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While the official start to each yacht racing season seems to take a long time in coming around, here we are in November and already 3 regatta's into the eight month long 2003/04 AsianYachting Season. Champions have already been crowned at the inaugural Borneo Cup Yachting Challenge and the Asean Regatta 2003...
The RHKYC are presently running a extended China Coast Race Week program during the week, before some yachts make a quick 1800nm dash across the South China Sea and up the Straits of Malacca to Pt Klang in time to join other racers for the Raja Muda Int Regatta... This occasion traditionally marks the beginning of this years Omega Asian Yachting Circuit or "Omega AYC".
Andrew Owens, Proteus Sports has historically brought together the region's four oldest keelboat regattas into one unified circuit and will be producing 1/2 hour Omega AYC films at the Raja Muda Int. Regatta in Malaysia (14 -22 Nov), Phuket Kings Cup in SW Thailand (Nov 29 to Dec 6). Before venturing back down the Straits in January for the Singapore Straits Regatta (Jan 14 to 18). Then delivering the boat back across the South China Sea, up to Hong Kong in time for the April 8th start of the China Sea Race to Subic Bay in the Philippines. The TV series will first be broadcast on Star Sports in the Asia Pacific region then distributed by BBC Worldwide into over 120 countries and 200 million households around the world (Over 2/3ds in Asia alone).
Webmasters please note that all the above regattas and races are also ***** five star, grand prix yacht racing events at which the AsianYachting Ranking System is devised to grade competing Skippers and Racing Yachts each Season. in Asian waters. Check out last seasons scores and see how Peter Ahern and Yo! where eventually crowned the inaugural 2002 - 03 AsianYachting Champions at...
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Wishing all sailors the best
of luck and looking forward to meeting over a few drinks during
the racing season.
2. "Unluckiest sailors of the month" - Mini-Transat race competitors
Just when we thought that Jonathan McKee was going to win the gruelling Mini-Transat race, his D1 shroud failed and the mast broke above the 1st (lowest) spreader. He then constructed a jury rig and was able to keep sailing but only on one tack. Initially his plan was to get to Salvador if the wind direction cooperated. But the winds headed and his jury rig would periodically fall down and would have to re-rig, so he made the choice to head into Recife. Then we thought Sam Manuard was going to take the finishing line with a comfortable margin... until his mast came down with a near identical break just 80 miles from the finish.
This left the next in line to the throne, 28-year-old Armel Tripon, wondering if he could complete the job and complete it he did, taking the second leg win and overall honours in the process. As with all forms of competitive sailing there are many bleeding edge solutions to be found among the Mini-Transat fleet but Tripon has won aboard Moulin Roty, a 1995 Finot-Conq design with a fixed keel.
McKee made it safely to Recife in Brazil after a seven-day spell under jury rig. Jonathan was disappointed that he couldn't finish and that this gear failure kept him from winning, but he is proud of his performance. "Chalk it up to bad luck", he said "I have had so much good luck and been so blessed. This was just a random bad luck incident."
As one of the smallest Open class yachts in the world, the Transat 6.50 is a class that attracts pure enthusiasts who mostly race their boats on an amateur basis. Some have been fortunate enough to gain individual sponsorship but most struggle and do the entire campaign on a shoe-string. Singapore's Elaine Chua is setting her sights on campaigning a yacht in the next Mini Transat in 2005 and has launched a new website at www.elainechua.com She can be contacted for offers of assistance and sponsorship.
3. Austral - Asian News3.1 PIMEX is definitely on
Phuket’s first International Boat Show (PIMEX) features air-conditioned booths, hardstand displays and in-the-water berths, has captured the imagination of the regional industry. The show will be held at the Phuket Boat Lagoon from 7 - 10th December - the day after the Phuket Kings Cup finishes “Bookings have been coming in thick and fast over the last two months, with 90 exhibiting companies confirmed from 10 different countries to date,” Grenville Fordham, managing director of PIMEX organizers Image Asia announced at a recent press conference held at Bangkok's JW Marriott hotel. He also added "That, with just over a month still to go, the show is 90 percent booked and bookings are still coming in". For more information visit www.phuketboatshow.com
China Coast Race Week this week
The sailing community in Hong Kong will also have the opportunity to see how Frank Pong's new Jelik (Roy Disney's ex - Pyewacket) fares against the competition on her first Asian outing. The Hainan Offshore Race is the second five star grand prix racing event held over the eight month 2003/04 AsianYachting Season. Full information and results are available at: www.chinacoastraceweek.com
Cup Yachting Challenge 2003
John McNae's S & S 36 Ambil Angin from Brunei took top honours in the cruiser / racer class while France's Kiki skippered by Roger Bussy was the winner in the Club Class. Philip Barbetti's Selkie kept the Aussie flag flying in the multi-hull class. The Web Edition of the Borneo Cup 2003 - AY Race Reports and Press Releases are posted with photos and links to the results at: http://asianyachting.com/news/BorneoRace.htm
3.4 Website for all the sailing news In India
Regatta 2003 - It's that Peter
Ahern's YO! again
Last season Peter Ahern and Yo! where crowned the inaugural AsianYachting champions and their win at this years event gets them off to another good start this season. To browse the Asean Regatta 2003 Web Edition Race Reports with photos and results at: http://asianyachting.com/news/Asean03.htm
Looking for some Scuttlebutt
on the weekdays?
A word of warning in Asian waters
Samui Regatta Dates set
Asian built 115ft super maxi monohull - Soon
to be launched
Serious Yachts for Serious Sailors can be found at http://www.dkyachts.com and while you are there check out the progress and expected launch program, latter this year for Frank Pongs new and radical 115ft all carbon-fibre, record breaking super maxi monohull Maiden Hong Kong from world renown naval architect Juan Kouyoumdjian's office with water ballasted wings, go fast foils, canting keel and mast, et all!
Demise of The Race?
Transat Jacques Vabre off this weekend
The Good News, however, comes from the Race Organisers about the prizes to be won during this gruelling event. No less than 150,000 euros will be distributed amongst the victors. The first three boats in the two 60ft classes (mono and Multi) will receive respectively 45,000, 15,000 & 10,000 euros. The Open 50 (mono) winner will receive 8,000 euros, and the second placed boat 2,000 euros.Franck Cammas and Stève Ravussin Groupama established the multihull record of 14 days, 9 hrs, 3 mins and 25 secs at an average boat speed of 15.04 knots in 2001 and Roland Jourdain's monohull et Gael Le Cleac'h (Sill Plein Fruit) after 16 days 13 hrs 23 mins 41 secs crossed the finish line after an average speed of 10.92 knots. Follow the race over the next couple of weeks at www.jacques-vabre.com
'La Transat Anglaise'
4.5 Rolex America's Cup Hall of Fame
While you are there Check out the Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame web site at www.herreshoff.org The new database, the brainchild of Edward I. du Moulin, provides users with easy "point and click" access to 5600 participants in the America's Cup from 1851 to the present, including detailed information such as names of crew, boat name, syndicate, year, countries, support groups, chroniclers, yacht clubs, judges, and other related data.
5. World Speed Records
Mari Cha IV Team to take on
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5.2 Olivier de Kersauson's Geronimo underway again
The current record for this 3,884 mile passage was set in February by Steve Fossett on the maxi-catamaran PlayStation and stands at 9 days 13 hrs 30 mins and 18 secs, an average speed of 16.92 knots. See also the World Sailing Speed Record Council website at http://www.sailspeedrecords.com
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