San Fernando Race
San Fernando Race 2013
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Antipodes Does the Double

30 March 2013: With eleven boats of the 24 boat San Fernando feet safely anchored off the beach and target finish times for the other boats now passed, Geoff Hill can relax in the knowledge that Antipodes will lift not only the silverware for Line Honours but also for IRC Overall at the formal prizegiving back in Hong Kong.

The Philippine team of Standard Insurance Centennial, headed by Ernesto Echauz, finishes second overall, with the Ker 40, Peninsula Signal 8 coming in third, and 1st in IRC Racing Division 1.

Speaking after the race, co-owner Jamie McWilliam described the thrill of the boat, on its first offshore race “We thought we were doing 9 or 10 kts all the way home, then all of a sudden at midnight, we had 15,16,17 kts and then the breeze clocked round to the north. It was awesome, just brilliant. We had a brilliant full moon, pointing exactly where we were pointing … 15.7kts was the top [boat speed] that we got. The closest we ever got to stopping was at Lei Yue Mun gap [at the start].”

The steady conditions enjoyed by the leading boats did not last for those further back in the fleet, with the curse of the Luzon hole hitting both early this morning and at sundown. Never the less, for the 13 boats still on the water, a steady procession beckons through tonight, with the last boat on the water, Allegro, due to arrive on Sunday morning.

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San Fernando Race
San Fernando Race 2013
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Antipodes First Boat Home in 19th Edition

29 March 2013: After 480 nm and over 51 hours of racing, Geoff Hill’s Smith 72, Antipodes, crossed the finish line of the 2013 San Fernando Race to claim Line Honours. Taking a route south of the rhumb line, Hill avoided the wind shadow of the Philippine coast and, once out of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, rarely dropped below 9kts boat speed for the entire race.

Navigator Alan “Guilty” Tillyer put their success down to the consistent breeze, saying “The second night the moon was out and we had a terrific sail. In spite of the forecast, the wind was much better and we came in much quicker than expected – it’s been an awesome sail.”

The next boat due to finish is the Philippine entry, Standard Insurance Centennial followed by Peter Cremer’s Warwick 75, Shahtoosh and Peter Churchouse’ custom Warwick, Moonblue 2. Hill stands a very good chance of ‘doing the double’ and lifting both Line Honours and IRC Overall silverware, but he has a long wait for some of the smaller players to cross the finish line before he knows for sure.

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San Fernando Race
San Fernando Race 2013
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

24 hours in and Antipodes is in the lead

28 March 2013: 24 hours after the start of the San Fernando Race, Antipodes is holding on to the lead on the water, having covered over 200nm averaging just over 9kts boatspeed. Her current ETA is just after 1800hrs on Friday 29th, which will not break any records, but would make navigator Alan “Guilty” Tillyer’s pre-race prediction spot on.

Antipodes has stayed south of the rhumb line, whereas Standard Insurance Centennial has stayed well above it. Currently Centennial’s ETA is around seven hours behind the Smith 72, averaging 8kts, however the Philippine team feel they know their home waters best and will be hoping to win the battle of tactics approaching the country’s coastline.

Red Kite II, bidding to win her third San Fernando Race under IRC Overall has, as she did in 2011, gone far out to the left and will cut in towards the coast at the last possible moment to try and avoid the “Luzon Hole”. Peninsula Signal 8 seems to be sticking to the rhumb line and is trucking along nicely at just under 8kts to hold on to the IRC lead position, with Moonblue 2 right beside her for company. Allegro is currently shepherding the fleet along, with an ETA of Sunday morning, but it seems that all competitors are currently on course to make it to the Sunday evening party in San Fernando.

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San Fernando Race
San Fernando Race 2013
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Standard Insurance Centennial leads fleet out of Hong Kong

27 March 2013: At the pre-race skippers’ briefing, Hong Kong Observatory offered much in the way of cloud, rain and squally thunderstorms for the start of the 19th San Fernando Race, however Race Officer Simon Boyde cheated the wind gods yet again and, with a band of rain threatening from the West, managed to find 6 knots of NE and an ebbing tide to send the 24 strong fleet off in front of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.

Keen to get back home to Subic Bay, TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial had a text book start, ahead of Smith 72 Antipodes. The rest of the fleet made its way sedately through the Harbour to Lei Yue Mun gap, where the TP52 squeezed through in 10kts without stalling, leaving the rest of the fleet to bide their time in a Junk Bay hole before logging on to the breeze again.

The smaller IRC boats also had to bear the frustration of sitting becalmed, before EFG Bank Mandrake and Red Kite II were able to recommence their quest for IRC glory. IRC Overall will be a tough prize to predict, with Zanzibar keen to replicate her Rolex China Sea Race 2012 success, and Red Kite II fired up to make it three SFR’s in a row, however it’s ‘early days’ and the race can often be decided by the diurnal breeze as the boats hit the land shadow of the Philippines.

By the time Standard Insurance Centennial was past Shek O, Antipodes and Peninsula Signal 8 had picked up the chase and all boats had been piped through Lei Yue Mun, with Diamond Queen, Wonderwall, Sea Monkey and Allegro guarding the rear.

Supported by the Philippines Department of Tourism and proving ‘it’s more fun in the Philippines!’ the race ends in San Fernando, Luzon Province and all the crews will be looking forward to the blue seas and skies at the end of the race. However, with no boat currently averaging over 5kts that end could be some days away.

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