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  • Nha Trang Rally Underway ( AKA Hong Kong To Viet Nam Race)

    NOTE: With the ongoing unrest in the region, race organizers had to make quick decisions to assure that the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race
    got underway as scheduled. It is unclear what actually transpired, we will update if additional information is released.




    Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally
    October 16, 2019

    Due to a course amendment to Nha Trang and with a view to protecting the integrity and race records of the original Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, today's event was renamed the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally.

    The start time too had to be adjusted to 1510hrs after the race management team published a revised course late morning which included an additional exclusion zone near the east of Quoy Nhon, Vietnam and a new finishing point.






    This rally features two racing trimarans; Italian Maserati Multi70 and Hong Kong entry SHK Scallywag/FUKU looking to set a new speed record and then over in the monohull fleet, Lucky, a high performance Maxi 72 owned and skippered by Bryon Ehrhart, is one of the leading contenders for monohull line honours.


    The rally started in an easterly breeze of 12kts with seven competitive yachts lining up perfectly on the start line. Sam Chan’s TP52 FreeFire made great start, however SHK Scallywag/FUKU soon overtook, stretched her legs and led the fleet to clear Lei Yue Mun Gap first. Second to pass through was Lucky followed by Maserati Multi70, which was forced to tack a few times due to incoming commercial traffic in the harbour. The rest of the fleet then cleared the Gap, and continued on past Shek O Rock and out of sight to the south.

    At 1700hrs HKT, Maserati Multi70 has overtaken Lucky, and is currently clocking 16.4kts VMG, 2nm behind SHK Scallywag/Fuku, which is sailing at 17.7knts VMG. Lucky is in third place, 8nm behind Maserati Multi70.









    The Hong Kong Observatory predicts a strong northeast monsoon will bring windy conditions to the racing area in the northern and central parts of the South China Sea. With a forecasted breeze up to force 5 to 6, all yachts will be surfing fast downwind in challenging conditions.


    The start of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally was split over two days; IRC Racer 2 yachts Nicolas Cohen-Addad’s J122e Jinn and Michael Lunn’s Azuree 40’s Lion Rock started nearly 28 hours ahead of the main fleet. The sequence acts predominantly as a safety measure with the bigger boats coming up behind the smaller fleet for support should they get into any trouble.



    To keep up with the latest news on the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally follow the links below:



    https://www.rhkyc.org.hk/hkvietnamrace.aspx

    Race Tracking: https://www.chinacoastraceweek.com/tracking​

    (Note: Apparently the tracking function is not working and the previous web address is no longer correct)


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    Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini set sail for the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally (ex Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, renamed today by the organizers)

    Soldini: «The Team is ready and we will fight tooth and nail as always!»



    Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini set sail today, Wednesday October 16th at 15.10 local time (7.10 UTC, 9.10 Italian time) for the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally (ex Hong Kong to Vietnam Race). Maserati Multi 70’s Team and their competitor, Orma 60 SHK Scallywag Fuku, set sail from Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, and will arrive in Nha Trang, Vietnam, after sailing predominately downwind for 673 miles.


    With an Easterly wind of 12-15 knots and a calm sea, Maserati Multi 70 crossed the starting line in the Hong Kong canal, in front of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, on the wake of SHK Scallywag Fuku. After the first few hours, Maserati Multi 70 should find a North-Easterly wind of 25 knots that will last for the first half of the course. After that, the wind will drop to 20-15 knots and then drop again approaching the finish line.


    A few moments before setting sail, Giovanni Soldini commented: «It will be important for us to prevent our competitor from outdistancing us at the start in the canal, where there will be less wind». SHK Scallywag Fuku is a 60-foot trimaran, much lighter than Maserati Multi 70, so the Hong Kong based trimaran will be very advantaged with light winds. Soldini continues: «With a strong wind and a rough sea we are surely more at ease, we will try to monitor our competitor and to avoid leaving lateral distance. Lighter boats are very strong with downwind like the one expected for this race, but I’m sure that with long waves we will be able to make a difference. Maserati Multi 70’s Team is definitely pumped and we will fight tooth and nail as always!».

    Skipper Giovanni Soldini will race aboard Maserati Multi 70 with a 7-man crew: shift supervisors Guido Broggi and Oliver Herrera Perez; grinders Furio Carboni, Lorenzo Jovanotti Cherubini and Nico Malingri; trimmer and grinder Matteo Soldini; tactician Ronan Cointo.



    Today, October 16th, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, organizer of the race, has delayed the multihull start by 4 hours and modified the course at the arrival in Nha Trang. To preserve the records of the previous editions, the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race is now called Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally.

    The Hong Kong to Vietnam Race speed record, of 1 day, 18 hours, 17 minutes and 24 seconds, was set in 2015 by Sydney Fisher aboard the monohull Ragamuffin 100. The multihull record was set in 2006, when Benoit Lesaffre finished the race in 1 day, 23 hours, 40 minutes and 25 seconds aboard the catamaran Atmosphere.
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