San Fernando Race 2015
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Overall IRC honours goes to OneSails Racing
Goto RHKYC Press ReleasesBy RHKYC PR & Media
April 4th: With three boats left on the water, Ray Roberts OneSails Racing is confirmed as the IRC Overall winner of the rerouted San Fernando Race 2015 after a 330nm challenge which Roberts described as “pleasant conditions but tactically very difficult because of the challenging weather”. The TP52 was just 21 minutes away from ‘doing the double’ and claiming line honours, but had to cede that title to Geoff Hill's Antipodes.

The remaining boats in the fleet still had their own divisional honours to contest, with Ambush claiming IRC Racer 1.

Whiskey Jack annihilating the opposition in IRC Racer 2, winning on the water and with nearly 6 hours to spare on corrected time.

Xena performed the same feat in IRC Premier, beating Sea Monkey into second place by over eight hours on corrected time.

In IRC Cruising, although Bernd Hanemann’s Crystal took divisional line honours, it looks as if Eric Doguet’s XC-35, Ex Libris will claim the silverware on IRC. Wonderwall, Darling and Vega remain on the water at the time of writing and, in spite of the time limit having expired, all are expected to finish tonight.

A location prizegiving will take place tonight at RHYC Kellett Island on the Main Lawn, starting at 1900hrs.

Overall Results are posted at http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/sfr15results.aspx

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San Fernando Race 2015
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Line Honours to Antipodes
By RHKYC PR & Media

April 3rd: After 42 hours of sailing, less than 11 minutes separated line honours winner, Geoff Hill's Smith 72’ Custom Antipodes, from TP52, OneSails Racing however Ray Roberts can take consolation from his position at the head of the IRC Overall standings with OneSails Racing looking very tough to beat.

Geoff Hill, owner and skipper of Antipodes, enjoyed the alternative route offered for the race, saying “It was a very good race [of] 330nm and it had what you would expect. It had a good reach, it had a good run and we had good wind most of the way. We did have some holes to go through, but as a competitive race I’d say it worked very well.”

Asked how the race, featuring physical and virtual marks, compared to the traditional run to the Philippines, Hill added “what made it so enjoyable was that there were different points of sail. I actually think with the theoretical marks being used, [RHKYC] can look at doing other offshore races of a similar nature.”

Owner and skipper of OneSails Racing, Ray Roberts felt that it was “a very, very tricky race where we started off in light airs …. Then the breeze filled in a bit and it was a tough race between Antipodes and us the whole way around the track - there wasn't 20 minutes that separated us at any time and we both had visual contact the whole race, so that kind of made it its own little exciting fight!”

Roberts found the variation of sailing a challenge, saying “we found it very tricky because the breeze varied between 3kts and at one stage we had 20kts. Not only that, you had a whole lot of fishing and coastal vessels to deal with and they come at you pretty quick out of the night in a bit of mist. For us guys that sail in the southern ocean, we never see another boat, [so] it can be quite scary!”

Mills 41 Ambush finished at 1329hrs and Xena is expected to make it home five hours later. The remaining boats in the fleet are still racing and if the breeze holds, Race Management will be busy early tomorrow, with ten boats expected between 0400hrs and 1000hrs.

The last word on the re-routed 2015 San Fernando Race has to go to the line honours winner, Hill. “The crew enjoyed it and we had good sailing – you can’t ask for more than that!”

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San Fernando Race 2015
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Day 1 - 24 hours in and Antipodes in the lead
By RHKYC PR & Media

April 2nd; After 24 hours of racing, Geoff Hill’s Smith 72’ Antipodes is leading the fleet, around 20nm shy of virtual mark three of the revised San Fernando Course, having covered just under 200nm. While the Yellowbrick ‘Leaderboard’ predicts Hill taking line honours at around 1000hrs tomorrow, two hours ahead of Ray Roberts’ TP52, OneSails Racing, the projections are based on recent VMG (velocity made good) of around 7 to 8kts and makes no allowance for what may come in the next 24 hours.

Roberts is around 5nm behind Hill on the water, but look a little further back and the new McConaghy built Mills 41 Ambush is just 26nm behind the TP52, also producing a recent VMG of over 7kts, and currently projected to finish second overall under IRC handicap. The reported breeze where the lead boats are currently racing is around 13kts southerly, however the further north the fleet goes, the weaker the breeze gets, with only around 7kts showing outside Hong Kong and around 10-12kts for the majority of the fleet.

In IRC Racer 2, Whiskey Jack is currently leading on paper, while Xena is holding on to a commanding advantage in IRC Premier. In the Cruiser division, Ex Libris has come to the fore, while Vega is progressing steadily around 10nm behind the bulk of the fleet with an ETA of Sunday morning.

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San Fernando Race 2015
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Slow start to 20th San Fernando Race
By RHKYC PR & Media

April 1st: In Hong Kong today, even though the original Philippine destination of San Fernando was ruled off limits because of the activity of super typhoon Maysak, 17 boats from the original entry list of 25 elected to go offshore racing over Easter.

Using the scheduled Victoria Harbour start, a 330nm combination of physical and virtual marks was put together to take the boats south west of Hong Kong, leaving the Lema Islands on starboard, before completing a figure of eight around four waypoints, then returning via Dangan Dao to finish at Shek O Rock.

With an unseasonal southerly in the harbor, flicking between 2 and 8kts, Race Officer Simon Boyde set a start line in the middle of the harbor and, with visibility worsening to the east, set the fleet off on time in 6 to 7kts. OneSails Racing and Antipodes were first out of the blocks, with the TP52 sneaking ahead of a hole which engulfed the rest of the fleet before they had reached Hung Hom.

As breeze filled in, Antipodes was the next boat to pop out, then Explorer under spinnaker and Sea Monkey under a Code Zero. By the time the bulk of the fleet had reached Hung Hom, OneSails Racing was reaching though Lei Yue Mun Gap.

Inside the harbor, spectators were treated to some close racing between IRC Premier boats Xena and Explorer, while Mills 41 Ambush showed off her new lines as she made up ground on Antipodes.

At 1600hrs, OneSails Racing was leading on the water, albeit at a speed of around 5 to 6kts with an ETA of midnight on Friday night, while in IRC Premier, Moonblue 2 had already signed off and declared that she was going fishing.
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