At 09 39 24hrs (HKT) Audi ultra finally coasted across the finish line in Nha Trang to claim line honours in one of Asia’s toughest races. Her elapsed time of 43h 44m 24s was less than one hour outside Skandia’s seven year old record, which, given the demands of the race, was a phenomenal performance by the slightly smaller maxi.
Crew reported several severe squalls during the race, particularly overnight, and there will be some repairs to be carried out in due course, not surprising for a trip averaging around 15kts boat speed.
Three hours after the race finish, although at anchor in the lee of Hon Tre Island, the crew was still fully occupied on board, substituting the delivery main for the race main and tidying up the boat, so it has not yet been possible to get Ludde Ingvall’s thoughts on AUDI ultra’s performance.
The next boat expected with an eta of 1503hrs (Hong Kong time) Neil Pryde’s Hi Fi, which looks certain to defend her IRC title of 2008.