At sea. 23rd China Sea Race: Local favourite Frank Pong on Jelik hoping to take line honours Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 April 2006
Capt. Marty (Martins) Rijkuris:


Twenty seven yachts featured in a spectacular high noon start on a windy Victoria Harbour, right in front of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. The 23rd running of the 565 nautical mile bi-annual China Sea Race makes it the longest running event in Asian waters. The first yachts are expected to finish in Subic Bay, north west of Manila (Philippines), in just over 48 hours. Local favourite Frank Pong is hoping to take out line honours and corrected time on his 75 footer, Jelik, but will be competing against

his almost-identical sister boat, Boracay, helmed this time by the UK’s Peter Morton.

For the first time shore-based fans will be able to follow the action online. Pole Star and SkyWave have joined forces to provide a web based tracking facility for the event. SkyWave have supplied all participating boats with one of their DMR 200 units and Pole Star, utilising their Purplefinder technology to provide the satellite (Inmarsat) based positional data from each boat, which will be updated every two hours during the race. This propels RHKYC's usual twice-daily radio reporting schedule into the 21st Century and has obvious safety benefits should any boats lose radio contact with the fleet or retire from the race. Connect through at: http://www.chinasearace.com

The five yachts competing in the IRC Premier Cruising Division are evenly matched and expected to have a good race. Aussie Geoff Hill's Lyons 49 Strewth is in good company with the Hong Kong regulars Hocux Pocux 2, Shahtoosh and Moonblue 2 being joined by Doc Nicholson's new Dubois Global 80 Intrigue.

The 2006 President's Cup follows on after the CSR in Subic Bay next week where perhaps the biggest fleet of racing class yachts will be racing together in Asia. Local yachts Karakoa will be skippered by Steve Benjamin and Centennial by Jamie Wilmot to ensure that the Hong Kong racers don't have it all there own way. More on the President's Cup can be found at: http://www.manilayachtclub.org/prescup/

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