China Coast Regatta - Final Day 3
After an extremely close race, using both sides of the course, the first boat to cross the line was Signal 8, only five seconds ahead of Island Fling, however it was Elektra which corrected out to first in Racer 1. In Racer 2, Mojito took the gun with Whiskey Jack taking the IRC honours, and Jelik took another bullet for Racer 0, but had to settle for third on IRC behind OneSails Racing and Team Beau Geste.
In IRC Cruiser, Goddess finally got the better of Lady Butterfly to take first, and in HKPN, DEAII recorded their second win of the regatta, ahead of Darling.
Strompf-Jepsen wasted no time in getting the final islands course underway, setting Racer 0 and IRC Premier a 20nm course to TCS1, TCS2, Beaufort Island and Stanley gate before finishing at Round Island. Racer 1 and 2 enjoyed a 16nm course to TCS2 and the Cruiser fleets were set an 11nm race to Beaufort, Stanley Gate and Round Island.
With the breeze holding steady at 10-12kts, the RO elected not to shorten course but, having set up a finish at Round Island, a massive wind shift from the west hit, creating a hole at Stanley Gate. The committee boat could only watch as Jelik stalled and then slowly picked up speed to finish with a bullet, followed closely by Team Beau Geste and OneSails Racing. Ray Roberts sealed his third China Coast Regatta title with another win on handicap.
As the fleets meandered their way into the finish, Island Fling claimed a bullet, but Elektra corrected out to a win on IRC, with EFG Mandrake 2 in second. RHKYC Rear Commodore sailing, Anthony Day, emerged victorious for the series on EFG Mandrake 2 with 13 points after discard. Three boats tied on 16 points, with Elektra placing ahead of Island Fling on count back and EFG Bank Mandrake 3 placing fourth.
In Racer 2, Mojito took yet another gun and another win on IRC to seal the regatta, ahead of Whiskey Jack and Dexter II and in Cruiser division, China Cup No.9 finally took the gun, but had to cede both the race and divisional victory to Lady Butterfly. Kiasu steadily improved throughout the regatta to take the bullet and first on corrected time in the final race, to finish second overall behind the consistent DEA II.
At a packed prizegiving back at RHKYC Kellett Island, prizes were presented by Reinhold Carl of Audi and Javier Olavarria of Blue Harbour Vodka before the sailors were invited to wind down at the post-regatta party.
Photo Credit: RHKYC/ Guy Nowell
China Coast Regatta - Day 2
During the first start sequence, Xena and Clove Hitch made contact in the final minute, resulting in the retirement of both boats from the day’s proceedings. The second start was reserved for IRC Racer 1 and 2 with a different three-lap course configuration, leaving HKPN and IRC Cruiser to take the last start.
After some fiercely competitive racing with boats using both sides of the race course to maximum effect, OneSails Racing emerged victorious in Racer 0, while Island Fling took the honours in Racer 2 and Mojito in Racer 3. DEAII corrected out to a win in HKPN, while Lady Butterfly kept a clean sheet in IRC Cruiser.
With a heavy schedule to get through and a threat of dying breeze, Strompf-Jepsen elected to start the Cruising fleets on their islands course, sending them out to TCS1 and 2 before returning via Sung Kong island for a finish at Beaufort. The course was then reset for a windward / leeward for the Racer divisions, resulting wins for Team Beau Geste, EFG Bank Mandrake 2 and Whiskey Jack before the fleets were sent on a short islands course in 10kts of breeze to finish the day.
In the start sequence for Racer 1 and 2, a start line fracas between Island Fling and Ambush was to end up in the protest room after racing but did not affect boat of the day, EFG Bank Mandrake 2, who recorded her second win of the series after a two hour race to draw within one point of Island Fling. OneSails Racing also recorded another win, to put them within one point of Team Beau Geste in the overall standings.
In spite of shortening the course at Sung Kong, the breeze dropped to under 4kts and it was a fight to get the final boats home. Andiamo stuck to her guns to finish in the dark and claim a result, only 12 minutes before her cut-off.
Dexter 2 leads the Racer 2 division after consistent performances throughout, while Mojito, lying third, took another bullet and win on corrected time to draw within two points of Whiskey Jack. In Premier, Lighthorse recorded another two wins for the day to top the standings, while Wicked leads HKPN and Lady Butterfly leads IRC Cruising
Photo Credit: RHKYC/ Guy Nowell
China Coast Regatta - Day 1
The wind gods were not especially generous, giving an 8-10kt breeze ranging from 000° to 060°, however the Premier boats were able to complete a 20nm course taking in TCS2, Waglan, Beaufort and Stanley before finishing 2.5 hours later at Round Island, with X55 Xena taking first place on corrected time along with a bullet on the water. The Cruisers and HKPN fleet completed a similar but shorter course of 17nm, taking over three hours to reach the finish, with Hanse 400 Darling correcting out to a first place in HKPN and Lady Butterfly taking the Cruiser honours.
Meanwhile, the IRC Racers completed their first windward/leeward of the competition with IRC 0 completing three laps of a 1.2nm course and the other divisions completing two laps of a shorter 0.9nm course. In Racer 0, Team Beau Geste took the gun just half a minute ahead of FreeFire, with Sam Chan’s boat taking first on corrected time, while in Racer 1, Island Fling took the bullet and first on corrected time ahead of Electra. In Racer 2, Mojito took the gun, only for Talking Head to take first on IRC.
As soon as practicable, the RO set the courses and the start sequence for the final islands courses of the day, resulting in a first bullet for Jelik and a handicap win for Team Beau Geste. In Racer 1, Island Fling crossed the line first but was pipped to IRC first by EFG Bank Mandrake 3 and in Racer 2, Rampage claimed a win on the water and on handicap.
Tomorrow will be a busy day for the IRC Racers with three races including a geometric, a windward leeward and an islands course, while the Premier, Cruiser and HKPN fleets take on a geometric and an islands race.
Full results are available at http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/ccrresults.aspx
Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell
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