Macao Cup 2020

Racing on the second day of the Macao Cup began in 10-knot easterly winds, off Macau’s Coloane Island. At the scheduled start time of 1000, only six boats had reached the committee boat! So the race officer, for better or worse, hoisted the AP flag as the stragglers arrived over the next half hour.

At 1030, under grey skies but with a reasonable breeze, the horn sounded for the IRC fleet, sent on Course S1. Ten minutes later, the familiar Beneteau First 40.7 boats, crossed the line and gave chase to a windward mark at about five kilometers to the east. Both clean starts.

The IRC fleet featured a number of Hong Kong boats, such as Daydream, Blu and the early Rampage. Good to see as a healthy sailing relationship between the former British colony and the former Portuguese is long overdue.

Around the windward and wing marks, the boats hoisted their kites and returned to two black marks laid in front of the start line. Tricky stuff as the IRC fleet had to round the starboard mark, and the First 40.7s, the port mark.

Between the first two bridges, in an area perfect for beachcat sailing (it’s not deep enough for keelboats) the Hobie 16s had their own races with the fleets distinctive red sails adding a touch of colour to the familiar brown waters of Macau.

More racing reports on Sunday as the 2020 Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Cup Regatta & Maco Cup International Regatta draw to a close. If that’s difficult to remember, just call it the Macao Cup – and why not? Macau has a new marina coming soon, between Coloane and the Mainland, the existing marina around the back (Marina da Doca de Lamau) and, of course, Fisherman’s Wharf right next to the Hong Kong-Macau ferry terminal, out of which the Macao Cup is being run.

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