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By RHKYC Media

Day 3 - Back to its best!
14 Oct: The third and final day of the St. Regis China Coast Regatta was a full on, 20-24kt, two-stugeron day with white horses, tidal swell and everything else that makes this one of the region’s top three-day sailing regattas.

All divisions were scheduled to complete a windward/leeward followed by an islands course, and Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen got matters underway bang on schedule with IRC Racer 0 at 1030hrs. In the absence of Ragamuffin90 it was left to Jelik to take line honours, but the battle royal was between the two TP52’s – Ray Roberts’ OneSails Racing (on 6 points going in to today) and Sam Chan’s FreeFire (on 8).

Although Chan finished exactly one minute ahead of Roberts on the water after three laps, the Australian boat took first on corrected time. Meanwhile in Racer 1, Paul Winkelmann’s new HH42, Island Fling, took the gun 8 seconds ahead of Marcel Liedts’ Elektra, but had to concede first place on IRC and A40 Seawolf took the gun for Racer 2, only to be nudged into second by Red Kite II on corrected time.

Redeye kept up her perfect record in Cruiser Division, while Moonblue 2 took the gun for IRC Premier, and finally took first on corrected time ahead of Lighthorse and Pepper & Salt also kept up her dominance of HKPN.

While DRO Sofia Mascia was finishing Cruiser and HKPN, Strompf-Jepsen decided not to keep the racers hanging around and promptly set them off on their final race, an islands course around Beaufort and beyond of 21nm for Racer 0, 17nm for Racer 1 and 16nm for Racer 2.

It was then the turn of the Premier and Cruiser Divisions to embark on their final race, with Premier on a 17nm course and an 11nm route for Cruiser. The final start of the Regatta for HKPN went smoothly then Race Management was heartily relieved to lift the anchor and head for more sheltered waters at the finish line near Round Island.

The conditions were prefect for sailing, but also came with challenges, as many boats found out as they experienced gear failure of one sort or another. Ambush radioed in to report that she had lost her steering, but was able to fix a tiller and motor back to Kellett Island, while Signal 8 carried out an impromptu double-man-overboard drill which probably cost them the Regatta.

The three guns given to the first three boats to reach the finish line, having completed different courses, were a testament to the RO’s course setting skills. Redeye was first boat home, completing a perfect score for the Regatta in Cruiser Division and discarding a 1 in the process, while Seawolf claimed yet another gun, followed by Jelik in Racer 0.

OneSails Racing left that division title in no doubt as she coasted home just 20 seconds ahead of FreeFire to take first on corrected and the IRC Racer 0 title by 4 points. Seawolf was delighted to win her race on IRC, however had to be content with 2nd overall in Racer 2, behind Red Kite II, who claimed the IRC Racer 2 title for the fourth successive year.

Island Fling again showed her speed on the water to take the gun for Racer 1, however Elektra finished two minutes ahead of arch–rival Walawala 2 to take the Regatta title for Racer 1 by 1 point.

Moonblue 2 took her second double for the day, however Shawn Kang’s Lighthorse edged the Warwick out by one point to take her first ever China Coast Regatta title for Premier Division. Barracuda, one of the China entries, took the gun in HKPN, much to their delight, however Pepper & Salt claimed the win on HKPN, and completed a perfect regatta, also discarding a first.

All-in-all there was a great buzz in the bar back at Kellett Island, with sun-burned, wind-burned, grizzled sailors claiming it was the best China Coast Regatta they could remember in years. A packed poolside prizegiving gave everyone the chance to applaud their rivals, before the tale-telling went on long into the night.

Full results are available at http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/2013CCRResults.apsx.aspx

Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell

ST. Regis International China Coast Regatta 2013 - Day 2
By RHKYC Media

It’s only rock’n’roll but we like it!
13 Oct: Day 2 of the St. Regis China Coast Regatta was scheduled to offer two windward/leeward races and an islands course for the IRC Racers, and one race around the cans followed by an islands course for Premier, Cruiser and HKPN. With a steady 15 knot north easterly from early in the day, Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen decided to set three laps for Racer 0 and two laps for the other divisions, with Racer 1 and Premier also going to the outer windward mark, 1.3nm from the start.

With the wind gusting to 20kts and a strong tide running, the fleet was circumspect about their starts, with not one X-flag raised all day. The stonger breeze took its toll, with Ragamuffin 90, Hua An and Avant Garde retiring and Cave Canem heading back in to Middle Island with a broken forestay. The sailmakers will be busy tonight, with several very large shredded spinnakers in evidence in Racer 0, and boatyards will be working an all-nighter with broken steering, damaged hulls and rigging problems.

With IRC Racer 0, 1 and 2 finished, Strompf-Jepsen elected to give them a quick start for their second race while DRO Sofia Mascia continued finishing the Cruiser and HKPN fleets – a little tough on OneSails Racing, which had taken a fishing expedition around the leeward mark and finished 20 minutes behind FreeFire! Once the remaining fleets had finished, they were re-started on their islands course, with Premier embarking on a 19nm trip to TCS2 and Beaufort, with Cruiser and HKPN fleets set an 11nm course around Beaufort and Castle Rock, leading into a downwind finish at Round Island.

By the time those three starts were done, IRC Racer were coming in for their second finish of the day, with Seawolf taking the gun for IRC Racer 2, just ahead of Mojito, and Red Kite II correcting out to yet another win on IRC corrected.

The third race of the Racers’ day was started as soon as possible, with the RO conscious that the other fleets would soon be rounding Beaufort and approaching Round Island for a finish. Racer 0 was sent on a 19nm jaunt to Waglan and TCS2, while Racer 1 took in Fury Rocks and Racer 2 had an 11nm course around Beaufort and Castle Rock.

At the end of today’s racing Ray Roberts’ OneSails Racing was heading up the table for IRC Racer 1, with Signal 8 doing the same in Racer 2. Red Kite II is sitting pretty with a picket fence in Racer 3. Lighthorse is leading with a clean sheet in IRC Premier, while Red Eye and Pepper & Salt are doing the same in IRC Cruising and HKPN.

Full results are available at http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/2013CCRResults.apsx.aspx

Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell

ST. Regis International China Coast Regatta 2013 - Day 1
By RHKYC Media

12th Oct: After two years of unseasonally quiet conditions, the 2013 St. Regis China Coast Regatta got off to a promising start today in a consistent 10 to 12kts of Easterly breeze, sunshine and low humidity. In spite of the previous evening’s libations at the Mount Gay Welcome Drinks, all 44 of the entrants made the start line with the prospect of one long islands course for the day.

Race Officer Inge Strompf Jepsen had already taken the precaution of pre-grouping the islands courses and, once the committee boat was out of the lee of Middle Island, the decision was made to go for a Beaufort start. IRC Racer 0 was first off at 1100hrs, on a course taking in 28nm of Hong Kong’s beautiful and surprisingly rugged coastline including South Nine Pin, Bluff and Steep islands.

Racer 1 and 2, together with IRC Premier, were both set a slightly shorter 21nm course around South Nine Pin and Waglan islands, while IRC Cruiser and HKPN were given a 17nm course involving Waglan Island.

By the time the Syd Fisher’s Ragamuffin 90 was coming in to take the gun for Racer 0, the breeze had stiffened to 12kts and the committee boat settled in for a comfortable couple of hours monitoring a procession of boats finishing on the run. Notable finishes included OneSails Racing (Ray Roberts) and fellow TP52, FreeFire which opted to take opposite courses around Beaufort coming in to the finish. It was Roberts, who took the Southerly route, who bested the Hong Kong TP on the water and on corrected time, ultimately winning the race on corrected time.

In Racer 1, KER40 Signal 8 did the double on the water and on corrected time, pushing Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake into second. Elektra and Walawala 2 finished two seconds apart on the water, and seem set for a great weekends dueling.

Another like-for-like duel was taking place in Racer 2, with China-based Seawolf edging out fellow Archambault 40 Sell Side Dream on the water to take the gun, however it was the smaller Archambault 35, Red Kite II which claimed the day prize on IRC Corrected time.

This year’s regatta has welcomed several new faces with boats and crews predominantly based in China, and it was pleasing to see return visitor Lighthorse take IRC Premier on corrected time. HKPN features an entry list of 10, the strongest showing for some time. Bavaria 34 Pepper & Salt took today’s race on corrected time, with Hanse 400 Darling taking the gun.

Full results are available at http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/2013CCRResults.apsx.aspx

Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell

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