On-the-water action promises surprises, with an entry list of 38 boats, including an IRC C Division for the Impalas and a lone Catamaran, Benoit Le Saffre's Atmosphere, racing under HKPN. The competition will feature a small but very competitive racing division that will have Racing fans drooling over the prospect of a contest between the new TP 52'S Free Fire 52 and Island Fling and last year's Regatta winner, Neil Pryde, on Farr 52 Hi Fi Team Pryde. They will by no means dominate proceedings, as the fleet includes rostrum regular, Jelik, sizing up the competition from experienced campaigners Mandrake, Drumstick and Siren.
Meanwhile IRC Division B will feature 17 entrants, promising some great start line shots and stiff competition from the likes of Jaywalker and Ambush, which will be up against Maina and Walawala for line honours and up against everyone else on corrected time.
Premier Cruising features Hocux Pocux II, HSBC Strewth and the Moonblues I and II, while two new additions (Salt Rose and Sex Drive) to the HKPN Monohull Division boost the fleet to five entrants, with Xanadu II looking to take the title for the fourth year in a row
RHKYC welcomes a brand new sponsor to its events in the form of TOTAL Lubmarine Asia Pacific. The internationally renowned manufacturer and distributor of Marine Lubricants, through its affiliate for Asia Pacific area, sees a strong synergy between its core business and the sport of yachting, particularly with the introduction of environmentally friendly products.
''Pioneer in its business, servicing more than 2000 vessels in Asia Pacific with a range of high technology products and services, TOTAL Lubmarine is always focused on intense performance at sea.
Animated with a strong spirit of challenge which motivates us to better serve our marine customers in more than 900 ports on the 5 oceans, we share the values of excellence and determination that The China Coast Regatta emphasizes. We are really delighted to be the partner of such a professional and challenging event, as China Coast Regatta symbolises team determination and partnership spirit which enables everybody to surpass oneself for team victory. This is a one of the core values of TOTAL Lubmarine, facing rough seas of changes with its partners and customers''.
TOTAL Lubmarine provides a full range of high technology Marine Lubricants and services to the shipping industry. With its headquarters located in Hong Kong, TOTAL Lubmarine Asia Pacific, inside TOTAL Lubmarine Network, is committed at all times to propose its customers innovative and performing technical solutions at sea as well as expert technical services.