Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Hong Kong Vietnam Race record in the crosshairs

by Di Pearson on 17 Oct 2013
Syd Fischer off Diamond Head, Honolulu, at the end of the Transpac Race Ragamuffin Crew
This week, with a forecast all yachties dream for, Syd Fischer and his crew on the super maxi Ragamuffin 90 will have a crack at the 656 nautical mile Hong Kong Vietnam Race record set by fellow Australian, Grant Wharington, with the 98 foot Skandia (now Wild Thing).

The record, set in 2004, stands at 42 hours 45 minutes and 41 seconds, but with a 20-30 knot downwind ride on the cards, it will play straight into the hands of the big boats and a possible new record.

Either way, a new record will be created in the race, which starts today at 13:30 hours local time, as the course has been extended by an extra 14 nautical miles. However, Fischer has his mind set on breaking Skandia's record for the distance with the canting keeled yacht originally known as Genuine Risk.

'I believe a record is achievable from what I've been told of the weather forecast - it's all up to the wind,' Fischer said from Hong Kong late yesterday.

Prior to leaving Sydney for Hong Kong, the Dubois 90 underwent major modifications with twin daggerboards added, rudder moved aft, the forward canard removed and changes to the aft deck to allow crew weight further aft all the way to transom. Powered sheet winches have been added, as has a new Doyle sails wardrobe from Doyles' Mark Fullerton, who will be aboard Team Ragamuffin.

Adding to the quality of the crew are noted big boat sailor David Witt (Fischer's sailing master); British Olympic double silver medallist and Volvo Ocean Race skipper, Ian Walker; Matt Humphries, a veteran of five Whitbread/VOR's and 22 year-old Youth America's Cup sailor, Luke Parkinson.

The crew is a blend of experience and youth. It includes Geoff Hill, a RHKYC member and chairman of the Vietnam race committee, in the afterguard.

Fischer will use the experience as crew training and selection for the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart, which he will undertake with the 100 foot yacht he sailed to second fastest time in the 2012 Hobart, only having had a couple of weeks of preparation.

The 86 year-old then took the 100 foot super maxi to America and won monohull line honours in the Transpac Race, but the weather was predominantly too light for record breaking.

Other Australians competing alongside Team Ragamuffin in the Hong Kong Vietnam Race are Ludde Ingvall with the Simonis-Voogd 90, Chivas, and Ray Roberts at the helm of the TP52, OneSails Racing.

'I consider Chivas to be serious competition for us,' Fischer said of his rival.

Sailing master, Dave Witt's take on the race is: 'We're looking forward to fast sailing, breaking the record, but most importantly, sailing with a legend like Syd RHKYC Website

InSunSport - NZGuy Nowell - Yellow 660Storm Force Marine 1

Related Articles

Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - Images from Régates Royales
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales. The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales with classic yachts and Dragons. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the penultimate day of the regatta.
Posted today at 11:12 am
Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - More images from Régates Royales
Second gallery from the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge at Cannes The 38th Régates Royales, the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this second gallery of images from the penultimate day.
Posted today at 10:56 am
Oman Air in peak form going into final day at Extreme Sailing Series
A fresher breeze on the third day gave the GC32 fleet a chance to give the spectators an invigorating show of action A fresher breeze on the third day gave the GC32 fleet a chance to give the spectators lining the shores on the south coast of the island an invigorating show of speed and action and it was Oman Air that led the way with seven podium places – including two outright wins – in seven races.
Posted on 24 Sep
Perfect birthday for Sébastien at GC32 La Reserva de Sotogrande Cup
The westerly Levante breeze was expected to blow at about 10 to 11 knots for day three of the regatta The westerly Levante breeze was expected to blow at about 10 to 11 knots for day three of the regatta, but the long white cloud hanging over the Rock of Gibraltar signified that there might be less. Even with just five or six knots the GC32s were still able to get on the foils as they launched off the start line of the first race.
Posted on 24 Sep
Extreme Sailing Series – Red Bull Sailing Team collides with Alinghi
At 1515 BST today during race eight, Red Bull Sailing Team collided with Alinghi, resulting in Alinghi losing its mast. At 1515 BST today during race eight of the series in the Madeira Islands, Red Bull Sailing Team collided with Alinghi, resulting in Alinghi losing its mast.
Posted on 24 Sep
Sailing World Cup - Qingdao chances shorten as top tens confirmed
It was all about a place in the Medal Race on day four of the SWC Qingdao as top ten were confirmed in all seven fleets. It was all about a place in the Medal Race on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao as the top ten were confirmed in all seven fleets.
Posted on 24 Sep
Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - More images from Régates Royales
Second gallery from the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge at Cannes The 38th Régates Royales, the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this second gallery of images.
Posted on 24 Sep
Day 4 - Sailing World Cup Qingdao Medal Race places at stake
There are places in Medal Race at stake on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao, and it's another hot and humid one There are places in the Medal Race at stake on day four of the Sailing World Cup Qingdao, and it's another hot and humid one.
Posted on 24 Sep
2016 Phuket King’s Cup - 30th anniversary edition
Pearl Anniversary promises perfect performance The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta will again put on a spectacular display of the finest sailing talent from around the world, competing on the Andaman Sea to win the greatest sailing trophy in all of Asia from 3-10 December 2016. This 30th Anniversary year is a culmination of the hard work, dedication, passion and heritage which have been hallmarks of this regatta since its inauguration in 1987.
Posted on 24 Sep
Gladwell's Line - Tough questions ahead for World Sailing
The hard questions relating to the future shape of the sport have to be answered over the four months or less. While several of the so-called 'developed' sailing nations bathe in their Olympic and Paralympic success, the hard questions relating to the future shape of the sport have to be answered over the four months or less.
Posted on 24 Sep