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2014-15 AYGP Events
China Coast Regatta
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Biennial Hainan Race
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25th Raja Muda Selangor Regatta
(November 14th -22nd)


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1. EDITORIAL - Action packed August & start of SE Asian Rally season
. AUSTRAL - ASIAN NEWS - AC Jimmy sailing naked - Maxi Soh dominates in Chicago - Australia withdraws from AC35 - Singapore 420 Boys Youth World Champs - Bam top Asian female Laser Radial sailor - ONE°15 Marina in Vietnam - Sewage & Sailing compete at Olympic venue - Record Airlie Beach Race Week entries
Up next in Asia - Western Circuit Sailing Regatta - Darwin Ambon Race - Sail Maluku Rally
World Class lineup for Artemis Challenge - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on Round Britain & Ireland Race - Ben Ainslie Racing Team HQ - Loïck Peyron’s Happy - 'Fastest Man On Water' Eyes New Record - Ocean Race to celebrate Discovery Of Cape Horn - Costa Concordia last journey - Teen adrift gets rescued by posting SOS online
Follow the:
Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Extreme Sailing Series - Volvo Ocean Race - 35th America's Cup
4. World Speed records
Foiling kiteboard new Around Jamestown Record - Alive Smashes Melbourne To Vanuatu Record - New Blue Ribbon Record to 50-50
5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"
- Django crew rescued after rudder broken - Wet & Windy start at Flying Dutchman Worlds


Action packed August & start of SE Asian Rally season

After the action packed Multihull Solutions Regatta, and Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek kicked off the 2014-15 AYGP Season, we are looking forward to an exciting and drawn out battle for the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles.

The Indonesian Rally/Race Season began late last month with Sail Indonesia and continues this month with the Darwin Ambon Race starting on 23rd August, which is followed straight after by the Sail Maluku Rally covering the rest of Indonesia. Geoff Hill Santa Cruz 72 Antipodes is on the way to take on an International line-up and challenge Jon Wardill's Australian Maid for the King of the Ambon Race title. This annual migration of International yachts begins an adventure of a lifetime, through 16,000 Indonesian islands and the doorway to South East Asia's magnificent cruising grounds.

While that's all going on, Raffles Marina and Singapore Management University (SMU) are conducting the Western Circuit Sailing Regatta over two weekends (Aug 16-17 & 23rd). This event has grown into Singapore's largest keelboat event, where popular SB 20's are available for charter at low rates, which gives International competitors an opportunity to take on sailors from all the clubs in Singapore.

All the training and competing at International events is starting to pay dividends for SE Asian national authorities. Maxi Soh's Team Red Spot swept two consecutive Grade 3 match race regattas victories, at the Chicago Match Race Center and working on a program to earn their World Match Racing Tour card. Singapore's Loh Jia Yi and Jonathan Yeo, were crowned the 420 Boys’ World Champions at the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship held in Tavira, Portugal and Thailand’s Kamolwan 'Bam' Chanyim became the top Asian female Laser Radial sailor at the same event.

While the Hamilton Island Yacht Club’s, Team Australia were withdrawing as Challenger of Record of the 35th America's Cup, two-time America's Cup winning skipper Jimmy Spithill featured in the nude on ESPN The Magazine's 6th Annual Body Issue. The next in line, as Challenger of Record, is widely expected to be Italy's Luna Rossa, headed by Patrizio Bertelli. All bets on the entry list are off, till August 8 when the first of the US$2 million entry fee is due and meaningful discussions and serious negotiations can take place.

August is the busiest month in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week and Artemis Challenge kick off on Aug 7th, plus five Volvo 65's coming together in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race starting on the 10th from Cowes. Currently the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, is taking place on the Baltic in the Polish holiday resort of Sopot, close to Gdansk.

The migration North along the Australian East Coast is already underway and this month the Vision Surveys Airlie Beach Race Week (Aug 8th – 15th) and Audi Hamilton Island Race Week follows straight after on (Aug 16th-23rd).

Quite an array of stories are featured this month, with ONE°15 Marina in Vietnam - Sewage & Sailing compete at Olympic venue - Ben Ainslie Racing Team HQ - Loïck Peyron’s Happy - 'Fastest Man On Water' Eyes New Record - Ocean Race to celebrate Discovery Of Cape Horn - Costa Concordia last journey - Teen adrift gets rescued by posting SOS online.

Zach Marks from St. Petersburg, Florida broke the Mount Gay Around Jamestown Record - Phillip Turner's Alive smashes the Melbourne To Vanuatu Race Record and a new Blue Ribbon Record goes to 50-50 in the World Speed Records.

Two incidents for the "Unluckiest sailors of the month" Django crew rescued after rudder shaft breaks in 50kts and 5 metre seas and a wet & windy start at Flying Dutchman Worlds with many boats capsizing and suffering gear breakages, for only half of the fleet of 42 boats still standing and able to answer the call for the second of the two races

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 AC Jimmy sailing naked
Two-time America's Cup winning skipper Jimmy Spithill featured in ESPN The Magazine's 6th Annual Body Issue. “I like going out of my comfort zone and I certainly got that in the latest shoot” remarked Spithill. Click Here to view the entire ESPN The Magazine's 6th Annual Body Issue.

2.2 Maximillian Soh dominates in Chicago
Singapore’s Maxi Soh and his Team Red Spot crew Justin Wong, Russell Kan and Andrew Chan swept two consecutive Grade 3 match race regattas victories, hosted by the Chicago Match Race Center (IL) on July 24-25 and July 26-27. Soh’s achievement would have earned him invitations to both the Chicago Grand Slam, first event on the four-event ISAF Grade 2 US Grand Slam series, and the last event of this series, the Oakcliff International Grade 2 event in Oyster Bay (NY). Full details on ISAF site Here...

2.3 Team Australia withdraws from 35th America’s Cup
The Hamilton Island Yacht Club became the Challenger of Record for the 35th America’s Cup upon the completion of the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2013. In commenting on the decision not to proceed with the challenge, Sandy Oatley said “When we entered the Cup we had the intention of trying to change the Cup in many ways. Our position as Challenger of Record gave us the opportunity through the drafting of the protocol to affect this change. Central to these changes, was the desire to make the participation in the Cup more affordable and more sustainable.” Bob Oatley said “The Challenge was initiated with a view to negotiating a format for the 35th America’s Cup that was affordable and put the emphasis back on sailing skills. Ultimately our estimate of the costs of competing were well beyond our initial expectation and our ability to make the formula of our investment and other commercial support add up. We are bitterly disappointed that this emerging team of fine young Australian sailors will not be able to compete at the next America’s Cup under our banner”.

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2.5 Singapore’s 420 Boys ISAF Youth World Champions
(Singapore, 19 July 2014) – Singapore’s 420 boys’ pair, Loh Jia Yi and Jonathan Yeo, were crowned the 420 Boys’ World Champions at the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship held in Tavira, Portugal. Held from 12th to 19th July 2014, this year’s edition is Loh Jia Yi’s first appearance and Jonathan’s second at the championships, and they certainly did well by securing the 1st overall in the boys’ fleet out of 32 other strong international teams. The win has been a long time coming and is definitely well deserved. That said, the close week of racing at the 2014 ISAF Youth Worlds was challenging with several nations taking turns atop the leaderboard throughout the week. The Singapore boys were consistently within striking distance of the podium as the regatta progressed but never led the series. Going into the final day of racing only 5 points separated the top 4 teams – Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Portugal. With the final race to go, Singapore’s Loh Jia Yi and Jonathan Yeo were tied at equal points with Japan’s Ibuki Koizumi and Kotaro Matuso. The Singaporean pair sailed brilliantly to win the final race outright and take home the World title. Silver went to Mohammad Faizal Norizan and Ahmad Syukri Abdul Aziz from Malaysia, while Japan clinched the Bronze medal.

2.6 Bam top Asian female Laser Radial sailor
Thailand’s Bam Kamolwan Chanyim’s supporters had a nail-biting last day of ISAF Youth Worlds racing in Tavira. Bam entered the final race only two points behind talented Singaporean Jillian Lee (the only other Asian in the top 15) and seven points short of a top 10 position. While she couldn’t crack the top 10 amid high level competition (many top 10 sailors near professionals with high performance coaches in tow), Bam’s consistency in the last three races - held in light, medium and higher winds - gave her the edge needed to retain the title of top Asian female Laser Radial sailor at the event for her fourth time. Jillian dropped to 16th overall despite three top 10 races to Bam’s two. Yuka Kishi of Japan, who also had two top 10 races, was 25th overall, ISAF Emerging Nations teammate Alaiza Belmonte of the Philippines 31st, sailors from Hong Kong, Malaysia, China, and India following. “The thing I like about big competitions is you really get to know how skilled you are,” said Bam, referring to what happens when you train with the same people regularly and assume you are near equals on the water until tested in larger fleets.

2.7 ONE°15 Marina in Vietnam
A Memorandum of Understanding to develop an integrated marina resort in Vung Ro Bay, Vietnam, has been signed between ONE°15 Marina Club (Singapore) and Vung Ro Petroleum Co. Ltd, an independent petroleum company based in Vietnam. The MoU was signed by Mr. Arthur Tay, Chairman and CEO of ONE 15 Marina Club and the SUTL Group of Companies and Mr. Kirill Korolev, CEO and General Director of Vung Ro Petroleum Co. This will be ONE°15 Marina Club’s first marina property in Vietnam and is also its first partnership with Vung Ro Petroleum Co., who are backed by the Rose Rock Group, an investment management and real estate development firm founded by the Rockefeller family. To be named ONE°15 Vung Ro Bay Marina Resort, the development aims to become an international nautical hub based on its superb location and natural deep water and sheltered bay. Vung Ro Bay is a convenient location for both tourists and residents alike, located in the Phu Yen Province of Vietnam with direct links to Tuy Hoa and Dong Tac Airport. More Here...

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2.9 Sewage and Sailing compete at 2016 Olympic venue
The first of two ‘Test Events’ for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will be held August 3-9, 2014, with racing to take place inside and outside the Guanabara Bay. The event will provide national teams with a sense of what to expect in two years, which for the Rio Games includes water pollution. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes admitted last month that plans to clean up to 80 per cent of water across the entire Bay will now not be met. Last November, it was revealed Guanabara Bay has 78-times Brazil’s legally allowed limit of fecal pollution, and 195-times the US limit, and, numerous figures from the sailing world claiming the venue is simply unfit for top-level competition. Earlier this year International Sailing Federation (ISAF) head of competitions Alastair Fox admitted to insidethegames that holding the test event would be “difficult” as planned measures to deal with the pollution would not have come into operation. A Rio 2016 spokesman has now told Bloomberg that, in the interests of transparency, they are inviting any team that wants to test the water to do so. The Rio state government have said the water will meet international sailing competition standards.

2.10 Record Airlie Beach Race Week entries
Vision Surveys Airlie Beach Race Week (Aug 8th – 15th) has made history after breaking the record number of entries with more expected to come in this week. In the 25th anniversary year, the event has attracted 124 boats so far with entries closing this Friday. The original record was 123 yachts in the 2011 race week. The record breaking registration was Elena Nova, skippered by Craig Neil, who entered the prestigious IRC Racing division. Vision Surveys Airlie Beach Race Week Event Chairman Jim Hayes said it is a huge coup to break the record number of entries in the anniversary year. “This year’s regatta is already significant for many reasons and this is the icing on the cake for the host Whitsunday Sailing Club and our competitors,” Mr Hayes said. “We are happy to see this year’s event will go down in history,” he said. Follow the regatta at


3.1 World Class lineup for Artemis Challenge
A fleet of world class monohull racing machines, including IMOCA 60’s and Volvo Ocean 65’s are confirmed for the eighth edition of the Artemis Challenge to take place on August 7th. This year the event will once again be part of Ladies Day at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the world’s largest sailing regatta and one of the UK’s biggest sporting events, and will again see some of the largest and fastest boats in the world race around the Isle of Wight to claim a £10,000 prize fund to be donated to the charity of their choice. For the Volvo Ocean 65’s it will be the first time they have lined-up against each other, making the 50 mile sprint around the Island a great racing showcase ahead of the Volvo Ocean Race, and featuring high profile British skippers Ian Walker (Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing) and Sam Davies (Team SCA). They will be joined by two IMOCA 60’s who have been the backbone of the event since 2006. The Artemis Challenge, sponsored by Artemis Investment Management, one of the UK’s leading investment companies and the largest British sponsor in offshore sailing, is recognised as one of the key events of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. More info at: and AAM Cowes Week at:

3.2 Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on Round Britain & Ireland Race
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, will compete in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, the second race on his Open 60 ahead of his participation in November's French single-handed classic, the Route du Rhum. The British founder of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and first ever man to sail solo, non-stop around the world in 1968/69, will compete in his ninth RBI race on his yacht Grey Power alongside Simon Clay in the two-handed class. The 1802-mile non-stop course organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club every four years starts on 10 August from Cowes. Full race details and keep an eye on the 27 competing boats via online tracking at:

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3.4 Ben Ainslie Racing Team HQ
Ben Ainslie Racing was awarded £7.5million of Government funding to support the team and its proposal to build a base on the Camber in Portsmouth – a site already approved by Portsmouth City Council. The announcement took place at 10 Downing Street in the presence of the Prime Minister. David Cameron commented: “Sir Ben Ainslie’s project is truly fantastic news for Portsmouth and the Solent. It will not only build on Portsmouth’s global reputation as a centre of marine and maritime excellence but will also deliver a real sporting and economic boost to the UK. It is a great example of our long-term plan – creating jobs as well as opportunities for young people to develop their skills through apprenticeships. This is an exciting and historic challenge and I hope the whole country can get behind Sir Ben’s campaign.” Full story at:

3.5 Loïck Peyron’s Happy
Test pilot for America’s Cup Team Artemis Racing, french offshore sailing star Loïck Peyron will sail the upcoming Route du Rhum aboard a small (39 ft) trimaran, sistership of Mike Birch’s Olympus Photos, winner of the first edition in 1978. Loïck will in that way show his respect to his mentors, american designer Walter Green and canadian offshore sailing pioneer Mike Birch. His yellow trimaran called « Happy » has been fully restored at Multiplast shipyard in Vannes. True to the spirit of the early design, Loïck and his technicians have put the emphasis on keeping the boat simple and easy to use. Fittings and riggings are kept to a minimum ; and this is specifically where Pontos winches serve Loïck’s purposes. “My idea is to be as faithful as possible to Happy’s early design, when it comes to sails plan, sail surface, and materials. We’ve only carbon reinforced some crucial areas. Respecting the early spirit of the design does not prevent me from associating new technologies.

3.6 'Fastest Man On Water' Eyes New Record
The Hampshire-based "world's fastest sailor" has revealed plans for a ground-breaking boat capable of reaching speeds of 75mph on the world's oceans powered just by wind. Larsen sailed into the record books in 2012 when he steered his state-of-the-art boat Sailrocket 2 to a speed of 65.45 knots, making it the fastest wind-powered boat in the world. Now, after a two-year break, Larsen and his team have revealed they are in the early stages of designing and building a boat that would be capable of the same speeds but across oceans rather than still water. The boat would be a scaled up version of the futuristic Sailrocket 2, which in turn was a modified model of the team's original boat designed by a team in Southampton and launched in 2008. The project is still in its infancy and Larsen is now on the hunt for funding to make the dream a reality. More info and details at:

3.7 Ocean Race to celebrate Discovery Of Cape Horn
The official presentation of the Drake & Horn 1616-2016 Regatta took place at the dinner opening the 13th edition of the Bailli de Suffren Trophy organised by the Mare Nostrum Yacht Club. Classic yacht owners attended together with Pierre Hugo, president of the Bailli de Suffren hotel group, the mayor of Saint Tropez, the president of Societe Nautique, the maritime prefect for the Mediterranean, the president of the Order of Malta, the Maltese Ambassador for France and various admirals and crews. The race will gathers together classic yachts, goelettesschooners and modern yachts from around the world for an adventure which starts from Saint-Tropez on October 25, 2015. The race will see the fleet round Cape Horn in January 2016 by the Drake Passage on the anniversary of their discovery. The race will finish in Istanbul, where the closing regatta on the Bosphorus will symbolise the maritime link between Europe and Asia created there 400 years ago. Full story at

3.8 Costa Concordia last journey
The operation to refloat the Costa Concordia shipwreck from the shores of Giglio kicked off on the morning of July 14, 2014, two and a half years after the cruise liner shipwrecked along the small Italian island, killing 32 people. To remove the vessel from the island once and for all, engineers from the salvage consortium Titan-Micoperi slowly pumped air into 30 steel boxes known as sponsons that are secured to either sides of the wreck, providing for the flotation. The refloating phase was completed when the Costa Concordia reached its required draft of about 18.5 meters sometime on Tuesday, July 22, 2013, nine days after the operation began. The Costa Concordia is being towed to the port Genoa where it will be demolished and the island will be returned to its original state as though nothing ever happened.

3.9 Teen adrift gets rescued by posting SOS online
A teenager who was thrown into the sea when his boat capsized managed to post one word on Facebook, “stranded,” which ended up saving his life. His friend saw the post and alerted the Coastguard, who scrambled lifeboats and brought him to safety. The 18-year-old ran into trouble when his boat capsized off Mevagissey in Cornwall last week, while trying to paddle to the fisherman’s cove of Portmellon, about a mile to the south, UK media report. When the craft turned over, he managed to cling on and got hold of his mobile phone. The device didn’t have enough power and was too wet to dial 999, the number for the emergency services, but the batteries had just enough power to post one word on Facebook. One of his friends saw the post and phoned the boy’s mum, who then rang the Coastguard, triggering a huge rescue operation. Unsure if his attempt to alert the Coastguard was successful, and aware that his upturned boat was drifting, he tried to swim back to shore in just shorts and a T-shirt. In nearby Fowey lifeboats were taken at speed to begin a shoreline search from Portmellon towards Dodman Point. and found a young man, without a buoyancy aid or life jacket, in the water a mile from shore who had decided to swim for Blackhead. The watch manager at Brixham Coastguard, Andy Huber, said that the boy was lucky. Water temperatures were at around 14-15 degrees Celsius and the teen had been treading water for two hours, but because he was fit, he was not harmed by his ordeal. Huber said that people heading out to sea should take a VHF radio, distress flares, an emergency beacon, as well as a fully charged mobile phone in a waterproof bag.


4.1 Kite foilboard sets new Mount Gay Around Jamestown Record
In the wake of Hurricane Arthur on July 5, Zach Marks of St. Petersburg, Florida broke the Mount Gay Around Jamestown Record for all sailing craft under 32 feet. Mark’s pace fell short of the outright record by 30 seconds, which was set by the Marstrom 32 Bronco on June 11, 2014. Using his kite foilboard, Marks sailed the 20+ mile course, which passes around Conanicut Island in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, in an elapsed time of 01:03:08. Click on

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4.3 Alive Smashes Melbourne To Vanuatu Record
Tasmanian yacht Alive smashed the race record for the 1885 nautical mile ocean race across the South Pacific from Melbourne to Port Vila, the port capital of the tropical islands of Vanuatu. Owned by Phillip Turner and skippered by Duncan Hine, both members of Hobart's Derwent Sailing Squadron, Alive crossed the finish line off Port Vila at 10:22:45am (Australian Eastern Standard time) for a record-breaking elapsed time of 5 days 23 hours 52 minutes and 45 seconds. The Reichel/Pugh 66, which previously raced as Black Jack and was owned in Queensland, slashed the record of 7 days 17 hours 06 minutes and 00 seconds set by the Sydney yacht Andrew Short Marine, a Volvo 60, in the inaugural Melbourne to Vanuatu race in 2006. Alive has enjoyed fast spinnaker running conditions since the start from Portsea, just inside Port Phillip Heads. Alive has been unbeaten in offshore races since Turner, a Tasmanian businessman based in Thailand, bought the yacht earlier this year, including winning handicap honours in the Brisbane to Gladstone Race at Easter. More

4.4 New Blue Ribbon Record to 50-50
In 2012, Lake Balaton (Hungary), he had already broken the record for the Blue Ribbon Regatta, held since 1995 by Nemere II, a pretty lakeside monocoque. But this year, Fifty-Fifty did not detail: he removed the 46 edition of the classic yachts to 521 - and completed 85 mile course over 12 knots average in 7 hours 13 minutes, beating his previous record by more than three hours. Fifty-Fifty, 50-foot catamaran with double parallel rig designed and built by Paulovits Denes, head of the Hungarian site Pauger Carbon Composites, beat Naturaqua, a fan 28 helmed by Andrea Hagara, who won the Blue Ribbon four years ago. For monohulls, the winner, Raffica, luge 12.70 meters Bruce Farr design launched in 1992 and skippered by Zsolt Király, also broke the record in its class in 9:56 minutes.

5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"

5.1 Django crew rescued after rudder broken
The three sailors plucked from the J/111 Django have reached shore after their dramatic rescue on nightfall yesterday. Just 170nm from the NZ coast the yacht broke its rudder shaft, in 50kts winds and 5metre seas. The crew made a Mayday call which was picked up by the New Zealand based Rescue Co-Ordination Centre who tasked, two vessels to divert about 90nm to the location of the yacht. One was a bulk carrier, and fortunately the other was a Royal NZ Navy patrol vessel, HMNZS Otago. MNZ spokesman Neville Blakemore told Radio New Zealand there were 'extremely high seas', with waves reaching 5m, reports the NZ Herald. The first attempt to draw them in on a rescue line failed, when, with the Navy vessel lurching in four-metre swells, they felt it too dangerous to hold on. The decision to send a diver was then made. As a former Navy diver, Lieutenant Wasley was the most experienced swimmer on board, volunteering to take on the daunting task. He admitted it was a scary situation. 'Anyone who wouldn't be scared in that situation doesn't know the risks,' he said. Lieutenant Wasley was 'the best looking man I've seen for a while', said Ms Hielkema, laughing as she described seeing him reach their life raft last night. 'It was fantastic to see the face of someone who looked very capable of saving us,' she said. Full Report Here...

5.2 Wet & Windy start at Flying Dutchman Worlds
15th July: Southerly winds of up to 22 knots in gusts and heavy rain gave a stirring start to the 2014 Flying Dutchman World Championships, with many boats capsizing and suffering gear breakages. Only half of the fleet of 42 boats were still standing and able to answer the call for the second of the two races. The depleted fleet in the second race meant opportunities for those who remained, for instance Germany's Jan Lechler and Jens Salow took an 11th place in the second race after opening with a 19th place. "Championships are meant to be challenging; this was true Championship sailing", said Austria's Philipp Zingerle. Goto ISAF News at


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