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Audi China Coast Regatta 2015

Daily Race Reports
By RHKYC Media

Audi China Coast Regatta - Day 3
By RHKYC Media

With boats on fair warning that their journey to the start line east of Po Toi would take some time, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Middle Island sailing centre was a hive of activity from early this morning, with may boats taking the opportunity to put in a reef before venturing out to the limits of Hong Kong waters.

Race Officer Sofia Mascia was on the race area early and, finding 25kts plus of solid northerly and a very lumpy sea state, displayed the AP until the breeze softened enough to anchor the committee boat and lay a start line. Having originally planned to give the IRC Racer divisions one, or possibly two quick windward leewards, Mascia elected instead to set them an islands course along with IRC Premier and HKPN in order not to compromise any of the boats intending to compete in the Hong Kong to Vietnam on Thursday 15th October.

Several boats dropped out of the running before the start, preferring to return to the calmer waters of Victoria Harbour, but when the starts finally got underway in 20kts, an hour and 20 minutes behind schedule 29 boats were still keen to continue racing.

The heavier breeze caused a few upsets at the start, with ARK323 from Racer 0 crossing the line early before exonerating herself. Racer 1 were all clear, then Premier had a punchy start with Xena and Lighthorse both over early, Xena exonerating herself and Lighthorse retiring for the day.

Syd Fischer’s Team Ragamuffin retired with a headsail problem after reaching the first Club mark, while in IRC Premier, Clove Hitch also decided she had seen enough.

After an islands course taking in Waglan, Sung Kong, Steep, Ninepins and Basalt, Ray Roberts on Millenium Racing lifted his third consecutive China Coast Regatta trophy with a picket fence of five wins, ahead of Sam Chan’s Freefire. In Racer 1, Marcel Liedts’ Zannekin held off Steve Manning and Anthony Roots brand new Black Baza while in Racer 2, William Liu’s Seawolf pipped Lowell Chang’s Dexter II by two points and Rob Berkley and Gaston Chan’s Calamansi claimed Racer 3 ahead of Lady Butterfly, helmed by J.C. Broyelle.

Having completed their scheduled five races, both IRC Premier Division and HKPN enjoyed a discard, with Peter Forsythe and Jing Lee lifting the IRC Premier trophy for Xena just one point ahead of Moonblue 2 and Herman Wong’s Kiasu beating Dean Chisholm’s Darling on countback to claim the HKPN silverware.

Full results are available at http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/ccr15results.aspx

Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell

Audi China Coast Regatta 2015 - Day 2
By RHKYC Media

When the Race Officer surveyed the race area to the east of Tung Lung Chau first thing, conditions looked promising, with 12kts of northerly breeze, however as the competitors approached the start line, Sofia Mascia was forced to display the AP after a wind shift of 50º and then move her entire race track to leave enough room for the IRC Racer 0 boats to round the windward mark without bumping into Ninepins.

Getting racing underway 30 minutes later, Mascia was rewarded with relatively stable wind strengths of 10-13kts which resulted in a competitive windward / leeward for everyone, however with the direction being unstable, a second windward leeward race was vetoed in favour of ensuring a good islands race around Po Toi island.

Unsurprisingly, Syd Fischer’s Team Ragamuffin was first to appear from behind the islands on course 11 and steamed into the finish line in 12kts to take line honours, ahead of a 90 minute procession. The breeze held to ensure that everyone recorded a finish, allowing sailors plenty of time to recuperate back at Middle Island.

Going into the final day of Audi China Coast Regatta, Ray Roberts’ Millennium Racing is leading IRC Racer 0 with four bullets, ahead of Sam Chan’s FreeFire, while in IRC Racer 1, Ker 46 Zannekin is leading Ker 42 Black Baza by four points. In IRC Racer 2, A40RC Seawolf is leading A35, Dexter II.

Beneteau First 34.7 Calamansi is sitting pretty in IRC Racer 3, while Kiasu, Darling and DEA II are separated by only two points in HKPN Division.

The first warning signal tomorrow will be at 1035hrs, with the racing starting off the east of Po Toi, and the overall prizegiving taking place back at RHKYC’s Kellett Island clubhouse after racing.

Full results are available at http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/ccr15results.aspx

Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell

Day 1 - UK Sailmakers Day
By
RHKYC Media

9th October 2015: A new-look China Coast Regatta got underway near the Ninepins island group this morning, with 40 boats on the entry list for Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s flagship Big Boat regatta.

Race Officer Sofia Mascia was out early to scope for wind and to decide where to lay her marks. Finding 8 to 11 knots of northerly breeze for the first windward / leeward race of the day, Mascia set a 2.2nm windward leg for IRC Racer 0, IRC Racer 1 and IRC Premier, while the smaller boats of Racer 2, 3 and HKPN were given a 1.6nm leg.

The imposing sight and speed of Syd Fischer’s Team Ragamuffin was something to behold, prompting the RO to lengthen the start line, however technical problems on the first windward leg forced the 100 foot maxi to retire, recifying the problem for the second race of the day. Jelik took advantage of their absence, finishing first on the water, with Ray Roberts’ Millenium Racing coming out first on corrected time.

In IRC Racer 1, Marcel Liedts’ new Ker 46, Zannekin, stole the show, pushing EFG Mandrake into second and the new Ker 42 Back Baza into third, while in IRC Racer 2, the largest division in the regatta with 11 boats, William Liu’s Seawolf pipped Sydney 38 Stella and J109 Whiskey Jack to take both gunsmoke and line honours.

IRC Racer 3 resembled a one-design division, being made up of three Beneteau First 34.7’s, and in this instance J.C Broyelle successfully held off Calamansi to claim line honours and first place, while in Premier, Xena claimed line honours with Lighthorse claiming 1st under IRC. The final division to finish was HKPN, with Darling claiming a first on handicap.

With IRC Racer 2 and HKPN still finishing in a softening breeze, Mascia made the decision to limit the day’s racing to two races and elected to get IRC Racer 1 off on an Islands course, taking them around the picturesque rockscapes of Ninepins and Bluff via Club marks, before returning to Tung Lung Chau for a finish. IRC Racer 0 followed the same course, with Syd Fischer’s Team Ragamuffin scorching the course in just over two hours to take the gun.

Meanwhile the other Divisions fared less well in the dying breeze, requiring their course to be shortened at Steep Island and leaving Ymir and Clove Hitch still on course at the cut off and several HKPN boats scored DNF. Tomorrow’s racing will get underway east of Tung Lung Chau with the first warning signal sounding at 1025hrs.

Full results are available at http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/ccr15results.aspx

Image credits to RHKYC / Guy Nowell

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