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St. James's Place China Coast Regatta 2020 – Day 3 Race Report

by RHKYC Media 12 Oct 02:45 PDT 9-11 October 2020
St. James's Place China Coast Regatta 2020 © Guy Nowell / RHKYC

A superb day of excellent conditions; 8 to 10kts of north easterly breeze, sunshine, and blue skies, set the stage for the final races of St. James’s Place China Coast Regatta 2020. 34 boats came out for the Sunday action.

Having ticked off six races over the last two days, Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen sent all IRC Racing divisions away on island courses ranging in distance from 16.5 to 20nm. Just one race to fill the card for all divisions. IRC Div 0 and Div 1 headed off on a beat towards TCS1 via a couple of two ocean marks, rounding Sun Kong, Po Toi and Beaufort before finishing to the south of Stanley Peninsula. IRC Div 2 and Div 3 were sent to sail a similar course rounding Sun Kong and Beaufort.

The wind strengthened to 15 to 18 kts during the start sequence, which saw some boats in IRC Div 2 and HKPN division getting a little excited and going over the line too early.

After being taught a lesson by Free Fire on a very similar course on day 1, Shawn Kang’s TP52 Alpha+ bounced back in the final race, covered Sam Chan and the Free Fire boys all the way round the track, and came away away with a bullet to take the division overall by just one point.

In the IRC Racer 1 division, Marcel Liedts’ Zannekin scored another bullet and with six wins out of seven, Zannekin ran away with first place, seven points ahead of Joachim Isler /Andrew Taylor’s Ambush.

In the biggest fleet, IRC Racer 2, Nick Burns’ Blue Bunny remained on top with an impressive seven wins from seven races, with Kelvin Au Yeung on Rampage in second overall and Nicolas Cohen-Addad on Jinn in third.

Although losing today’s island race to Blu, Nick Southward’s J/109 Whiskey Jack lifted the trophy for IRC Racer 3, five points ahead of Cheung Mei Han’s Dexter II. Eva Leung’s Blu climbed to third place thanks to a bullet in the final race.

IRC Cruiser division sailed a 10nm islands course and Mark Nie and Dominic Law’s Xena won all island races lifting the trophy in their division.

HKPN were given one windward / leeward and an islands course of around 10nm around Beaufort Island. Sunny Leung ‘s Jibulai took two bullets and was declared overall winner in the division.

Thank you all for joining the St. James’s Place China Coast Regatta! The inaugural St. James’s Place China Coastal Race will start on 16 October 2020. This is a Cat 3 Offshore race which starts and finishes in Hong Kong waters.

Boats competing in both the St. James's Place China Coast Regatta and the St. James's Place China Coastal Race will automatically be entered in the St. James's Place China Coast Race Week 2020 and will be eligible for prizes under IRC and HKPN handicap.

Short Results

IRC 0

1. Alpha+ 2,1,(3),2,1,1,1 (8)

2. Free Fire 1,(2),1,1,2,2,2 (9)

3. Phoenix (3),3,2,3,3,3,3 (17)

IRC 1

1. Zannekin 1,(2),1,1,1,1,1 (6)

2. Ambush 2,(3),3,2,2,2,2 (13)

3. Quest 3,1,2,3(4),3,3 (15)

IRC 2

Blue Bunny (1),1,1,1,1,1 (6)

2. Rampage 2,4,(6),2,2,4,5 (19)

3. Jinn 5,6,2,5,3,(12),2 (23)

IRC 3

1. Whiskey Jack 1,1,1,2,1,(5),2 (8)

2. Dexter II 3,2,2,1,(4),1,4 (13)

3. Blu (4),3,3,3,3,4,1 (17)

Cruising

1. Xena (1),1,1,1,1 (4)

2. Sea Wings (3), 2,2,2,2 (8)

3. Lisa Elaine 2,(3),3,3,3 (11)

HKPN

1. Jubilai 2,1,(3),1 (4)

2. Generations (3),2,1,3 (6)

3. AMAZE 1,(4),2,4 (7)

Full results at www.chinacoastraceweek.com/results-ccr

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