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September 2014 - AsianYachting News and Views

Goto 2014 - 15 AYGP Events
2014-15 AYGP Events
China Coast Regatta
(October 10th - 12th)
Biennial Hainan Race
(Starts October 16th)
25th Raja Muda Selangor Regatta
(November 14th -22nd)


Goto new RMSIR websiteCelebrating 25th Raja Muda Regatta
This year’s edition of the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta, marks its silver jubilee and organisers are keen for past participants to return for the gala celebration. The Sultan Of Selangor and the Raja Muda are returning to the competitor lineup and would like to meet up with sailors they have met over the years. An amended Notice of Race has been released, with Pulah Indah Marina providing yacht berthing in Port Klang and a water taxi service ferrying sailors to and from RSYC. The start of the first race returns to the familiar location close to North Port and the Awards Dinner in Penang will return to the atmospheric heritage site of Koo Kongsi. In Langkawi racing goes back to Kuah Harbour and the RMSIR is headquartered at the Bella Vista Waterfront Resort and Spa. They urge all competitors, to mark Nov 14 to 22 on their sailing calendar. A coffee table book has been commissioned and they are presently searching for past photos and interesting stories from the early years to be included.
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1. EDITORIAL - Asian success on International scene...
. AUSTRAL - ASIAN NEWS - Singapore strikes Olympic Gold - Sail to Naka Yai for "Bart's Bash" - Thailand bans Alcohol Sponsorship - Jeremy Koo wildcard at Dutch Match Cup - Clash of Titans at Liga Layar - Darwin Ambon Race Record broken - Pirates attack tanker North of Tioman
Up next in Asia - China Coast Regatta - Biennial Hainan Race - 25th Raja Muda Selangor Regatta
Six Pack for America's Cup 35 - 1,552 sailors, 554 clubs on Bart’s Bash - Team Vestas Wind coming together - Kong & Black return to Dongfeng lineup
Follow the:
Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Extreme Sailing Series - Volvo Ocean Race - 35th America's Cup
4. World Speed records
5 new World Records on Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"
T-Bone in Cardiff Extreme 40’s - Yachts collide & sink in Nantucket - Damage to rigs, rudders and reputations - Lightwave Raider starts with capsize - Yvan Bourgnon's Challenge Cat explodes


Asian success on the International scene...

Although the recent Nanjing Youth Olympic Games and forthcoming Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, fly under the mainstream media radar, they are responsible for the tremendous growth of youth sporting pursuits in Asia and provide an excellent stepping stone for Asian sportsmen and women to compete at an International level and gauge their performance for further participation in the sport. Singapore Sailing Team’s Bernie Chin and Samantha Yom made history by finishing strongly and claimed Singapore’s first ever Olympic Gold medals in Nanjing

With the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championship looming on the horizon, large numbers are now gunning for a Rio 2016 Olympic place. The Singapore, Malaysian and Thai sailing associations are the most active in SE Asia and have enjoyed considerable success recently.

On the international match racing scene, Jeremy Koo's Sime Darby Foundation/KRT (MAS) earned a wildcard entry for the Dutch Match Cup (Sept 24 – 28) Stage 5 of Alpari World Match Racing Tour and Maxi Soh's Team Red Spot have been churning the waters at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club at the Knickerbocker Cup and aiming to earn their Tour card this year.

After four rounds Jeremy Koo has clean sweeped the Liga Layar Malaysia (LLM) standings and is likely to be the Malaysian team invited to contest the season ending Monsoon Cup. Would be good to see both these teams going head to head in Terengganu

While regatta organisers are getting ready for their event, some good news is filtering in. Karl Kwok’s all-conquering TP52 Team Beau Geste is making their way to Hong Kong and planning an assault on the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year titles. Ben Copely has traded the Reichel Pugh 45 Katsu for TP52 Team Origin and will be competing latter in the 2014-15 AYGP Season. Winning the Samui Regatta has stirred Neil Pryde into action and Kosie has been overseeing major weight transfer, from the hull to the keel and are looking forward to getting back amongst it, within an expanded Racing Class fleet.

Geoff Hill's Santa Cruz 72 Antipodes set a new 600nm Darwin to Ambon Race IRC Monohull record of 61:02hours, beating Gurth Curran’s time of 64:05hr set in 2011 on Walk on the Wildside. Jon Wardill's Cassidy 55 Australian Maid saw the King of the Ambon Race crown temporarily dislodged and both boats are on the way to meet again at the Raja Muda.

Goto new RMSIR websiteThis year’s Raja Muda Selangor Int. Regatta, is the 25th edition of the Royal Selangor Yacht Club’s annual coastal, island hopping classic, has already attracted over 40 expressions of interest to celebrate the silver anniversary. Past winners and sailors old and new will be competing alongside the Sultan and Raja Muda of Selangor for the 2014 title. They will need some extra stamina to keep up with the extensive celebrations being planned from port to port.

Thailand is running hot and cold lately - The good news is that Sail to Naka Yai In Phuket is being organised for "Bart's Bash" and the bad news comes as the Thai military government bans Alcohol Sponsorship. Malaysians have to watch out as Pirates have attacked an oil tanker just North of Pulau Tioman.

The International scene is littered with comments on the Six Pack for 35th America's Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race preparations - Team Vestas Wind coming together and China's Kong & Black return to the Dongfeng lineup. Also an estimated 1,552 sailors from 554 clubs around the world, will be sailing on "Bart’s Bash" (Sunday 21 Sept). See how?

Five new World Records on the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race and a big line up of "Unluckiest sailors of the month"

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 Singapore strikes Olympic Gold
Singapore Sailing Team’s Bernie Chin and Samantha Yom made history by finishing strongly and claimed Singapore’s first ever Olympic Gold medals in Nanjing. Bernie Chin held his lead and his nerve going into the final day of racing to place 5th in the final race, which counted as double points and non-discardable, well clear of his nearest threat Brazilian Pedro Correa. Adding another historic Gold medal to the tally was Samantha Yom, in the girl’s division. Samantha started well and was constantly in the medal positions throughout the week. She went into the final race, trailing her Dutch competitor Odile van Aanholt by 4 points. A clean and inspiring race saw her finishing ahead of the Dutch, and with sufficient point difference to overhaul the series leader and sail home with Gold! This serves as a good barometer of the quality of junior and youth sailors who have been emerging from Singapore Sailing Federation’s revamped developmental programs since 2010. Goto Full Story and check out the Video on how the sailing medals were won at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Here...

2.2 Sail to Naka Yai for "Bart's Bash"
The Andrew Simpson Foundation has organized a memorial sail (Bart's Bash) for Bart Simpson who passed away in the Americas cup Challenge. They have over 500 Yacht Clubs signed up worldwide to all race on the 21st September 2014. The Ao Chalong Yacht Club is a registered club for this event and are organizing two races on Sunday 21 Sep. The First race will start off Koh Naka Yai and finish in Chalong Bay. The second race will start off Koh Naka Yai and finish back at Koh Naka Yai. Both races will share the same start. They encourage sail and power boats that prefer not to race to take part by sailing to Koh Naka Yai on the Saturday and joining us for dinner at the Tenta Nakara Resort. Race start time will be 10.05 on Sunday the 21st September. Pic is of Tenta Nakara Resort - displaying a message close to all yachties' hearts... All the details and contacts at:

2.3 Thailand bans Alcohol Sponsorship
The new Thai government began enforcing regulations on how alcohol brands can advertise domestically. As a result, overnight, rights holders have lost a valuable category and alcohol brands themselves are going to have to toe the line with their marketing efforts in the nation.For 2014, ASN forecasts a loss of about US$6m in the marketplace as certain sponsorships will have to be pulled. The rights holders will have to look for another category to plug a revenue gap, adopt other revenue generating mechanisms (ticketing, content monetisation etc), or be forced to reduce the scale of their platforms if they are not willing to wear loss of sponsorship revenue. Theoretically the "Alcohol Control Act (2008)^" is supposed to put a dent on the dominance of Singha (Boon Rawd Brewery) and Chang (ThaiBev) will simply switch to using their non-alcoholic beverage brands - e.g. their mineral water and carbonated drink spin-offs - and carry on as normal. But for the challenger brands, they lack the ability to sidestep the regulations with inoffensive sub-brands. Take for example Mount Gay Rum with domestic sponsorship in the form of sailing. With practically all promotional activities deemed illegal, the less established brands can't all deploy sub-brands to work-around the ruling. Their only recourse might be to play the "sponsor-the-overseas-platform-with-domestic-broadcast" card. But that's not cheap, and it still doesn't allow these brands to create emotional connections with consumers in Thailand... as we all know, logos don't create the engagement. Full story Here...

2.4 Jeremy Koo wildcard at Dutch Match Cup
Lelystad, Netherlands (August 24, 2014) – After a weekend of spectacular sailing, with weather conditions looking like four seasons in one day as umpire Craig Mitchell mentioned, both Arthur Herreman (FRA) and Jeremy Koo's Sime Darby Foundation/KRT (MAS) left the venue of Bataviahaven with a wildcard for the Dutch Match Cup, which will take place from September 24 – 28 this year, is stage 5 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Herreman and Koo showed this weekend at Lelystad, Holland, that they are on their way to the top of international match racing. - More on Scuttlebutt Here...

2.5 NEW MODEL Lipari 41 Evolution at Multihull Solutions – order now in time for high season!
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2.6 Clash of Titans at Liga Layar
Putrajaya (August 10): The curtains closed on the Putrajaya edition of Liga Layar Malaysia (LLM) 2014 with Jeremy Koo extending his winning streak and topped the standings after four rounds. Rain and wind played havoc with the schedule during the final races which saw one abandoned due to a 180-degree wind shift in a clash of the titans between Koo and his Sime Darby Foundation – KRT team and Mohd Masyuri Rahmat of the Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team, which Koo emerged triumphant. “There was one race abandoned which we were leading but there was nothing much we could do since it was decided by the umpires,” Koo said. “We are improving our skills and getting better at each leg. For this leg, there are 10 teams and this is a challenge for us,” he added. Masyuri and his navy boys once again played second-fiddle to Koo, despite making things even in the second race of the finals. “We gave a good fight in the second race but unfortunately lost the final race,” said Masyuri, who added that he and his team had enjoyed their experience sailing in the lake of Marina Putrajaya, a fresh change from the usual coastal sailing. In the petit-finals meanwhile, Mohd Faizal Norizan, skippering the MYA/MSN team, topped Rizal Mahadi Sazili of RSYC/Setiawest for third place. The LLM circuit will continue in Melaka in early September and Port Dickson in October.

2.7 Darwin Ambon Race Record broken
Geoff Hill's Santa Cruz 72 Antipodes set a new Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race & Rally record of 61 hours and 3 minutes, roughly 2.5 hours inside the previous record arriving at 3 minutes past 12. Next boat on the 600nm downwind sleigh ride was John Punch's Stealth 1250 Nautilus Darwin (Formerly Sidewinder from Alan Carwardine's stable in Phuket) 28nm behind Antipodes and claimed the Multihull line and handicap honours, in front of Ross McCombe's very sleek Schionning Waterline 1480 Freedom Express. Jon Wardill's Australian Maid arrived in 3rd place but John Mulkearns' Bavaria 38 Match Gameset becomes the overall IRC winner on their first attempt and relegates Jon Wardill's Australian Maid (King of the Ambon Race) to second and Geoff Hill's Santa Cruz 72 Antipodes down to 3rd overall. Good time had by all...

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2.9 Pirates attack oil tanker North of Tioman
On 28 Aug 14 at or about 2040 hrs, six pirates armed with guns boarded a Thailand- registered oil product tanker, V.L. 14 at approximately 30 nm north of Pulau Tioman (03° 24’ N, 104° 04.80’ E). The vessel of 1074 GT was enroute from Singapore to Bangkok, carrying 1,296 tonnes of lube oil. The pirates also stole the crew’s personal belongings, damaged the navigational and communication system before they left V.L. 14 at or about 0400 hrs on 29 Aug 14. The crew repaired the windlass back to service temporarily, heaved up the anchor, sailed towards Pulau Tioman and reported the incident to the company. The crew was not injured. Upon receiving the report about the incident from the ship owner on 29 Aug 14, the ReCAAP ISC alerted the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and triggered the ReCAAP Focal Point (Thailand) to follow up with the investigation of the incident.


3.1 Six Pack for America's Cup 35
It’s official - The America’s Cup defender, Oracle Team USA and the Golden Gate Yacht Club have accepted five challengers. One British, one Swedish, one Italian, one French, and one at last from the New Zealanders bent on redemption. The cast is full of larger-than-life characters: the great Ben Ainslie, the imposing Iain Percy, the feisty Max Sirena, the gracious Dean Barker, and the calculated AC first-timer Franck Cammas. They have a protocol in place, but not a venue, but still, they’ve all paid the entry fee and have been vetted. The first payment, which all have made, is non-refundable - One million goes to the Regatta Officials Fund, $25,000 to ACPI (America’s Cup Properties Incorporated, which owns the trademark) and $50,000 to a website contribution. Goto the teams official statements and videos Here... and stay in tune with more updates from Jack Griffin's Cup Experience at

3.2 - 1,552 sailors from 554 clubs on Bart’s Bash
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation charity is proud to welcome you to Bart’s Bash, a global sailing race and fundraising event at your local sailing club on Sunday 21 September 2014. Bart’s Bash will be joining together thousands of worldwide sailors in a race to set a new Guinness World Record, raise money for charity, inspire the next generation and remember Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, Gold & Silver Olympic medallist and America’s Cup sailor. The inaugural Bart’s Bash is a sailing race that will be run by sailing clubs all around the world on behalf of the charity, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Each sailing club will sail an individual Bart’s Bash race at their location (with certain set requirements to meet our world record criteria). It is the major fundraising event for the Foundation and we are asking people to raise money to support our charitable work. It is for this cause that we are suggesting people could pay a £5 donation to take part. The race details will be set locally by each club, but are not onerous – at a bare minimum, to meet the world record rules, the course will need to be over 1km and you must sail for more than 15 minutes. We expect many clubs to use one of their normal Sunday morning races as their Bart’s Bash race - subject to any adjustments needed for the world record and event criteria. Full details on how your club can join at

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3.4 Team Vestas Wind coming together
ALICANTE, Spain, September 1 – Chris Nicholson’s Team Vestas Wind crew will enter the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 with less time to prepare than any of their rivals but brimming with experience combined with youthful energy. The Australian skipper is banking on the tried and tested including two sailors with seven Volvo Ocean Races under their belts already – New Zealanders Tony Rae and Rob Salthouse – in his crew announced today. The pair is joined by two other crew members with Race experience, Dutch navigator Wouter Verbraak and the first Argentine to be named for this year’s race, Maciel Cichetti. Nicholson will also have plenty of new talent on board with 23-year-old Australian Tom Johnson joining Danish Volvo Ocean Race first-timers Nicolai Sehested and Peter Wibroe. To complete the team, Irish film-maker and photographer Brian Carlin will be responsible for bringing the story of Team Vestas Wind to millions of fans around the world as Onboard Reporter. Said Nicholson: “We need a crew with plenty of guys on board who know exactly what the Volvo Ocean Race is all about, guys who can hit the ground running and help make us competitive in the shortest time possible. And we also need a team that can gel quickly because this race more than ever before, will be about teamwork and making the right decisions together.” Full story and Team Roundups at

3.5 Kong & Black return to Dongfeng lineup
It is 36 days to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 and Dongfeng Race Team have officially recruited two more Chinese sailors, the Chinese Yachting Association’s former Finn sailor, Kong Chencheng (Kong) and Liu Xue (Black). Both sailors had been selected previously, but for different reasons had pulled out of the programme. Participating in the Volvo Ocean Race is not something you choose to do lightly. You have to want it, like really, really want it. But they have shown determination and resilience in returning and have been welcomed by the Skipper Charles Caudrelier with open arms. This means there are now a total of six Chinese sailors in Dongfeng Race Team, who will rotate onboard during the race. There will be 3 Chinese sailors onboard on the start line in Alicante. More at:

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4.1 - 5 new records on Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
The World Sailing Speed Record Council have announced the establishment of five new World Records, all of which were claimed during the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.

Averaging 23.48 kts over the 1773 NM course, Sidney Gavignet and a crew of 6 on the MOD 70 Trimaran, Oman Sail-Musandam, crossed the finish line of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race at 12.42.36 BST on 14th August. With an elapsed time of 3 days, 03 hours, 32 minutes, 36 seconds, this breaks the previous Outright World Record, by 16 minutes, 38 seconds. The previous record was set in July 2011 by Loick Peyron (FRA) on Banque Populaire 5 at 3 days, 3 hours, 49 minutes and 14 seconds

The Around Britain and Ireland, Monohull Record goes to Ian Wallker (GBR) VO65 Azzam-Abu Dhabi Racing, With an Average speed of 16.24 kts they took 4 days, 13 hours, 10 minutes and 28 seconds to complete the 1773 NM race course. The previous record was set by Franck Cammas (FRA) Groupama on August 2010 at 5 days, 21 hours, 26 minutes and 55 seconds

Goto Video Highlights of the Record Breaking Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 Here...

Sam Davies (GBR) and the all women crew on VO65 SCA, scored the Outright Women Record on the Around Britain and Ireland Race. By starting at 09:10:00 on 11 August 2014 and finishing at 06:10:39 on 16 August 2014. With an average speed of 15.15 kts they clocked in with an elapsed time: 4 days, 21 hours, 00 minutes and 39 seconds over the 1773 NM course. The previous record was held by Dee Caffari (GBR) Avivia, set in June 2009 at 6 days, 11 hours, 30 minutes and 53 seconds, who is a crew member onboard SCA.

Goto World Sailing Speed Record Council website -

Also getting in on the act, Brian Thompson's (GBR) IMOCA60 Artemis-Team Endeavour set a new record for the Around Britain and Ireland, Monohull 60ft and less class. Between 11 to 16 August they averaged 13.23 kts and set an Elapsed Time of 5 days, 14 hours and 54 seconds. The Previous record was held by Marc Guillemot (FRA) Safran, on June 2011, at 6 days, 9 hours, 49 minutes and 10 seconds

And finally the World Sailing Speed Record Council announced the establishment of a new World Record. Between 11th and 20th August 2014, Roderick Knowles Class 40 Swish (GBR), and a crew of 3, claimed the Around Britain and Ireland, Monohull 40ft and less record. With an Elapsed time of 8 days 19 hours 6 minutes and 49 seconds over the 1773 NM course at an average speed of 8.4 kts. Previous record held by Ned Collier-Wakefield’s Concise 2 (GBR) on Aug 10 9d 13h 32m 20s

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5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"

5.1 T-Bone in Cardiff Extreme 40’s
By the ninth and final race of the day, the breeze was up and Race Management made the decision to remove guest sailors. Shortly after at the top of the track, GAC Pindar couldn’t hold back the pace during a tight mark rounding to keep clear of Groupama sailing team, careering into the side of the French boat on port, going from 10 knots to a standstill in seconds, leaving both teams with a long night ahead as they fight to get back on the water tomorrow. The Olympic gold medallist at the helm of GAC Pindar, Nathan Wilmot, explained what happened: “There was a group of around five boats coming into the top mark, we tried to go around Groupama sailing team with a few boats to leeward of us and we didn’t quite get far enough and we went through the side of them. We have a little damage to our port bow and snapped our pole, so not too bad: just a little bit of a repair to get done. Groupama sailing team had half a bow in the side of their boat so they’ve got a little more on than us unfortunately.” Groupama sailing team skipper Franck Cammas added: “When we realized that GAC Pindar was trying to pass behind us bearing away, we knew that they were going to crash into us. The damage on the boat is quite substantial, which is a real shame. We are going to do our best to fix the boat on time but we are not sure whether we will be able to race tomorrow.”

5.2 Yachts collide & sink in Nantucket
By Kaitlin Flanigan
09 Aug 2014: No one was injured after a 40-foot sailboat crashed into another boat and sank in Nantucket Harbor in Massachusetts Friday morning, authorities said. U.S. Coast Guard officials say the sailboat contacted the Harbormaster just before 11 a.m. Friday after colliding with another boat and taking on water. The U.S. Coast Guard's rescue unit responded to the scene and pulled four crew members out of the water, officials said. The uninjured crew members were taken back to the Coast Guard station, officials said, and the sailboat was marked. Both vessels involved in the collision belong to a local yacht club, which is handling the salvage, authorities said.

5.3 Damage to rigs, rudders and reputations
The weather models said there would be wind and rain, and they were right as the south-east kicked up around Pioneer Bay for Day 1 of the Vision Surveys 25th Airlie Beach Race Week. Many boats and crew suffered from the gusty conditions as the record 135 boat fleet raced the traditional first day Cones Armit Race. Cruising Non Spinnaker entrant, Peter Harrison’s Rumgutz with its usually jovial Whitsunday Sailing Club crew, came off the worst as the boat tipped over adjacent to Double Cone Island. It was a long, arduous tow back to Airlie Beach for the team on the rescue boat as the breeze continue to pump in and the rain returned. Regatta Director Denis Thompson said “It was pretty wooly out at the Cones. It was gusting to 30 knots out there. I haven’t heard the full story from Rumgutz about what happened, but they did lose their keel and the boat turned over. We had one of our support boats alongside them in very short time and got people off and took them ashore”. Three other boats lost their masts including Sports Boat division’s Conquistador and Jonathon Smith’s 24 footer, Fallen Angels, which lost its rig just before the finish line. Jeffrey Brown’s Performance Division entry, I Believe, lost their rudder. The New Zealand boys on tour team on the chartered Sea Fox were another crew to head home early after suffering sail damage. A few more retirements were recorded during the afternoon as more of the fleet struggled to sail the long course in the breeze that pumped across Pioneer Bay and out at the islands. Gusts of 29 knots were seen regularly in both locations.

5.4 Lightwave Raider starts with capsize
The first day of the Sunshine Coast Ocean Regatta (SCOR) series got off to a tough start on Monday 4th August with strong winds gusting up to 30 kts and waves up to 2.5 m. The fleet started well and were heading to the first mark when the wind claimed its first casualty. Jamio Morris’ 'Lightwave Raider' a 9.2m catamaran got off to a great start and was flying when the combination of gusty wind and waves caused the boat to capsize. Fortunately none of the crew was hurt. It was good to see other yachts in the fleet leave the race to assist the crew of 'Lightwave Raider' and standby until the Race Committee vessel and the Coastguard arrived. 'Lightwave Raider' was not the only yacht to experience difficulty and a number of boats unfortunately were forced to retire.

5.5 Yvan Bourgnon's Challenge Cat explodes
Very big scare for Yvan Bourgnon, who lost his boat on a beach in Sri Lanka. The skipper is safe. He started in Les Sables d'Olonne on the first round the world with stopovers on his sport catamaran just over 6m long. Left on July 12 from Bali for a crossing of the Indian Ocean some 2,700 miles toward the Maldives (the second longest crossing since leaving). For the time being Yvan Bourgnon must stop his adventure there. After experiencing good sailing conditions in the days that followed his departure from Bali, Yvan Bourgnon then met with many difficulties, first breaking a wire stay. Back in the Northern Hemisphere, conditions did not improve, with winds of 70 km / h and at least 4 meter waves. Fearing damage to his catamaran would capsize he decided to head for Sri Lanka. Approaching the port Galle, where he planned to dock, Yvan Bourgnon activated the autopilot to sleep for a few minutes and headed out to sea. Awakened by the surf and experiencing huge waves crashing on the rocks, Yvan abandoned the boat. Following this dramatic incident and the destruction of his boat, the skipper has vowed to continue the adventure: "Only 5,000 miles remains to go in protected waters (Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea) before crossing the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne. I think the worst is behind me. " He will leave Sri Lanka in the coming months. To do this, he must find new funding. Find all the info about the challenge of Yvan Bourgnon Here...


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