Phantom makes waves in local racing debut
THE newest acquisition to the territory's racing fleet, Samuel Chan's 68-foot ULDB flyer, Phantom VI, lived up to its pedigree with a line honours-corrected time double following the finish of the Hong Kong to Vietnam prelude race yesterday.
Phantom VI finished a country mile clear of Peter Barnes and his crew aboard the Mumm 36, Intabinda, on elapsed time but it was a much closer thing under corrected time (Channel Handicap System) with Phantom VI prevailing by only 15 minutes over Intabinda in the 127 nautical-mile, overnight race.
The race was also a good one for Dr Ian Nicholson aboard his new Bashford 41, Intrigue, which was having its first serious race since being shipped to Hong Kong.
Unfortunately, the match race with Steve Ellis and his Bashford 41, Wizard the Sequel, failed to materialise with Ellis retiring overnight.
Chairman of the organising committee for the inaugural Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, Mike Sinfield, was delighted with the race even though only four of the 13-strong fleet finished.
'It was a good test for both boats and crew in the varying conditions,' Sinfield said.
'The Hong Kong to Vietnam race is 690 nautical miles so all the crews needed the sort of conditions they experienced overnight to be fully prepared.' The Hong Kong to Vietnam Race begins on February 16 and has attracted a fleet of 20, 11 of which contested the overnight race.