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2018 China Coast Regatta – Day 2 - photo © RHKYC / Guy Nowell

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Well, there’s another event ticked off the Asian sailing calendar: China Coast Raceweek. A combination of the China Coast Regatta (sausages and islands) and a 390nm offshore to Hainan, and good weather all the way. During the inshore series there was never less than 10kts over three days, and at one point the RO was seeing 27kts on the clock. Free Fire cleaned up IRC 0 with a race to spare. With MOD70 Beau Geste delayed in the Philippines, SHK Scallywag Fuku (ORMA 60) didn’t have anyone to race against and spent two days happily hooning around the race course and buzzing the Committee Boat. Beau Geste arrived in time for the long race to Hainan, but Scallywag broke a foil 90nm out of Hong Kong and once again it was a one-boat race for the multihulls. Joachim Isler’s Ambush pulled out all the stops to win the IRC Overall title for the long race.

It was a cracking event, sailed in perfect weather very similar to the inaugural China Coast Cup in 1993. The breeze is good more often than not at this time of year. So why isn’t there a bigger entry list - considering that Hong Kong has more sailing and racing boats right here than anywhere else in south east Asia, and why is it only a three-day regatta? Just wondering…

Standing by on 72.

2018 China Coast Regatta – Day 2 - photo © RHKYC / Guy Nowell
2018 China Coast Regatta – Day 2 - photo © RHKYC / Guy Nowell

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It was a cracking event, sailed in perfect weather very similar to the inaugural China Coast Cup in 1993. The breeze is good more often than not at this time of year. So why isn't there a bigger entry list?

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China Coast Race Week 2018: Hong Kong to Hainan Race finish
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Hong Kong to Hainan Race - MOD Beau Geste takes line honours and sets multihull record
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SHK Scallywag Fuku retires from RHKYC HK to Hainan Race 2018
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RHKYC Hong Kong to Hainan Race 2018 – over the horizon and gone.
Grey skies, but thankfully the early morning rain had stopped by the time the eght boats came under starter's orders for the start of the RHKYC's 2018 edition of the Hong Kong – Hainan Race. 9 knots of breeze and an outgoing tide

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2018 Etchells Queensland State Championship at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron
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An interview with Ailsa Angus about the 2018 Hong Kong to Hainan Race
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China Coast Race Week 2018 at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club - Overall
Another superb day of excellent conditions; 15kts, sunshine and blue skies for the final races of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's China Coast Regatta 2018.

2018 Fareast 28R World Championship at Fuxian Lake, China - Day 3
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China Coast Race Week 2018 at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club - Day 2
The breeze picked up for Day 2 of China Coast Regatta. A 20-25kts northeasterly breeze greeted the sailors as they reached the race track this morning, which was located to the southeast of Lamma Island.

2018 Fareast 28R World Championship at Fuxian Lake, China - Day 2
The weather at Fuxian lake was slightly better during the second day of the FAREAST 28R World Championship. Gradually the crews are getting more familiar with the boats and the lake conditions, while the rounding and start are getting tighter

China Coast Raceweek 2018
There were perfect conditions across the race track for Day 1 of the China Coast Regatta with blue skies and a 10 to 15kts north easterly breeze. 28 boats took to the race track, which was located southeast of Hong Kong's Lamma Island.

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Unlike the wind conditions of the practice race, the wind of the first race was quite stable and reached eight to nine knots.

RHKYC China Coast Regatta - day 1
The 2018 edition of the event once again welcomes overseas visitors: two Chinese teams - Ark 323 (TP52) skippered by Hongquan Li, and Lighthorse Alpha Plus, a Ker 46+ skippered by Shawn Kang. There's also George Hackett's shiny new Misty Mountain...

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