Published: Tuesday, 03 May 2016

The EFG Nations’ Cup, in association with Auckland Tourism Events & Economic Development, was once again claimed by New Zealand. The event was organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.

The Kiwis made it two trios of Nations’ Cup and won on 1st May with the Mills 41 Ambush, skippered by Drew Taylor, pulling a win out on corrected time from German line honours winner das Busch, helmed by Ambush co-owner Joachim Isler.  

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A quiet turnout on a public holiday weekend did nothing to dampen the spirits of 40 entrants from 13 nations, with English city gents mixing it up against a Hawaiian-themed USA team and a drum majorette squad from Hong Kong.

Boats were split into five starts based on their RHKATI ratings, with the HKPN rated entries starting first, and the TP52 of England, Ker 42 of Ireland and Mills 41 of Scotland departing from in front of RHKYC Kellett Island some 90 minutes later.

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(Photos: RHKYC/ Lindsay Lyons)

Race Officer Lucy Sutro had enough confidence in the conditions to set the boats a course which took them outside the eastern harbour limits to Junk Bay, with the fleet rounding TCS 4 before returning through the Lei Yue Mun gap and rounding Tai Koo Shing and Kowloon Bay, before passing Hung Hom channel marker and coming in for a committee boat finish close to Kellett Island. 

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After 2 hours and 27 minutes, das Busch took the gun, ahead of the Australian Flying Fifteen of Oliver Merz and the Kiwi Etchells of Greg Farrell. A steady procession of boats arrived at the finish and, after handicaps were applied, the Kiwi team on Ambush emerged victorious, just over two minutes ahead of the Germans.

The prime objective of the event was to provide a fun day’s sailing for all – mission accomplished!


1st – The Vic Locke Memorial Trophy – New Zealand

2nd – Germany

3rd – England

4th – Australia

5th – Kingdom of Sweden

6th - Switzerland

HKPN – Hong Kong

Best dressed team – Skellum (Hong Kong)

Best dressed boat – Free Fire (England)

Special Commendation – Mind The Bumps (England)

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