Vietnam Race 2019

Entries from six countries mark the build-up to the 9th biennial Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. A 673-nautical-mile downhill slide to Nha Trang, the race begins on the 15th of October for the slower boats and a day later for the greyhounds. The start is in Victoria Harbour in front of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Kellett Island clubhouse.

Classified as a Category 1 Offshore, it is known for its windy and warm conditions and is run under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing Club. Nha Trang boasts many family-friendly resorts and is very accessible (Cam Ranh International Airport is located about 40 minutes from the coast).

The first entries hail from Italy, the United States and, of course, Hong Kong. Among them are two trimarans: the Italian Maserati Multi70 which will be up against Hong Kong’s Orma 60, SHK Scallywag Fuku.   

SHK ScallywagFuku (previously Team Australia) holds the World Sailing Speed Record Council record of 1:05:52:23 between Sydney and Hobart reaching speeds of 39.6 knots. Maserati Multi70 established the fastest Hong Kong to London sailing record in 2017. The crew will be testing each other for line honours.

Also to be watched is American Bryon Ehrhart, Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2013 IRC Racing 0 Division winner, who is returning to the race with his high performance Maxi 72, Lucky, competing with a crew of well-experienced Hong Kong to Vietnam Race veterans.

Race chairman, Joachim Isler, said: “Without question this is one of the most rewarding offshore races on the planet. Downwind surfing for almost 700nm in 20- to 30-knot winds and tropical temperatures. It doesn’t get much better than that. The race is not without challenges, though.

The Hong Kong to Vietnam Race was first held in 1996*, then regularly since 2004. It is recognised as a qualifying race for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the longest Category 1 offshore race in Asia. The current record is an impressive 42:17:24 and was set in 2015 by Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin 100 clocking an average VMG of 15.8 knots.

To race or keep up with the latest news on the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race follow the links below:

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/rhkycCCRW/
Event website: https://www.chinacoastraceweek.com/
Online Entry: https://topyacht.com.au/db/kb/1059
Notice of Race: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/d0b0c6_7971cea4a1ce44cab546a034091d2c25.pdf

 

*visit https://issuu.com/fragrantharbour/docs/march_1996

 
   
 
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