44th Antigua Sailing Week,  24th- 29th April 2011

By Louay Habib

The 44th Antigua Sailing Week promises some major changes. The newly formed Regatta Organising Committee (ROC) is responsible solely for racing and race organisation. After studying the formats used at different regattas around the world and seeking the advice of experts, a new racing programme is currently being finalised.

Antigua Sailing Week will offer a combination of windward-leeward and coastal courses in keeping with successful modern practices. Also in the plans are courses of varying lengths to suit the large variety of yachts that enter the Regatta each year.  

Kathy Lammers, Chairman of the ROC commented, "The new Regatta Organising Committee is very aware of how important it is to provide competitive, exciting and fair racing with excellent courses and management.  Times are changing and so are the expectations of sailors for world-class sailing events.  We have therefore had extensive consultations in recent weeks with past participants of Antigua Sailing Week which have contributed significantly to our event planning for Sailing Week 2011.  We think the sailors will be very pleased come April with the many changes we have planned for the Regatta."  

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photo credit Tim Wright - www.photoaction.com

 The Ocean Series will also have some changes on offer for 2011.  The Guadeloupe Race will remain as a feeder race to Antigua Sailing Week but will not be part of the Ocean Series. The Redonda Race will not be returning but the Series will see the addition of courses suitable for the ocean going and high performance yachts that are expected to participate in the event.

The main focus for 2011 is on providing a variety of race courses suitable for all competitors whilst maintaining a high standard of race management. New in the 2011 Notice of Race is provision for entry using CSA and/or IRC rating systems.    

Efforts are also being concentrated on ensuring that there is a good fleet of cruising and charter boats and, subject to demand, Antigua Sailing Week may lay on courses and events for the IMOCA 60s and Class 40s that will be in the Caribbean following the finish of the Route de Rhum earlier in the season in neighbouring Guadeloupe.  

Shoreside will also see some changes aimed at creating a programme of events and entertainment that will make Antigua Sailing Week more fun than ever.

The new Chairman of Sailing Week, Ian Fraser, commented, "Feedback has been enormous and positive, and we are gratified by the goodwill that exists for Antigua Sailing Week and the desire of yachtsmen worldwide to come to Antigua to enjoy all that we have to offer. What is clear is that the racing has to be challenging but also that Antigua Sailing Week is about having fun both on and off the water."

For more information including the 2011 Notice of Race see http://www.sailingweek.com.  

 

by Louay Habib

China Coast Race Week 15-17th October 2010

Since 1993, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has hosted the China Coast Regatta. The regatta takes place at the beginning of the Asian season, at a time of year when sailing conditions are usually superb; 15-20 knots of breeze with warm sea and air temperatures and brilliant sunshine. Around 50 boats are expected to be racing in five IRC divisions, as well as a fleet of J/80s, racing as a one-design class. Seven races are scheduled for the keelboats over the weekend.

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Predominantly, Windward-Leeward racing, in the south east approaches, with the final race being a passage race finishing close to the harbour, with spectacular views of Hong Kong. The magnificent Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club will be hosting a prize giving party, which will has always been a lively affair. 

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Photo: RHKYC/Guy Nowell

‘We are expecting a very strong entry with up to five TP52s racing in the top class but also some highly competitive racing for the 40 footers and smaller yachts." Explained Regatta Chairman, Helmuth Hennig. "Although we sail all year round, in October it is still about 25 degrees. Usually we get a good easterly breeze which gives the regatta some great racing. Besides the windward-leeward racing, we have an scenic island race and the final race finishes close to downtown Hong Kong for a big party at the club. The Club has extensive facilities and right on the water. The quality of the racing is very important to us and the regatta is well organised by the yacht club.

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club would make visitors very welcome and we would be delighted to try and help those from overseas who wish to participate. Also, the Chinese Yachting Association has a fleet of First 40.7 available for charter."

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The China Coast Regatta will be followed by the 656nm VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Offshore Race, which will start on Wednesday 20th October and is a qualifying race for the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart.

For full details contact the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Event website www.chinacoastraceweek.com

Alex Johnston This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone +852 2239 0362

 
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