Up for grabs - the Around Hong Kong record

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 29 Jun 2011
 


STILL up for grabs, after all these years... There can't be many sailing records still standing after 20 years, but it was in 1990 that the current Around Hong Kong record - the Cariad Trophy - was set at 2h 41m 57s. One of the crewmembers on the Hobie 21 that day, Paul Zimmerman, said that he is "surprised that no one has managed to beat the record since then, given the advancement in recent boat design. Maybe people have forgotten that there is a record out there to beat?". This is the reminder!

It was blustery stuff for another Around the Island Race recently - take a look at the images from the annual Isle of Wight circumnavigation. They remind me why I prefer Phuket to Portsmouth, and Hong Kong to the Hamble.

Visiting luxury motor yachts - superyachts - are getting bigger and arriving in Asia in increasing numbers. Yacht Solutions, in Bangkok, are banking on a boom in business - they now have haul-out facilities for a maximum of 85 metres and 1,500 tonnes as well as access to two 115 metre dry docks, alongside berthing, two floating docks up to 160m and 3000 tonnes lift capacity. Time to get the dinghy lifted, methinks.

Guy Nowell, Editor.



The Cariad Trophy - Hong Kong's very own sailing speed record
Paul Zimmerman, Dennis Wong, Roger Eastham,
1990 record holders Paul Zimmerman, Dennis Wong and Francis Ong recently had a lunch reunion, and reflected on the events of the record-setting day. Zimmerman commented that he was 'surprised that no one has managed to beat the record since then, given the advancement in recent boat design.'... [more]
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Yacht Solutions secures additional new facility in Bangkok, Thailand
Yacht Solutions,
The facility (300 metres x 100 metres) comfortably caters for vessels up to 200 metres in length. The Yacht Solutions Bangkok facilities now boast a haul-out for a maximum of 85 metres and 1,500 tonnes as well as access to two 115 metre dry docks, alongside berthing, two floating docks up to 160m and 3000 tonnes lift capacity.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Media and Stuart Alexander,
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WMRT,
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Spectacular images from the Round the Island Race
TH Martinez/Sea&Co/onEdition,
As the crews and photographers recover from yesterday's JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, circumnavigating the Isle of Wight, England, many new images of the race boats are being posted. The fleet hit rough seas as they rounded The Needles at the western tip of the Isle of Wight, and had more on their hands than the early settlers when winds freshened to Force 7 on the leg to S... [more]
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America's Cup: Jobson calls for stronger nationality rules
PJ Montgomery,
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Portimao Portugal Match Cup - Top qualifier out of semi finals
WMRT,
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Portimao Portugal Match Cup - Williams through
WMRT,
In a marked change from the qualifying sessions the forecasted wind arrived blowing up to 20 knots through the waters of Portimão. Williams went into the quarter final clash confident after qualifying in second place with seven wins from 11 matches, just behind a rampant Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat.... [more]
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Gary Jobson: An American Sailing Story
Angus Phillips,
An old proverb suggests it's best to live in uninteresting times. That depends on where you stand. Gary Jobson had the good fortune to hit his stride just when the relatively arcane sport he'd built his life around reached a fascinating peak, and he's made the most of it.... [more]
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Lemonchois takes JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
Richard Gladwell,
The 80th edition of the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race started in fresh conditions, with a beat to the first turning mark, The Needles, at the western end of the Isle of Wight. Casualties came thick and fast with several collisions, and at least three crew swept overboard. Fortunately all were recovered safely.... [more]
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Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 day 6 action
Ed Sinclair,
Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 day six a dark cloud lingered over the event site throughout the day leading to a tactical day of racing on the Caribbean's azure blue water. The gusts came through blowing anywhere between 8-20 knots leaving the sailors hard pressed for equipment choice when race director Juan Antonio Aragon called a start to the day's proceedings at 10am.... [more]
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Elliott 6m Sailing,
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KPMS,
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PWA Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 day 5 action
Ed Sinclair,
Aruba High Winds Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau and Karin Jaggi storm into first place after an epic opening day of slalom... [more]
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