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Final Day of the China Cup International Regatta - Vanke Longcheer survives controversy to win China Cup
Monday 28 October 2013, Shenzhen, China

Vanke Longcheer dominated the final day’s competition with a 2,1 score to win the 35-boat Beneteau 40.7 fleet at the China Cup International Regatta in Shenzhen. The level of Zeng Haitao’s dominance in the fleet led to questions about whether their sails were permissible for an event where the majority of teams use charter boats with equipment as supplied. Lying in 3rd place at the end of racing, Tobias O’Connell’s team on Yo! launched a protest at the two boats ahead in the overall standings, Vanke Longcheer and Vatti Sailing.

After long deliberations, the International Jury let the provisional results stand. The provisional winner was crowned the definitive winner. At last Zeng Haitao and his crew of Australian professionals could celebrate victory in an event that is attracting an increasingly high standard of sailors, and with it the kind of controversy that took place today.

Photo : © China Cup/ Studio Borlenghi
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