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Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2019 - First Start

It was a beautiful day in Hong Kong harbour with blue skies and an easterly breeze averaging 15kts for the start of IRC Racer 2 in the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2019 right outside Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Kellett Island clubhouse.

As the horn sounded at 1120hrs, Nicolas Cohen-Addad’s J122e Jinn and Michael Lunn’s Azuree 40’s Lion Rock started their 673nm journey. Jinn performed particularly well at the start and led out of the Victoria Harbour. Lion Rock managed to marginally shorten the distance between them by sailing near around Dangan Dao, both yachts are clocking a VMG of 8 to 9kts towards Nha Trang in Vietnam.

This year the start is split over two days, with the slower IRC Racer 2 division set out today, 24 hours ahead of IRC Racer 0, IRC Racer 1 and MOCRA Multihull classes on 16 October. The focus will certainly be on the battle between the two foiling trimarans: Italian Maserati Multi70 racing against Hong Kong’s Orma 60, SHK Scallywag/FUKU.

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