1010 4G Match Racing Championships in Hong Kong
Published: Thursday, 09 May 2013
This weekend’s 1O1O 4G Match Racing International Regatta, organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC), has attracted a clutch of top match racers from around the world including four-time and current world champion, Ian Williams.
Four visiting skippers will be joined by Hong Kong’s top four match racing teams, based on last weekend’s 1O1O 4G Match Racing Hong Kong Nationals, in which Peter Backe (SWE) triumphed over Seah Chin Yew (HKG) 3-2 to life the silverware, They are joined by 3rd placed Laurence Mead (GBR) and Lui Kam (HKG).
Match racing is a brutal one-on-one sailing contest where the rules aren't used to keep boats apart, instead being used to try and inflict a penalty turn on the opposition. Winning margins are slim and the skills required include a keen knowledge of the racing rules, lightning fast reflexes and nerves of steel as the leader fights with attack after attack from the boat behind. The regatta will pit competitors against each other in a double round robin format, with the top four teams progressing to the knockout stages. The semi-finals will serve to produce the two teams which will contest the grand final.
Those wanting to watch the action can best view it from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Kellet Island. There is public access near the breakwater. If conditions demand, the racing will be moved towards Hung Hom, where the public can follow the racing along the Avenue of Stars. Racing begins at 9:30am on Friday and continues for the Saturday and Sunday. Each race lasts a maximum of 20 minutes, and those interested in top notch tactics will enjoy watching the starting sequence as the J80s move towards the start line.
Competitors this weekend, include world number one Ian Williams from the UK, as well as Phil Robertson of New Zealand (4), William Tiller of New Zealand (7) and David Gilmour of Australia (27). Facing up to them will be local competitors including Peter Backe, Chin Yew Seah and Lui Kam.