China Coast Race Regatta 2018 Recap

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China Coast Race Regatta 2018 Recap

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DAY 1 | There were perfect conditions across the race track for Day 1 of the China Coast Regatta with blue skies and a 10 to 15kts north easterly breeze. 28 boats took to the race track, which was located southeast of Hong Kong’s Lamma Island.

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.

DAY 2 | The breeze picked up for Day 2 of China Coast Regatta.  A 20-25kts northeasterly breeze greeted the sailors as they reached the race track this morning, which was located to the southeast of Lamma Island. 34 boats came out for racing; the IRC Racer classes sailed three windward / leewards and had four retirements in the first race of the day which looked to mostly be spinnaker-related issues.  IRC Premier Cruiser sailed two islands courses and HKPN were given one windward / leeward and an island course.

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. 

DAY 3 | Another superb day of excellent conditions; 15kts, sunshine and blue skies for the final races of  Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s China Coast Regatta 2018.  Racing got away smoothly with all IRC Racer and HKPN divisions sailing one windward / leeward and one islands course ranging in distance from 10 to 16.5nm. The islands course took the fleet on a beat towards a windward mark and reaching to an ocean mark before rounding Beaufort or Sung Kong and finishing off Bluff Head near Stanley.

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.

 

See you next year for China Coast Regatta 2019 to be held from 11 to 13 October, followed by the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race starting 16 October 2019.

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