Recording an elapsed time of 49:56:21, RP66 Alive finished the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race in second place on the water and in a commanding position in the IRC overall stakes, although still open to a challenge from FreeFire or Black Baza if today’s healthy breeze continues to blow.
The conditions saved the best until last, with owner Philip Turner saying “today’s racing was probably the most exciting … getting 20 to 25kts, meaning a lot of sail changes – busy-busy!”
The 673nm category one race has a reputation for being tough on boats as well as crew so it was no surprise when Turner added “we had a couple of dramas, a big broach and we did some damage to the spinnakers ..”
The next boat due in at the finish in Nha Trang will be the first Hong Kong boat to finish. Sam Chan’s TP52, FreeFire is expected at around 2200hrs HKT, followd by Race Chairman Geoff Hill’s Smith Custom 72 Antipodes, just after midnight.
by RHKYC Media