China Coast Regatta

The China Coast Regatta 2019 wrapped up on the 13th of October, after three days of racing was squeezed into two (sadly, Day 2 had to be cancelled due to a lack of wind). But, with the arrival of northeasterly monsoon on Sunday, an average of 6 to 7 knots of breeze greeted the sailors as they reached the race course off the southeast of Lamma Island.
Thirty-two boats turned out for the final day of racing. The IRC Racer classes sailed two windward / leewards to begin with. As the day progressed, the breeze built to around 10 to 12 knots with sunshine and blue skies, giving sailors a superb afternoon for islands racing. The courses took the boats on a beat towards a windward mark and reaching to an ocean mark before rounding Beaufort or Sung Kong and finishing off Bluff Head near Stanley.

For IRC Racer 0, Shawn Kang's Lighthorse Alpha+ took two wins today, putting itself just one point ahead of Sam Chan's Free Fire.
Although Yuye Yan's Seawolf did not score any bullets, it was still four points ahead of main competitor Mandrake III in IRC Racer 1 division. Ellian Perch’s Cape 31, Orion DYP, which made the journey to Hong Kong from South Africa, ended up 5th place in its division.

There was tough competition in the IRC Racer 2 division. Herman Wong’s Kiasu! performed well in the final islands race where it lifted the division’s 1st place only one point ahead of Rampage. Winning the final islands race, Blackjack moved into 3rd place ahead of Juggerknot due to a count back win. In IRC Racer 3, Nick Southward’s Whiskey Jack emerged victorious one point ahead of Mei Han Chung’s Dexter II .

Race officer, Inge Strompf-Jepsen, was pleased that despite losing one day due to the weather, the final day was blessed with good winds and the race management team still managed to give each IRC Racer division six races to make up the regatta.
HKPN were given one windward / leeward and an islands course of around 10 nautical miles around Beaufort Island. Ding Dong took two bullets and emerged overall winner in HKPN division.

IRC Premier Cruising sailed two 10nm island courses which took them around Beaufort Island. Their second race of the day started to the south of Stanley. Peter Churchouse’s Moonblue 2 came out on top winning all three island races of the regatta.

With all the racing wrapped up, the fleets made their way back to the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Middle Island base for refreshments on the hardstand. The overall prizegiving will be held on Monday, the 14th of October, at Kellett Island.
Photos RHKYC / Guy Nowell

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