China Coast Regatta - Day 3 Wrap Up...
After the windward / leeward this morning, Hong Kong’s TP52 Free Fire owned by Sam Chan came out on top of the IRC Racer 0 division, putting herself 8 points ahead and untouchable to Shawn Kang’s Ker 46+ Lighthorse Alpha Plus.
After narrowly missing out in China Coast Regatta in 2017, Tiffany Koo’s King Mills 40 Hero Racing Team took the IRC Racer 1 win. Tiffany almost had a clean sweep across the board and was thwarted by Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns’ Mandrake III taking the win in the final islands race of the regatta.
In IRC Racer 2 Glenn Smith’s Grand Soleil 45 Blackjack took the win in her division ahead of Richard Van Den Berg’s J/111 Juggerknot. They were followed by Joshua Cole’s A40RC Avante Garde who tied with Blackjack on corrected time in the final race of the regatta.
In IRC Racer 3, Lowell Chang’s AC35 Dexter II took the win in her division - 5 points ahead of Nick Southward’s J/109 Whiskey Jack.
By posting 6 wins in classes with 5 yachts or more, Tiffany Koo’s King Mills 40 Hero Racing Team and Lowell Chang’s AC35 Dexter II have tied on points, for the Highest AYGP Score at the regatta and are away on the 2018-19 AYGP season on a high note. The China Coast Regatta is the second pointscoring event on the 2018-19 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) and the 2018-19 AYGP Rankings, can be browsed by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System.
IRC Premier Cruising sailed two 10nm island courses which took them around Beaufort Island. Their second race of the day was started to the south of Stanley, for which they had a downwind start. Peter Churchouse’s Warwick Custom Moonblue 2 came out on top with a clean sweep across the board for the second year running.
Joining racing for the weekend, was Alan Cheung’s Oceanis 34 Bleu, who took the win in the HKPN division after taking two bullets in today’s racing.
With all the racing wrapped up, the fleets made their way back to Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Middle Island base for refreshments on the hardstand. The overall prizegiving will be held on Tuesday 16 October at Kellett Island.
China Coast Regatta - Day 2
As the day progressed the breeze moderated to around 15kts and the sunshine came out making for the best sailing conditions Hong Kong has to offer. It was an epic sight to see Meitatsu Fukumoto / Seng Huang Lee’s ORMA 60 SHK Scallywag FUKU whizzing around the other fleets while reaching top speeds of 39.7kts.
Continuing an excellent streak from Day 1 was Sam Chan’s TP52 Free Fire. We caught up with Sam on the pontoon after racing “Our day was very good we got 2 -1 -1. In the first race we were not doing too well but we managed to take line honours, we beat Frank Pong’s Custom 75 Jelik on the water. We either got line honours or we got first. How did the crew perform? I think I'm happy with them, they can’t be better. In five races, we've won four already.”
In IRC Racer 2 Glenn Smith’s Grand Soleil 45 Blackjack had a disappointing first race of the day when they badly wrapped the kite at the bottom mark. They were able to claw back however with two firsts in the final races of the day, giving them four bullets in the regatta so far. Blackjack is currently tied for first place overall at 11 points with Richard Van Den Berg’s J 111 Juggerknot.
Glenn Smith commented, “Well, in the first race we were coming down very fast to the jibe, we were using our heavy asymmetric which we haven’t used for a while. When we did the jibe, I think we hit a wave and it sort of spun the asymmetric around the forestay and then we kept wrapping it around and I think that delayed us 15 minutes. We dropped it and managed to finish the race with other boats still in sight. What do we think of our clean sweep otherwise? Well it’s a bit of a surprise, that’s what I am thinking! The boat’s going really well, and these weather conditions are perfect for Blackjack, 15kts and with the refit I did this year it’s made the boat go a little bit faster, it’s going really well.”
The final day of the regatta starts tomorrow – and one hour later to allow some recovery time from tonight’s the Regatta Dinner. All divisions are scheduled to sail two races with more perfect sailing conditions forecast!
China Coast Regatta - Day 1
The first race of the day saw many competitors get a feel for the conditions, with sailors tightening up their drops by the end of the race. In the biggest racing fleet of the regatta IRC Racer 1, the sole female skipper - Tiffany Koo - took the win in Race 1 on the King Mills 40, Hero Racing Team.
For Race 2, sailors were sent on 19 to 32nm course depending on their division. Given the wind direction, sending yachts from Yuen Kok in the direction of the Ninepin Islands made for a giant windward / leeward with a few obstacles in the way – islands!
Adding excitement to the race course; Meitatsu Fukumoto / Seng Huang Lee’s ORMA 60 SHK Scallywag FUKU accelerated around the track. Sadly her match racing competition, trimaran Karl Kwok’s MOD Beau Geste 70, could not make the China Coast Regatta due electronics repairs. However, the two boats will battle it out in the Hong Kong to Hainan Race starting next Thursday 18 October.
Tomorrow, yachts will return to Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Middle Island facility for a planned three windward / leeward races for the IRC racing divisions and two islands courses for IRC Premier Cruiser. Also joining racing for the weekend are six more boats from the HKPN division.
China Coast Race Week is the second pointscoring event on the 2018-19 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) and the 2018-19 AYGP Rankings, can be browsed by clicking on Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System.
2018 starts tomorrow
35 yachts will compete across seven divisions, with the biggest contingent coming from IRC Division 1. Joining IRC Division 1, Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns’ GTS Mandrake III will be hunting down the hat trick after taking first place in their division in the 2016 and 2017 regatta.
We caught up with Mandrake III co-owner and China Coast Regatta Chairman, Fred Kinmonth on his past China Coast Regatta experiences. “The best part of the regatta? First, putting yourself up against your best sailing mates from Hong Kong and overseas. Second, enjoying the wonderful sailing venue south of Hong Kong. Third, the excitement before the first race, when you are facing the unknown once again. How do we decide who gets to drive, we religiously take it in turns, every race we swap over. The best part of winning our division, I suppose it’s beating our friends on board Mills 41 Ambush.
In IRC Division 0 with a huge size gap, the entrants have a wide variety of strengths that should feature throughout the weekend. Frank Pong’s Custom 75 Jelik previously Roy Disney’s Pyewacket 75, handles great in light reaching conditions, Shawn Kang’s Ker 46+ Lighthorse Alpha Plus can give other boats a run for their money with their quick acceleration. Adding the two TP52s to the mix, Ark323 and Free Fire should spice up the competition.
Racing will take place in the waters to the east and south of Hong Kong Island, with some islands courses extending into the waters to the east of Sai Kung.
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