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October 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
Get ready for the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta, as it marks the 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 on the Northern entrance 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 for the silver jubilee and can be purchased at the start of the regatta.
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1. EDITORIAL - AYGP returns with a vengeance...
. AUSTRAL - ASIAN NEWS - Asian Games SEA medal haul - Singapore qualifies for Rio 2016 - Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014 - Olympic sailors compete for US$200k
Up next in Asia - China Coast Regatta - Biennial Hainan Race - China Cup - 25th Raja Muda Selangor Regatta
Winning formula for Volvo Race - Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - AC35 plotting course to victory
Follow the:
Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Extreme Sailing Series - Volvo Ocean Race - 35th America's Cup
4. World Speed records
Rolex Middle Sea Race Record under threat
5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"
Two Dismasting's at EX40 Istanbul - Perils of bare boat charter - Secret Men's Business in trucking accident - Losing the damage deposit


AYGP returns with a vengeance...

Although the 2014-15 AYGP Season kicked off with Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek in July, the season proper gets underway this month with the China Coast Regatta (October 10th - 12th) and the Biennial Hainan Race (Starts October 16th). While many yachts have been undergoing optimization programs, some new boats have been purchased and others relocated to begin their 2014-15 racing campaigns.

Notable inclusions are Karl Kwok’s TP52 Team Beau Geste making an appearance in home waters and a new Kinmonth/ Burns-owned Sydney GTS43, EFG Bank Mandrake 3 bolstering the popular Flying 40 Class. Ernesto Echauz's TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial has a new Dibley designed keel and Ray Roberts TP52 OneSails Racing returns to the fold. At some regattas there could be 8 x 52 footers in action and make any regatta organisers envious of the entry list.

Last month the Olympic classes were gunning for the Rio 2016 Olympic spots at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championship and competing at the Asian Games in Incheon, Korea with distinction. Thirty nine nations secured at least one spot on the Rio start line. Although Japan and China topped the Asian rankings, Singapore's Colin Cheng in the Laser Class and Elizabeth Yin in the Laser Radial Class are the only SE Asian sailors to make the cut. The Asian Games SEA medal haul can be found in the Asian section.

On the local scene the 6th round of Liga Layar Malaysia match racing kicks off at Admiral Marina from 10 to 12 October, together with the OM Radio Controlled boats competing for the inaugural Admiral Marina Cup.

Latter in the month the action swings over to Shenzhen in China for the China Cup. While all eyes will be on the hotly contested 30 Beneteau First 40.7 one-design class there is over 100 yachts competing in multiple classes to make it the biggest event in China each year.

The Raja Muda Selangor Int. Regatta organising committee have been busy putting the finishing touches on the 25th edition of the Royal Selangor Yacht Club’s annual island hopping classic.

Goto new RMSIR websiteThey welcome past and present competitors to celebrate the silver anniversary and compete alongside the Sultan and Raja Muda of Selangor for the 2014 title. Check out the RMSIR Archive Photo Gallery that was specially compiled for the coffee table book being prepared for the occasion.

The sailing world has been eagerly awaiting the start of the Volvo Ocean Race and on the 4th October their wishes come true, with seven teams lining up for the In-Port Race in Alicante, followed by the first leg to Capetown on the 5th. Check out the Winning formula for the Volvo Race in the International section.

Rumors are spreading that the venue for the 35th America's Cup might be announced this month and the good news is that the AC45's used for the AC World Series will be modified for foiling - This must of been a no brainer.

The penultimate Extreme Sailing Series Act is in Nice, France (2-5 October) with the rivalries burning stronger than ever. Also Stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour will be contesting the Argo Group Gold Cup, (21-26 October) in Hamilton, Bermuda.

These events regularly appear on the "Unluckiest sailors of the month" award and two dismasting's at EX40 Istanbul and photo sequence on how to loose the damage deposit feature alongside the perils of bare boat charter in Phuket and the end of Aussie Secret Men's Business in a trucking accident.

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 Asian Games SEA medal haul
After 12 grueling races, Asian sailors earned their medals with national pride at the 17th Asian Games held in Incheon, Korea. The medals, however, didn’t come easy. In fact, most of the sailors were faced with strong rivals on the final day of racing. Below is the roundup of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand Asian Games medal haul.

Singapore Gold - Match Racing Team Singapore
Optimist Women’s One Person Dinghy – Jodie Lai
420 Women’s Two Person Dinghy – Kimberly Lim & Savannah Siew
Silver - 29er Women’s Two Person Dinghy – Priscilla Low & Cecilia Low
Optimist Men’s One Person Dinghy – Raynn Kwok
Bronze - Laser Men’s One Person Dinghy – Colin Cheng
420 Men’s Two Person Dinghy – Loh Jia Yi & Jonathan Yeo

Gold - International 420 Boys - Mohamad Faizal Norizan & Syukri Aziz
Silver - International 420 Girls - Nuraisyah Jamil & Umi Wahida
Silver - Laser - Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy

1 gold, 2 silver, 6 bronze

Team Singapore represented by Maxi Soh’s Team Red Dot went through to the J80 match racing finals at the 2014 Asian Games after beating Jeremy Koo’s Malaysia 3-0 and faced crowd favorite Korea in the finals after they defeated the defending champions Japan. In the petit final Japan defeated Malaysia (2-0) for the bronze medal. Singapore then made it 2-0 against Korea to take home the gold medal. The winning team is made up of Maximilian Soh, Justin Wong, Russell Kan, Andrew Paul Chan & Christopher Lim

2.2 Singapore qualifies for Rio 2016
With 23 spots up for grabs in the Laser Men class, the competition among the sailors was extremely challenging and close. After a hotly contest four-race qualification series, the 23 Laser Men places on offer were snapped up as the fleet divided up into gold, silver and bronze packs.
Singapore’s Colin Cheng successfully secured the nation a spot in the Laser event for men at the 2016 Rio Olympics when he ended the four race qualification series strongly to make the cut for the Gold Fleet.

In the Laser Radial event at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander, Spain, Elizabeth Yin successfully secured another spot for Singapore at Rio 2016 following the conclusion of the Finals series at the world championships. In the Laser Radial gold fleet, there were 35 nations competing for the 19 quota slots available from these first Rio 2016 qualifiers. The varied and testing sailing conditions in northern Spain saw frequent lead changes and tight racing. Singapore’s Elizabeth Yin, a London 2012 Olympian, ended the seven race series strongly with a consistent scoreline of 38-28-7-1-16-9-46 to finish in 19th place overall and as the 15th placed nation, secured one of the 19 country slots available.

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2.4 Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014
Will be awarded for the fifth consecutive year on December 11. Submission of the pictures officially opens on October 1, 2014. They invite photographers to join the event and to contribute to the presentation of the world’s best yacht racing photographs of the year. In order to participate, you need to register and submit your best yacht racing image from 2014 before October 26, at the following address: The detailed rules of the event are available at: Two prizes will once again be awarded: The ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’, chosen by the international jury, and the ‘public prize’, decided by the number of popular votes on the website and the participants of the World Yacht Racing Forum. The photographs submitted for the contest will be displayed on the event’s website on November 1, allowing the public to vote. The pictures will always be linked to the photographers’ name and contact details. The event is open to professional yacht racing photographers from all over the world. Its purpose is to pay tribute to their work, to provide them with a promotional platform and to help promote the sport of sailing to a wider audience. Eighty-two photographers participated in last year’s event, whilst more than one million people saw their photographs online!

2.5 Olympic sailors to compete for prize purse of US$200,000
A string of Olympic, World and Continental Champions have confirmed attendance for the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, scheduled for November 26-30 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Following the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander, Spain (September 12-21), invitations became available to sailors after they picked up one of the qualification places available at the Worlds. Prize money will be awarded to the top three overall finishers in each of the Olympic events from a total prize purse of US$200,000. More on ISAF Sailing World Cup website at

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3.1 Winning formula for Volvo Race
Getting the balance right between pushing hard and not breaking the boat - understanding what makes the boat tick and where the sweet spots are - making the right tactical calls - helming and trimming and selecting the right sail combinations - gear changing in evolving sea and wind conditions - consistency, stamina and fitness - leadership and crew deployment.

Mike Sanderson won the 2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race as skipper of ABN AMRO ONE and who has almost unrivalled experience in the race going back to the Whitbread of 1993-94, has no doubt that the simple business of driving fast will be a critical factor. He says that the difference between a merely excellent helm and a world-class one, can be enormous over hours on the water. In the last race he noticed that every boat was running out of helmsmen by the end – by which he means fewer and fewer guys were doing more and more of the driving because skippers could not afford to use second-raters even for short periods.

The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race starts October 4 and will take the 7-boat fleet to 11 cities in 11 countries – Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands, and Sweden – and will require the teams to cover 38,739 nautical miles over nearly nine months. It will be the first edition using the new one design Volvo Ocean 65 racing boats. Follow the race, play the game and everything on the Volvo Ocean Race at:

3.2 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship
The 17th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be held in San Francisco, California from 15-18 October. More than 20 yachts are expected to take part in the defining juncture of the Farr 40 racing season: a competition noted for its fierce level of competition and close racing, where success is characterized by consistency, precision and teamwork. The St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, last hosted this event in 2004; however, the Farr 40 fleet recently had the opportunity to test the famed wind and tidal conditions during September’s Rolex Big Boat Series. The current Rolex Farr 40 World Champion, Italy’s Alberto Rossi, sailing Enfant Terrible, finished second overall at the event, succumbing to Rolex Farr 40 North American Champion Alex Roepers a native of The Netherlands who skippers Plenty. Teamwork is a key component of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. The Farr 40 Class Rules are tightly drawn to create a level playing field. An amateur owner helms the boat and only four professional sailors are allowed among the usual 10-strong crew. The competing yachts are identical, required to comply with strict one-design rules concerning the number and size of sails, safety equipment, deck hardware, boat and total crew weight. As a number of the owners are significant figures in business, the event provides a unique meeting of the corporate and sporting worlds. Compatibility between an exacting owner and a driven professional tactician is essential, and stellar team work is essential. Follow at

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3.4 AC35 Teams plotting course to victory
The beginning is one of the most important times in an America's Cup campaign. Get things right in the early stages, and it will be easier later. That's the position the sailors representing the six America's Cup teams were taking during a press conference in London as they assessed how they've played the opening gambits in their campaigns for sailing's oldest prize. With the entry deadline just one month behind him, Franck Cammas is leading a new team for this America's Cup, Team France, which hopes to unite the talent and expertise in the country to build a team capable of taking on the best in the world. Speaking to a home audience, Ben Ainslie told the media his team would draw on a combination of youth and experience in building a British challenger. For Kiwi skipper Dean Barker, this America's Cup is about finding that final one-percent his team needs to get over the hump, after coming agonizingly close to victory last time. Artemis Racing too will feature a mixture of the new and the old, with Team Manager Iain Percy and helmsman Nathan Outteridge returning. But they'll be bolstered by some new blood on both the sailing and design side.

The first racing of the 35th America's Cup will take place in 2015, in the America's Cup World Series events, on AC45 wing sailed catamarans and according to Luna Rossa's Max Sirena, the boats might be converted to foiling AC45s before the first event. All of which makes the job of the defending champion that much harder. "There's no question this is the toughest line up I've ever faced going into an America's Cup," said Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA. "The talent and technology has spread out among the teams since the end of the last Cup, so it's going to be a big challenge for us. But we've got a great team. It's about getting the right people and we've got an exciting group. We're really looking forward to facing these guys on the water." Helping to make that push will be the new Commercial Commissioner, Harvey Schiller, who sees tremendous potential as the teams work together to build the event.

The next big step is nailing down a venue for 2017, with should be confirmed in October. Bermuda and San Diego are on the shortlist although it is likely both venues will be used at some point, with one hosting some build-up races and the other the finals. There are pros and cons to each as far as hosting the actual America’s Cup is concerned. Bermuda is probably better for the purists with San Diego offering more commercial potential.


4.1 Rolex Middle Sea Race Record under threat
Racing yachts have taken a quantum leap in design and speed in recent years and as a result, world records for many famous ocean races have tumbled. One record that has stood the test of time is that of George David's RP90, Rambler. In 2007, the American maxi set a time for the Rolex Middle Sea Race, which has still to be bettered - 47 hours 55 minutes and 3 seconds.This year the biggest threat to Rambler's record will come from Igor Simcic's canting keel Maxi, Esimit Europa 2, led by three-time Olympic Gold medallist Jochen Schumann. Esimit Europa 2 has taken line honours in the Rolex Middle Sea Race in three consecutive years (2010 -2012) but was unable to take part last year. Jochen Schumann believes the race record is a possibility. The 2014 edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race starting on Saturday 18th October has the largest fleet ever assembled, 120 yachts flying the flags of over 20 countries, in the 46 year history of the race. For more information and follow the race at:

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5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"

5.1 Two dismasting's at Extreme Series Istanbul
In an unprecedented opening day at the Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 in Istanbul, the public and national media witnessed some extraordinary racing, with every team pushing hard - and at times too hard, with two boats dismasting; first Groupama sailing team and then Alinghi. In near perfect sailing conditions that topped out at 20 knots, the French, with too much load on their rig at the windward mark, were the first to lose their new mast during race four, which disappointingly for the French came after their best start to an event this year. In a completely unrelated incident in the seventh and final race of the day, Alinghi suffered the same fate, with both boats now out of the water and with a long night in the pit lane to be back on the water tomorrow. Follow the televised series at:

5.2 Perils of bare boat charter
Phuket's Elite Charter Lagoon 380 cat Amarea, ran aground at Phra Nang beach and Railey Beach, Krabi. The Lagoon adverts that say "Unsinkable " boat will float with hulls 1/2 full of water. Who would by design put the propeller aft of the rudders. Possibly the sail drive diaphragms sprung when she went aground and flooded the hulls. Doesn't say much for water tight engine room bulkheads on the lagoon. There are lots off bricks in that corner. Photos from our man in Railey Luaung, founder of HOT ROCK CLIMBING.

5.3 Secret Men's Business in trucking accident
04 Sep 2014: Geoff Boettcher's modified Farr 400 Secret Men's Business 4.5 has been badly damaged in a trucking accident. The boat was being delivered back to South Australia after finishing third in IRC Division 2 at Hamilton Island Race Week. No further details of the accident are known, but the boat is a write-off, destroying Boettcher's summer campaign

5.4 Losing the damage deposit
Photo sequence taken at the 2014 U.S. Qualifying Series for the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Photos taken by - Stephen Cloutier /


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