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CONTENTS

1. EDITORIAL - Bring on the future...
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. AUSTRAL - ASIAN NEWS - Eric Bellion's Vendée Globe - Kiwi’s to peddle their way to AC victory - PSA awards Philippine Sailing Team - GC32 Champs & Extreme Series in Oman - Softbank Team Japan launch ACC yacht - Eight bells for Rexa... - Victory for Philippine Sailing again - Sanya awarded 2017 Youth World Champs - Clipper Race stopover at Sanya
Up next in Asia - HK to San Fernando Race - Commodore's Cup - Top of the Gulf - Samui Regatta
3. INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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Flourish of ACC 50ft cats launched - Xabi returns as MAPFRE cap’n - VOR Legends Race finish in The Hague - Nowhere to hide in 52 Series
Follow the:
35th America's Cup - Vendee Globe - Volvo Ocean Race - 52 Super Series
4. World Speed records
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IDEC twice as fast as original Jules Verne record
5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"
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Iker Martinez crash in Mallorca Tour - Vendée Globe: So Close Yet So Far - Conrad Colman thoughts after incredible performance

1. EDITORIAL - Bring on the future...

Still coming to grips, with all the round the world records broken lately and as the final stragglers complete the Vendee Globe, plenty of personal stories to tell and everyone has their own extraordinary racing achievement to celebrate. As far as we're concerned, they are all heroes despite their eventual placing. Two lead stories in World Speed Records and Austral Asian Sections this month have struck a chord - IDEC twice as fast as original Jules Verne record and learn from Eric Bellion "As he takes it, to the limit of fear, suffering, happiness, joy… There is only the Vendée Globe that allows you to do that"

Meanwhile back home, Philippine Sailing achievements take center stage. First up the Philippine Sports Association awarding a citation to the Philippine Sailing Team skippered by Ridgely Balladares, for dominating the DBS Marina Bay Cup in Singapore. Then the stakes got higher as the Asian Yachting Grand Prix yachts entered Philippine Waters, to contest the blue water classic, Subic Bay to Boracay Race and Boracay Cup. Judes Echauz’s TP52 Centennial III helmed by Ridgely Balladares, turned back a frantic finishing kick by Ray Ordoveza’s Karakoa, to complete its date with destiny by one point and become the first ever team to win three straight titles.

Sadly while this was going on, Eight bells sounded for young Rexa on the organising team and as Skipper Judes Echauz expressed how proud he was for the feat achieved by his all-Filipino crew, to guide them to another victory for the country, against top-notch International teams, kindly dedicated the victory for Philippine Sailing, in Rexa's honour.

Other AUSTRAL - ASIAN NEWS include the Kiwi’s to peddle their way to AC victory - Follow the GC32 Champs & Extreme Series as they kick off in Oman and Softbank Team Japan launch their ACC yacht in Bermuda.

Aggressive marketing by Hainan province has resulted in Sanya being awarded the 2017 Youth World Champs and host the Clipper Race stopover for the next two editions.

A very busy couple of months coming up to conclude the 2016-17 AYGP and online entries are open for the HK to San Fernando Race - Commodore's Cup - Top of the Gulf and Samui Regatta's

International News - Flourish of ACC 50ft cats being launched - Xabi Fernandez returns as Cap’n of MAPFRE - VOR Legends Race to finish in The Hague and there is Nowhere to hide in the 52 Super Series.

After months of record breaking achievements, there is only one article in the World Speed Records section and appropriately for the greatest achievement to date - Francis Joyon's IDEC Sport is twice as fast as original Jules Verne record and even more impressive, they lopped more than 10% off Banque Populaire V‘s time. Unreal...

"Unluckiest sailors of the month" Watch Iker Martinez M32 mast crashes on the Mallorca Tour - Vendée Globe: So Close Yet So Far and Kiwi Conrad Colman shares his thoughts after an incredible performance when the mast came down 700+ miles from the finish.

For your convenience, news on all these events, together with accompanying photos & videos, web links and much, much more can be found below.
Wishing you enjoyable sailing and stay safe, where ever you may roam...
Capt Marty Rijkuris

2. AUSTRAL - ASIAN NEWS

2.1 Eric Bellion's Vendée Globe
The 40 year old skipper who had only sailed two, separate weeks solo before he started the longest, toughest single handed race there is, exceeded all expectations, perhaps most of all his own, as he crossed the finish line in 9th place. He is the first rookie, Vendée Globe first timer, to finish this edition of the race. In the final low pressure system, I felt really alone. Totally alone. When you have overcome that it's extraordinary. You have finally understood something. The Vendée Globe is something everyone can do, if they really want it. I took it to the limit of fear, suffering, happiness, joy… There is only the Vendée Globe that allows you to do that"

2.2 Kiwi’s to peddle their way to AC victory
Instead of conventional grinding pedestals the Kiwi AC50 launched today, features cycle grinding pedestals, which allow the crew to use their more powerful leg muscles to grind and provide the power for the AC50 systems. Sailing in winds below the minimum wind limit of 6kts and at times only 4kts, ETNZ AC50 lifted onto her foils effortlessly and stayed foil bourne for a kilometer or so, without touching the water. On the return run downwind, she again climbed slowly onto her foils over a period of 2-3 seconds and then stayed foiling without touch down. What did I tell u about the Kiwi’s? After all they invented AC foiling in the first place...

2.3 PSA awards Philippine Sailing Team
Citation from the Philippine Sports Association, to the six-man Philippine Sailing Team, skippered by Ridgely Balladares, for dominating the DBS Marina Bay Cup in Singapore. Balladares added “Two years in a row, thanks PSA for this award. But most of all, big thanks goes to main sponsor Standard Insurance.”

2.4 GC32 Champs & Extreme Series in Oman
A joint gathering of the international fleets of GC32 one design foiling catamarans is taking place at the GC32 Championship in Muscat, Oman from 27 February to 5 March 2017. This is the first occasion ever that the GC32 Racing Tour and the Extreme Sailing Series fleets have combined to lock horns on the race course. The GC32 Championship 2017 will be one of the largest ever gatherings of one design foiling catamarans. The GC32 Championship 2017 will be held out of the Al Mouj Marina (aka The Wave, Muscat; for many years sponsor of a team on the Extreme Sailing Series), on the outskirts of Muscat, where Oman Sail has its headquarters from Tuesday, 28 February until Sunday, 5 March. Run by the GC32 International Class Association, the joint organising authority with Extreme Sailing Series organisers, OC Sport, and hosted by Oman Sail. The event will precede Act 1 of the Extreme Sailing Series which takes place over 8-11 March. More details at http://www.gc32championship.com

2.5 Softbank Team Japan launch ACC yacht
SoftBank Team Japan have become the fifth America's Cup team to launch their America's Cup Class (ACC) yacht. The yacht, named "Hikari", was unveiled at the team's base in Bermuda in front of a crowd which included team members, guests from Bermuda, Japan and around the world. The name "Hikari", which means "flash of light" was chosen from over 430 entries by fans in a competition run throughout Japan by SoftBank Corp in the lead-up to the yacht's unveiling. After pouring a ceremonial "masu" (a traditional measuring cup made of Cyprus to serve sake) of Hakkaisan Sake over the bow of the new yacht, Tatsuro Kurisaka, Vice President of the Communications Division of SoftBank Corp., revealed the name to the public for the first time and then, with the crowd looking on, Shinto Priest Kai Guji then performed a Japanese Oharai purification ceremony for the new boat. Kai Guji travelled to Bermuda from Kagoshima, Japan and brought with him special talismans he had collected from several different Japanese Shinto shrines to bless the sailors, the yacht, and the weather.

2.5 Eight bells for Rexa...
It is with deep regret and sorrow to announce that our beloved Rexa, an energetic, hardworking and dedicated staff member of the Subic Bay to Boracay Race and the Boracay Cup Regatta for the past several years passed away due to CVA. During lunch last Monday in preparation for the Regatta evening festivities, when she complained of getting disorientated and went back to her room with another staff member where she later had a seizure. She was immediately rushed to the nearby hospital in Boracay and was stabilized and transferred to a hospital in Aklan for a CT Scan. A blood clot was found in her brain which was caused by an aneurysm. That same evening, while in the ICU, she had another seizure and lapsed into a coma. She was moved to a hospital in Iloilo where she eventually passed-away. She was only 31. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to her husband Teej, parents and family. We are praying for the eternal repose of her soul.

2.6 Victory for Philippine Sailing again
The stakes were high as the fleet of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix yachts entered Philippine Waters, to contest the blue water classic, Subic Bay to Boracay Race and Boracay Cup. Judes Echauz’s Centennial III turned back a frantic finishing kick by Rey Ordoveza’s Karakoa to complete its date with destiny by one point, in the Subic Bay to Boracay Race-Boracay Cup Regatta and become the first ever team to win three straight titles in the eighth-year history of the event. Skipper Judes Echauz expressed how proud he was for the feat achieved by his all-Filipino crew that steered the boat to another victory. He added the victory of Centennial III is also a victory for the country, considering top-notch International teams from Asian powerhouse Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, along with Great Britain competed in the six-day meet “We call it Standard Insurance Centennial II, but it’s the boat that really represents the Philippine team,” said Echauz, also president of the Philippine Sailing Association (PSA). “So, whenever we win, it’s the win by the Philippine team.”

2.7 Sanya awarded 2017 Youth World Champs
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, is pleased to announce that Sanya, China will host the 2017 edition of the Youth Sailing World Championships. As the premier event in youth sailing, more than 400 sailors from over 60 nations are expected to compete on the waters off Hainan Island from 09-16 December 2017. The 2017 selection process opened in November 2016 after the Israeli Sailing Association exercised the right to withdraw from hosting the 2017 edition as a final contract had not been concluded. World Sailing received bids from Mar del Plata, Argentina, Melbourne, Australia and Sanya, China. The Youth Worlds Evaluation Panel made the recommendation of Sanya, China to World Sailing's Board of Directors who approved the selection. On the awarding of Sanya, Kim Andersen, World Sailing President, commented, "World Sailing is thrilled to take the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships to the city of Sanya this December. The Youth Worlds is where stars of the future are born and Sanya will provide the best young sailors with an opportunity to showcase their skills and talent.

2.8 Clipper Race stopover at Sanya
15 January 2017: Sanya, the energetic fast-developing holiday resort and sailing centre on Hainan Island in the south of China, has been signed up as a first-time Team Partner and Host Port for the next two editions of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, through to 2020. Sir Robin signed the agreement with Sanya today (Wednesday 15 February 2017) in a press conference and ceremony hosted by the Mayor of the city at the award-winning Sanya Serenity Marina, where the fleet will be berthed: "I am very pleased to welcome Sanya as a Host Port and Team Partner. This is a beautiful resort in the south of China, with excellent marina facilities and a strong sailing heritage; I'm confident that our crew, partners and supporters will enjoy their time here. "We also look forward to taking the name of Sanya around the world on their team yacht to attract even more international tourists to come here to discover everything the city has to offer." Sanya was impressed by the Clipper Race’s strong reputation as a successful global marketing platform to showcase the city on the world stage.

3. INTERNATIONAL NEWS

3.1 Flourish of ACC 50ft cats launched
In 2017 in Bermuda, the 35th American’s Cup has attracted six teams (5 challengers and 1 defender) that will compete in the new 15-meter AC Class. Five teams have launched their race boats so far, with the French Team still to come. Challengers for the America's Cup will race on a tightly defined course of just a few miles at speeds that could reach 60mph. There will only be six crew onboard the 15 meter America's Cup Class, while exact roles will vary from team to team, there are essentially only three positions: helm, wing trimmer, and grinder. The boat will fly over the surface supported by high-tech hydrofoils, and while there will be just 67m of rope on board, there will be 130m of hydraulic pipes, and over 1200m of electronic and electrical cabling connecting 190 sensors and four video cameras – all in a 15m boat! This is no longer just about naval architecture, the design and engineering war is fought on all fronts; systems, electronics, hydraulics, computers and software.

3.2 Xabi returns as MAPFRE cap’n
Spain's Olympic gold medallist Xabi Fernandez will return to skipper MAPFRE in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18. The 40-year-old Basque sailor, who has taken part in the Volvo Ocean Race four times previously, won Olympic gold in Athens 2004, and followed that up with a silver in 2008 - both times alongside his long-term sailing partner Iker Martínez. The two men shared leadership duties during MAPFRE's 2014-15 campaign but with Iker making the decision to focus on other professional projects, Xabi will take sole charge of the Spanish boat this time. Xabi will return to the Volvo Ocean Race after finishing his work for Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup campaign, Land Rover BAR. He has previously competed in the Volvo Ocean Race onboard Movistar in 2005-06, Telefonica Blue in 2008-09, and Telefonica in 2011-12, before joining MAPFRE for the last edition.

3.3 VOR Legends Race finish in The Hague
GOTHENBURG, Sweden – The Volvo Ocean Race will celebrate 45 years of history with a Legends Race on the final leg of the 2017-18 edition from Gothenburg to The Hague. Any yacht to have featured in the Whitbread Round the World Race or Volvo Ocean Race, dating back to 1973-74, will be welcome to join the 2018 Legends Race. The race will be run over the same course, and around the same time, as the closing leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, which starts from Gothenburg on 21 June. Among those participating will be Tracy Edwards MBE, who skippered the all-female Maiden team to two leg victories in their class in the 1989-90 race and is planning to reunite her crew and the boat for the 2018 race. “The Legends Race will add a lot of excitement to the Stopover in Gothenburg and finish in The Hague because there are many fans in Sweden and Holland who are devoted to the history of the Volvo Ocean Race and we are very enthusiastic about welcoming these magnificent and historic race boats to The Hague.”

3.4 Nowhere to hide in 52 Series
(Tuesday 28th February, Miami) – After Key West in January, where Doug DeVos’s Quantum Racing won with an immaculate final 2,1,1 flourish, the 52 SUPER SERIES moves to South Beach for next week’s Miami Royal Cup. Although Quantum Racing triumphed by six points, the competition in Key West was incredibly close. Behind Quantum Racing, six boats finished within two points of Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon, who took second place only on countback. In Miami, 2016 US Olympian and multiple World Champion helmsman, Bora Gulari, steers championship winner Quantum Racing for the first time ever in the white heat of competition. Tony Langley’s British-flagged team will be getting to grips with their new Gladiator, which debuted at Key West as Interlodge – the latest Botín Partners design. And Peter Harrison’s Sorcha team return to the 52 SUPER SERIES with a bigger commitment. Goto live broadcast and follow the series Here...

4. WORLD SPEED RECORDS

4.1 IDEC twice as fast as original Jules Verne record
When the first Jules Verne record was set in 1993 by Bruno Peyron and his crew which included American Cam Lewis, they lapped the planet in 79 days and some change. The point was to get around in less than 80 days and they managed to get across the finish line with a few hours to spare. Prior to their record breaking circumnavigation many sailors doubted that it could be done. When the idea of the Jules Verne Trophy was concocted on a barge on the River Seine in Paris, the fastest circumnavigation time was 109 days (set by Titouan Lamazou when he won the Vendée Globe). To sail around the world in less than 80 days one would have to sail a full 27% faster. It’s easy to look back and think how attainable a goal it was, but in 1990 the idea of sailing around the world in less than 80 days was daunting. Look at it now from the vantage of two and a half decades into the future and realize that IDEC’s time was twice as fast as the original 1993 record and even more impressive, they lopped more than 10% off Banque Populaire V ‘s time. Unreal... More at http://www.idecsport.com/sailing/

5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"

5.1 Iker Martinez crash in Mallorca Tour
Sadly the attempt to establish a record around Mallorca for Iker Martinez Spanish Team on M32 catamaran "Equipo Movistar" team failed with a broken mast. Watch Video Here...

5.2 Vendée Globe: So Close Yet So Far
The final miles of the Vendée Globe nonstop around the world race can be the most difficult. While the first eight finishers have slipped through without much issue, that has now all changed. Here is an update on February 12, Day 99:

Tenth Place: Conrad Colman (USA/NZL) was dealt a brutal blow when his Foresight Natural Energy was dismasted on February 10 around 2200hrs UTC. After 97 days and more than 26,500 miles racing round the world and with just over 700 nautical miles to the finish line, Coleman’s mast crashed down in 35-40kts of wind and big, confused seas when he was positioned 270 miles north west by west of Lisbon, Portugal.

5.3 Conrad Coleman thoughts after incredible performance
After finishing 16th in the Vendee Globe, crossing the finish line under the jury rig which had carried him the final 720 miles of his race since he was dismasted, Conrad Colman was greeted by a hero's welcome into Les Sables d'Olone. The first New Zealander to complete the race sailing the first boat to use only natural energy, no fossil fuels, Colman shared his thoughts and memories of the race fluently in both French and his native English. Goto some of the highlights of his pontoon arrival, his public reception and his press conference Here...

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