champion, Ray Roberts triumphs at China Coast Regatta
Held in classic CCR sailing conditions the results belie the level of close competition, as the local teams put up a good fight and on several occasions missed out by only a few seconds. The new keel and bulb optimisation program on Evolution Racing seems to be paying dividends already.
The stalwarts of the Hong Kong big boat racing scene were determined to return the silverware to the RHKYC trophy cabinet. Arch rival Neil Pryde on his prize winning Welbourn 52, Hi Fi pulled out all the stops but just could not find an extra minute of pace around the testing course to advance beyond second place. Even the biggest boat in the fleet, Frank Pong's 75’ Reichel Pugh, Jelik III took line honours in every race but could not convert any over to handicap wins and had to settle on third overall.
The racing between the four TP 52's in these conditions was not only fast and furious but a formidable test on the crew work, boat gear, tactics and stamina to the full. Sam Chan’s newly acquired TP52 FreeFire and Geoff Hill’s TP52 Strewth were in and out of the race podium places to secure fourth and fifth places respectively. Also making their debut was Frank Pong’s recently acquired TP52 Jelik V skippered by Cecilia Yeung and crew from mainland China are on a steep learning curve and will have benefited immensely from the experience.
After two regattas under the new high scoring system, we now have ten different skippers and yachts scoring points towards winning the 2010-11 Evolution Sails AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards. Check out the Asian Racing Calendar for the all year round racing season, held at some of the finest tropical island resorts in Asia. If you missed the coverage access the daily RHKYC - CCR 2010 Updates Here...
postpones Hong Kong to Vietnam Race
Rear Commodore Sailing, Russ Parker, stressed that "RHKYC regards safety as its first priority for all its events, particularly for its international Category 1 Offshore events. It would be unthinkable to send the boats out in front of such a storm." In considering the potential impact of Super Typhoon Megi in the South China Sea, in particular the position relative to the rhumb line during the race, it was with great regret that the unanimous decision was taken to postpone the 2010 VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race.
Instead, competitors and RHKYC were fully supportive of running the race in mid-October 2011. The date is expected to be set soon, to allow international entries to plan their racing calendars. Take a look at Josh Tucker's YouTube Video taken on Sam Chan's TP 52 FfreeFire 52 during the 2008 race to see what they are missing out on. More details at http://rhkyc.org.hk/hkvietnamrace.htm
Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell / Koko Mueller
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