Neptune Regatta – AY Race Report 1


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8th Neptune Regatta

AY Race Report 1

2017/18 AY Grand Prix Event

Record breaking run to Fishhead Island…
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
12:02:2018 Fishhead Is, Indonesia: After setting a new record for the Round Bintan course at 10 hours 28 minutes last weekend, Robert van Paridon’s 12.81m trimaran Tantrum Too is on a roll and set a new record for Leg 1 Batam to Fishhead in 3:23:43, taking 29mins 15secs from the inaugural record set by Alan Hodges Kaze 3 in 2015. The prevailing North Easterly pumping in at 18 to 23 knots provided quick times for everyone and also a few incidents with over powering and sail choices. This is the 4th year that Todd Keeler and the gang have hosted a stopover at Fishhead Is and each year significant improvements have been made and this year the finish line has a swimming pool with reclining lounge chairs and wi fi connection, a far cry from the original building site.

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The Oardinary Boys beat World Record in the toughest rowing race in the world

26 teams started the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the toughest rowing race in the
world. The teams left Gomera, part of the Canary Islands, on the 14th December 2017 to
row 3,000 miles to Antigua. 2 hours on, 2 hours off, non-stop for up to 60 days. Among
the 10 teams rowing as a pair were The Oardinary Boys – 22 year-olds George Randell and Oliver Glanville. They were aiming to raise £60,000 for their two charities, The Against
Malaria Foundation and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

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Freides Captures Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Regatta Win

Another breezy day on Biscayne Bay brings the second stage of the 2017-18 Miami Winter Series to an end, Freides is stage winner and overall ranking leader

MIAMI, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2018) – Sunshine and big breeze ushered in the final day of competition at the 2017-18 Miami Winter Series hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (GCSC). With idyllic, simply spectacular racing conditions in place for a third day in a row, it’s no surprise Drew Freides’ PACIFIC YANKEE took the overall win alongside of team members Morgan Reeser as tactician and Charlie Smythe.

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Stunning Conditions in Miami – Melges 20s Rock Biscayne Bay

Three additional races in beautiful conditions enable Freides to further secure the lead

MIAMI, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2018) – The second day of racing at the 2017-18 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC) spawned another fantastic three races to bring the total completed to six. And, with the sixth race counted, the typical lowest score of each team is discarded making the day all the more worthwhile, keeping spectators in suspense.

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Neptune Regatta – AY Pre-Regatta Report

8th Mount Gay Rum Neptune Regatta

AY Pre-Regatta Report

2017/18 AY Grand Prix Event

Racing to meet King Neptune at the Equator…
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
11:02:2018 Batam, Indonesia: When was the last time, you picked up the hand bearing compass to see if the boat is making progress, into the strong tidal current or if your on a collision course with passing traffic? This is part of the navigators duty, while the rest of the crew are changing/trimming sails to suite the circumstances and having fun, pushing the boat along as fast as they can.

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Pacific Yankee Power

Another day of perfect conditions in Miami enables Freides’ PACIFIC YANKEE team to rocket to the lead with a three-bullet day

MIAMI, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2018) – As if on repeat from the 2017 December event, the first day of the February Miami Winter Series dialed up near perfect conditions with great breeze, sunshine and warm temps to give northern sailors a much needed break from the cold. Starting on-time, PRO Blake Middleton along with his stable of volunteers from the Coconut Grove Sailing Club (GCSC) set a square, 1.2nm race course and the fleet got underway.

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Melges 20 Miami-Monaco Magic

The 2018 Melges 20 racing season kicks off on both sides of the pond this weekend – Event No. 2 in Miami, and the elegant Primo Cup in Monaco

MIAMI, Fla. (Feb. 8, 2018) – Closing in on the tenth season of Miami Melges 20 racing, the second event of the 2017/18 Winter Series looks to be hotly contested under what is forecasted to be near perfect Miami conditions; 80 degrees, sunny and breeze in the 9-15 kts range. A solid core of Melges 20 sailors from around the globe are prepared to do battle, and it looks like eight races will get completed. The only uncertainty is which team will be crowned champions.

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IMO and EBRD sign new partnership to support sustainable shipping

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has signed a new partnership agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The agreement will help promote sustainable shipping through a range of safety- and environment-focused capacity-building activities in the maritime and port sectors in selected countries.


It brings together IMO, the United Nations maritime agency which sets global standards  for safe, secure, efficient and environment-friendly international shipping, and the multilateral development bank EBRD, which has experience in supporting comprehensive transport related development activities and practices in the maritime and port sectors.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Thursday (8 February) by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and the First Vice President of the EBRD, Phil Bennett. (Photos here.)

“This strategic partnership, combining IMO’s global mandate and outreach and EBRD’s experience and expertise on investment and finance, is expected to contribute a great deal to sustainable maritime transport and the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” said Secretary-General Lim.

As part of the United Nations family, IMO is actively working towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated SDGs. Most of the elements of the 2030 Agenda will only be realized with a sustainable transport sector supporting world trade and facilitating the global economy.

The IMO/EBRD MoU represents the first such arrangement to be established between IMO and a multilateral development bank.

In addition to providing investment financing, IMO and EBRD will work together under the agreement to provide technical advisory services, project preparation and planning, capacity building and institutional development, focusing initially on joint projects with the national authorities of Azerbaijan, Egypt, Georgia, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey.

Gap analysis will be carried out with specific projects likely to focus on a range of safety- and environment-related issues, centred on implementing and enforcing IMO regulations.  These projects could include:

  •  investment opportunities in sustainable transport
  • safe transport of solid bulk cargoes and dangerous goods
  • facilitation of maritime traffic and electronic business and implementation of a maritime single window
  • identification of locations and business models for port reception facilities for ship-generated waste
  • sensitivity mapping and oil spill exercises
  • promoting acceptance and implementation of IMO’s 2012 Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety
  • assessing emissions in ports and developing emission-reduction strategies;
  • looking at opportunities to improve ships in terms of reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency
  • potential regulatory and policy reforms associated with ships using shore-based power sources in port (known as ‘cold ironing’)
  • identifying opportunities to invest and propose investment for LNG bunkering infrastructure
  • risk assessments for marine bioinvasions and identifying key locations for port-based reception facilities and contingency measures, as well as appropriate commercial models.

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