St. James’s Place中國海岸遠途賽10月16日展開

香港遊艇會主辦的首屆「St. James’s Place中國海岸遠途賽」今日在石澳對開海面開賽,香港受到季候風影響吹起16至20海浬東風,海面有3米高湧浪,但無阻三艘參賽船隻「Ambush號」、「Jinn 號」以及「Whiskey Jack號」在上午11時順利起航。 「St. James’s Place中國海岸遠途賽」屬於三級離岸賽事,在香港水域出發,沿途圍繞香港多個景色宜人的島嶼,賽程全長約100海浬,在石澳出發後先前往香港東北邊陲的東平洲、石牛洲等島嶼,再南下環繞蒲台島,然後前往大嶼山以南的頭顱洲最後返回鄰近東龍島的TCS 2 浮標衝線。 三艘參賽船隻都不乏參與長距離賽事的經驗,Joachim Isler以及Andrew Taylor的Mills 41型帆船「 Ambush號」在離岸賽經驗豐富,幾乎從不缺席香港遊艇會近年舉辦的離岸賽。「 Ambush號」在2018年「香港至海南賽」勇奪全場總冠軍,在2017以及2019 年「香港至越南賽」都分別奪得IRC 競賽1組冠軍。 剛在「St. James’s Place中國海岸帆船賽」奪得組別冠軍、Nick Southward旗下的J-109型帆船「Whiskey Jack號」在兩屆「勞力士中國海帆船賽」中,2012年在IRC 競賽2組奪得第二名,2016年僅以雙人駕駛在IRC 競賽2組取得第三名的佳績。 相對下Nicolas Cohen-Addad旗下J122e型帆船「 Jinn號」在離岸賽的經驗較淺,不過「 Jinn號」2019年首次參加「香港至越南賽」就奪得所屬組別的冠軍。 「St. James’s Place中國海岸遠途賽」

Inaugural St. James’s Place China Coastal Race

It was a beautiful day at Shek O Rock with blue skies and an easterly breeze of 16 to 20kts for the start of inaugural St. James’s Place China Coastal Race - a Category 3 offshore race which starts and finishes in Hong Kong waters, exploring the beautiful islands around Hong Kong. With the influence of monsoon, the sea was quite rough with big swell up to 3m. The horn sounded at 1100hrs and the three competing yachts, Ambush, Jinn and Whiskey Jack, set off on the 100nm racecourse which will see them sail up to Ping Chau, Round Island, Shek Ngau Chau, coming down to round Po Toi and Tau Lo Chau at south of Lantau Island before finishing at TCS 2 near Tung Lung Chau. Three participating yachts

St. James’s Place中國海岸帆船賽- 圓滿結束

香港遊艇會主辦的「St. James’s Place中國海岸帆船賽2020」來到最後一日,天色依然晴朗,海面起初吹起8至10海浬東北風,34艘帆船全部亮相角逐殊榮。 IRC 競賽組各組別進行約10至16.5海浬的島嶼賽,IRC 競賽0組及1組的島嶼賽,需以逆風駛往兩個指定浮標,環繞宋崗島、蒲台島及螺洲後,終點設於近赤柱的黃竹角嘴,至於IRC 競賽2組及3組路線相若,環繞宋崗島及螺洲後返回黃竹角嘴衝線。 開賽時風力逐漸增強至15至18海浬, HKPN 級別以及競爭最激烈的IRC 競賽2組都分別有數艘帆船偷步,其餘組別都順利開賽。 Shawn Kang 的「Alpha +號」在最後一日比賽表現神勇,他們吸取了首日島嶼賽的教訓,戰略上緊貼榜首的「FreeFire號」,最終以1分之微力壓「FreeFire號」在IRC 競賽0組捧盃。 至於IRC 競賽1組,Marcel Liedts的Ker 46型 「Zannekin號」靠6場勝仗,以7分優勢壓倒另一勁敵Joachim Isler 以及Andrew Taylor 的「突擊號」。 在競爭最激烈的IRC 競賽2組, Nick Burns 的「Blue Bunny號」以7場全勝姿態高據榜首,Kelvin Au Yeung 的「Rampage號」排名第二,至於Nicolas Cohen-Addad 的「Jinn號」排行第三。 Nick Southward的「Whiskey Jack號」雖然今日在島嶼賽敗給「Blu號」,不過仍然以5分之差力壓Cheung Meihan的「Dexter II號」,至於Eva Leung 的「Blu號」憑今日的勝仗奪

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

A superb day of excellent conditions; 8 to 10kts of northeasterly 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. Racing got away with all IRC Racer divisions sailing one long islands course ranging in distance from 16.5 to 20nm. The islands course took the IRC Div 0 and Div 1 on a beat towards a windward mark and two ocean marks, rounding Sung Kong, Po Toi and Beaufort before finishing off south of Stanley Peninsula. The IRC Div 2 and Div 3 were sent to sail a similar course rounding Kung Kong and Beaufort. The wind strengthened to 15 to 18 kts during the start sequence which saw some b

St. James’s Place中國海岸帆船賽- 次日賽事報告

香港遊艇會今天舉行「St. James’s Place中國海岸帆船賽2020」次日賽事,34艘賽船於南丫島東南面海域參賽,各IRC 競賽級別帆船首場先進行三圈順風逆風繞泡賽,不過賽事進行途中風力減弱至只有5海浬,不少帆船在微風下努力完成賽事。 幸好風神中午開始眷顧各帆船選手,風力在第二場開賽前逐漸增強至15海浬,賽事主任Inge Strompf-Jepsen 決定各IRC 競賽級別進行多兩場順逆風繞泡賽,至於IRC 高級休閒組別進行了兩場島嶼賽,而HKPN 分組則進行了順風逆風賽和島嶼賽各一場。 隨著風力逐漸增強(最高陣風達25海浬), 不少帆船都出現操控問題甚至有球型帆整張撕裂,賽手們筋疲力盡但心滿意足地完成次日賽事。 昨日帶頭的隊伍今日依然保持強勁優勢,當中IRC 競賽2組Nick Burns 的「Blue Bunny號」繼續以6場全勝姿態高據榜首。 昨日表現出色的「FreeFire號」今日取得一場第一以及兩場第二,僅領先Shawn Kang 的「Alpha +號」一分。 IRC競賽1組Marcel Liedts的Ker 46型 「Zannekin號」今日三場全勝,拋離主要對手「突擊號」, 至於IRC 競賽3組Nick Southward的「Whiskey Jack號」在六場比賽中勝出四場繼續領先。 為期三天的賽事明天便告終。天氣方面,預計明日依然晴朗,相信非常適合作賽。

St. James’s Place China Coast Regatta 2020 – Day 2 Race Report

Another great start to Day 2 of the St. James’s Place China Coast Regatta. 34 boats came out for racing; all IRC racer classes were set three windward/leeward sausages and the HKPN class were treated to two laps. However the wind later dropped to around 5kts during the first races so boats struggled to finish the long course. The Goddess of the Wind must have listened to sailors' prayers and delivered 15kts of breeze before the second start of the day. Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen decided to set all IRC racer classes another two windward/leeward courses to finish the day. The IRC Premier Cruisers sailed two islands courses and the the HKPN boats were given one windward / leeward and

St. James’s Place中國海岸帆船賽- 首日賽事報告

香港遊艇會本賽季首個大船級別大型賽事- 「St. James’s Place中國海岸帆船賽」今日正式展開,多達30艘來自6個組別的帆船參與首日賽事。 在東北季候風的影響下,今年「St. James’s Place中國海岸帆船賽」遇上一流的航海條件,藍天無雲,海面湧浪不大,在南丫島東南海域風速達到每小時10海浬。 賽事主任Inge Strompf-Jepsen 率先為所有IRC 競選組別安排兩場順風及逆風繞泡賽,至於三艘高級休閒組別帆船則環繞螺洲進行一場島嶼賽。 由於天文台預測周日風力將會轉弱,賽事管理團隊決定今日加開一場賽事,IRC 競賽0組及1組進行16海浬的島嶼賽,須環繞宋崗及螺洲,至於其餘IRC競賽組別則進行10海浬賽事,駛到螺洲後再返回赤柱半島南部衝線。 Inge Strompf-Jepsen 非常滿意首日比賽可以順利舉行,她說:「今日天公造美,全日風力平穩,錄得10至13海浬的東北風,海面平靜,為帆船賽締結上佳比賽環境,令賽事得以順利舉行。」 IRC競賽0組由三隻TP52型帆船「FreeFire號」、「Alpha+號」以及「鳳凰號」同場較量,「FreeFire號」在島嶼賽表現尤其出色,全日以兩場第一名暫時在組別領先,IRC競賽1組Marcel Liedts的Ker 46型 「Zannekin號」同樣以兩場第一的姿態領先兩隻Mills 41型帆船「突擊號」以及「Quest 號」。 IRC 競賽2組Nick Burns 的「Blue Bunny號」以及IRC 競賽3組Nick Southwar的「Whiskey Jack號」同樣三場全勝高據榜首。IRC 高級休閒組別Mar

St. James’s Place China Coast Regatta 2020 – Day 1 Race Report

The Club’s first major Big Boat event of the season – the St. James’s Place China Coast Regatta got underway today with 30 yachts across six divisions competing in a variety of windward/leeward and island courses. Under the influence of a northeasterly monsoon, this year St. James’s Place China Coast Regatta brought the best of Hong Kong’s sailing conditions; excellent breeze, blue skies, warm friendly waters and 10kts of northeasterly breeze to greet sailors southeast of Hong Kong's Lamma Island. Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen sent all IRC racers divisions on two windward/leeward race and three yachts from the IRC premier Cruising division were set an islands course around Beaufort

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