Circuit sailors spiraling up the AYGP
Although starting 25 hours earlier, Nick Southward's J-109 Whisky Jack stayed on the pace, to secure the IRC Racer 2 daily double and by adding the resounding victory at the Volvo China Coast Regatta to the score, puts them firmly on top of the 2017-18 Rankings and 3.5 points clear of second place.
Low scoring on the race, but buoyed up by the China Coast victory, Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns GTS 43 Otonomos Mandrake III, shares 2nd place with Joachim Isler/Drew Taylor's Mills 41 Ambush, that punched well above her weight and kept up with the 50 footers for most of the race, to score 2nd IRC overall.
For those wondering how we are scoring single Skipper on multiple owned yachts, the first name that appears on the entry list and result sheet, will score the points. So in this case, unless told otherwise, Fred Kinmonth and Joachim Isler are tied on second place.
Solid 2nd places in the IRC Racing 0 division at both regattas, allows Sam Chan's TP52 FreeFire to climb the rankings into 4th place, just in front of a gaggle of high scorers from the season opening Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek on the Western Circuit, still in the game.
And it's not over yet! The yachts that stayed back in Hong Kong, will have another bite at the cherry at the China Cup International Regatta starting this week and running from October 26th - 29th. Regulars on the circuit include Frank Pong’s Custom Dibley 75 Jelik, Ernesto Echauz’s Philippine TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial, Tiffany Koo’s King Mills 40, Hero Racing team and several skippers are taking the opportunity to compete in the close one-design classes, are taking on an armada of international and Chinese teams for class titles.
An added attraction is the World Match Racing Tour competing for the Overall 2017 Tour and Match Racing World Champion from Oct 24th - 29th, with Ian Williams GAC Pindar and current WMRT Champion Phil Robertson Team CHN One.Ningbo, going head to head in the final shootout of the season.
As the CCIR are big supporters of Emirates Team New Zealand, the sport’s most famous trophy, the America’s Cup, will be on display during the event and help enthuse a new generation of sailors in China and how to embrace the sport.
In November the racing swings over to the Western Circuit for the Raja Muda Selangor Int. Regatta (Nov 17th - 25th) and Phuket King's Cup Regatta on (Dec 2nd - 9th) to round out the 2017 Racing Calendar.
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