San Fernando Race 2009
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

10th April 2009: Given the variation in age and size of boats in offshore racing, particularly in Asia where disciples are still very much in the minority, all competitors are equally important both from a safety point of view and also when it comes to calculation of the overall results.

Purplefinder tracking shows that fleet leader Strewth experienced a drop in speed around 0700hrs this morning, which has picked back up to the 8+ knot mark, but which looks to have put the Race record out of her grasp. At 12:30:00 (Hong Kong time) there were still 26nm to cover to cross the finish line at San Fernando, giving an ETA in the region of 16:30:00, well outside the target finish time of 14:15:12.

While the BIG question this morning was whether or not Strewth could maintain enough momentum on the Luzon coast to break the 8 year old race record, a look a little further back in the fleet exposes some serious challenges to the IRC Racing Division title.

Still 130nm out from the finish, Red Kite II is putting in a sterling maiden performance in the racing division, looking likely to finish around 12 hours behind the leader. With Strewth giving the Archambault 35 some 19 minutes an hour on IRC, watchers should be entertained well beyond the Line Honours gun.

The IRC Premier Cruising Division has its own battles going on, with Moonblue 2 leading on the water, but bow to bow with Xena on estimated corrected time, both boats fighting to extend a small advantage over Beneteau First 50 Blauwvoet. Looking at ETC’s based on this morning’s 0800hrs position report, Bavaria 39C, Dearg Doom, poses a threat to the big boats’ supremacy in this division, with a current ETC which would have her beating Blauwvoet by 2 hours once the sums are done.

With consistent weather conditions, the fleet should all be safely in San Fernando in time for prizegiving on Sunday evening
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Photo credit to RHKYC/Guy Nowell and Purplefinder - Pole Star Tracking
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PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated 11/04/09 20:00:00

IRC RACING

Sail No. Boat Name Skipper / Owner Design TCC Finish Elapsed Corrected
HKG2093 Red Kite II Anthony Root Archambault 35 1.028 11/04/2009 04:55:22 64:35:22 66:23:53
GBR5211L Strewth Alan Tillyer / Geoff Hill IRC TP52 1.345 10/04/2009 16:19:46 51:59:46 69:56:05
HKG1507 Walawala Steve Manning Beneteau First 44.7 1.115 11/04/2009 04:32:05 64:12:05 71:35:04
HKG2171 Wicked Greg Kearns Modified Mumm 36 1.098 11/04/2009 06:30:20 66:10:20 72:39:26
HKG1992 Tipsy Frenz Leon Chan Wauquiez Centurion 45S 1.126 11/04/2009 05:25:20 65:05:20 73:17:24
HKG 2118 Crystal Bernard Hanemann Beneteau 44.7 1.114 11/04/2009 09:22:10 69:02:10 76:54:22
HKG1691 Kei Lun Richard van den Berg Beneteau First 45f5 1.065 11/04/2009 19:08:56 78:48:56 83:56:19
HKG1938 Wizard Bruce Perkins IMX 38 1.056 RET RET RET
               
IRC PREMIER CRUISING          
Sail No. Boat Name Skipper / Owner Design TCC Finish Elapsed Corrected
HKG 2260 Xena Peter Forsythe X 55 1.208 10/04/2009 21:24:16 56:54:16 68:44:26
CAY 8888 Moonblue II Peter Churchouse Custom - Warwick 64 1.233 10/04/2009 20:46:41 56:16:41 69:23:27
HKG2082 Blauwvoet S Corrigan / M Liedts Beneteau First 50 1.159 11/04/2009 01:08:23 60:38:23 70:16:53
HKG2059 Emocean Christopher F Allan Beneteau Oceanis 46 1.056 11/04/2009 15:57:43 75:27:43 79:41:16
HKG2088 Soko Richard Winter Moody 46 1.033 11/04/2009 18:47:21 78:17:21 80:52:22
HKG2116 Dearg Doom M Lunn / K Greene Bavaria 39C 1.001 11/04/2009 22:05:36 81:35:36 81:40:30
HKG2268 Harmony James Kong / Team Max Ltd. Bavaria 39 0.997 RET RET RET
HKG2011 Kam Loong Jack Mallee Beneteau First 40.7 1.063 RET RET RET
HKG2057 Nauti Cruiser KJ Wiltshire / Danny Lam Sun Odyssey 45DS 1.037 RET RET RET
HKG2070 Julan Andrew Payne Beneteau Oceanis 46

1.059

RET RET RET
               
Multihull Division            
Sail No. Boat Name Skipper / Owner Design TCC Finish Elapsed  
B212 Long Reef Guy Badgery Crowther 42' N/A RET RET RET

San Fernando Race 2009
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

9th April 2009: Strengthening conditions overnight have helped TP52 Strewth build up a commanding lead over a slightly battered fleet; with a current ETA in San Fernando of 1130hrs tomorrow, Strewth threatens to smash the record of 49h 55m 12s held since 2001 by Sam Chan's FfreeFire 70 – Geoff Hill and his boys just need to finish before 14:15:12 and after Strewth’s exit from last year’s Rolex China Sea Race, line honours plus race record would be just the tonic for the laid back Aussie's.

The “Luzon hole” has scuppered many a previous attempt on the record and may yet spoil this year’s party, but the fleet has been making great progress over the first 24 hours. 60nm back, Peter Forsythe’s brand new X55, Xena, christened as recently as 26th March, is hot on the transom of Pete Churchouse’s Moonblue 2, with Marcel Liedts’ Blauwvoet a further 10nm back, the three boats fighting for line honours in IRC Premier Cruising.

At 1730hrs today, the next IRC Racing boat in the fleet is another brand new boat, this time Anthony Root’s Archambault 35 Red Kite II – the smallest boat in the fleet, but clearly not the slowest. Some 30nm further back, the remaining monohulls lie within 20nm of each other, leaving the final race positions wide open while lone multihull Long Reef lies 60nm further back, just past Pratas Island.

A rough first night left Wizard under tri-sail after ripping her main, and Julan continues to race, seemingly none the worse for wear after fixing an overnight steerage problem. The weather report overnight was of clear skies, full moon and filling in to 22 knots, demonstrating why the relatively short distance of the San Fernando Race, at 480nm, belies the challenge it has offered to participants, particularly offshore first-timers, for the past 32 years.

Position reports are available on the event website, http://www.sanfernandorace.com

Photo credit to RHKYC/Guy Nowell and Purplefinder - Pole Star Tracking

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San Fernando Race 2009
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

8th April 2009: In spite of unpromising conditions early this morning, Race Officer Joachim Isler was able to give the 19 entrants in this year's Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) San Fernando Race a Victoria Harbour start off Kellett Island in 6 to 8 knots of easterly breeze.

Keen to get underway after weeks of preparation, some of the fleet were over-eager and over the line. Culprits included Strewth, Wizard and Walawala from the racing division together with Blauwvoet and Nauti Cruiser from the Premier Cruising Division.

With the breeze filling in throughout the day and a Hong Kong Observatorys forecast of strengthening winds backing to north easterly over the duration of the Race, boats made good progress out of Hong Kong. Leading the fleet through the eastern gateway to Hong Kong, Lai Yue Mun Gap, was Geoff Hill's TP52 Strewth, overcoming her faulty start.

With a healthy mix of seasoned competitors and China Sea virgins, the entrants all have different targets in mind. With over 20 years of China Sea races behind them, Peter Churchouse's crew are well prepared for the trip. According to dock talk, the Warwick 64 was victualled with a 2006 Italian Soave and a 1998 Hock Medoc Grand Cru so 'Won't be going thirsty' and clearly mean to complete the race in style.

On the other hand, Tipsy Frenz owned up to having one of the largest crews, principally because of skipper Leon Chan's ambitions to introduce the joys of offshore sailing to more of the local community and the inclusion of four new Chinese offshore sailors on the boat.

Whatever the reasons, the 2009 San Fernando Race is shaping up to be a quick one, and everyone should be re-living their experiences at the post-race party in San Fernando on Sunday.

The first San Fernando Race was inaugurated in 1977, and it has reached the 16th edition this year.  This Category 1 Offshore Race of 480 miles is organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

Photo credit to RHKYC/Guy Nowell and Purplefinder - Pole Star Tracking

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Entry List [Without Divisional Split]

IRC Monohull

Sail No.

Boat Name

Skipper / Owner

Design

TCC

HKG2082

Blauwvoet

S Corrigan / M Liedts

Beneteau First 50

1.159

HKG 2118

Crystal

Bernard Hanemann

Beneteau 44.7

1.114

HKG2116

Dearg Doom

M Lunn / K Greene

Bavaria 39C

0.999

HKG2059

Emocean

Christopher F Allan

Beneteau Oceanis 46

1.056

HKG2268

Harmony

James Kong / Team Max Ltd.

Bavaria 39

0.997

HKG2070

Julan

Andrew Payne

Beneteau Oceanis 46

1.059

HKG2011

Kam Loong

Jack Mallee

Beneteau First 40.7

1.063

HKG1691

Kei Lun

Richard van den Berg

Beneteau First 45f5

1.065

CAY 8888

Moonblue II

Peter Churchouse

Custom - Warwick 64

TBC

HKG2057

Nauti Cruiser

KJ Wiltshire / Danny Lam

Sun Odyssey 45DS

1.037

HKG2093

Red Kite II

Anthony Root

Archambault 35

1.028

HKG2088

Soko

Richard Winter

Moody 46

1.033

GBR5211L

Strewth

Alan Tillyer / Geoff Hill

IRC TP52

1.346

HKG1992

Tipsy Frenz

Leon Chan

Wauquiez Centurion 45S

1.126

HKG1507

Walawala

Steve Manning

Beneteau First 44.7

1.115

HKG2171

Wicked

Greg Kearns

Modified Mumm 36

1.098

HKG1938

Wizard

Bruce Perkins

IMX 38

1.056

HKG 2260

Xena

Peter Forsythe

X 55

TBC

         

HKPN Multihull

Sail No.

Boat Name

Skipper / Owner

Design

TCC

B212

Long Reef

Guy Badgery

Crowther 42'

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