Published: Monday, 05 October 2015

A quality fleet of 40 boats will line up for Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Audi China Coast Regatta (Oct 9-11) in Hong Kong.

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(Photos: Guy Nowell/RHKYC)

Making the most of the seasonal northeast monsoon, the regatta committee has focused its efforts into revolutionizing the format and racing schedule, avoiding the traditional racing area off Lamma Island in favour of Nine Pins and Po Toi, in part to cater to the needs of the growing IRC Racer 0 fleet.

Rather than stipulating a rigid structure, the sailing instructions allow Race Officer Sofia Mascia the freedom to tailor her courses and race formats to the prevailing conditions, which should keep the fleet on its toes at all times during the three day event.

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Courses have also been rewritten and overseas boats will enjoy views of Hong Kong seldom seen by the casual tourist, with the islands courses taking in many landmarks in the eastern approaches, including Fury Rocks.

The seven-strong IRC Racer 0 division includes the TP52’s FreeFire, Millenium Racing and Chinese entry Ark323. They are joined by Australian legend Syd Fischer on Ragamuffin 100, local legend Frank Pong on Custom 75 Jelik and Custom Smith 72 Antipodes

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While the Hot 40s have a reputation as one of the hardest fought divisions, IRC Racer 2 boasts the largest contingent with 12 entries, including the Chinese sailed A40RC, Seawolf and many recognizable names from recent editions of the regatta. HKPN has also increased in size to eight entries for this year’s event, ranging from Flying Tiger 10 Kiasu, to Custom 30 Sloop DEA II.