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Vortex Pod Racer: fly me to the moon
by Guy Nowell
Or: how the Asia Editor went foiling! “I want to go foiling, so I'm designing a gentleman's foiler..." and he drew it on the back of a fag packet (actually, it was a napkin).
Posted on 17 Jun 2022
'Domestic' sailing vs 'International'.
by Guy Nowell
Blue water events not really on the cards Once again it's been a ‘different' year. In Hong Kong sailing activities have returned to something close to normal. The Club events take place, but prizegiving parties or ceremonies are not allowed, as dictated by the Marine Dept
Posted on 31 Dec 2021
An Illusion of Normality
by Guy Nowell
An Illusion of Normality There's quite a lot of normality about – the three principal clubs in Hong Kong have all opened the batting for the 2021-22 sailing season.
Posted on 13 Oct 2021
Respects, your Royal Highness
by Guy Nowell
HK Olympic hopeful, SailGP on hold. Sail-World Asia joins sailors all over the world in sending condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.
Posted on 15 Apr 2021
INEOS's amazing start to the Prada Cup
by Guy Nowell
Ainslie throws down the gauntlet If you are American, Italian or Kiwi, today is a day to sit up and take notice.
Posted on 15 Jan 2021
Great Cape Race: a sailing-driven event...
by Guy Nowell
World Sailing appontment, AsiaPac Yacht Forum, Vendee Globe, Around Hong Kong island... Next year, add a new Round the World race to your calendar.
Posted on 7 Nov 2020
Sail-World Asia newsletter 16 October 2020
by Guy Nowell
Sail-World Asia newsletter 16 October 2020 Last weekend's St James's Place China Coast Regatta, turned out to be a real treat on the water. Three days of sparkling breeze (ok, there was one small, and short, flat patch), with sunshine every day.
Posted on 16 Oct 2020
Getting going again: you have to start somewhere
by Guy Nowell, Asia Editor
Social distancing at sea. Sailing in Hong Kong has been substantially hampered over the last few months as a result of Government restrictions and prohibitions in the name of social distancing. It's been somewhat the same everywhere, we know that.
Posted on 19 Sep 2020
Light at the end of the tunnel?
by Guy Nowell
Social distancing, the America's Cup, and the 2020 YOTY Awards (not) We need some light at the end of the tunnel, we really do. In the last few days we have seen the cancellation of the Youth America's Cup, the Singapore Yacht Show, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, and the Swan Rolex Cup.
Posted on 4 Sep 2020
Light at the end of the tunnel in Hong Kong
by Guy Nowell
Racing allowed, with restrictions Last weekend the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club was permitted to conduct racing in Victoria Harbour. The weekend before that, Aberdeen Boat Club went racing on the south side of Hong Kong.
Posted on 22 May 2020
Time for some intelligent decisions
by Guy Nowell
...instead of knee-jerk reactions There are some phenomenally stupid people working for the Hong Kong Government.
Posted on 9 May 2020
Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
by Guy Nowell
They call it "The Great Pause". Snippets from all round the world, but - to be honest - not a lot of news in Asia
Posted on 24 Apr 2020
Sail-World Asia newsletter 08 April 2020
by Guy Nowell, Asia Editor
Not the Rolex China Sea Race... not today Today should have been the start of the Rolex China Sea Race, but it wasn't.
Posted on 8 Apr 2020
Falling asleep on the sofa
by Guy Nowell, Asia Editor
Rain, mist, and coronavirus hinders sailing Seriously running out of things to write about…
Posted on 31 Mar 2020
Sail-World Asia newsletter
by Guy Nowell
New news from Asia and International This weekend's IRC National Championships in Hong Kong cancelled – well, just one race in a series - but NOT on account of Covid-19. The IRC Nationals was to have been two geometric races in Port Shelter followed by a 50nm short offshore
Posted on 4 Mar 2020
Asia Newsletter 24 Feb 2020
by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia
Asia Newsletter 24 Feb 2020 Hong Kong is in various sorts of lockdown, with sports venues managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Dept (LCSD) all closed. This doesn't to make a lot of sense when the public service announcements are telling us to get out in the fresh air
Posted on 24 Feb 2020
More Coronavirus disruption in Asia
by Guy Nowell
More Coronavirus disruption in Asia The Clipper fleet is approaching Subic Bay. It's a diversion, and not for the first time. The current sector of the round-the-world race has been rerouted as a consequence of the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV, otherwise known as the WuFlu.
Posted on 11 Feb 2020
Flying 15s in customs, HKICYF, Taiwan Boat Show
by Guy Nowell, Asia Editor
How enviro-friendly is Greta Thunberg? Hong Kong has a long sailing history and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) has been a part of that story from the very earliest days when names were different. This weekend 7-8 September signals the start of the Club's 2019/2020 sailing season
Posted on 6 Sep 2019
Hong Kong fleet heading for a new destination
by Guy Nowell
Puerto Galera - the Port of the Galleons Every other year since 1977, Hong Kong offshore sailors have set out for San Fernando in La Union Province, Philippines. San Fernando was originally chosen as a destination because it was the nearest Port of Entry to Hong Kong.
Posted on 12 Apr 2019
Lightening the load?
by Guy Nowell
Asking questions about Jury procedure. A few days ago Sail-World Asia published a story about the recent Round Hainan Race, which has proved to be highly inaccurate. We apologise for not checking more closely, but when World Sailing is the source you tend to go with the numbers.
Posted on 5 Apr 2019
Superfoiler, WMRT, SYS
by Guy Nowell
Newsletter from Sail-World Asia Superfoilers disappear? World Match Racing Tour moves on. Conflict of interest. Singapore Yacht Show. Fun on the water - regardless.
Posted on 23 Mar 2019
Invisible Events. Why reporting is a good idea.
by Guy Nowell
Asian Open Laser Champs, YJA awards, America's Cup ruling When there's a regional championship for one of the biggest dinghy classes in the world taking place on your patch, you think there's going be some race coverage.
Posted on 7 Mar 2019
SW Asia newsletter - the dash to Hobart
by Guy Nowell, Asia Editor
Close racing across the board, and max interest from the armchair sailors At 16.35 Hong Kong time today 28 December 2018, Bruce Taylor's Chutzpah is leading IRC Overall for the Tatersalls Cup in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Again. They were in front, then they were behind, then... It's been a roller coaster of a ride
Posted on 28 Dec 2018
What are boat show all about? Somewhere to go and
by Guy Nowell
What are boat show all about? Somewhere to go and check out new boat models while clutching a cold o Boat shows are about LIFESTYLE, which is currently one of the most overused words in the dictionary, along with PASSION and LUXURY.
Posted on 20 Dec 2018
Three days and counting
by Guy Nowell
Asia's premier regatta running happily to form Of course it's all about the Phuket King's Cup at the moment: 32 years after it was started as a tribute to the late King Bhumiphol Adulyadej, the ‘Sailor King' of Thailand, and two years after his sad demise, the King's Cup continues albeit
Posted on 6 Dec 2018
Sail-World Asia Newsletter
by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia
China Coast egatta, Hainan Race, more... It was a cracking event, sailed in perfect weather very similar to the inaugural China Coast Cup in 1993. The breeze is good more often than not at this time of year. So why isn't there a bigger entry list?
Posted on 22 Oct 2018
Sail-World Asia Newsletter
by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia
from Optimists to Superyachts About 20 years ago I was part of a group of parents trying to teach their children to sail. We weren't aiming at World Championships or the Olympics - we were just trying to pass on the enjoyment that we got from sailing. That's all.
Posted on 29 Sep 2018
Typhoon Mangkhut: an unwelcome visitor
by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia
"All reasonable and practicable precautions to prevent loss or damage" Three days after being walloped by Typhoon Mangkhut – the strongest storm to hit Hong Kong since records began – the city is licking its wounds. No deaths have been reported, so that's a mercy.
Posted on 19 Sep 2018
Equanimity, Typhoon Series, Boat Shows, Asian Game
by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia
Catching up with the week Equanimity is 300ft LOA, carries 28 crew, and is powered by two 4,828hp MTU diesels. She can carry 271,000 litres of fuel, and is built to ice class E, although probably won't be worrying about that too much at present
Posted on 27 Aug 2018
Sayonara, San Fernando
by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia
News of the week – definitely. The Singapore Yacht Show and the Thailand Yacht Show (Andy Treadwell, Verventia) have teamed up with Asia RendezVous (Gael and Olivier Burlot) to run just one boat/superyacht/luxury goods and lifestyle show in Singapore and Phuket.
Posted on 29 May 2018
RIP John Fisher
by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia
A tragic loss for the world of sailing The tragic loss at sea of John Fisher from Scallywag overshadows all other news.
Posted on 30 Mar 2018
Hong Kong Boating Industry Assoc - up and running
by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia
Not just brokers The Hong Kong Boating Industry Association (HKBIA) is now legally established and a Council will be elected at the Inaugural General Meeting.
Posted on 26 Feb 2018