Masterminding this new event is Drew Taylor, RHKYC Sailing Development Chairman and co-owner of Mills 41 Ambush.
“The success of the Commodores Cup and NYYC Invitational Regatta suggests that there is still demand from yachties to represent their club or country on an international playing ground. The regatta is aimed at owners and crew located in the Asia Pacific region and recognises the need for smaller (two boat) teams and a mixture of corinthians and professionals in the crew without allowing fully professional programmes. RHKYC is developing this event to fill a void for those in the Asia Pacific who find the Commodores’ Cup in England appealing, but difficult to enter due to logistics and cost.”
China Coast Regatta (www.chinacoastregatta.com)
With entries invited from teams of two boats with endorsed IRC ratings of between 1.020 and 1.200, a rating envelope ideally suited to Hong Kong’s burgeoning fleet of 35 to 45 footers, Taylor is upbeat about attracting overseas entries, noting that;
“as a host country, Hong Kong has the greatest number of Charter options in Asia ... We could expect to see teams from Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, China and the Philippines. We would also like to see representation from Japan, Australia and New Zealand.”
Individual countries can enter multiple teams and RHKYC will be building up a list of available charters for overseas competitors, which will not include Ambush as Taylor has every intention of competing.
The sailing conditions in Hong Kong in October are ideal for big boat sailing, offering breeze typically in the high teens, temperatures in the high 20’s and an immense variety of sailing areas and scenery. Hong Kong is also very well known for its après sail, and a competitive social schedule will also be factored in to the event.
The Notice of Race for the Hong Kong Kettle, together with entry forms, can be found on the event website at www.hongkongkettle.com – parties wishing to register their interest should contact the RHKYC Sailing Manager, Alex Johnston at Alex.Johnston@
The Notice of Race is also attached for ease of reference.
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About Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club:
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) is one of the oldest sports clubs in Hong Kong and is proud of its rich, colourful history, which stretches back over 160 years of social and competitive sailing and rowing. RHKYC provides sailing courses for members and non-members at various levels to nurture the development of sailing. For details, please visit www.rhkyc.org.hk