HK Sailor Claims Etchells Asia Pacific Championships
Published: Tuesday, 27 October 2015
The final day of the Etchells Asia Pacific Championships (Oct 24-26) got off to an early start, with the first warning signal sounding at 1000hrs.
(Photos: Jenny Cooper/Hong Kong Etchells)
With 15 to 17 knots of consistent north easterly breeze and a one to two-metre swell, Race Officer Kevin Wilson set a course of 1.7 nautical miles and sounded the warning signal on time.
For the first time in the regatta, a general recall was required as a mass of Etchells decided to push the envelope and ended up over the line before the start of the fifth race.
At the first windward mark rounding, USA's Marvin Beckmann on The Martian led the fleet managing to stay out in front all the way to the finish to record his first bullet for the regatta, ahead of Scimitar, Racer X 2 and Swedish Blue.
For the second time, the competitive fleet forced another general recall at the start of the sixth and final race of the Asia Pacific Championships.
Ante Razmilovic’s Swedish Blue led the fleet around the first windward mark, however it was to Marvin Beckmann’s day as he took control on the downwind leg to claim a double for the day, with Racer X 2 following up in second and Swedish Blue in third.
Swedish Blue in hot pursuit of both was also able to get through Scimitar giving Hong Kong's Mark Thornburrow’s Race X 2 the series in spite of not recording a win throughout the regatta, with Steve Benjamin's Scimitar finishing second, also with no wins. Swedish Blue took third overall.
“We were really trying hard to get him (Benjamin) on that last leg, but we never thought we would put a boat between us,” says Mark Thornborrow.
Swedish Blue pulled themselves up into third place, pushing Jake Gunther’s The Boat into fourth and The Martian into fifth.
The crews now have a five-day break from the water, giving them a chance to ready their boats for the 2015 Etchells World Championships (Nov 1-7) held in Hong Kong.
Provisional Results –Top Ten:
1st: Racer x 2 - Mark Thornburrow – HKG
2nd: SCIMITAR - Steve Benjamin – USA
3rd: Swedish Blue – Ante Razmilovic – GBR
4th: The Boat – Jake Gunther – AUS
5th: The Martian – Marvin Beckmann - USA
6th: Aretas – Jon McClean – USA
7th: No Dramas – Seamus McHugh – SUI
8th: Phan – Jeremy Thorp – GBR
9th: African Queen – Jan Muysken – UAE
10th: Jezebel – Peter Backe - HKG