‘Ambush’, the Mills 41 owned by Joachim Isler and Drew Taylor, today claimed line honours in the Inaugural Taiwan Strait Race after 48h 34m 09s of racing from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung in Taiwan, setting the monohull benchmark for this 350nm Category 1 offshore race.
After paying tribute to the quality of his wife’s catering, Taylor gave his verdict on the race; 'a beautiful code zero reach pretty much all the way. We did have one moment where the boat was caught with a little too much sail up as 40 knots came out of the darkness … we were on our side for a while, and the code zero and staysail will need to go to the sailmakers.'
Co-owner and RHKYC Vice Commodore Isler summed up the experience in two words - 'cracking sail!'
It appears that the 'Boys on the ‘Bush' have a great opportunity to claim the double for this race. Nick Southward’s J/109, ‘Whiskey Jack’, is set to come second on the water, but has been set a very ambitious finish time of 18:45hrs tonight to take IRC Overall. Tipsy Frenz has retired, in order to get people back to the office on Tuesday and Polar Star III and Groovy are still over 100nm from the finish.
The progress of the remaining boats can be watched via Yellowbrick tracking at http://live.adventuretracking.com/hkt2011