China Cup – AY Race Report 2

China Cup International Regatta 2015

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Kelly’s young heroes take first blood in FarEast 28 fleet
By CCIR Media – Sailing Intelligence
Saturday 31 October, Shenzhen, China: A young Kiwi team led by 17-year-old Matt Kelly enjoyed a dominant first day’s inshore competition at the China Cup International Regatta. The Youth Training Programme team, sent to Shenzhen by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, notched up two bullets and a second place in the 20-boat fleet. “We’re pleasantly surprised,” said Kelly. “We haven’t raced in these boats before against these competitors, but the FarEast 28 is similar to what we race back home in New Zealand. It’s good competition out there, it’s fun getting to grips with the boat and learning what makes it tick.”

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News flash: LEG 2 – They have left

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• Good start at 15h10 TU+1 for the fleet of 63 solo racers en route to Guadeloupe
• Best start for Julien Pulvé (Novintiss 880)
• Tough conditions for the start

The Mini Transat Îles de Guadeloupe competitors set off to conquer the Atlantic with a sustained northeasterly wind and rough seas. Most of the skippers have preferred to play it safe, given the weather conditions (wind of 25 knots on average) and the fact that the boats were loaded to cross the Atlantic. On the pontoons prior to the start, the emotion was palpable.

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High pressure

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• Considering the routings
• The start postponed to 2pm (French time) or 1pm GMT
• The island of Fuerteventura will be course mark to be left to starboard

A few hours before the start of the second leg, the pressure is mounting on the pontoons of Lanzarote. Each in their own way, the sailors are looking to dispel the inevitable stress that arises when it comes to crossing the Atlantic. Even if the weather conditions are optimal, they all know that no one is safe from a technical problem, that the crossing is long and that they will have to avoid both hard and soft blows.

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Dreaming of butterflies

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• End of the safety checks
• Considering the routings
• The Minis prepare to leave Lanzarote

Gradually, the solo racers of the Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe are leaving Lanzarote behind in their minds, thinking ahead to Guadeloupe, the butterfly island. But before they reach their goal, there is still an ocean to cross. And this is a good thing, because this is also the reason they are here, to face this solo adventure, for days that pass far from the bustle of life on land, for the rediscovery of the basic pleasures of life on board a 6,50m racing across the Atlantic.

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CBO says Navy 2016 shipbuilding plan won’t work; Tuco Marine introduces two new SAR boat designs

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Bulbous bow spilled fuel, owners to pay $1.05 million
October 30, 2015—Following a pollution incident that saw a tuna boat spill fuel oil that had been stored in its bulbous bow, three Tri-Marine tuna fishing companies have agreed to pay $1.05 million in civil penalties.

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Exmouth RNLI volunteers rescue kitesurfer from Polesands

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Left to right: Crew volunteer, Guy Munnings; Kitesurfer casualty and Crew volunteer, Andrew Stott in front of D class inshore lifeboat George Bearman and Tooltrak tractor involved in the rescue. (credit: Exmouth RNLI)

Inshore lifeboat George Bearman launched at 12.55pm on 30 October to a kitesurfer on a sandbank, 500m south of the lifeboat station.

Crew volunteers were on scene within four minutes following a call to the Coastguard from the casualty’s mother, on the beach. The lady from London had lost control of her kite when the wind dropped in a strong ebb tide.

 

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China Cup – AY Race Report 1

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Emirates Team New Zealand wins shifty Passage Race
By CCIR Media – Sailing Intelligence
Friday 30 October 2015, Shenzhen, China: Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) confirmed its status as one of the favourites for victory at the 9th edition of the China Cup International Regatta after winning the opening day of this four-day event, the 30-mile Hong Kong to Shenzhen Passage Race. After a shaky start, world top-ten ranked match racer Chris Steele managed to steer the Kiwis through to the front of the 25-boat one-design Beneteau 40.7 fleet after making the most of a big wind shift to the right, sailing around the early leaders.

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TSB investigates passenger boat capsize in which five died; JHSV program gets new name and another $53.4 million

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TSB investigates passenger boat capsize in which five died
October 29, 2015—Preliminary information released by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said that most of the passengers and crew were on the top deck on the port side of the Leviathan II when the incident occurred. This would have raised the center of gravity, affecting the vessel’s stability.

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