Published: Monday, 19 October 2015

In Nha Trang, Vietnam, Ragamuffin 100 slid over the line to claim Owner Syd Fischer's second Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race win, with a new race record to boot.

Line Honours Claimed At Audi Hong Kong To Vietnam

(Photo: Xaume Olleros/RHKYC)

After reaching boat speeds of 35 knots plus, and breaking the existing record by nearly 24 minutes, Skipper David Witt was happy with the performance, finishing in 42 hours, 17 minutes and 24 seconds.

“It was a quiet ride in the first half, and the second half was basically 'velcoity made good',” says Witt. “It wasn’t so much the wind speed but the wind angle that affected that. And you can’t do much about it.... It (the second half) was nice and fresh, so that was good.”

“We didn’t break anything and that’s always a tick in the box and we didn’t have any downtime on the boat at all during the race,” continued Witt. “The crew did a really good job and (those factors) are pretty important when you’re trying to break a record.”

With Syd Fischer sitting this one out, Witt had already been in contact with the family by the time he reached the dock, with the reaction described as “pretty excited”.

While Syd Fischer’s Team Ragamuffin enjoyed presentations by local officials before relaxing with a well-earned beer, the other 11 boats in the fleet continued with their race.

Line Honours Claimed At Audi Hong Kong To Vietnam 1

(Photo: Xaume Olleros/RHKYC)

Recording an elapsed time of 49 hours, 56 minutes and 21 seconds, RP66 Alive finished the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race in second place on the water.