Monday, January 1, 2007

Regattas and sailing in SE Asian waters

After 30 years of sailing through SE Asian waters and promoting pleasure craft activities in the region it is only appropriate that we tackle New Year resolutions with avengeance and start off an AsianYachting blog that can be found at: http://asian-yachting.blogspot.com/ Our http://asianyachting.com website has been pumping out the yachting news from Asia for 7 or 8 years now, so with over 2700 on our subscriber list, we felt it's time for them to be able to offer some comments or feedback their experiences on the Asian regatta scene. Allot of competitor/organiser complaints have recently been heard so we felt it time that perhaps some issues could be aired on this blog. Feel free to post your no holds barred comments but as under age people maybe reading the use of profanities or swear words is prohibited and should be strictly adhered to.
See ya out on the water

Capt Marty

1 comment:

Capt Marty said...

Hi I have received several complimentary e-mail replies to the Singapore Straits 07- AY Summary (Repeated below) It seems to be having the desired effect as the Race Committee are meeting with the organising clubs and National association to address some of the issues raised. The power of the pen! Feel free to post any comments.
Cheers for now
Capt Marty

Summary
Several grumbling's came from the racing class about accurately recording the finish times and calculating the results as several discrepancies had to be sorted out by the International jury. Criticism about the length the courses and timing the event during neap tides also become a talking point amongst competitors. Once again these issues should be addressed by the organising committee and race officers during the planning stages - not when the event is underway. Some competitors are spending more than it costs to run the event to prepare their high-tech boats and muster top class racing crews together, so they expect the race committee to set high standards and organisers to conduct the event with International levels of competency.

In Asia we tend to over promote the events in a bid to get sponsors and try to attract top class racing boats but run the risk of conducting so called mickey mouse events. As the big boys come to seriously race their boats they expect the main focus to be on conducting a smooth running and enjoyable event. Nothing is more annoying than to spend the evening hours in the protest room correcting minor and avoidable problems. When word gets out that an event is run below par there can be devastating knock on effects. Instead wouldn't it better all round for competitors to return home full of praise and wanting to come back again next year.

View the SSR 07 - AY Race Reports with photos at: http://asianyachting.com/news/SSR07.htm