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Rolex China Sea Race - Hi Fi collects the coveted IRC Overall title

by RHKYC Media on 20 Apr 2014
AMBUSH - 2014 Rolex China Sea Race © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo http://www.regattanews.com
The second major prize of the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race was decided in Subic Bay this morning, as Hi Fi held Bryon Ehrhart’s TP52 Lucky to a two minute lead on the water to ensure that Neil Pryde’s Welbourne 52 collects the coveted IRC Overall title for the second time in four years.

Unaware of his triumph, as there were boats still racing which could have potentially beaten his handicap corrected time, Pryde was delighted with their race, saying that it was a 'fantastic race, probably the best we’ve ever had. We were in pressure most of the way apart from a couple of very light hours this morning, other than that, we kept moving all the time.'

Ehrhart was equally enthusiastic, claiming that this year’s Rolex China Sea Race was 'the classic we were promised. It was great the whole way with great competition as expected. We don’t know how it all shakes out (regarding IRC) but we had a great race and lots of fun. There was very strong competition from the TP52’s and the Santa Cruz and the Welbourne 52, I don’t think we lost sight of them for the whole race.'

Geoff Hill of Antipodes echoed those sentiments saying 'It was fantastic that you could start with four boats (in Hong Kong) and finish with those four boats within 1nm of each other – that’s champagne sailing!'

The IRC Racer 0 boats certainly made light of the pre-race forecast, with Ernesto Echauz, bringing home Standard Insurance Centennial mid-afternoon, commenting that his race highlight was that 'in 20 years of CSR, this is the fastest we have done the race, (including the record setting year of 2000) and even though we finished last on the water in division, it was a very fast race – unbelievable that we only stopped for a short time near the finish boat.'

With six boats home, the remaining 28 from four divisions will continue to race towards Subic Bay, with the IRC Premier boats expected to cross the line at around midnight tonight, and Racer 1 to start arriving towards dawn and throughout Sunday.





Provisional Results

IRC Racer 0 ( 1.245 and above)

 

 

 

 

 

Sail No.

Boat Name

Skipper / Owner

Design

TCC

Finish Time

Elapsed

Corrected

HKG2112

Hi Fi

Neil Pryde

Welbourne 52 Custom

1.351

19/04/2014 11:07:12

69:47:12

94:16:54

USA52152

Lucky

Bryon Ehrhart

TP52

1.357

19/04/2014 11:05:22

69:45:22

94:39:33

HKG2283

Freefire

Sam Chan

TP52

1.375

19/04/2014 11:17:25

69:57:25

96:11:27

GBR2888L

Antipodes

Geoff Hill

Smith 72 Custom

1.396

19/04/2014 11:15:31

69:55:31

97:36:56

PHI2286

Standard Insurance Centennial

Ernesto Echauz

TP52

1.346

19/04/2014 15:50:59

74:30:59

100:17:57

IVB8888

Ragamuffin 90

Sydney Fischer

Maxi

1.791

18/04/2014 22:51:18

57:31:18

103:01:17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRC Racer 1: (1.100 - 1.244)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sail No.

Boat Name

Skipper / Owner

Design

TCC

 

 

 

HKG2208

Ambush

Drew Taylor/Joachim Isler

Mills 41

1.158

 

 

 

AUS4100

Australian Maid

Jonathon Wardill

IOR 55

1.173

 

 

 

AUS555

KuKuKERchu

David J Ross

Ker 40

1.195

 

 

 

HKG2282

EFG Bank Mandrake

Fred Kinmonth

Mills 40

1.141

 

 

 

HKG2108

Orient Express

Andy Lam

X-41

1.120

 

 

 

HKG2213

Ramrod

Olivier Decamps

Farr 40

1.178

 

 

 

HKG280

Redeye

Paul Leese

J-145C

1.167

 

 

 

HKG2300

Signal 8

Keith Jacobs

Ker 40

1.188

 

 

 

HKG1345

Surfdude

Steve Ho

Mill 45

1.208

 

 

 

SIN4321

Zanzibar

Jonathan Mahony

Hunphreys 42

1.212

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRC Racer 2: (1.000 to 1.099)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sail No.

Boat Name

Skipper / Owner

Design

TCC

 

 

 

HKG2159

Krampus

Niccolo Manno

Anteros 36

1.098

 

 

 

HKG2093

Red Kite II

Anthony Root

Bermudian Sloop

1.029

 

 

 

HKG2183

Seawolf

YY Yan / YF Liu

A40

1.096

 

 

 

HKG2298

Sell Side Dream

Simon Powell

A40RC

1.095

 

 

 

HKG1995

Talkinghead

Tonny Chung

Sydney 36

1.030

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRC Premier

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sail No.

Boat Name

Skipper / Owner

Design

TCC

 

 

 

HKG2211

Clove Hitch

Alex Yu

Bavaria 55

1.122

 

 

 

HKG2899

Explorer

Anthony Day

XC50

1.088

 

 

 

CAY8888

Moonblue 2

Peter Churchouse

Custom

1.225

 

 

 

HKG2360

Sea Monkey

Emmanuel V. Pitsilis

Beneteau Sense 50

1.107

 

 

 

HKG2022

Shahtoosh

Peter Cremer

Warwick 75

1.287

 

 

 

HKG2260

Xena

Peter Forsythe

X-55

1.205

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRC Cruiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sail No.

Boat Name

Skipper / Owner

Design

TCC

 

 

 

HKG2366

Allegro

Thomas Wiesinger

Beneteau Oceanis 40

0.983

 

 

 

HKG2118

Crystal

Bernd Hanemann 

Bermudian Sloop

1.108

 

 

 

HKG2107

Darling

Dean Chisholm

Hanse 400

1.045

 

 

 

HKG2116

Dearg Doom

Kevin Greene

Bavaria 39c

1.008

 

 

 

HKG2173

Ex Libris

Eric Doguet

X-Yachts Xc38

1.005

 

 

 

HKG2088

Soko

Richard Winter

Moody 46

1.027

 

 

 

HKG1401

Wonderwall

David Harari

Beneteau 45

1.084

 

 

 

 


All boats are carrying a Yellowbrick tracker unit, which will report positions every 30 minutes (http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/RCSR2014tracking.aspx), while the race will feature for the first time as a virtual race on Sailonline.org.

For more information about the Rolex China Sea Race, please click here.

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