Total Lubmarine China Coast Regatta 2008
Total Lubmarine China Coast Regatta 2008

“An AsianYachting Grand Prix Championship Event

An AsianYachting Grand Prix Event


Total Lub
marine China Coast Regatta 2008
Day 3

12th October 2008
By Lindsay Lyons of RHKYC
Photos by Guy Nowell - RHKYC

Blowing a hooley and with 22 boats on the start line, Day 3 of Total Lubmarine China Coast Regatta rounded off a fantastic (not to say exhausting) weekend's sailing in the waters of Hong Kong. The Division D Impalas took one look at the 26 knots and 2m swell and decided to call it a regatta, while Jaywalker and Outrageous came out to the start area for a look-see and decided that lunch at Middle Island was a more attractive option.

The hardened sailors, however, relished the conditions and set off, on time, in 26 knots, gusting to over 30. Race Officer, Inge Strompf-Jepsen, selected course one for all boats, allowing an upwind finish in preparation for the final Island's course of the Regatta and allowing Strompf-Jepsen to shorten Division C. The Objective was a short race, to ensure at least 6 races for the regatta, and the plan worked a treat, with Island Fling coming in first on the water and on handicap in 34 minutes after Jelik retired with reefing problems. FfreeFire 52 had one of her best races of the series, clearly delighted to come in second on the water and only 45 seconds behind Fling on corrected time. 

In Division B Ambush had a scorcher to claim the double and Men at Work repeated the feat in Division C, putting both boats in a virtually unassailable position for the series.

The final boat took an hour to finish, after which the AP was raised immediately in preparation for a brisk trip around the Po Toi's. The breeze held to give 20 to 25 knots nearly all the way, softening to 18 knots towards the end of the race.

Once again it was the lines of Jelik which came first into view, and she claimed line honours in just under 90 minutes, followed a minute later by Island Fling, who took the race, and the series on handicap. FfreeFire 52 had another great race, claiming 2 x 2nd's for the day.

For once, in Division B it was not Ambush's race, instead Blauwvoet and Orient Xpress raced bow to bow to the line, with Blauwvoet taking the race on the water, and Orient Xpress claiming her first win on corrected time. This finalized the series with a win for Ambush, Stella in second and Orient Xpress in third place.

Division C was a little more predictable, with Men at Work maintaining their high standards and claiming a first on the water but a second on corrected time after a fine performance from Whiskey Jack which gave them their first 1st and also secured second place in series ahead of Dexter.

A fine three day's racing, which featured plenty of wind, plenty of fun and plenty of rum. What more could a yachtie want?
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IRC Division A Series
Sail No, Boat, Type of Boat, Owner, Handicap, Points, Place, R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7
GBR88R Island Fling TP52 Paul Winkelmann 1.356 7 1 2 4 1 1 1 1 1
HKG2166 Fortis Mandrake Farr-Mills 51 Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns 1.279 16 2 3 1 2 4 2 5 4
HKG2112 Hi Fi Welbourne 52 Custom Neil Pryde 1.336 19 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 5
HKG2238 FfreeFire52 TP52 Sam Chan 1.334 23 4 5 5 4 5 5 2 2
HKG600 Jelik RP75 Frank Pong 1.482 24 5 1 2 7 2 6 7 6
NZL11011 Full Metal Jacket Corby 43 Chris Meads 1.219 28 6 6 6 5 6 4 4 3

Full results are available at http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/chinacoastraceweek/results08.htm


Total Lub
marine China Coast Regatta 2008
Day 2

11th October 2008
By Lindsay Lyons of RHKYC
Photos by Guy Nowell - RHKYC

Day two of Total Lubmarine China Coast Regatta (North Sails Day) was billed as three windward/ leeward races to take the Regatta total to five. As Race Officer, Inge Strompf-Jepsen reached the start area, it was apparent that the sailors were in for a treat or a challenge, depending which way you viewed the 25 knot North Easterly which greeted them at Lamma Island.

Setting a six-leg course of 1.6nm for Divisions A and B and a four leg course for Divisions C and D, Strompf-Jepsen hoped to make the most of the breeze before a forecast lull in the afternoon, but with 26 knots on the first start it became obvious that a lack of wind was not going to be a problem.

FfreeFire 52, Orient Xpress and Full Metal Jacket were called over, and while they were making their way back to the line, Jelik tried to manoevre between the committee boat and Fortis Mandrake, catching both and losing her bowsprit in the process. To add to their woes, Jelik was disqualified at the subsequent protest, however managed to soldier on through the day and complete the three races.

Elsewhere the fleets were falling faster than the FTSE, with Impala Moll suffering rudder damage and Impala 1 deciding that discretion was the better part, returning to base before they suffered any damage themselves.

In Division B, Ambush continued her winning ways, with a double first on race 3, while yesterdays Division C winner, Men at Work ended up retiring as they tried to extricate their keel from their kite. This allowed Dexter to triumph ahead of Whiskey Jack and the smallest boat in the division, Contention 30, Sex Drive, who were definitely punching their weight in spite of the testing conditions.

Several boats completed race three, only to retire for the remainder of the day, leaving 26 boats out of 35 on the start line for Race 4. With a slight easterly shift in wind, and a move of the windward mark, Race 4 got underway on 22 knots. Clearly chastened by the previous start, all classes were clear at the start and enjoyed a more gentle race, although not without the usual knocks and scrapes expected in strong breeze.

Island Fling enjoyed a perfect day, with three firsts, while Ambush slipped for the first time in the Regatta to third place in race 4. Men at Work came back from their fishing trip to win the double for races 4 and 5, with Whiskey Jack winning the Division C day prize for a consistent display of 2-2-3 for the day. In Division D, Ling Yuan finally dropped a place to Boss Hogg in the final race of the day, but still hold a commanding lead going into the final day.

Sunday offers two races, one windward/ leeward and an Islands Course to round out the Regatta and none of the Division leaders can yet rest easy, so it should be an entertaining day on the water!
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Full results are available at http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/chinacoastraceweek/results08.htm


Total Lubmarine China Coast Regatta 2008
Day 1

10th October 2008
By Lindsay Lyons of RHKYC
Photos by Guy Nowell - RHKYC

A bright and breezy day off Lamma Island, to the South of Hong Kong, offered competitors ideal conditions for the first day of the 2008 Total Lubmarine China Coast Regatta. While conditions at 0930hrs looked a little soft, the breeze filled in to a 10 knot North Easterly by the first start, and further strengthened to 15 knots during the first race of the day.

It was refreshing, in these straitened times, to see so many new boats, or boats with new owners, on the start line.  While missing a few boats from the 35 strong entry list, there was still plenty of action on the water, with all Divisions offering close competition in Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's (RHKYC) regatta. Race Officer, Inge Strompf-Jepsen opted for combined starts, with IRC Divisions A and B starting a six leg windward / leeward at 1030hrs, and IRC Divisions C and D following with four legs at 1035hrs.

With Jelik averaging 18 minutes a lap, it never seemed likely that the cut-off times would be troubled, and Frank Pong's 75 foot Reichel Pugh proceeded to take the gun and the handicap honours for Division A, ahead of Paul Winkelmann's TP52 Island Fling.

In Division B, the Taylor / Isler owned Mills 41 Ambush performed strongly, in spite of shredding a spinnaker on the second downwind leg, and also took the double. It seemed to be a race for doubles, as Helmuth Hennig's A35, Men at Work and H Wong's Impala, Ling Yuan, repeated the feat in Divisions 3 and 4.

Race 2 was to be an Islands Course, with Strompf-Jepsen sending IRC A and B combined on a 17nm romp past TCS 2, Beaufort Island and Stanley before finishing them close to RHKYC's Middle Island base and a chilled beer. Jelik again led the fleets home in just under 2 hours, however it was the Burns / Kinmonth owned Farr-Mills 51 Fortis Mandrake which took first on corrected time around 15 minutes later.

Ambush again cleaned up in Division B, just ahead of Rick Strompf's new X41, Orient Xpress, and in Division C, Men at Work went to work and secured another double, ahead of Lowell Chang's X99, Dexter after a 15.5nm course which took in Beaufort and Po Toi Island with no stop for lunch.

Ling Yuan rounded out the day with another double, finishing just as the breeze softened to 7 knots at around 1500hrs and - with only one protest to trouble the International Jury, an early prizegiving left competitors were free to relax and think about tomorrow's racing. Crew work will be tested to the limit with three windward / leewards starting at 1030hrs and a forecast of stronger conditions.
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Full results are available at http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/chinacoastraceweek/results08.htm

 

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