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Day 1 of the China Cup International Regatta 2013 - Olympian effort gives Vatti a narrow victory in Simpson Passage Race
The opening day of the China Cup International Regatta gave an indication of some tough battles to come, after a close-fought Simpson Passage Race from Hong Kong to Shenzhen today.

The breeze was close to 20 knots at start time, launching Frank Pong’s 75ft Reichel-Pugh sled, Jelik, on her way towards Daya Bay. Of the 100 boats in the regatta, the 35 identical Beneteau 40.7s are expected to provide the hottest competition. Last year’s winner, Vatti Sailing, led off the start line but helmsman Simon Cooke soon discovered just how hard it will be to defend the title. “I think it's going to be pretty tough this year,” said the former 470 World Champion

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