Kiwis bag fourth straight win at Nations’ Cup in Hong Kong
Published: Tuesday, 02 May 2017
The New Zealand team has triumphed the fourth consecutive year at the fifth edition of the annual sailing race Nations’ Cup on April 30, organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) on a three-loop harbour course from the Central Club to Shau Kei Wan (SKW) and back, with teams dressing in national costumes.
(Photos: Guy Nowell / RHKYC - Nations' Cup 2017 winning team Forty Forte)
Tornado representing Hong Kong was the first to finish on the water with team New Zealand Flying Fifteen Forty Forte taking the silverware and having their flag displayed over the Main Bar for a year for the fourth year running.
The 52 entries come from 13 countries including Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, France, Sweden, the US and Wales.
Boats were split into five starts based on their RHKATI ratings, with the HKPN rated entries starting first. The last boats to set off were the larger of the big boats including England’s TP52 FreeFire, Orient Express representing Hong Kong, Straight Up yer Kilt representing Scotland accompanied by the sole catamaran to take part in the event – a Flying Phantom Flyer representing England.
Most starts were clear with only a few OCSs being called. Once the horn sounded, national teams beat their way up the harbour with some teams sporting costumes of all types to mark the occasion including kilts, rooster hats, martial arts costumes, and Union Jack blazers.
Once sailors reached SKW, they hoisted their kites and ran down to Central buoy where they encountered a strong outgoing tide and a hole around the mark. Once they managed to limp their way around, they headed back to SKW. Due to the hole, it was decided to shorten the course by one lap.
(Hong Kong teams Skellum and Larrikin)