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  • Re: Rolex China Sea Race 2014
    Board » Races
    17 April 2014

    Rolex China Sea Race
    At the risk of putting the commentators curse on the lead boats – it seems that the weather forecast, at least in terms of wind strength, is on the pessimistic side of the equation. Whilst boat speeds for the lead boats have dropped marginally over the last few hours, the forecast wind close to the lead boats’ position is around 3 knots or less – but with a boat speed of 10 Kts for Ragamuffin 90, and just over 8 for the TPs and Hi Fidelity then it is more likely the yachts are seeing around 6 to 8 Kts of breeze. This may of course all change as the sun sinks in the West, and with most weather forecast sites talking around 5 not 25 kts in the middle of the China Sea then sunburn rather than seasickness might be the biggest challenge for the sailors tomorrow.
    Meanwhile the most southerly boat, Standard Insurance Centennial, has started to close gauge with the pack – whether they are cutting their losses or consolidating gains remains to be seen. At the moment it looks to be more the former than the latter – but “watch this space”.


    1300utc
    Rolex China Sea Race - at 2000hrs HKT after over 30 hours of racing, Ragamuffin has averaged just over 10kts VMG since the start of the race and, having suffered a slower patch as she reached the latitude of the Philippines, she's now achieving over 9kts again. Standard Insurance Centennial has moved back towards the rhumb line to join the other 52 footers and Antipodes, with Lucky, Hi Fi and FreeFire sticking very close together. The predictions for IRC Overall make interesting viewing, with FreeFire slightly ahead if calculated from the start - Hi Fi if calculated on the last five Yellowbrick reports. Lucky is still in the mix though, with both methods showing her lying second. Racer 1 is wide open, with the predicted IRC results showing Ramrod, EFG Bank Mandrake and Orient Express less than 30 minutes apart on corrected time after 565nm, while in Racer 2, Talkinghead is taking the race to Red Kite II. The theory is all very well, as Day 3 will start bringing the holes and land/sea breezes off the Philippine coast that the more experienced skippers know can make or break their race.
    Images : RHKYC / Koko Mueller


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    --- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2014-04-17 13:04:36 ---
  • Rolex China Sea Race 2014
    Board » Races
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    16 April

    Rolex China Sea Race - at 2200hrs on day 1, after more than 8 hours of racing averaging 10kts VMG, Ragamuffin 90 has built up a cushion of 20nm on the water, and seems poised for Line Honours. There is little between FreeFire, Hi Fi, Lucky, Centennial and Antipodes, who have all stayed well below the rhumb line for the first night out, then there's a 5nm gap to Shahtoosh. The 'hot 40's' are keeping in touch with each other a little further back, followed by Premier and Cruiser. Wonderwall, after divesting themselves of their hitch-hiker at Po Toi, are only 10nm off the back of the fleet. It's early days, but projected corrected time shows Hi Fi leading, ahead of FreeFire and Red Kite II .. that will surely change over the next few days. Images : RHKYC/ Guy Nowell

    Rolex China Sea Race - 16 hours after starting in Hong Kong, Syd Fischer's maxi has covered 170nm leaving the TP52s, Hi Fi and Antipodes 30nm adrift in the race for line honours. Centennial seems to be following her 2012 game plan of sailing far below the rhumb line for as long as possible before turning towards the Philippine coast. The Racer 1 division are sticking together with the exception of Surfdude, which has dropped a little below them, as has Krampus in Racer 2. Premier seem to be making good VMG, with Shahtoosh out ahead of the rest of the division, while Wonderwall has bridged the gap to the Cruiser competitors and is with Soko and Dearg Doom. Images : RHKYC/ Guy Nowell

    Rolex China Sea Race 2014 Gets Underway
    At 1320hrs (HKT) the 2014 edition of the Rolex China Sea Race started in Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour, in front of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Kellett Island clubhouse.
    With a consistent 7kts from the start line through the harbour and Lei Yue Mun, Race Officer Simon Boyde felt there was no choice, the 34-strong fleet requiring a line which stretched northwards from in front of the Club, almost to Kowloon.

    On an offshore start line for the first time, Sea Wolf was perhaps a tad aggressive, pushing Ramrod over early, and taking herself half a boat length over in the process. Both Ragamuffin 90 and Antipodes chose to stay out of trouble at the pin end and, as expected, it was ‘Rags which quickly put distance between herself and the rest of the fleet.
    Boyde’s decision to start in the harbour was vindicated as the boats made a clean break past Shek O towards open water, with Ragamuffin 90 heading the fleet, followed by Hi Fi and the TP52s, then the Ker 40s and Antipodes.

    Six hours after the cannon fired to start the race, ‘Rags had built up a lead on the water of nearly 10nm on the 52-footers. Currently averaging just over 10kts boat speed, ‘Rags is forecast to finish at around the 50 hour mark, outside the existing record of 47h 43m 07s set in 2000 by Karl Kwok.

    All boats are carrying a Yellowbrick tracker unit, which will report positions every 30 minutes , while the race will feature for the first time as a virtual race on Sailonline.org.
    For more information about the Rolex China Sea Race, please visit:
    www.rolexchinasearace.com
    all photos: RHKYC / Guy Nowell


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    --- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2014-04-17 11:10:40 ---
  • Impromptu Sprint to BeepBeep Mooring - 16 April 2014
    Board » Practice Racing
    Short Notice Given of a sprint from SOL Race Start to BeepBeep's Mooring at -36.808 175.042.

    BeepBeep is NZL_yachtyakka's own boat and she is moored on the W side of Waiheke Island, Practice Racing's Home-from-Home in NZ!

    SPRINTING FOR GROG & BBQ

    jay8s (USA)
    kroppyer (NED)
    Musigny (SWE)
    RainbowChaser (GBR)

    and anyone else who wishes to join us at the Mooring!!

    Everyone arrived in plenty of time for pre-race hospitality....

    Pre-Race BBQ at BeepBeep's Mooring



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    --- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2014-04-16 20:26:39 ---
  • Re: Rolex China Sea Race 2014
    Board » Practice Racing
    The FOURTH short, fun and informal round-the-cans race in Hong Kong will be on Tuesday, 15 April 2014, as follows:

    TIME: 1800utc

    START:
    NW of M1/M5 line

    COURSE:
    Leave M2 to STARBOARD
    Leave M3 to PORT

    FINISH:
    Cross M4/M6 line E to W

    COURSE DIAGRAM: click here

    RACING

    glynnwi (GBR)
    Go4iT (GBR)
    honya (CZE)
    kroppyer (NED) ++
    Mega30 (SWE)
    RainbowChaser (GBR)
    robert1 (SWE)
    Rod (CAN)
    stoertebaeker (AUT)
    WINDEGG (NED)

    FINAL RANKING

    1. glynnwi (GBR)
    2. stoertebaeker (AUT)
    3. robert1 (SWE)
    4. Mega30 (SWE)
    5. RainbowChaser (GBR)

    G-SCOW: Go4iT (GBR)
    ______________


    --- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2014-04-15 19:59:21 ---
  • Re: Rolex China Sea Race 2014
    Board » Practice Racing
    The THIRD short, fun and informal round-the-cans race in Hong Kong this time, will be held on Monday, 14 April 2014, as follows:

    TIME: 1800utc

    START:
    W of M1-M5 Line

    COURSE:
    Leave M2 to STARBOARD
    Leave M3 to STARBOARD
    Leave M4 to PORT

    FINISH:
    Cross M1-M5 line W-E

    COURSE DIAGRAM: click here

    RACING

    glynnwi (GBR)
    Go4iT (GBR)
    Jeroen (NED)
    kroppyer (NED)
    Mega30 (SWE)
    RainbowChaser (GBR)
    robert1 (SWE)

    FINAL RANKING by kroppyer

    1. Mega30 (SWE)
    2. robert1 (SWE)
    3. glynnwi (GBR)
    4. Go4iT (GRB)
    5. kroppyer (NED)

    NO G-SCOW awarded
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    --- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2014-04-14 20:10:21 ---
  • Re: Rolex China Sea Race 2014
    Board » Practice Racing
    The SECOND informal, fun round-the-cans race in Hong Kong this time will be on Sunday, 13 April 2014, as follows:

    TIME: 1800utc

    START:
    N of M1-M5 line

    COURSE:
    LEAVE M2 to PORT

    FINISH:
    Cross M4-M6 line SW-NE

    COURSE DIAGRAM: click here

    RACING

    glynnwi (GBR)
    Mega30 (SWE)
    Musigny (SWE)
    robert1 (SWE)
    RainbowChaser (GBR)
    stoertebaeker (AUT)

    FINAL RANKING

    1. robert1 (SWE)
    2. RainbowChaser (GBR)
    3. glynnwi (GBR)
    4. Mega30 (SWE)
    5. stoertebaeker (AUT)

    G-SCOW: Musigny (SWE)
    ____________

    --- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2014-04-13 20:06:23 ---
  • Rolex China Sea Race 2014
    Board » Practice Racing
    The FIRST informal, fun round-the-cans Practice Race will be held on Saturday, 12 April 2014, as follows:

    TIME: 1800utc

    START:
    SOL Race Start (or close to it)

    COURSE:
    Leave M1 to STARBOARD
    Leave M2 to PORT
    Leave M3 to PORT
    Leave M2 to STARBOARD

    FINISH:
    Cross M1/M5 line NW-SE

    COURSE DIAGRAM: click here

    RACING

    glynnwi (GBR)
    honya (CZE)
    Musigny (SWE)
    RainbowChaser (GBR)
    robert1 (SWE)

    FINAL RANKING

    1. glynnwi (GBR)
    2. Musigny (SWE)
    3. robert1 (SWE)
    4. honya (CZE)
    4. RainbowChaser (GBR)

    NO SCOW POSSIBLE
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    --- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2014-04-12 19:02:52 ---
  • Re: G2LHI 2014
    Board » Practice Racing
    The FIFTH short, fun and informal practice race in Gosford will be held on Thursday, 3 April 2014, as follows:

    TIME: 1800utc

    START:
    N of M1/M5 line

    COURSE:
    Leave M2 to PORT
    Leave M3 to PORT
    Leave M5 to PORT
    Leave M2 to PORT
    Leave M3 to STARBOARD
    Leave M2 to STARBOARD

    FINISH:
    Cross M/1M5 line S-N

    COURSE DIAGRAM: click here
    _____________

    **SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT** to SCARABOCCHIO for the new PR Race diagram frame design!
    _____________
    RACING

    glynnwi (GBR)
    jay8s (USA)
    kroppyer (NED) - joined in
    Mega30 (SWE)
    RainbowChaser (GBR)
    robert1 (SWE)
    sassy63 (SWE)
    stoertebaeker (AUT)

    FINAL TOP 5

    1. stoertebaeker (AUT)
    2. Mega30 (SWE)
    3. sassy63 (SWE)
    4. glynnwi (GBR)
    5. robert1 (SWE)

    G-SCOW jay8s (USA)
    _____________


    --- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2014-04-03 19:51:33 ---
  • Re: G2LHI 2014
    Board » Practice Racing
    The FOURTH short, fun and informal Practice Race in Gosford will be held on Wednesday, 2 April 2014, as follows:

    TIME: 1800utc

    START:
    S of M1/M5 line

    COURSE:
    Leave M2 to STARBOARD
    Leave M3 to PORT
    Leave M4 to PORT
    Leave M6 to PORT
    Leave M3 to STARBOARD
    Leave M2 to PORT

    FINISH:
    Cross M1/M5 line N-S

    COURSE DIAGRAM: click here

    RACING

    Go4iT (GBR)
    jay8s (USA)
    Mega30 (SWE)
    NZL_benny14 (NZL)
    RainbowChaser (GBR)
    RICOTINA (ITA)
    Rod (CAN)
    stoertebaeker (AUT)
    WINDEGG (NED) joining in

    FINAL TOP 5

    1. NZL_benny14 (NZL)
    2. Mega30 (SWE)
    3. stoertebaeker (AUT)
    4. Rod (CAN)
    5. RICOTINA (ITA)

    G-SCOW jay8s (USA)
    _______________


    --- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2014-04-02 19:38:10 ---
  • Re: G2LHI 2014
    Board » Practice Racing
    The THIRD short, informal and fun Practice Race in Gosford this time will be on Tuesday, 1 April 2014, as follows:

    TIME: 1800utc

    START:
    NW of M1/M5 line

    COURSE:
    Leave M2 to STARBOARD
    Leave M3 to STARBOARD
    Leave M4 to STARBOARD

    FINISH:
    Cross M6/X line from E to W

    X=point at -33.5808 / 151.339

    COURSE DIAGRAM: click here

    RACING

    kroppyer (NED)
    Mega30 (SWE)
    Musigny (SWE)
    NZL_benny14 (NZL)
    RainbowChaser (GBR)
    robert1 (SWE)
    Rod (CAN)

    FINAL RANKING

    1. NZL_benny14 (NZL)
    2. robert1 (SWE)
    3. Mega30 (SWE)
    4. kroppyer (NED)
    5. Rod (CAN)
    6. Musigny (SWE)

    G-SCOW RainbowChaser (GBR)
    _________________


    --- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2014-04-01 19:31:57 ---

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