Jan 2012 AY News & Views – Happy New Year

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1. EDITORIAL

Goto Jan 2012 News & ViewsWelcome all our friends & extended family to 2012
This year the mystery of the Mayan Long Count calendar will come to fruition. According to the ancient calendar, this year’s winter solstice marks the end of a 144,000-day cycle. This cycle, which begins at the mythical Maya creation date, has already been repeated 12 times. The 13th will end in 2012, capping a full 5,200-year Mayan cycle of creation. Many doomsday believers point to Dec. 21, 2012 as evidence of the coming apocalypse — anything from a rogue planet smashing into us to our world spinning end over end. However, being the eternal optimist the world should expect nothing more than the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. As there is no scientific evidence to support the doomsday theory surely its the end of one calendar and the beginning of the next. Or is it?

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Regardless the sailing community forge ahead with a vigorous racing program over the next couple of months. By popular demand the ‘Champagne Run’ from Phuket to Langkawi (Start 7th Jan) has been reintroduced as a feeder race to the popular Royal Langkawi Int Regatta (Jan 9-14). Twelve days latter the reinvigorated Singapore Straits Regatta (Jan 26-31) makes a welcome return to Singapore waters for the first few days before crossing the Strait to Batam, Indonesia to complete the racing and social program.

No let up in February as the 15th Bay Regatta (Feb 1-5) takes Phuket based yachts through the spectacular scenery of Phang Nga Bay and Krabi to a new anchorage each evening and holding award parties in a wide variety of different locations.

Goto Royal Langkawi RegattaStraight after is the Neptune Regatta (Feb 5-11) billed as the World’s only sailing regatta and motor yacht rally that centers around a race to the equator. Last year the inaugural event was so popular that the momentum has carried on through to this year, with a new racing program and social activities in a remote part of Indonesia.

Then its across the South China Sea to the Philippines for the 200 mile offshore run from Subic Bay to Boracay Race (Feb 24-26) and the popular windy Boracay Cup (Feb 28 – March 3rd) comprising four days of Windward / leeward and long distance races around nearby islands. Full details on all these events and more can be found on the Asian Sailing Calendar.

Goto Rolex Sydney Hobart Race ReportsThe Royal Langkawi Int Regatta, Singapore Straits Regatta and combined Subic Bay to Boracay Race & Boracay Cup are all pointscoring events in the newly revamped AYGP Championship. Already 168 skippers and 155 yachts have scored valuable points and placed themselves in the running for the 2011-12 Skipper and Yacht of the Year. The hunt is on to secure Title and Trophy Sponsors for the AYGP and company’s looking to increase their exposure in Asia are invited to look at the Sponsors entitlements and rights Here…. Search the updated 2011-12 AYGP Pointscore by Overall Skippers – Yachts – Regatta Results

For those that missed the action packed 67th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race we posted five daily updates during the event which can be accessed Here…. 2011 was notable for an unexpected winner of the coveted line honours trophy, a worthy overall winner and a slow passage home for the smaller boats.

Track Banque Populaire V world recordOn the International scene – Spare a thought for sailors at sea over the festive season – Go to tracking Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 sprint to Abu Dhabi starts Wed 4th, Loick Peyron’s Banque Populaire V is about to set a new World Record, Leg 2 Global Ocean Race is finishing in Wellington, NZ and the Clipper RTW Race continues on with the lengthy Gold Coast to Singapore Race. For convenience all these events along with prominent yachting video channels are linked on the AY Homepage.

For the rest of the Austral Asian, International News, World Speed Records and the “Unluckiest sailors of the month” awards (Goto January 2012 Web Edition) and much more on the International yacht racing scene is regularly updated on the AsianYachting website.
Wishing all a happy and prosperous New Year Enjoy!
Capt Marty Rijkuris

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