8th Sailing Development Forum paves the way forward…
By AY MultiMedia
28:10:2016 Shenzhen, China: Although the racing was delayed by the lack of wind, it was full steam ahead for the 8th Asia-Pacific Sailing Culture Development (Dapeng) Forum, at the Sheraton Dameisha Resort Hotel. Zhang Heyun (Director of Shenzhen Municipal Administration of Culture, Sports and Tourism) opened proceedings with a welcoming address, then Wang Jingdong (Secretary of the Party Working Committee of Shenzhen Dapeng New District) outlined how the development of Shenzhen is influenced by the 250klm coastline and how the China Cup has helped promote the sailing industry in the Shenzhen region.
The Keynote Speech was delivered by the Chairman of the Race Officials Committee of World Sailing, Jan Stage, explaining how the Sailing Rules govern the sport and the importance the protest procedure, plays in settling disputes. Plus a clarification of why China’s Lijia Xu, was disqualified at the Rio Olympic Games, that put an end to her medal winning chances.
Followed by Lorenz Walch (Committee member of World Sailing Review Committee) outlined the development of the Sailing Champions League based on the European football league. The yacht clubs race against each other on J70’s for the chance to compete in a National Sailing League and the winners progress into the World Champions League for the finals.
Natalia Chubenko (Member of the Racing Rules and Appeal Committee of the Russian Yachting Federation) described how the Russian Far East Region is growing the sport, with regular competitions with neighbouring China regions.
Then out of the blue, came David Zhong (Deputy Secretary General of the Organizing Committee of China Cup International Regatta), together with representatives from ASAF, South Korea, Singapore, and Shenzhen, with the launching of the 21 Century Maritime Silk Route Regatta. The route or dates haven’t been determined yet, but it is expected to start in Shenzhen visiting Indonesia, Singapore, East Malaysia and the Philippines over the winter months in 2017.
There was also a signing ceremony of the ASAF Keelboat Cup Hosting Agreement, currently underway at the China Cup with Pilsung Lee (Vice President of Asia Sailing Federation) also stressed the importance of safety precautions and basic sea survival while racing sail boats of all sizes.
There after, Thibaut de Montvalon (Director of Asia Beneteau), outlined 10 years of cooperation between China Cup and the Beneteau Shipyard, has allowed them to create a large distribution network from this unique partnership. Allen Leng (CEO of Heysea Yachts) identified the difficulties in the Superyacht market and how they are overcoming them. While Goran Pitesa (Sales Manager of Eastern Europe Bavaria) introduced German engineering and unveiled the complete benefit package for prospective clients. To finish up with, a short Q & A session quizzed Beneteau on their involvement in China and benefits the 21 Century Maritime Silk Route Regatta will have in China..Then it was off to the scrumptious lunch that the Sheraton Hotel had on offer.
Day 2 abandoned but Day 3 looks promising…
By CCIR Media – Sailing Intelligence
Friday 28 October 2016, Shenzhen, China: A lack of breeze meant no racing on day two of the China Cup International Regatta on Friday. The 138 entries, from 38 regions and nations across the world, were hoping to get started on the inshore, round-the-cans racing on Friday but principal race officer Simon James was given little choice but to abandon for the day after the wind failed to materialise across Daya Bay.
The outlook for the weekend looks a lot better as the final effects of last week’s Typhoon Haima dissipate. The forecast is for moderate north-westerlies on Saturday, which will bring a smile to the faces of the sailors gathered in Shenzhen.
If there’s any consolation to an early finish from today’s no racing, it’s that the sailors get more time to enjoy the evening’s food, drink and entertainment at the Sheraton Resort Hotel, Dameisha. But no one can afford to push the boat out too far, as Saturday is going to be a long and important day’s competition on the water.”
Photo Credit to Studio Borlenghi / Stefano Gattini / AsianYachting / CCIR Media
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