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Samui is ready to host a week of top sailing competition and tropical fun in the sun as hundreds of sailors from across Asia and beyond converge on Samui Island for the 15th Samui Regatta. To be held 21st to 28th May, 2016 at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui on Chaweng Beach, the 2016 edition is set to welcome a world-class fleet of sailors including the largest line-up of TP52's ever seen in Asia.
“This is possibly the best top-end racing fleet we've ever had at Samui Regatta, if not at any regatta in Asia,” said Simon James, Race Director of organisers Regattas Asia. “There have been a few boats drop out at the last minute due to engine failure and similar in transit, however, this sometimes happens when more than 80% of the fleet are international. That said, the quality is there and we look set for an exciting week of sailing,” added James.
The largest in this year's fleet is Frank Pong's RP75 Custom, Jelik (HKG). A regular at Samui Regatta and a past winner, Pong is up against six 52-footers in IRC 0, including five of Asia's top TP52's: Team Ulumulu (MAS), Freefire (HKG), Oi! (AUS), Millenium Racing (AUS) and the newest on the Asian TP52 scene, THA 72 (THA). Last but most definitely not least is the Welbourne 52 Windiskher II (SIN) of Sarab Singh who is back to defend his title.
A strong line-up in IRC 1 includes boats from Thailand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, with crew from all four corners of the globe. Last year's class winner Jessandra II, skippered by Roland Dane, are looking to make it two in row but are up against some stiff competition from Ambush (HKG), EFG Mandrake (HKG), Uranus (MAS), Loco (SIN), Fujin (AUS) and Black Baza (HKG), who was recently crowned winner of the 2015/16 AsianYachting Grand Prix.
International Race Officer Ross Chisholm returns for his 10th straight year and plans to provide a mix of courses over the five days of racing, and if the wind blows may surprise competitors with the “Around Samui Island” race which has only once before been attempted in the regatta's 15 year history.
Rounding out the fleet is the Cruising Class with a predominantly Thailand-based fleet competing for the honours, including El Coyote (THA), Moon Shadow (THA), SailQuest Hi Jinks (THA), Freewind (THA) and the 90-year old 6-metre Selma (THA) who is just completing her first season of racing on the Thailand circuit after her owner shipped the 1926 classic from France to Krabi where she underwent renovations last year.
Returning after a few years hiatus is the dinghy fleet which includes more than 20 young sailors from Samui, Koh Phangan and Phuket competing over two days (21st and 22nd May) in Optimist and the 420 double-handed dinghy.
Home of the Samui Regatta, Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui is a popular host and venue of choice for sailors, and hosts the spectacular last night Gala Dinner – a highlight of the regatta and arguably one of the best regatta finale's in Asia.
The 15th Samui Regatta will take place 21st to 28th May, 2016 headquartered at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, and is organised by Regattas Asia in conjunction with the Samui Yacht Club Regatta, under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Municipal of Koh Samui and the Sports Authority of Thailand.
The World Sailing mid-year conference was held last week in Switzerland. Here are some of the issues that will potentially impact sailing in Asia.
World Sailing has laid out a draft two-year roadmap for continued good governance based upon a consultation with member national associations and stakeholders at its Mid-Year Meetings. The members approved a number of changes to its constitution and regulations, which mark the start of the implementation of the modernisation plan.
• World Sailing’s Constitution concerning non-discrimination is now in line with the Olympic Charter. World Sailing will promote the sport of sailing in all of its branches regardless of colour, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth of other status;
• The Executive Committee will now be referred to as the Board of Directors of the Federation;
• The Secretariat will now be called the Executive Office;
• The Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission is now a permanent voting member of the Board of Directors;
• Future venues of the Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting will be determined via a bidding process and vote by members at the AGM;
• Strengthened procedures for identifying and managing conflicts of interest.
Sailing World Cup 2017
The intention of the World Sailing Executive is that the 2017 SWC will be just Hyeres and Weymouth, maybe an event in Japan in October, but not at the Olympic venue plus a ‘Final’ in Melbourne. Miami and Qingdao are no longer to be SWC venues. In addition quotas for the SWC are likely to change. Double handed Classes will have their quote reduced from 40 to 30 boats, with the laser and radial increasing to 50 boats and the RSX and Finn staying at 40 boats.
It appears that qualifying will be done for all 3 events at once, with 18 spots going to the top 18 from the Rankings and the remaining 12 spots going 2 per continent… which introduces these Continental events. Asia will therefore get 2 spots per class to get into the SWC for the year.
Events for 2020
The World Sailing Executive has asked World Sailing Council to open up the slate of events / Equipment for Tokyo 2020. Previously it had been agreed that all 10 events would remain the same to provide some continuity. There will be an electronic vote in the next few weeks where Council will be asked to open up the Events. The decision of the Council will be conveyed to the IOC and the final IOC decision for 2020 will be made in June 2017 and they will either ratify the proposal made by World Sailing or make a decision of their own.
In parallel with the opening of the slate of events request, World Sailing is requesting existing events/ Classes to consider how they might “evolve” and consider “format” as a way of differentiating the Classes and showcasing our sport in the best light. If World Sailing Council votes ‘no’ to opening the 2020 Events then World Sailing is hoping that reforming existing events will be enough to show the IOC that we are complying with their “Vision 2020”. Additionally there is a strong push from the IOC to get kitesurfing in by 2020 and the challenge is to figure out how to combine that with the current 10 events.
Olympic qualifying for 2020 is likely to be broadly similar as it was for 2016. However the proposal this time is for approximately 40% of places being allocated at the World Sailing Championships in Aarhus in 2018, 30% of places to the Class World Championships in 2019, and then 1 spot per continent.
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is pleased to announce that the Club will no longer sell beverages in single-use plastic bottles nor provide members with plastic bags or plastic straws. This initiative will take effect from 8 June 2016, an auspicious date being the internationally celebrated World Oceans Day, a United Nations recognised day of celebration and action for the ocean held every 8 June.
Three days of competition saw eight international teams battle it out in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour for the right to lift the trophy in the 2016 California Insurance Match Racing International Regatta. Friday started off in painstaking conditions with the first match lasting 40 minutes and 7 seconds - this was a theme that was to continue over the three days of racing.
This is the story of how surfing (Kite, Wind, SUP) has begun in Myanmar!
Myanmar Wave Rider Cup 2015 was held in Ngwe Saung on the 28th-31st of October 2015 at the Ngwe Saung Yacht Club & Resort. This is the first event of its kind in Myanmar.
We hope you will find this movie inspirational as we wanted to share with the world how the power of surfing and the sport of sailing can make a positive difference.
The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships 2015 will be held at Langkawi, Malaysia during 27 Dec 15 to 03 Jan 2016. Competitors from more than 80 nations will participate at this event making it as one of the biggest ever in the hstory of the Championships...
The government of Japan is committed to creating our future through the power of sport by reaching more than 10 million people in over 100 countries until 2020.With the Sport for Tomorrow Programme, Japan aims to be involved in the promotion of sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, including assistance to developing countries; training future sport leaders at the new international sport academies; and further protect and promote the values of sport by extending anti-doping initiatives globally.
7 years after its inception, Oman Sail is going from strength to strength, and recently took on the Rolex Fastnet Race in Plymouth. We met the team behind their success and discuss the technical difficulties of controlling a cutting edge trimaran.
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.
Extreme Sailing Series – Set against the iconic Istanbul landmarks of the Aya Sofya and the Blue Mosque, the consistently dominant Extreme 40 team from Oman, The Wave, Muscat powered to a fifth Act victory in the penultimate Act of the Extreme Sailing Series™. The eight-strong fleet provided a thrilling spectacle for the thousands of spectators gathered on the shoreline with extremely sharp, close-quarter manoeuvres.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) – the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Volvo Ocean Race-winning team – has finished the ninth and final leg of the gruelling round the world competition with a fifth place finish in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Extreme Sailing Series – After another day of adrenaline-fueled Extreme 40 racing in winds that topped well over 25kts in the gusts, defending champion Leigh McMillan and his team on The Wave, Muscat put in another solid performance to claim overall victory in Cardiff for the third consecutive year.
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.
Marriott Rewards Around The Island Race – Starting at 0830hrs this morning at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Causeway Bay, 232 boats gathered on two start lines in eight to ten knots of easterly breeze hoping to be able to race the full 26nm circumnavigation to starboard.
Sai Jun, a crew member aboard Ark323 of Noah’s Sailing Club (NSC), was swept overboard from the boat when sailing near the Vietnamese coast at 2350h local time (1650h GMT) on 25 October.
Abu Dhabi sets the stage for a fascinating conclusion to the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup this week, with the sport's top athletes heading into four days of intense race competition at the end of a year-round journey towards gold medal glory.