Goto China Cup website

11th China Cup International Regatta

AY Race Report 4 & Summary

2017/18 AY Grand Prix Event

Goto 2017-18 AYGP

Kiwis add China Cup to trophy cabinet...
By CCIR Media - Andy Rice
Sunday 29th October 2017, Shenzhen, China: Yiihua Pocket Emirates Team New Zealand has won the China Cup after sailing a strong final day in the Beneteau 40.7 one-design division. The breeze blew in at around 10 knots this morning, setting up the perfect scenario for a big battle between the defending champion Vanhang Longcheer and the America’s Cup winners, along with some other hot contenders that included My Side from South Africa and Team Hollywood from Australia. Goto AY Photo Gallery

Mainsheet man Andy Maloney had said the previous day that Yiihua Pocket Emirates Team New Zealand was feeling confident, although it was Joseph Dennis O’Keeffe’s Longcheer who held the points advantage going into the final day. After the first race of the morning, however, the Kiwis had pulled level with their rivals after a 3rd place to Longcheer’s 4th. Whoever beat who in the final race would win the title.

Josh Junior, New Zealand’s Finn representative at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio, helmed the Kiwi boat to a strong start and they went on to win the race, with O’Keeffe back in 4th place. The winners of the 2017 America’s Cup had finally won the China Cup. “It’s taken us three years to do it, but we’ve finally won the event, exciting!” said Junior. “We knew that if we sailed well we could win it today. We've been making a few mistakes around the race course this week but today we kept improving like we have all regatta; we got a couple of great starts and sailed really well.”

Asked why a team of the Kiwis' calibre hadn’t managed to win on previous occasions, Junior commented: “It's not an easy venue to sail in, often quite light, and a tricky race course to sail on. So if you've spent any time sailing the Beneteaus and sailing here, you're probably at quite a big advantage. But we've learned quickly this time around and we sailed really well.”

The New Zealanders bring to an end a strong run by Vanhang Longcheer which has won the past four China Cups, and no doubt O’Keeffe, Steve McConaghy and the rest of the crew will come back stronger next year to try to take wrest the trophy back from Emirates Team New Zealand.

While it was Junior’s first China Cup, for Ray Roberts who was nipping at the heels of the front two Beneteaus at the helm of Team Hollywood, this was his first time back to Shenzhen since the inaugural regatta 10 years ago.

“The first China Cup was a very exciting event,” said the skipper from Sydney. “Everyone was very excited about China getting into some real sailing and inviting international teams to race in Shenzhen. I really enjoyed it. There was a sense of innocence and happiness and glory for all those that participated in the first event. It was a thoroughly enjoyable regatta. However since the first one, I think the level of professionalism has stepped up a peg or two. Which is good, that's what China needs, more competitive sailing and more international sailing.”

One example of just how Chinese sailing is forging ahead is in Sean Kang’s decision to move from IRC B to IRC A with a new Ker 46, Alpha+. “I used to have a Beneteau First 50 in IRC B which we won many times,” said Kang, veteran of eight China Cups. Alpha+ lost by a point to Standard Insurance Centennial Sailing Team although Kang had no regrets. “I wanted to have more competition in a fast racing boat, and that's why I bought this new boat. More competition makes it more fun, you don't just sail to win all the time, you sail for good competition which is what we had this year.”

With Kang having moved on from IRC B, there was always going to be a new winner and that was TongJi Blue Sharks-Ocean Link Team who won ahead of Team Arctic Tern. Shenzhen Seawolf was the most dominant performer across the whole China Cup, winning all six races in IRC Division C.

Born Fearless was almost flawless in the Bavaria 37 fleet, winning all the races that counted and discarding a worst score of 2nd. It was a similar story of dominance for the Philippine Sailing Association who wiped the floor in the ASAF Keelboat Class. Qingdao Boat Song won the J/80s, Jingrui XT won HKPN B, and HKPN A went to Windseeker helmed by Bridget Chan. “I have won once before, and it’s very nice to win here again,” said Chan. “I love sailing with my friends and also the chance to meet with so many international sailors. The organisers have done a great job every year, with great parties, and the race village is good to walk around and enjoy after racing. I love the whole atmosphere.” Which is why sailors keep on coming back year after year, not just from China, but from every corner of the globe.

In Match Cup China, the finals of the World Match Racing Tour, Australian sailor Torvar Mirsky caused a big upset in beating the event favourite and defending World Champion Phil Robertson from New Zealand, Mirsky winning 3-1 in the M32 catamarans. For WMRT Results, Photo Gallery, Video and full story go to:

The 12th edition of the China Cup International Cup will take place at the end of October 2018.

In 10 years the China Cup has come a long way and is at the forefront of sailing development in China. By hosting big ticket International events and entering the America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race arena, gives the general public something to look up to, create hometown heroes and encouragement to try out the sport. Apart from the professional one-design classes, most the teams entered are locally owned boats, crewed by Chinese teams. Eagerness to learn and be involved in a sport that can last a lifetime is the driving incentive. Quite a few women have embraced the sport as a sporting opportunity to strut their abilities. If the huge crowd at the shore side village is anything to go by, sailing pursuits have a bright future in China and is growing in stature by the day and in future years, expected to threaten the status quo in developed sailing nations.

At the educational forum held in conjunction with the China Cup, AsianYachting welcomed the China Cup into the 5-star family of regattas, that make up the the 2017-18 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) ranking system and look forward to the day when a Chinese team will be awarded the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year trophy, filled with champagne and don the Trend Fashions navy blue blazer, at the season ending Samui Regatta in May.

For results go to Regatta Website:
Also on Facebook:

Photo Credit to Studio Borlenghi / Stefano Gattini / AsianYachting / CCIR Media / WMRT

Goto AY Photo Gallery
AY Race Report 3
Race Report 2
Race Report 1
Pre-Regatta Report

Goto 2017-18 AsianYachting Grand Prix (AYGP) Here... and check out the AYGP Rankings, by Skipper - Yacht - Regatta and Scoring System.

All the 2017-18 AY Race Reports can be accessed Here...

These 2017 China Cup Race Reports are kindly bought to you by the following supporters

Goto 2017-18 AYGP
Goto Evolution Sails
Goto Raja Muda Selangor Int. Regatta

Goto Marine Scene Asia

Goto China Cup site

Ventures Sdn. Bhd. (Co. No. 627106-T)
A 308 PD Perdana Condo Resort, Jln Pantai, 71050, Pt Dickson, Malaysia
Tel: 6 06 6477701 Email:

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Yachting at