ORGANISED BY THE Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC), Volvo China Coast Race Week consists of the Volvo China Coast Regatta Oct 22-24 in the regional waters of Hong Kong Island, followed by the Volvo Hong Kong to Hainan Race Nov 3-6, an offshore Category One race of 390nm from Hong Kong to Sanya, Hainan in China.
Zannekin from Marcel Liedts triumphed at the Volvo China Coast Regatta IRC Racer 0 Division, followed by Ernesto Echauz’s Standard Insurance Centennial and Sam Chan on board FreeFire finished the podium. Mandrake III from Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth took the title in IRC Racer 1 Division, while Steve Manning/Anthony Root on Black Baza finished second and Hanning/Jacobs/Kendall/MacWilliam/ Pender onboard Signal 8 secured the third place.
Tiffany Koo on Hero Racing Team championed in IRC Racer 2 Division, with Simon Powell on Sell Side Dream and William Liu on Seawolf being the runners-ups. IRC Racer 3 Division crown went to Dexter II’s Lowell Chang, who beat Nick Southward’s Whiskey Jack to second place and John Woo’s Andiamo to third place.
Shawn Kang’s Lighthorse won in IRC Premier Division, followed by Moonblue 2 skippered by Peter Churchhouse and Alex Yu’s Clove Hitch, while Herman Wong/Yves Milot’s Kiasu finished in first at HKPN Division, with Carl Wilkinson’s Lisa Elaine and Dean Chrisholm’s Darling making up the rest of the podium.
The new Volvo Hong Kong to Hainan race record now stands at 23h 31m 52s. Seng Huang Lee’s 100ft Super Maxi Scallywag sliced 2h 22m 41s off the previous record, which was set in 2014 by Karl Kwok’s TP52 Beau Geste at 25h 54m 33s.
Black Baza has won IRC Overall and IRC 1 ahead of Ernesto Echauz’s TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial, while IRC Racer 0 was won by Sam Chan’s TP52 FreeFire on corrected time of 1d 18h 24m 21s after a fantastic run. Scallywag came in second in IRC 0 and took line honours.
The smallest and final boat in the fleet from the IRC Racer 2 division to finish was Kjartan Furset’s Sunfast 3600Ymir at 23:04:00 on Saturday night. Also from IRC Racer 2, Adrian Bell’s Azuree 46 Outlaw crossed the line five and a half hours before Ymir taking the win in their division.
PHOTOS: GUY NOWELL / RHKYC.