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The road to the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will be a global adventure for the best young speedsters with a continental qualification system deciding which nations will send sailors to Argentina in October 2018.

Bart’s Bash is an annual participation and fundraising event in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF). This incredible event works on the assumption that sailing venues across the world host their races at weekends. Bart’s Bash unites sailors from across the globe to participate in one colossal global sailing event in memory of Olympic Sailor, Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson. Bart’s Bash is open to all sailing clubs, yacht clubs, scout groups, sea cadets, windsurfing clubs, individuals and any venue globally that can host a race and are inspired to take part. It's a day the sailing community remembers Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, a double Olympic medallist who tragically lost his life whilst training for the Americas cup in 2013.

We are now just few days away from the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games! Sailing won't start for another few days, but by this time next week we will be in the midst of competition for many of the fleets while others will still be anticipating their starts. Forty Two Asian sailors representing Eight Asian nations will be fighting for glory at the 2016 Rio Olympic.

The 43-year-old race around the world – the ultimate ocean marathon, pitting the sport’s best sailors, against each other across the world’s toughest oceans – will start from Alicante in late 2017 with a 700nm sprint to Lisbon, Portugal that will provide the first test of the form guide.

Tough, intense, and featuring almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as the previous edition, the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will be contested over the longest distance in race history at around 45,000 nautical miles (nm), crossing four oceans and taking in 11 major cities on five continents.

After beginning the week with storms gusting to 40+ knots, the 2016 Samui Regatta settled into its tradition of delivering consistent, fresh breeze concluding with 20 knots today and lots of surfing as the fleet completed two races and with it brought down the curtain on a successful 15th Samui Regatta.

The 2016 Rolex China Sea Race will start tomorrow 23 March 2016 in Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour and will finish 565nm later in Subic Bay in the Philippines. This year marks the 28th edition of this biennial Offshore Category 1 race, run under the auspices of RORC since 1972. Organising authority Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) is hosting 33 local and overseas boats at its Kellett Island base prior to the start, including entries from Australia, China, Japan, Philippines, Russia and Singapore.

In its 32nd year, the Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race this year was hosted by Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Club.  A fleet of 16 yachts comprising of more than 100 crew from 9 Nations, set sail from Northern Australia for Indonesia on 13th August 2016.  After a very slow start and a painful exit from the harbour the wind gods finally heard the calls.  The fleet sailed in an average of 20-30 knots of breeze throughout the 600NM race.  Warm weather, winds & a kite most of the way making for great sailing…

What looked promising earlier in the week, and indeed this morning, never materialised. Weather forecasters were expecting the best breeze of the week to be on the final day of the regatta but, as Mr. Sod knows, things don't always go to plan.

Perseverance and patience were the skills in most demand on Day 1 of the 2016 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek as Principal Race Officer Simon James and his on-water team tracked around Chalong Bay and surrounds in search of wind. It was testing and trying for the record 47 boat fleet and 500+ sailors. As 14:00 approached, the PRO set a course and at 13:54 got the Firefly 850 Sport class off first.

Inaugurated in 2007, the China Cup International Regatta is the first big boat sailing regatta organised by the Chinese Yachting Association. With the approval of the General Administration of Sport of China, the Regatta is held annually and attracts over 100 boats. More than 1000 sailors from 33 nationalities compete and as such the event has slowly but firmly gained wide attention of the sailing community and international media.

Thailand's leading island destination, Phuket, is soon to receive a boost in low season arrivals as the 13th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek readies to welcome more than 400 sailors and friends from 30 countries between 20th and 24th July, to compete in four days of exciting sailing off Phuket's southeast coast.

Billed as 'Asia's fun regatta', The Bay Regatta 2016 is set to welcome over 40 yachts and more than 250 competitors to the four-day inter-provincial regatta that starts and finishes in Phuket and races through some of the best sailing grounds in the world. Now in it's 19th year, the regatta will take place 17th to 21st February and is organised by Regattas Asia.

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