Audi China Coast Regatta Concludes
Published: Monday, 12 October 2015
The Audi China Coast Regatta (Oct 9-11) has concluded, with several boats dropping out of the running before the start of Day 3 races.
(Photos: Guy Nowell/RHKYC)
Race Officer Sofia Mascia was on the race area early finding 25 knots plus of solid northerly and a very lumpy sea state. Starts got underway in 20 knots with 29 boats still keen to continue racing.
Having originally planned to give the IRC Racer divisions one, or possibly two quick windward leewards, Mascia elected instead to set them an islands course along with IRC Premier and HKPN in order not to compromise any of the boats intending to compete in the Hong Kong to Vietnam on October 15.
The heavier breeze caused a few upsets at the start, with Shanghai-based crew ARK323 from Racer 0 crossing the line early before exonerating herself. Racer 1 was all clear, but Premier had a difficult start with Xena and Lighthorse both over early. Xena exonerated herself and Lighthorse retired for the day.
Syd Fischer’s Team Ragamuffin retired with a headsail problem after reaching the first Club mark, while in IRC Premier, Clove Hitch also decided she had seen enough.
In IRC Racer 0, Ray Roberts on Millennium Racing gained his third consecutive China Coast Regatta trophy with an impressive five wins, ahead of Sam Chan’s Freefire.
In Racer 1, Marcel Liedts’ Zannekin held off Steve Manning and Anthony Roots brand new Black Baza while in Racer 2, William Liu’s Seawolf beat Lowell Chang’s Dexter II by two points.
Rob Berkley and Gaston Chan’s Calamansi claimed Racer 3 ahead of Lady Butterfly, helmed by J.C. Broyelle.
Having completed their scheduled five races, both IRC Premier Division and HKPN enjoyed a discard, with Peter Forsythe and Jing Lee lifting the IRC Premier trophy for Xena just one point ahead of Moonblue 2. Herman Wong’s Kiasu beat Dean Chisholm’s Darling to claim the HKPN silverware.
Audi China Coast Regatta Results:
IRC Racer 0:
1st – Millennium Racing – 5
2nd – FreeFire – 11
3rd – Jelik – 19
IRC Racer 1:
1st – Zannekin – 8
2nd – Black Baza – 13
3rd – EFG Mandrake – 15
IRC Racer 2:
1st – Seawolf – 8
2nd – Dexter II – 10
3rd – Mojito – 19
IRC Racer 3:
1st – Calamansi – 7
2nd – Lady Butterfly – 9
3rd – Goddess – 14
1st – Xena – 7
2nd – Moonblue 2 – 8
3rd– Lighthorse – 9
1st – Kiasu – 11
2nd – Darling – 11
3rd – Glory Sportfun – 12