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What is it?

22 June 2014 - 12:19 AM

Early to mid 1980's Ta Chaio Boatyards


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THATS not a sail.....THIS is a sail.

05 June 2014 - 08:49 AM

In this story I talked about our BIIIIG spinnaker on Legs11, a Joe Adams 41




Well here are a couple of pics. It looks completely ludicrous, but on those light wind hong kong summer days, she IS a winner!


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A little Vitamin Sea

01 June 2014 - 01:40 AM

Great race yesterday with the COA in HK. Feeling great, even though I have to work the rest of the long weekend. A little Vitamin Sea can go a long way.


We started the pursuit format race off of the NW corner of of our home, Lamma Island. I am the bow and the Admiral is backing me up at the mast. Good thing too, as I have warned her to watch for my mistakes, and she catches a couple during the day. She has a lot more experience on the pointy end than I do.


24 Boats and we were number 20 to start. Winds were out of the S as the fleet close reacheds across the W. Lamma Channel in 6-8 knots of wind with a strong ebb current heading south. The conditions were great for 'Legs11', a Joe Adams 41. She is a real needle and the light flat conditions played well for us.  We were worried about 'Heartbeat' the Bermuda 52 being our downfall today with all that waterline, but she will never catch us in this light stuff.


By the time we reached the south end of Cheng Chau we had left the big cruising cats like they where stuck in the mud and passed much of the fleet and we weren't even half way done. The rest of them were bunching up in front of us and we reeled them in like small fish on a big line. Only the Archambault 35, 'Andiamo' and 'Kapt'n Blaubar' an Azuree 40FC made any attempt at challenging us.


Most of the fleet hadn't accounted for the strong ebb and sailed too high, winding up far from the shores of Cheng Chau and sailing a lot of extra distance. We had stayed low, and close to shore, but not too close. It looked like there was a wind line far out there but we didnt think we could make it, and would have to fight the current back for a clockwise complete rounding of Shek Kau Chu so we stuck with our line.


Just about the time the Azuree, the only challenger that was inside of us, squeeked by the wind became very light and shifty and 'Kapt'n Blaubar' was caught in a hole next to the island. We hoped she wouldnt have to start her engines to stay off the rocks. After that she was off the radar and we began our battle with the A35.


Turns out  'Andiamo' is crewed and skippered by mostly girls wearing metallic crash helmets with bulletproof visors, and the skipper is the 1st daughter of the 1st son of Li Ka-shing (which apparently makes her very important, good thing we didnt know, lol). They caught up to us and we somehow snaked away, not really sure how we pulled that off. They passed us again, but didn't deal with the surprise tacks the wind shifts tossed at us very well and 'Legs" inched past them once again.


As we rounded Shek Kau Chu and went for the spinnaker the Archambault finally left our old Adams41 in her wake, and left one of those fancy crash helmets in the water too somehow.


The wind was very light so we threw up the Lion, Skipper Nik's HUUUUGE spinaker, I don't know what boat it was made for, but when we fly her on Legs it feels like there is an eclipse and the Lion pulls us finally past the First 34.7 'Goddess' just before we cross the halfway point. The jibe went well, the big spinny was not to difficult to fly in the now very light winds. Switching to the jib is a fiasco with the novice crew in the back, and 'G A' the Dehler Optima 101 and 'Goddess' pull past us.


With the jib squared away both boats are behind us once again in minutes. And then, BANG, the race is called at the halfway point. 2nd Place for LEGS!


Put the spin back up but with the light wind and 33C 85% humidity and we are dieing. down with the sails, on with the iron genny. The crew downs about 4 gallons of water, douses it over our head and puts ice under our hats while we smile back to Discovery Bay.


Most of the crew lives aboard there and the Admiral and I get showers at the skippers immense houseboat/junkboat/superboxyacht, not sure what they are called. And we meet over at Jonothons Junk afterwards, slipped wight next to the harbour entrance. We are tying to figure out how to how to get to the party at Mui Wo. It's just around the corner, but two hours by bus and we missed a ferry to Peng Chau which has another ferry to Mui Wo. So now we will be late. Nik calls a friend who happens to be passing under the Tsing Ma Bridge in his go fast little fishing boat. The fisherman is on our stern in 7 minutes flat and we make Mui Wo in under 10. The tide is very low and we all have to climb a ladder up the quay to get in to the village. The locals are clapping for us, I don't think they have ever seen a Gweilo do that, let alone 6 of us.


The party is fun, the food is great. Nik collects his prize and we get pics taken. Lai Kai Fai didnt show to collect her top prize, guess they don't hand out with us gutter rats.


Sorry the only pic I got has much of the fleet in the background as the local wild cattle came to the beach. Oh and a panorama the Admiral took with me in it as we had a drink before the party.


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Some days Hong Kong is not too bad.




Looking for sources of info on history of several Asian & Pacific

28 May 2014 - 01:43 AM

We are doing an article Asian regattas for publication in July. But we are having a difficult time with finding the information that we need.
We would like details of HOW/WHY/Who started these regattas. The big classics are the best. The older the better. And a source for high res pics to publish in the mag?
Primary interest but not limited too:
China Sea Race
Sydney Hobart
China Cup
China coast
Round the Island (Hong Kong Island)
Phuket Race Week
HK to Vietnam
Samui Regatta
Langkawi international
Commodores Cup
Open to including others
We have googled them and contacted the clubs that run them, been to the maritime museum, and called the organizers. But they are either non responsive or provided inadequate info for most of them. For example - The proper person at RHKYC is on vaca and doesn't return for a few more weeks.
Everyone knows the story of how they started Vic-Maui. They write it and rewrite it all the time. We are looking for sources of info so we can do about 200 words each for 4-5 of these events. You can be credited/quoted in the story or not, your choice. Personal knowledge is great, or even a referral to a contact person or internet resource.
SA Seems like a good way to help locate the info

Boat Awards Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht

14 May 2014 - 02:19 PM

Just curious how the group here would vote for these categories -


10th Annual Asian Boat Award Nominees

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (15m and above)

Beneteau, Oceanis 55, France
Foutaine Pajot Catamarans, Victoria 67, France
HanseYachts, 575, Germany
Jeanneau, Jeanneau 64, France
Lagoon, Lagoon 560 S2, France
Leopard Catamarans, Leopard 58, South Africa
Nautor’s SwanSwan 90S, Finland
Oyster Yachts, Oyster 575, United Kingdom
Sunreef Yachts, Sunreef 70, Poland

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (up to 15m)

Bavaria Yachtbau, Cruiser 56, Germany
Beneteau, Sense 50, France
HanseYachts, 385, Germany
Jeanneau, Sun Fast 3600, France
Leopard Catamarans, Leopard 48, South Africa
Solaris Yachts, ONE 48,


My Admiral would go for the Leopard 48 or the Sense 50. I am not sure. The Solaris catches my eye. And I don't think you could go wrong with an Oyster.


-edit - Realistically I could see myself with the Hanse 385 someday