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We are now just few days away from the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games! Sailing won't start for another few days, but by this time next week we will be in the midst of competition for many of the fleets while others will still be anticipating their starts. Forty Two Asian sailors representing Eight Asian nations will be fighting for glory at the 2016 Rio Olympic.

The 43-year-old race around the world – the ultimate ocean marathon, pitting the sport’s best sailors, against each other across the world’s toughest oceans – will start from Alicante in late 2017 with a 700nm sprint to Lisbon, Portugal that will provide the first test of the form guide.

Tough, intense, and featuring almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as the previous edition, the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will be contested over the longest distance in race history at around 45,000 nautical miles (nm), crossing four oceans and taking in 11 major cities on five continents.

After beginning the week with storms gusting to 40+ knots, the 2016 Samui Regatta settled into its tradition of delivering consistent, fresh breeze concluding with 20 knots today and lots of surfing as the fleet completed two races and with it brought down the curtain on a successful 15th Samui Regatta.

The 2016 Rolex China Sea Race will start tomorrow 23 March 2016 in Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour and will finish 565nm later in Subic Bay in the Philippines. This year marks the 28th edition of this biennial Offshore Category 1 race, run under the auspices of RORC since 1972. Organising authority Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) is hosting 33 local and overseas boats at its Kellett Island base prior to the start, including entries from Australia, China, Japan, Philippines, Russia and Singapore.

The first ever Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman gets underway in less than one month. Preparations are already in full swing for this America’s Cup event, which is set to be watched by millions of sporting fans around the world, many of them turned on to sailing through the intense action, close competition, and dynamic sailors that are a hallmark of racing in the America’s Cup.

The Sultanate of Oman will create a rare slice of sporting history when it becomes the first country in the Middle East to host America’s Cup racing by staging the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman in February 2016.

What looked promising earlier in the week, and indeed this morning, never materialised. Weather forecasters were expecting the best breeze of the week to be on the final day of the regatta but, as Mr. Sod knows, things don't always go to plan.

Perseverance and patience were the skills in most demand on Day 1 of the 2016 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek as Principal Race Officer Simon James and his on-water team tracked around Chalong Bay and surrounds in search of wind. It was testing and trying for the record 47 boat fleet and 500+ sailors. As 14:00 approached, the PRO set a course and at 13:54 got the Firefly 850 Sport class off first.

Inaugurated in 2007, the China Cup International Regatta is the first big boat sailing regatta organised by the Chinese Yachting Association. With the approval of the General Administration of Sport of China, the Regatta is held annually and attracts over 100 boats. More than 1000 sailors from 33 nationalities compete and as such the event has slowly but firmly gained wide attention of the sailing community and international media.

Thailand's leading island destination, Phuket, is soon to receive a boost in low season arrivals as the 13th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek readies to welcome more than 400 sailors and friends from 30 countries between 20th and 24th July, to compete in four days of exciting sailing off Phuket's southeast coast.

Billed as 'Asia's fun regatta', The Bay Regatta 2016 is set to welcome over 40 yachts and more than 250 competitors to the four-day inter-provincial regatta that starts and finishes in Phuket and races through some of the best sailing grounds in the world. Now in it's 19th year, the regatta will take place 17th to 21st February and is organised by Regattas Asia.

With less than month to go until the entry deadline for this year’s Rolex China Sea Race, the entry list already features 30 boats committed to this 565nm Category 1 Offshore race which will start on 23 March in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour and finish, depending on the size of boat and the conditions encountered, anything from two to five days later in the Philippines at Subic Bay.

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