Rally winner

The Mills 41, Ambush, was the final boat to sail into Nha Trang, Vietnam on Friday night (18.Oct.19) at 22:40:42, putting it in 1st place for IRC Racer 1 division. Sam Chan’s TP52, Free Fire, finished the rally in a corrected elapsed time of 66:22:07. All eyes had been on Ambush to see if it could wrestle the Overall prize from Free Fire but it was not to be.

Free Fire also claimed the trophy in IRC Racer 0

Free Fire skipper, Russ Parker, said of the rally: “It was wet, very wet but fast too! That was our quickest time ever to Nha Trang and a great result. We really appreciate the excellent work by RHKYC to navigate some serious hurdles at the eleventh hour and keep the event on. Unfortunately Sam couldn't make it with us this time but the crew would like to say a huge thanks to him for providing us with such a great boat and opportunity.”

Geoff Hill’s Santa Cruz 72, Antipodes, sailed a corrected elapsed time of 68:33:01, taking 3rd in IRC Racer 0 division. Hill was thrilled: “This is the best event in Asia. We had a fantastic time and we did it in just under 50 hours and we had a top speed of 31 knots which isn't too bad for a 30-year-old boat! I still think this is one of the most iconic events in Asia and certainly one of the best that I do.”

Minutes after Antipodes crossed the finish, Jinn (from IRC Racer 2 and which started the rally some 28 hours before Antipodes) crossed the line to lift the trophy in its division. 

Skipper Nicolas Cohen-Addad recalled their exciting moments during the rally: “The rally was rough, especially the first 20 hours. We had 32 to 33 knots downwind speed with 5- to 6-metre swells. For two of our crew it was their first experience, and they were a bit shaken up. The rally was good, okay we lost three spinnakers but no big deal, there was just too much wind so they blew up. We got caught into a maze of fishing nets; we had to do emergency tacks and emergency gybes and that's how we blew the A2. The arrival was nice, we had good fun.”

Zanzibar retired from the rally due to rig damage and Lion Rock retired just less than 1 nautical mile from the finish line due to lack of wind.

Photos RHKYC / Guy Nowell

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