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July 2014 - AsianYachting News and Views

Goto 2014 - 15 AYGP Events
2014-15 AYGP Events
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek (July 16th - 20th)

China Coast Regatta
(October 10th - 12th)
Biennial Hainan Race
(Starts October 25th)


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1. EDITORIAL - 2014-15 AYGP gets underway & Round Tioman Challenge is born...
. AUSTRAL - ASIAN NEWS - ISAF Sailing World Cup final in Abu Dhabi - Keep TP52 Lucky in SE Asia - Four Chinese on Dongfeng Race crew - Phuket one-stop shop opens
Up next in Asia - Multihull Solutions Regatta - Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Sail Indonesia - Darwin Ambon Race - Sail Maluku Rally
Sir Ben Ainslie aims to bring AC back home - Grael wins Magnus Olsson Prize - Corinna Halloran Team SCA Onboard Reporter - Protocol for AC35 released - Spain becomes 6th VOR entry - Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
Follow the:
Clipper Race - Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Extreme Sailing Series - Volvo Ocean Race - 35th America's Cup
4. World Speed records
Syz & Co breaks Bol d’Or Mirabaud record - Oman Sail smashes Kiel Race Record
5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"
- Safron abandons Guillemot injured - Yann Elies' mast tumbles down


2014-15 AYGP gets underway & Round Tioman Challenge is born...

Goto July 2014 Frenz Emperor NewsThe push to open the South China Sea as a world class cruising destination, received a huge boost recently, when the inaugural Besar Regatta took flight last month (Goto AY Photo Gallery), Singapore's Arthur Tay from One Degree 15 Marina fame, announced they are building a superyacht marina in Vietnam and the Sultan of Johor declared the Johor Islands, a Marine National Park. Whilst visiting, Abdul Ghafar (Afai's) family, who are building the Frenz Emperor Resort & Spa on Pulau Tioman, we discussed holding a pleasure craft event that would promote the resort and compliment one of the 10 best islands and dive sites in the world.

Goto Frenz Emperor Photo GalleryWe dug deep into our treasure trove of yachting knowledge and came up with a pleasure yachting event, that owners, captains and crew on privately owned Sailing and Motor Yachts, of all shapes and sizes, can enjoy together. And Viola! The 35nm (55klm) Frenz Emperor - Round Tioman Challenge was born... Full details in the July 2014 Frenz Emperor News and Photo Gallery

This month, opens with the Multihull Solutions Regatta, run by the Ao Chalong Yacht Club, is the largest gathering of multihull's in the Asian region each year and is quickly followed by the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek (July 16th - 20th) has attracted an international line-up of top racing teams. We are also proud to herald in the start of the 2014-15 AYGP Season. If last season is anything to go by, we are looking forward to a long and drawn out battle for the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year title.

Goto Besar Regatta Photo GalleryThe rest of the month and there after, the annual migration of International yachts, mainly from down under, begins with Sail Indonesia, Darwin Ambon Race and the Sail Maluku Rally. By October be prepared for an influx of cruisers along the West Coast participating on Sail Malaysia, anywhere between Singapore and duty-free Langkawi, Malaysia, then ultimately ending up in Phuket, South West Thailand for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Check out (Below) Phuket's all new one-stop yacht shop, that recently opened on the Ao Chalong Pier and the introduction of AIS locator and radar system for all pleasure craft operating in Phuket and surrounding waters,

Goto DAR team launchingJust as we pressed the SEND button last month, the long awaited and heavily scrutinized Protocol, which defines the rules, format and regulations for the 35th America's Cup was released and promptly started a war on words and wild accusations between some teams. Subsequently changes have been issued and further clarification and haggling is ongoing between the Defender and the prospective Challengers. In this issue we have links to the Protocol for AC35 and feature Sir Ben Ainslie launching his BAR Team and aiming to bring the AC back home. Latest News is the Italian's led by Max Sirena, are up foiling on AC45 Luna Rossa at their Italian base...

Goto Volvo Ocean RaceIn Europe, its the start of the Class World Championship frenzy and an array of prestigious events in the Mediterranean. The Volvo Ocean Race are hogging the International news, as crew announcements are made almost daily and the six teams are crisscrossing the Atlantic to qualify and crew training, in preparedness for the race starting in Alicante on October 4, this year. Four Chinese sailors have made their way into the Dongfeng Race crew and Corinna Halloran joins Team SCA as Onboard Reporter. Having unfinished business with the race, Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández are spearheading the Spanish charge and 6th team to enter. Plus a preview for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race starting on 10th August from Cowes, is the first time some of these teams, will come together in anger, before the real race gets underway.

Goto 35th America's CupAlinghi clinch Extreme Sailing Series victory in a game of Russian roulette at Saint Petersburg and in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour Bjorn Hansen claimed a third consecutive victory at the Stena Match Cup Sweden.

Two unfortunate incidents for the "Unluckiest sailors of the month" Skipper Guillemot injured forcing Safron to abandon while leading the Transat New York to Barcelona Race and Yann Elies' mast tumbles down while leading the famous La Solitaire du Figaro.

For your convenience, news on all these events, together with accompanying photos, web links and much, much more can be found below.
Wishing you blue sky, fair winds, where ever your sailing.
Capt Marty Rijkuris


2.1 ISAF Sailing World Cup final in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates will host the inaugural 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final through to 2017. The ISAF Sailing World Cup is the annual circuit of Olympic sailing for elite and professional sailors. Its center-piece is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final. The Final will bring together the top 20 boats in each Olympic event providing them with an annual challenge to compete against the best of the best for the crown of ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion and the ISAF Sailing World Cup prize purse. The 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final is scheduled for the last week of November 2014. Carlo Croce, ISAF President, said, "The United Arab Emirates is rich in maritime history and we are delighted that Abu Dhabi will be hosting the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final from 2014 to 2017. Goto ISAF Sailing World Cup website.

2.2 Keep TP52 Lucky in Asia
Lucky has been constantly upgraded including a new Nelson Marek bulb and rudder in 2013. Other upgrades include computer systems and electronics. She is the winner of the 2010 Middle Sea Race and 2013 Hong Kong to Vietnam Yacht Race. She also just missed an overall win in the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race. Lucky is a true offshore boat and is a dream to sail either upwind or downwind and is very dry down below while at sea. If you are looking to have a successful offshore program, then Lucky is the boat for you. Presently located in Subic Bay, Philippines.for US$399,000. Goto Full Details and Inventory

2.3 Phuket one-stop shop opens
PHUKET: The long-awaited opening of the island’s one-stop yacht shop, officially dubbed the Phuket Yacht Control Center (PYCC), went off without a hitch in Chalong. Governor Maitri Inthusut delivered the good news in a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall. “Chalong is now ready to be the maritime hub for all yachties. It will offer international quality and professional management,” said Governor Maitri. At the meeting, Phuket Marine Office Chief Phuriphat Theerakulpisut announced that the installation of 10 additional relay towers – six in Phuket, two in Phang Nga and two Krabi – for the Automatic Identification System (AIS) has officially begun and will be completed by September 20. “We spent 15 million baht of the 2012 fiscal budget to install the AIS locator and radar system in Chalong as part of the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS). This year, we will be using 45mn baht to expand the radar system throughout Phuket and to the surrounding provinces,” said Mr Phuriphat. All foreign boats entering Phuket waters must report to the center and register on the AIS locator system, said Mr Phuriphat. This includes speed boats running tour services. - Full details Here...

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2.4 Four Chinese on Dongfeng Race crew
LORIENT, France, June 26 - Four rookie Chinese sailors were revealed as crew members in Dongfeng Race Team’s final 10-strong race squad for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. French skipper Charles Caudrelier also unveiled a world-class group of five western sailors to boost the Chinese challenge for the 12th edition of sailing’s leading offshore event. Never before has a race squad included so many from the world’s most populous nation and the move announced at a press conference in Lorient, France today marks an important staging post in ambitions to enter an all-Chinese crew in two races’ time (2020-21). Chinese sailors Jin Hao Chen (English name Horace), Jiru Yang (Wolf), Ying Kit Cheng (Kit) and Liu Ming (Leo) will be joining Swede Sailing Master Martin Strömberg and four of skipper Caudrelier’s countrymen Thomas Rouxel, Pascal Bidégorry, Kevin Escoffier and Eric Peronto into the mix: “I feel like everything is falling into place,” said Yang. “This is my dream and this is the proudest day of my life. Before Dongfeng Race Team I didn’t feel like my life had direction, but now it does. I know who I am and where I’m going. I’m going to represent my country in the Volvo Ocean Race.” How did Caudrelier identify these Chinese sailors? “At first we picked the best sailors, then we realised that attitude was one of the most important attributes. Horace, Leo, Kit and Wolf had by far the best attitudes and were the most motivated,” he said.


3.1 Sir Ben Ainslie aims to bring AC back home
10th June 2014 – Sir Ben Ainslie, one of Britain’s best sailors, launched his bid to win the America’s Cup, the 163-year old trophy never won by Great Britain. The Duchess of Cambridge, a keen sailor herself, attended the launch at the Royal Museums Greenwich to show her support for the campaign. The four-time Olympic gold medal winner, Sir Ben, who announced his challenge with Yacht Squadron Racing, said: “This is the last great historic sporting prize never won by Great Britain. It has always been my ambition to mount a home challenge. The time is right and I am hugely encouraged by the support we are getting, not least from the Duchess of Cambridge. I learned a great deal aboard Oracle in San Francisco and I would not be challenging if I did not believe we have a real chance of winning this time.” Ainslie quickly turned his attention to his long term ambition – winning the America’s Cup for Britain. In 2013, Ainslie became the first Briton to be part of a winning America’s Cup team in 110 years with ORACLE TEAM USA. He played a vital role in one of the greatest comebacks sport has ever seen, overturning an 8:1 deficit to Team New Zealand, and allowing the USA to retain the trophy. Now Ainslie is planning to take the trophy from the Americans in 2017, and bring the America’s Cup back to Britain with his team, Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR). Goto Full Story and Team Makeup

3.2 Grael wins Magnus Olsson Prize
ALICANTE, Spain – Torben Grael, Brazil’s joint most decorated Olympic medallist with five medals and former winner of the Volvo Ocean Race, has been awarded the inaugural Magnus Olsson Prize for his contribution to sailing. Grael received his award in Stockholm along with two recipients of a scholarship through the Magnus Olsson Memorial Foundation aimed at helping young Swedish sailors make a successful career in the sport. The two recipients are Simon Lundmark, an 18-year-old dinghy sailor in the Laser class, and Albin Johnsson, 17, who sails the Europe Class. Both are competing on a national, European and international youth championship level. Along with a sum of 15,000 Swedish Krona, they will also have support from Torben Grael as a mentor. Olsson was one of the most recognized and charismatic figures in global offshore sailing but died last year in Lanzarote. He was working at the time as a trainer for the all-female crew of Team SCA who will be competing in the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race starting in October this year. More go to Volvo Ocean Race

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3.4 Corinna Halloran Team SCA Onboard Reporter
ALICANTE, Spain, June 20 – Corinna Halloran was revealed as the Onboard Reporter for Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, tasked with bringing the full story of the all-women crew to an audience of millions. The team have conducted a thorough selection process to find the best possible media candidate for this most testing of journalistic roles and Halloran of Newport, Rhode Island, needed to pass a transatlantic test of her skills with the crew to win the job. As part of her duties, Halloran will provide daily news reports, video, audio and photos to Volvo Ocean Race HQ that in turn will be transmitted to the race’s ever-increasing fan base via the media. “This is an amazing opportunity, this project is truly unique and I feel privileged to be able to tell SCA’s story to the world,” she said. “The level of technology onboard is second to none and it allows me to really bring the story from our all-female Team SCA to new groups of fans over the world, bringing in as many perspectives as possible so that people can grasp the enormity of this event.”
Halloran will join Briton Libby Greenhalgh in the Team SCA line-up after the weather expert was confirmed as a crew member earlier this week.

3.5 Spain becomes 6th VOR entry
Spain is back for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 with a boat spearheaded by two of the country’s leading sailors, Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández who will be aiming to help claim their nation’s first victory. It’s the eighth time out of the 12 editions of the race that Spain has been represented in the 41-year-old event. The campaign, which is being mounted by Galician sailor/businessman Pedro Campos, is the sixth crew announced so far for the Race which begins in Alicante on October 4 on leg one to Cape Town. The Campos team, which will be announcing their title sponsor and skipper shortly, has already taken possession of their one-design Volvo Ocean 65 boat in Southampton, England and is currently preparing the boat to be launched. “We’re happy to see Spain’s presence again in sailing’s leading offshore race, the Volvo Ocean Race. For our team it is an honour to have a fifth boat participating in succession, a record in the history of the race,” said Campos. “We know that it will be a very difficult edition, with all the boats identical but as always we’ll try to raise the Spanish flag at its highest as much as possible.” More go to Volvo Ocean Race

3.5 Protocol for AC35 released
After months of speculation the Protocol which defines the rules, format and regulations for the 35th America's Cup has been released. The 35th America's Cup will be decided in a new AC62 foiling, wing sail catamaran that will be sailed by eight crew. Of the crew, at least 25% must be nationals of the challenger country. During the three year racing program, from 2015 – 2017, every race sailed will count towards qualification and/or the final and during this program each challenger will have the opportunity to host an event in their home country. As well as the main program at least two Youth America's Cup events will be held to provide a pathway for younger sailors to join the top ranks. Goto AC 35 Protocol and keep up with the News Here...

3.5 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race will starting on Sunday 10th August from Cowes and the RORC's toughest offshore race of the year has attracted 20 yachts from 11 nations: (China, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, USA, France, Ireland, The Netherlands, Oman, Russia, Germany and the UK) to participate in the non-stop race. The 1802nm race, takes competitors non-stop around the breathtaking coastline of Britain and Ireland including the most northerly point, the island and lighthouse of Muckle Flugga. After a fast and furious race for some in the 2010 edition, new world records were established. Completing the course in 5 days 21 hours 26 minutes 55 seconds, Franck Cammas and the French crew on the Volvo Open 70, Groupama 70 smashed the monohull world and RORC record. This year, three VO 65s: Azzam, Dongfeng and Team SCA, will all race each other for the first time and use the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race as essential training for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. Goto Full Details & Tracking


4.1 Syz & Co breaks Bol d’Or Mirabaud record
The Psaros 40 Syz & Co, helmed by Jean Psarofaghis, made history on Lake Geneva at the weekend when it broke the longstanding Bol d’Or Mirabaud monohull record held by Corum since 1994. The 76th edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud enjoyed near perfect conditions on Saturday with bright sunshine and a steady breeze. Several records were broken during the event, amongst them, one of the most sought after on the Lake, the monohull record which Syz & Co smashed by 35 minutes! Jean Psarofaghis’ Psaros 40 got a good start and raced up the lake towards Le Bouveret at the front of the fleet, valiantly fending off some of the most cutting edge prototypes such as Italian boat Stravaganza and the Hungarian Libera Raffica, both of which are faster in big breeze. Racecourse management and boat reliability won the day however and knowing when to be conservative and when to attack. “The wind was blowing pretty hard and we were hesitating to put up the spinnaker, but the young guys onboard convinced us that we should. As soon as it went up, Raffica had to do the same to hold their lead, but it went wrong for them and they broke their rig and had to retire. We had a perfect race and took the victory!” This was Syz & Co’s third Bol d’Or Mirabaud victory (2007-2011-2014) and a record breaking one at that!

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4.3 Oman Sail smashes Kiel Week Race Record
The Sultanate of Oman's flagship MOD70 campaign, Musandam-Oman Sail, smashed the Kiel Week Welcome Race record from Kiel to Eckernforde today, completing the 27.5 nautical mile sprint in 1 hour 47 minutes and 22 seconds, The 70ft multihull lined up against an impressive 127-strong fleet on the start line in Kiel in a light 10-knot breeze that built to a stonking 20 to 25-knot northwesterly as the fleet raced away from the crowds lining the dock in Kiel, into the Outer Fjord and up the coast to the finish line in Eckernforde. The mixed European and Omani team led by Irish offshore sailor Damian Foxall, were delighted with the result: "It was full on out there, great fun and great to break the record," Damian added. "The start line was very busy with not only a lot of race boats but a giant ferry to contend with as well, it was a lot of fun and plenty challenging, the wind flow was very unsteady with the north westerlies and the squall lines made it tricky." More at

5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"

5.1 Safron abandons with Guillemot injured
Safran, skippered by Marc Guillemot and Morgan Lagravière, were forced to abandon while leading the Transat New York to Barcelona Race. Last night, at around 0200hrs (French time), during a maneuver in 35-40 knots of wind, Guillemot fell and suffered a serious blow. He has probably broken some ribs. At 1500, the boat docked at Puerto Sherry, the port in Cadiz, Spain and Guillemot has gone to hospital for a diagnosis. Marc Guillemot stated “Abandoning is one injury that always hurts and it's hard to accept but we are very happy with how we’ve done in the race. Morgan was really assured in looking after the boat. I’m not in very good condition. We are abandoning despite not wanting to. “There was the (rough) sea, 30-35 knots of wind and there was a big wave. The boat reared up, and I did too, but the boat is heavier and it came back down faster. I found myself one meter above it and then crashed on to the edge of the headsail furler. Fortunately, Morgan saw that something was happening and he was able help me get back to the cockpit. I was doubled over. Once I was safe, he got the boat in a position to continue sailing to Gibraltar.”

5.2 Yann Elies' Mast down
13:37, 11th June – While leading the La Solitaire du Figaro and shortly after tacking to starboard, but already clear of Wolf rock, race leader Yann Elies' mast came tumbling down. Yann is safe and the mast has now been cut away. Observer Charles Darbyshire writes home on this afternoon's unfortunate incident: "Shortly after rounding wolf rock, Yann gave himself some sea room and tacked onto starboard tack just ahead of second placed Charlie Dalin. Less than one minute later the mast was in the water next to the boat, and Yann faced the challenge of getting it away from his boat safely before it could do any damage - not an easy task, but he accomplished it quickly and soon he was contemplating the next steps as he turned his bows east towards Falmouth. The wolf rock stands seemingly in the middle of the ocean, how they managed to build a light house there is just unreal, and it makes you think the steps that were taken in the last 200 years to improve maritime safety. The other impressive thing about this situation is the response of Falmouth Coastguard, and having been unlucky enough to have the need to deal with them in the past, they are always 100% fantastic - this time was no exception."


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