The fleet for the 2017 Volvo China Coast Race Week is a very competitive one.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

 

RHKYC Sailing Manager Ailsa Angus commented “we have the usual suspects racing and we have a great IRC 0 division this year”.  IRC 0 includes China’s Wang Bin with his Cookson 50 UBOX.  Bin skippered the first Chinese yacht to complete a world circumnavigation, as well taking 3rd in IRC Overall in the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. 

Shawn Kang has moved from the Premier Cruising Division with his new KER 46+ Lighthorse Alphaplus, with Wade Morgan racing on board; previous team leader of Black Baza - IRC Overall winner of the Hong Kong to Vietnam race 2015 and boat captain of the Abu Dhabi team in 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race.

Five of the boats entered have recently changed hands including; Liu Yong Feng’s, Seawolf, which was previously named Black Baza; the KER 42 Custom won Asian Yachting Grand Prix Skipper and Yacht of the Year for 2016/17 under the ownership of Anthony Root and Steve Manning and took second IRC Overall in the China Coast Regatta 2016. 

Looking to the Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club welcomes the first Italian, Russian and Philippines entries to compete in the Race; Mascalzone Latino, Mattteo Savelli’s Cookson 50, No Applause a First 40 CR owned by Alexander Vodovatov and regular participant in the Rolex China Sea Race, Philippines entry, Ernesto Echauz in his TP52 Standard Insurance Centennial. 

For the first time in the event’s history the Club has introduced staggered starts; the smaller boats will head off on Tuesday 17 October, with the majority of the fleet setting off on Wednesday 18 October. This will allow the boats to converge as they head into the finish in Nha Trang, Vietnam. The sequence acting predominantly as a safety factor, with the bigger boats coming up behind the smaller fleet should they get into any trouble? 

2015 IRC 0 winner, Phillip Turner’s Reichel / Pugh 66 Alive, is racing in her second Hong Kong -Vietnam Race. With a 2015 elapsed time of 49h 56m 21s being only, 7h 38m 57s behind Syd Fisher’s Ragamuffin 100’s current race record of 42h 17m 24s, all eyes will be on her to see how the race plays out in what is expected to be a fast race.

Provisional Entry List – Volvo China Coast Regatta

BOAT

SAIL #

DIVISION

OWNER

TYPE

RATING

OTONOMOS MANDRAKE

HKG 2163

IRC RACER 1

FRED KINMONTH / NICK BURNS

SYDNEY GTS 43

1.186

SELL SIDE DREAM

HKG 2298

IRC RACER 2

SIMON POWELL

A40RC

1.09

HERO RACING TEAM

SIN 6886

IRC RACER 1

TIFFANY KOO

KING MILLS 40

TBA

STANDARD INSURANCE CENTENNIAL

PHI 2286

IRC RACER 0

ERNESTO ECHAUZ

TP52

1.351

JELIK

HKG 600

IRC RACER 0

FRANK PONG

CUSTOM

1.535

AMBUSH

HKG 2388

IRC RACER 1

JOACHIM ISLER / DREW TAYLOR

MILLS 41

1.236

WHISKEY JACK

HKG 2101

IRC RACER 3

NICK SOUTHWARD

J-109

1.026

VINETA

HKG 2285

IRC RACER 1

HELMUTH HENNIG

MARTEN 49

1.251

CLOVE HITCH

HKG 2211

IRC PREMIER CRUISER

ALEX YU

BAVARIA 55

1.102

FREEFIRE

HKG 2283

IRC RACER 0

SAM CHAN

TP52

1.367

LISA ELAINE