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13 April 2006, 03:26 pm
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China Sea Race 2006
Hong Kong

27 yachts featured in a spectacular high noon start to the China Sea Race, on a windy Victoria Harbour, right in front of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. The 23rd running of the 565 nautical mile biannual race makes it the longest running event in Asian waters.
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With the late withdrawal of Sam CHAN's (HKG) defending champion Ffree Fire, the IRC A Racing Division is up for grabs and the six remaining racers will all fancy their chances. Local skipper Frank PONG (HKG) is hoping to carry off his first China Sea Race double of line honours and corrected time on his 75 footer, Jelik, but will be competing against almost identical sister boat, Boracay, helmed by Britain's Peter MORTON.

Ten yachts will contest IRC Division B, which does not denote smaller boats, but reflects the lower handicap ratings of the entrants who are all Hong Kong based, except for the Philippines' Martin TANCO on X452 Challenge and Shanghai's Steve MANNING (CHN) on First 44.7, Walawala.

Hong Kong Regulars Line Up

Australia's Geoff HILL on Lyons 49 Strewth will be in good company in the IRC Premier Cruising Division with Hong Kong regulars Hocux Pocux 2, Shahtoosh and Moonblue 2 being joined by the new Dubois Global 80 Intrigue, from New Zealand.

In the HKPN division, along with three other yachts and two multihulls, Russian entry Carrera is expected to arrive in Hong Kong late tonight or tomorrow morning, having sailed from Vladivostok to take part in the race.

Start Times

  • IRC Divisions A and B - 1205 local time
  • IRC Premier Cruising - 1215
  • HKPN and Multihull - 1225
Asian Yachting (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Over 25 boats are expected on the start line tomorrow:© Guy NOWELL/www.guynowell.com
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