Final Boats Arrive in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Michael Lunn’s Azuree 40 Lion Rock was the final boat to sail into Nha Trang, Vietnam this afternoon at 13h 45m 45s, putting her in 4th place in IRC Racer 1 division. Duncan Hine, skipper of Line Honours Winner Alive a Reichel/Pugh 66 which arrived on Friday afternoon at 15h 31m 36s with an elapsed time of 50h 11m 56s summed up their race, “It was a lot of fun; we had a good time. There wasn't quite enough breeze to surf all the way but it was enough to blow out our A3/4 which meant that we didn't VMG run as well as we would have liked to so we had to change our race route - we did a few extra miles. No real lows of the race; we didn't wipe out or anything. It was wet but it was wonderful

Vincenzo Onorato and his Mascalzone Latino win the Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam

Nha Trang (Vietnam), October 21, 2017 – Confirmation of the heady winning streak for the Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino, flying the colours of the Yacht Club de Monaco. After winning the world title on a difficult course off Trieste in the fiercely competitive and experienced ORC fleet, Vincenzo Onorato’s crew today celebrates its first place overall in the IRC fleet in the South China Sea in the Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam. It was the first time the Mascalzoni had raced in such distant waters in such a hot climate: the heat and humidity made the race a real undertaking. Fortunately, winds were favourable and in the end the race proved an enjoyable adventure. After leaving the beauty of Hong Ko

Mascalzone Latino takes victory with top speed of 30kts

Vincenzo Onorato’s Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino sailed into Nha Trang last night at 18h 46m 31s to take the win in IRC Racer 0 and IRC Racer Overall! The Italian boat was a cool 2h 49m 55s ahead of Joachim Isler and Drew Taylor’s Ambush who are 2nd place in IRC Racer Overall. Mascalzone Latino owner Vincenzo Onorato commented on the Race on arrival, “It's the very first time we have joined the Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. It was amazing because we did the Race in 53h 26m 31s and we did around 770nm actual distance sailed - unbelievable! The only 'low' of the race was to just keep drinking water, there was no beer on board. The biggest high - we had a top speed of 30kts; unbelievable.

Alive takes Line Honours

Australian entry, Phillip Turner’s Reichel Pugh 66 Alive sailed into Nha Trang, Vietnam this afternoon on a two sail reach, popping their kite at the cardinal mark just before the finish to take the Line Honours for the 2017 Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. Currently, Alive is 3rd in IRC Overall with a corrected time of 79h 21m 52s on her elapsed time of 50h 11m 56s; a mere 15m 35s outside of their 2015 race time. The next boat expected to arrive is Matteo Savelli’s Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino who is currently leading in IRC Racer 0 and IRC Racer Overall. Mascalzone Latino tactician Adrian Stead, a well-known international sailor who has competed in the America’s Cup and the Olympics was in

Alive Gaining on Early Starters

Australian entry, Phillip Turner’s Reichel Pugh 66 Alive is steaming along at around 18kts. Alive is now only around 35nm behind the IRC Racer 2 division which started 25 hours earlier and is on her way to take Line Honours. In the IRC Racer 2 division Nick Southward’s J109 Whisky Jack is leading on corrected time. Joachim Isler and Drew Taylor’s Mills 41 Ambush did two early jibes; the first of which may have put them west of the rhumb line; a tactic which has not paid off for Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns’ Sydney GTS 43 Ontonomos Mandrake and Jonathan Mahony’s HYD 42 Zanzibar. Luckily Ambush jibed back and is sending it to be keeping up with the 50 footers. She is currently 1st in IRC Race

A Glorious Start and They’re Away

image: RHKYC / Guy Nowell - GTS43 - Otonomos Mandrake A beautiful day in Hong Kong harbour with blue skies and a north easterly breeze of 10kts for the start of IRC Racer 0 and 1 in the Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. 10 boats were on the start line with the IRC Racer 2 division setting out 25 hours earlier. The horn sounded at 1320hrs - a few minutes late due to a boat hooking the pin end of the line before the start. All boats had a great start and got away cleanly. It was a bit of a tacking battle after the line as many boats stuck to the right side of the harbour to avoid marine traffic and exclusion zones. image: RHKYC / Guy Nowell - Cookson 50 - Mascalzone Latino and Santa Cruz 72 -

Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race - She's 21 this year!

Denis Ma’s Bliss arrives in Nha Trang at the finish of the Inaugural Hong Kong to Vietnam Race in 1996 Image: RHKYC / Guy Nowell Phillip Turner’s Alive,Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2015 Image: RHKYC / Xaume Olleros Well-known navigator Alan Tillyer is the only sailor to take to take part in every Hong Kong to Vietnam Race since its inception, racing onboard Antipodes, Sell Side Dream, Island Fling, Drumstick and the FfreeFire. Tillyer was navigator on board FfreeFire when she took Line Honours in that first race. He remembers, “We got line honours but the boats behind us, like Steve Ellis’ Wizard the Sequel, a Bashford 41 and Neil Pryde’s IRC 40 Hi Flyer, came down as the wind was building

Volvo China Coast Regatta Day 1 - "Awesome"

Fantastic day for Red Rum (left) Volvo China Coast Regatta Day 1 RHKYC / Guy Nowell [endif]--After kicking off the 2017 Volvo China Coast Regatta with a welcome party at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s main clubhouse on Kellett Island last night, racers this morning descended on the Club’s Middle Island Clubhouse this morning before making their way to the race course which was located south east of Lamma Island. Racing started in a northerly breeze of 8 to10kts that dropped throughout the day. Two windward/leewards and an island course were held for IRC Racer 0, 1, 2, 3 with the IRC Premier only joining the windward/leewards. [endif]--「 Volvo 中國海岸帆船賽2017」的揭幕酒會昨晚於香港遊艇會吉列島會所舉行,比賽今天在中途島會所

Volvo China Coast Race Week 2017

image: RHKYC / Guy Nowell The 2017 Volvo China Coast Race Week (CCRW) comprises the Volvo China Coast Regatta 2017, sailed over three days in the waters south and east of Hong Kong Island, and the Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2017, an Offshore Category One race of 673 nautical miles from Hong Kong to Nha Trang, Vietnam. 34 boats will cross the start line to compete in what is anticipated to be three days of the most superb sailing conditions that Hong Kong has to offer. Race organisers, however, are keeping a close eye on a potential typhoon developing off Hong Kong. An emergency meeting was held last night at the Club to discuss contingency plans. The event faced a similar situation

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