AsianYachting April 2006
News and Views

Make plans NOW! For the Top of the Gulf Regatta...
May sees a total of 18 Platu 25's fronting up for the Platu Coronation Cup which is part of over 200 sailing craft, ranging from Optimists contesting the Thai National Championships to Multihull and Keelboats competing in the second Top of the Gulf Regatta (3rd to 7th May) The Platu fleet will be the largest one design keelboat fleet ever assembled in Asia and although charter bookings are filling fast, there is still a few left, so contact to have a chance of winning.

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1. Editorial - 3rd Borneo Regatta postponed till latter in the year
2. "Unluckiest sailors of the month" -
Keelgate in the Philippines and on the VOR again
2.1 Luckiest sailors of the month" Aussie Dominique Courteille and Indo farther and son from Sumatra
Austral - Asian News - Next up
China Sea Race - President's Cup - ISAF Nations Cup - Yacht Taxes in China
4. International News -
Basilica takes the overall lead in Volvo Extreme 40 GP
5. World Speed Records - Atlantic, Pacific, NOW Indian Ocean on a Sailboard

Goto Archived AY News & Views and Race Reports 2005-06 2004-05 2003-04 2002-03 2001-02 2000-01 98-99


Due to unforeseen circumstances ranging from an outbreak off hand, foot and mouth disease plus not to mention a low entry turnout the 3rd Borneo International Yachting Regatta has been postponed till latter in the year. Dates are yet to be finalised. This has caused some changes to the Runnalls 8 building plans (As per earlier Breaking AY News) which is now likely to take place in West Malaysia. All going smoothly over the next few months we might even be able to train up some local sportsboat enthusiasts and get some match racing going in time for the re-scheduled Borneo Regatta at Miri Marina in Sarawak.

April also sees Asia's longest running blue water classic, the 23rd China Sea Race from Hong Kong to the Philippines get underway on 13th April. Twenty eight entries including Frank Pong's two 76 footers are lining up for the biennial 565 nautical mile race organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club that finishes over the easter weekend in Subic Bay, north west of Manila. The 2006 race ties in with the President’s Cup Regatta (18-22 April), organised by Manila Yacht Club and Subic Bay Yacht Club, where the Philippine fleet will be joined by the usual suspects from Hong Kong and a few visiting yachts from Russia and Australia.

Most Asians do not know what a Yachtmaster Scheme is, let alone how it works! When was first launched back around 1997 it was purely a Training Scheme which took over a year to produce and still today takes up well over half of our storage capacity. We find the best way of explaining training courses is - Sailing the oceans is one of the "Last remaining individual freedoms left in the world today". Although this privilege grants us the true freedom to sail the seas, it is the moral responsibility of the owner and skipper on every yacht that puts to sea to ensure that the crew and passengers are not exposed to avoidable danger or risks and that no unnecessary demands are made on the local rescue services. That's were we come in! The Learn to SAIL with Asian Yachtmasters training scheme is home grown in Malaysia and what is termed in the developed sailing world as a Voluntary Training Scheme - For people that would like to learn sailing by attending organised courses before they go and buy a boat or head off out into the wild blue yonder.

With TM Streamex finally reaching the AY HQ in Pt Dickson and as exciting news is coming in between our popular monthly News and Views we intend experimenting with the Breaking AY News edition as it comes to hand. We also intend increasing our Event Coverage to include significant happenings affecting sailing in the Asian Region. First up is a yachtmaster examination for Ervin Celoso the skipper of Andres Soriano's magnificent Swan 80 Maligaya in the Philippines has chosen to join a growing band of qualified and certified Asian Yachtmasters operating in the region. Follow our progress and the first of these reports can be found at:
Happy sailing where ever you are
Capt Marty

2. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"

As everyone has probably read enough about the Clipper Keelgate affair in the Philippines and ongoing problems the Farr yachts have experienced during the Volvo Ocean Race (See Jan Feb and March N&V) we have decided this month to highlight some of the Luckiest Sailors last month in the Asian region where little or no rescue services can be relied on for help.

2.1 Luckiest sailors of the month"

Phuket-based yachtswoman survives five days adrift in a dinghy.
A 57-year-old Australian yachtswoman was swept out to sea in her dinghy after tidal currents and strong wind on Southern Thailand’s Koh Lipe, in the Butang Island Group (Popular cruising boat stop-over) made it impossible for her outboard-powered boat to make it back to her anchored 11m yacht Sonnet, after an evening ashore with friends. Dominique Courteille, a mother of four, drank her own urine in a five-day ordeal at sea in a dingy with no fresh water or food in intense heat before being rescued by local fishermen, west of Langkawi in the Andaman Sea. “I never lost faith,” Dominque told Phuket Post from her hospital bed after arriving back in Phuket with the captain of the fishing boat that had found her adrift. “I prayed to my god. I knew I would survive, I knew I would be found.” Ms Courteille, her face scarred by almost a week beneath the fierce Andaman sun, was admitted to Bangkok Hospital Phuket for tests and to recover. Full story at Phuket Post..

Another great survival story came from Marian Martin - BYM. Imagine Indonesian farther and son fisher folk from the Sumatran island of Rondo hopelessly drifting for two weeks after the outboard motor broke down and at the mercy of the Bay of Bengal / Indian Ocean currents with dehydrating NE Monsoon winds lashing their open 6 metre boat (Looks relatively new in fiberglass possibly post Tsunami handout) that should not go out more than a couple miles offshore.

Then out of the blue comes the majestic three masted Shenandoah in all its elegance to save you. Wow! One of the luckiest days of the fisherman's lives. I'm sure they will be forever grateful that the British registered sailing megayacht was making its way across the sea at that time and came to their rescue. (Further on in the Arabian Sea it is not recommended to go and assist distressed looking fishing boats as they may turn into pirates) I'm sure they could quickly adapt to the crayfish and caviar dishes onboard which would make a delightful change from the usual fish and rice they are used to. Maybe if they are short on delivery crew they could get a job onboard as even at US20 per day, this would far exceed the income they would earn from fishing in the region. All jokes aside, it will be interesting to find out, how they got back to Indonesia from Sri Lanka?

3. Austral - Asian News

3.1 Sailing does not come any better...
A perfect day, clear skies, 15-knot southerly and slight chop saw 90 craft of all sizes battling it out offshore from Pattaya's popular beachside resorts in the Gulf of Thailand for the 12th Pattaya Mail Peter Cummins - PC Classic. Combining celebrations with the 60th anniversary of HM the King of Thailand accession to the throne a huge group of spectators crammed the Royal Varuna Yacht Club's seafront to watch the action and avail themselves of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort generous catering. And what a day and night it was. Finally, as the sun set on a beautiful day, the juniors having showed their prowess out on the water worthy of any world champions in the tough conditions, surged forward in excitement to be awarded their trophies. And, so, for another year, all proceeds from the Regatta will be disbursed to charities that better the lives of the most needy children in this region. Full story and results at:

3.2 ISAF NATIONS CUP 2006 - Fancy your teams chances?
Just like the A1 Grand Prix of motoring the ISAF Nations Cup is being re-launched on April 2nd - 7th and already the event is promising to bring a feast of keelboat match racing around the world. Dubai International Marine Club, UAE leads the charge by kicking off the Asian Regional Final, the first of the ISAF Grade 2 events for some Mediterranean, African, South & West Asian nations on the locally produced Vi-30. Other regional qualifiers will quickly follow the Oceania Region - Auckland, NZ (19-24 April) on Elliot 6's for Eastern and SE Asian - Pacific nations, then two in Europe (J/80 & J/22), one in North America (IC24), two more in Europe (J/80 & J/24) one in South America (J/24) culminating with the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in Cork, Ireland (5-9 Sept) on J/24's. A number of World and Olympic Champions plus some top ISAF Ranked sailors are already lining up under their national flags. The winners from each qualifying event will join the defending Men's and Women's Champions from South Africa and Australia respectively, in the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final showdown at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Ireland (5-9 Sept) where they will fight for the title of the world's top match racing nation.

3.3 Are the Clippers heading for more troubled waters?
The crews have beat up the west coast of the Philippines, across the Luzon Straits, then out around Taiwan and now crossing the notoriously unstable East China Sea to Qingdao, China. (Home of the 2008 Olympic sailing). Morale aboard Jersey Clipper was apparently "pretty low" after hearing that skipper Mark Taylor had earlier resigned from the job and leaving the boat when they arrive in China.

The 48 day unscheduled stop-over at Subic Bay in the Philippines to rebuild the hull/keel joints on all ten yachts would seem to be a bit rushed and beginning to take its toll. At the time one of Marks biggest concerns was being limited to only two hours testing before the 25th March 1500 start deadline approached and heading out this time of the year with a dodgy electrical system including the Sat C, wind instruments and electronic compass not yet operational. After leaving port Mark also feels that the rigging is not tuned to his satisfaction. For an interesting read goto the Jersey website at: or follow the entire Clipper fleet at:

3.4 Quantum Fusion M just keeps getting better!
The Quantum Sail Design Group have officially opened a new state of the art, custom-built, 50,000 square foot factory in Malacca, Malaysia which is dedicated to assembling its proprietary Fusion M sail membranes for more than 60 Quantum sail lofts around the world. The Structural Membrane Facility (SMF) has more than doubled Quantum’s capacity and has the potential to expand further to meet future demands. So now, more than ever, you can count on Fusion M delivering great boat-speed and reliability. Goto:

3.5 Bumpy start for Dame Ellen and B&Q team
Rough seas with a headwind continuously over 40 knots and gusting to 48, Ellen MacArthur decided to take shelter behind Yaku Shima island midway between Yokohama, Japan and Dalian, Northern China. Other problems included missing the floating debris and getting the rudder caught up in the numerous fishing nets and dodging shipping traffic along the way causing them to miss their target time at the Jeju Island gate, South Korea on the first leg of her Asian Records Circuit. In finishing they have also established The Manchu Record - the total elapsed time from Yokohama, Japan to Dalian in a time of 7d 11h 8m 18s. After a short 3-day rest and promotion they are off on the short 265nm leg from Dalian to Qingdao which should see some favourable reaching and running conditions from now on. Click on for latest information - 10 record legs, 6 countries, establishing 12 new records.

3.6 Looking for a tropical retirement home in SE Asia?
Raimon Land is a Bangkok-based property company that have an excellent track record of delivering quality residential projects in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket, who achieve high yield holiday rentals through their professional asset management team. They are also the main sponsors at the Top of the Gulf Regatta, Evason Phuket Race Week 2005 and Thailand's prestigious Phuket King's Cup Regatta and known to host the more lively and entertaining parties at their sponsored events. More at: or goto AY Real-Estate page...

3.7 Yacht Taxes in China
A swag of Australian marine companies will still be exhibiting at the China International Boat Show (April 6 - 9) in Shanghai despite the Chinese government imposing a 10 per cent luxury tax on yacht ownership starting April 1, at a time when the industry is still in the embryonic stages of development and needs nurturing. Against this socio-economic backdrop, yachts got caught in the dragnet of tax reform when the sweeping changes of broadening the country's consumption tax laws were aimed primarily at the luxury goods market. Yachts, golf clubs and golf balls will face a 10 per cent tax, while high capacity automobiles, luxury watches and hard liquor (baiju) will be taxed at 20 per cent. On the other hand, taxes on skin and hair care products will end (this tax was introduced in 1994 when such items were considered luxuries). IBI News/YP Loke

3.8 Sunsail Asia expanding their horizons...
Sunsail Thailand have announced the availability of their matched fleet of SunOdyssey 35 yachts for charter at this years Koh Samui Regatta (21-27May). With the success of the 4 matched yachts in last years regatta, they are delighted to offer an even larger selection of yachts for this years regatta. Two Aussie teams are returning to defend the Sunsail One Design title and as all yachts are supplied with racing spinnakers & poles the Sunsail Trophy looks to be even more competitive this year. Check out their Flotilla holidays and bareboat charter fleets or latch onto one of the weekly RYA Courses or their great value MileCatcher Voyages by Calling +66 76 239057 Fax: +66 76 238940 Email: or visit

3.9 Boat-Asia sets sail this month
From 20-23 April, Boat Asia 2006 will be firmly moored in Sentosa Cove, Singapore with more boats on the water, more world class exhibitors and more exciting attractions than ever before. Plus this year’s show will feature more opportunities to join the boating lifestyle with the widest selection of marinas offering both property sales and club membership. As Asia’s leading leisure boat show for yachts, power boats, super yachts and marine equipment & accessories, it’s full steam ahead for capacity crowds at this year’s show. Boat Asia 2006 is so comprehensive, they can even sell you a mooring and the BA team are really looking forward to seeing you there.

3.10 Warning to all offshore racers.
DK Yachts are warning all offshore racers to watch out for when one of their Mum 30, Farr 36, 40, 52, 520 or Mills DK46 lines up on your starting grid. Although there has been a management take over, it is business as usual in their new ultra modern 110,000 sg ft workshop facility in Malacca. Two new DK 46's were exported recently and the resurgence of interest in Mum 30's see's them producing more for the American market. Then it's no wonder that the successful Mark Mills designed DK46 was acclaimed one of the outstanding production boats of the year. Serious Yachts for Serious Sailors can be found at

3.11 Red and yellow CHINESE DRAGON
China Team has presented a new visual identity of a Chinese dragon emblazoned across the red and yellow bow during the Louis Vuitton Acts this year. Protocol for the 32nd America's Cup requires each team to build the boat it will race in 2007 in the country of its challenge. "There are no existing facilities in China to build an America's Cup boat," de Lesquen said. "We want to establish partnerships with Chinese partners to build the first one." Meanwhile the Chinese Yachting Assoc have identified 15 young candidates who can be tested and maybe join the team later this year and next. "Our objective is to introduce China to the America's Cup and to work to make China Team as strong as possible for the future," said sailing manager Pierre Mas. ~ website

3.12 Featured AY Brokerage Listings...
The Cape Cutter 19 (CC 19) is a pretty little sailing yacht with 1 cabin and 4 berths. It is ideal for coastal cruising, island hopping and draft with centreplate up is 45 cm which is great for exploring rivers and estuaries. Bandoola was built in 2002 and is lying in Malaysia. The boat is in good condition and has been maintained on a regular basis.Her easily driven hull provides good speeds with little effort, making her a joy to sail. View the complete inventory list and for a honest assessment of the yachts condition at: Advice on running a full blown racing campaign during the AYGP Season can also be obtained from:

4. International News

4.1 New Media Exclusive AC photos !...
Many thanks to Gilles Martin-Raget photography that regularly sends us great yachting images, this time of BMW ORACLE racing America's Cup yacht USA 87 on her first sea trials plus the spectacular christening ceremony shots taken in Valencia. Sue Dickson, wife of BMW ORACLE Racing CEO and skipper Chris Dickson, smashed a magnum bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne across the bow of USA 87 to christen the team's new racing yacht. USA 87 is the result of 1,000 hours of full-scale two-boat testing and 30,000 man hours invested by our boat building team. Over the coming days and weeks, the challenge will be to tap the yacht's full potential There are many more new photographic reports to discover on his website if you have not looked recently at:

4.2 AY Gloves for all occasions..
Whether your sailing in the depths of the Southern Ocean or the hot balmy tropics, we have got a pair of sailing gloves to suite you! Check out the fashionable two and five finger cuts plus the tropical full finger (good for mastmen to bounce halyards) or our signature cold climate protective gloves which earlier this year became the fastest round the world. Just ask Bruno Peyron! They can be purchased individually or in bulk (Min 60 pairs - your choice of colours and logo) which event sponsors are finding good value and memorable promotion items, that won't break the budget. Take a look in the AY Shopping Arcade or go directly to:

4.3 Basilica takes the overall lead in VE 40 GP
The five cats competing in the Volvo Extreme 40 Grand Prix Series got off to a flying start in Rio. The series which has been created as a spectacular addition to the in-port racing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 is a global event at the forefront of sailing. It features some of the most exciting and adrenalin-filled yacht racing in the world, on specially constructed catamarans capable of reaching up to 40 knots. Alister Richardson's British team on Basilica, were unbeatable in the first three races but eventually forced to share the spoils with Motorola-CHR as British Tornado sailor Leigh McMillan managed to gain the upper hand. The ‘VX40’ Grand Prix has already raced in Sanxenxo, Spain in November, and the next leg takes place in Rio de Janeiro from 21 – 26 March. Further legs will then take place in Baltimore (28 April – 3 May), Portsmouth (27 May – 3 June) and Rotterdam (9 – 14 June). More at

4.4 Update on the Alpha Global Expedition
Good News! Looks like the Russians will accept a compromise of having an ice pilot along in a escort vessel, so Adrian Flanagan's dream of becoming the first to sail solo, non-stop on a longitudinal circumnavigation maybe the next reality show to unfold in Asian waters. The expedition yacht Barrabas is a Trireme 38 Mk IV. Designed by renowned French naval architect, Francoise Charpentier and hand-built in France from 316 TI (Titanium) grade, ice hardened, stainless steel was specially selected for its great strength and safety needed to survive the bone crushing Bearing Strait and freezing Russian Arctic ice regions.

So far the 35,000 nm route has taken us south down the Atlantic Ocean, then westwards around the notoriously rough Cape Horn, first go. After that northward over the vast Pacific Ocean for a arranged supply drop off Honolulu. Currently they are still on track for arrival in the Bearing Strait by July and all things going well expect to complete the transit of the ice by Sept. Alpha-Global Expedition's campaign base at the United Kingdom Sailing Academy in Cowes on the Isle of Wight are especially looking forward to the day they see Adrian on the final stage, heading south-westerly across the North Sea and finishing back in The Channel. Go directly to Adrian's website to follow this unique journey at:

5. World Speed Records

5.1 Atlantic, Pacific, NOW Indian Ocean on a Sailboard
French adventurer Skipper Raphaela LeGouvello will attempt the Indian Ocean crossing on a sailboard, solo and non-assisted, departing from Exmouth, Western Australia on 5 April 2006. The 45-year-old aquaculture veterinarian is bound for Reunion Island, 3400 nautical miles to the west. 'Solo' means that she will sleep in the hull of her specially-designed sailboard for the 10-11 weeks she expects the odyssey to take. She will desalinate her water, be self-sufficient in food, carry spare sails and ropes, carry a waterproof laptop and may even transmit photographs of her progress. Raphaëla discovered windsurfing with her family in 1976 and has been an adept ever since. The call of the open sea was immediate for her and the idea of crossing the Atlantic became more and more important. Raphaëla is a woman with a passion; three extreme adventures In 2000 she took 58 days to complete the challenge the Mediterranean in 2002 and the Pacific in 2003. -- Website (English version):

5.2 Did you know that DC held the 24 hour monohull record in 1997?
Responding to an increasing demand, the World Sailing Speed Record Council is developing their website to include more information about the progression of these records. The first section to be updated is the "24 Hour Distance Records" which can be browsed at:


Come on girls, lets go shopping!
As the South East Asian region is expected to turn into a world-class yachting tourism destination, AY is expanding the Shopping Mall to include a Charter Yacht page for the popular "Fly in, have fun, fly out" sailors with Sabah's recent award winning Touchdown Charters Plus a Real-Estate page to promote the ever increasing
residential Condominium, Resorts and Marina developments the region has on offer. Browse the full AY advertising rates and find other things for-sale including the Fastest Sailing Gloves on the Planet in the AY Shopping Arcade here...


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