2 & 3 to kick off in Hong Kong
Forty five boats, ranging in size from Frank Pong's 75’ Reichel Pugh, Jelik III to a brand new fleet of J/80’s will be contesting 8 classes over three days of racing. Usually held in 15 to 20kt nor’easterly breeze and lumpy seas, competitors will race Windward/Leeward courses from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's, Middle Island base to the south east of Hong Kong Island, then a final Islands race on Sunday delivering the sailors back to Kellett Island for the overall regatta prize giving ceremony by the pool.
The Racing Class entry list boasts two brand new IRC racers, together with past year’s winners and stalwarts of the Hong Kong big boat racing calendar. Sam Chan’s newly acquired TP52 FreeFire will be making their debut alongside Frank Pong’s recently acquired TP52 Jelik V with the skipper and crew from mainland China. Geoff Hill’s TP52 Strewth is back on the campaign trail and the Hong Kong contingent is rounded out by Frank Pong’s Reichel Pugh 75, Jelik III and Neil Pryde’s prize winning, heavily modified Welbourn 52, Hi Fi, that have both won here before. After a new keel and bulb optimization program, Aussie Ray Roberts’ TP52 Evolution Racing has made its way from Singapore and are back to seriously defend the title they sailed away with last year. None of these boats can be discounted, as the Hong Kong sailors are more than ever determined to return the trophy to the RHKYC cabinet, some thrilling racing is on the cards. Check out the 2010 CCR Entry List...
The biennial 656nm Category 1 Hong Kong to Vietnam Offshore Race starts on Wednesday 20th October where crews usually experience lengthy downwind reaching conditions and can expect large rolling seas to propel them on their way as they sail deeper into the South China Sea. In the 2008 Race Neil Pryde's Welbourn 52 Hi Fi secured the daily double and will be looking to repeat the exercise and get his 2010 campaign off to a flying start. Ray Roberts TP52 Evolution Racing won the 2006 Race when it was Paul Winkelmann's Island Fling and Roberts would like to add the trophy to his cabinet on his first serious attempt. Always lurking in the wings with his previous boats, Sam Chan hopes to make amends this time with the newly acquired TP52 FreeFire. Also joining for the first time is Adam Mowser / Geoff Hill TP52 Strewth that enjoys nothing more than a lengthy "downhill dash". Whether these big boats of the fleet can challenge Skandia's 2004 record of 42h 45m 41s remains to be seen.
This year they will be joined by Philippe Cotillon's Pogo 10.50 AYA and Greg Kearns A40RC Avant Garde. Always in with a chance of taking handicap honours is Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns Mills 51 EFG Bank Mandrake and after missing out by a hairs breadth in past years they hope that this is their year. Check out the HK Vietnam Race Entry List... Usually off-limits to recreational sailors the Vietnam Race is a great jumping-off point for HK boats intending to continue onto other seasonal sailing events in, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. Check out the Asian Racing Calendar for the all year round racing season, held at some of the finest tropical island resorts in Asia. Which is coming under scrutiny by International racing teams as a great place to go and compete, especially over the corresponding winter months.
After winning SS Phuket Raceweek Ben Copley's Swan CS 42 Katsu presently leads the charge towards winning the 2010-11 Evolution Sails AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. The new scoring system is already being used and updated after each event at: http://asianyachting.com/news/AYGP10-11.htm
In view of present circumstances, we have decided that the Commodore's Cup in Subic Bay from April 27-30, 2010 will be the AYGP event for the Philippines. This is the week after the San Fernando Race and gives the Hong Kong and foreign boats time to consider and prepare for the event.
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