feasibility for the Australian America's Cup entry. Personally I would like to call on other Australian corporations and individuals to get behind the idea and bring the America's Cup back to Australia. We have watched the cream of Australian talent such as James Spithill and Adam Beashel compete for many countries over the past 20 years and it will be extremely satisfying for YuuZoo to be involved by providing the platform for talented Australians to represent our country." The new boats will test strength and finesse, require nerves of steel and super fast reflexes. Skills required in all sailing but honed to perfection in the giant AC72 yachts. The new Australian Syndicate wants to bring AC Supporters together in giving young, talented Australian sailors the chance to step up and shine on the world stage. Read all about it Here...


3.1 2nd Barcelona World Race sets sail
28 skippers representing 14 teams set sail on the second edition of the around the world race. The one missing skipper, Hugo Boss' Alex Thomson (GBR), has undergone emergency surgery to remove his appendix 48 hours before the start and will join the boat when fully recovered. Among those who are back for more, returning for their second participation are 2007 winner Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) on Virbac-Paprec 3, Dominique Wavre (SUI) and Michèle Paret (FRA) on Mirabaud, all three echoing their passion for the race and enduring desire to come back and compete again.

Round the world rookie Francois Gabart (FRA) heading for his first ever big IMOCA Open 60 race could not wish for a better skipper by his side on Foncia than double Vendee Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux, but admitted that the pre-start hubbub felt like pressure, but when the race starts Friday at 1300hrs 'life becomes much more simple.' The course takes the fleet from west to east, sailing around Antarctica and leaving the three great Capes to port (Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn), through two natural straits (Gibraltar and Cook) with seven security gates to keep the fleet north of the worst of the ice and within range of rescue in the south. Technical stops are allowed in case of damage - before 140° East (entry to the Pacific Ocean), pit-stops may be of any duration. After this point, they can be no less than 48 hours. The duo must remain unchanged from start to finish, except in the case of an evacuation for medical reasons, when they may be replaced by a substitute. The minimum age is 21 years (on December 31, 2010). Routing, or external strategy assistance, is prohibited. More at: or view some video's from the competitors at:

3.2 San Francisco to host AC34
It's a new year and a new dawn for the sport of sailing in San Francisco. The city was chosen on Friday 31st to host the next America's Cup in 2013, heralding a potential renaissance in competitive sailing and a boon of more than $1 billion to the local economy. This "marks the beginning of an extraordinary new chapter for our city and for the sport of sailing," said Lt. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, who sought to secure the Cup as a capstone to his seven years as mayor. "We don't think there is any better showcase in the world for sailing than San Francisco Bay." Rather than holding the races miles offshore, which was the case in Valencia, San Francisco Bay offers a natural amphitheater. Spectators in high-rises, along Crissy Field, on Angel Island and in the Marin Headlands will be able to view the action. San Francisco almost had the Cup slip through its fingers after months of negotiations when the city modified its proposal, shifting race facilities northward and changing the financial terms. The deal gives race organizers long-term development rights to up to three piers and another waterfront parcel in exchange for paying at least $55 million to shore up aging piers to house race facilities. "It's going to mean a lot for San Francisco," said Marcus Young, commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club. "There is the economic component of this, but from a sailing perspective, it's basically going to galvanize San Francisco as a sailing destination. ... This will bring San Francisco back to its nautical roots." Full story Here...

Serious Yachts for Serious Sailors3.3 DK Technology still on Top of the Podium
If your serious about forming a racing team and joining the racing class at major regattas in the region, there is a specially modified Mark Mills designed DK46's, that has won nearly every major event in the Austral-Asian region on the market. DK is one of the most technologically advanced composite manufacturing facility in the SE Asian region. The design office works on high performance IBM CAD/CAM systems which are data supply linked to production and directly command the five-axis milling machine that accurately cuts hull plugs and moulds. Contained within the 110,000 sq ft facility is a multi-cycle computerized temperature oven (25m x 5m x 3.5m), a spray chamber (18m x 6m x 5.5m), an engineering workshop and a dedicated laminating room. In addition, DK also has an in-house 40m long autoclave to cure carbon fibre and kevlar finished products. So what are you waiting for? Serious Yachts for Serious Sailors can be found at

3.4 AC34 Forum Inspires Rule Amendments
Several cost-reducing amendments to the America's Cup rules have been adopted, following recommendations from the Competitor Forum, as well as prospective teams. To maintain an open dialogue with current and potential teams, America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) has hosted two briefings to gain insight into the needs of teams. Further discussions between ACRM and the Competitor Forum have resulted in amendments to the Rules that will reduce costs for participants. "These changes are designed to allow the teams put their initial investments into building their teams and boats," said Iain Murray, CEO, America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) and Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup. "We are here to help the teams and to ensure that every dollar will be well spent."
Key points of the Rule Amendments
- Reduce entry fee by USD1.2million and bond requirements by USD2million
- Increase the equipment that ACRM will ship for Competitors to America's Cup World Series venues
- Give Competitors an additional three months to build their first AC72
- Provide Competitors two additional months with common AC72 design team
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3.5 As one restarts the other is flying
Just as Brad Van Liew powers though the speed gate in the second sprint of the round the world yacht race the tenacious Christophe Bullens is set to restart sprint two after making yet more repairs to his yacht Five Oceans of Smiles. It will be the third time the determined Belgian has set sail from Cape Town to start the 7,000 nautical mile sprint across the Southern Ocean to Wellington in New Zealand. Over the last 24 hours the American Brad Van Liew has been surfing his Eco 60 yacht Le Pingouin along at an average of around 12 knots, the fastest in the fleet, and hitting top speeds of more than 20 knots as he leads the racers towards New Zealand. "The big wind that came through a couple of days ago, 40 knots or so, was a big reminder for me," he said. "The waves are huge, the air is cold and damp and it all creates a really harsh environment. Conditions can really get dangerous really quickly. It has reminded me that I need to respect the power of ocean and tread lightly, take good care of Le Pingouin and just inch our way along. It's amazing how you feel like you're so far off the edge of the planet and so distant from other people. It's fantastic and a wonderful thing to see and do but it quite intimidating." Follow the trials and tribulations that a solo sailor has to endure on the Velux 5 Oceans YouTube Channel at:

5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"

5.1 Embarrassment as 60m yacht sinks at launch in Thailand
The British Flagged 60m superyacht FOX, sank after it was launched on 10 December into the Tha Chin River in Samut Sakhon’s Muang district at a yard in Thailand, according to press reports. The US$30m vessel was originally a 58m hydrographic research vessel. Everything but the interior was done by Thai companies and managed by Yacht Solutions of Bangkok, under the brand name Ruea Yachts, according to the Yacht Solutions Web site. It was due to launch in July. A crew member familiar with the build who asked not to be identified said the yacht had 'a very low freeboard working deck over maybe half the boat.' The yacht as launched was five decks. Witnesses told the Bangkok Post that as soon as the yacht was launched, it tipped sideways and water gushed into its interior. Workers tried to adjust the cables still attached for the launch but could not keep the 1,000 tonne yacht afloat. It sank in shallow water, listing to port with the bow and top decks above water. Full Story Here...

5.2 Wheelchair-Bound Vessel Sinks Off Massachusetts
Dec 8th 2010: CAPE COD -- U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod crews rescue two stranded mariners 100 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass., after their three-masted schooner Raw Faith, a 118-foot, home-built yacht became disabled. George McKay, of Addison, the owner and skipper of the sailing ship designed for wheelchair-bound sailors sank Wednesday morning off the coast of Massachusetts, a day after two men were rescued in a dramatic scene straight out of Hollywood. The vessel, Raw Faith, sank 166 miles southeast of Nantucket, Petty Officer Connie Terrell told She said the water there is 6,000-feet deep and the ship is not considered to be a hazard. Coast Guard officials received an emergency position-locating beacon signal from the vessel on Monday after the Raw Faith departed Salem, Mass., en route to Bermuda. A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued two men from the ship on Tuesday afternoon and brought them back to Air Station Cape Cod in Bourne, Mass., officials said. Read more at Fox News and watch Video by Air Station Cape Cod.

5.3 RC44 Mast snapping Miami debut
8th Dec 2010: Miami, Florida USA: The RC 44 class made its debut in American waters today in conditions that make Miami a renowned racing venue: a northwesterly breeze gusting over 20 knots and the boats planing around the racecourse north of Government Cut at speeds of 17 to 20 knots. The conditions taxed many of the crews, who were sore from being thrown about the light-displacement yachts, but none other than Daniel Calero's crew aboard Islas Canarias Puerto Calero. The Spanish crew from the Canary Islands was forced out of action with a broken mast before morning had turned to afternoon. Islas Canarias had just completed a jibe in its Flight 1 race when the mast broke about five feet above the gooseneck and the spar went over the port side. "We had just completed our jibe when we heard a big crunch," said Calero. "There wasn't much we could do to save the mast." Islas Canarias Puerto Calero returned to shore where the crew began stepping a spare mast that the RC 44 Class Association has available at each regatta for just such an incident.

5.4 Central Lechera Asturiana dismasting
02 Dec 2010: The IMOCA Open 60 Central Lechera Asturiana of co-skippers Juan Merediz (ESP) and Fran Palacio (ESP) suffered a dismasting in the early hours of this morning off the Portuguese coast while they were on delivery from Sanxenxo to Barcelona for the start of the Barcelona World Race. The crew are uninjured and in good health and are making towards Cascais, by Lisbon as are the team’s shore crew by road from Galicia. Once there they will further evaluate the situation and assess their options. Despite this setback the entire team are united in their drive to be at the start of the Barcelona World Race on 31st December. The competing teams and the Barcelona World Race organisation have already pledged to do all they can to try to ensure that Central Lechera Asturiana makes the race start. More at:


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