Round Hainan Regatta: Race committee devises new scoring system
Overnight one prominent yacht changed its class and a new scoring system was devised by the race committee. (See Below) The breeze fluctuated between 10 and 15 knots and remained in the South East quadrant for the entire day. After a short delay waiting for the yachts to reach the start line, the race officers swung into action and fired off 3 races for the IRC Classes and 4 for the Soto 27 One – Design Class. Many sun burnt, thirsty and weary sailors came ashore and caught up with the news, results and preparations at other ports over the coming days. The International Jury have witnessed several breaches of the rules (especially barging at the startline) and issued a stern warning that in the interest of safety, they may introduce on-the-water umpiring and penalties to tighten up on procedures.
Now, the overall scoring for IRC 1 consists of the results of 4 stops. The 1st stop covers the overall scores of the Sanya in-port races, and will be regarded as one result. The 2nd stop covers the result of the offshore race from Sanya to Haikou. The 3rd stop covers the overall scores of the Haikou in-port races, and regarded as one result. The 4th stop covers the result of the offshore race from Haikou to Sanya. In essence reducing it to a four race series.
The overall scoring for IRC 2 consists of the results of 5 stops. The 1st stop covers the overall scores of the Sanya in-port races, and regarded as one result. The 2nd stop covers the result of the offshore race from Sanya to Dongluo Island and Dongluo Island to Sanya. And the 3rd stop covers the result of the offshore race from Sanya to Wanning. The 4th stop covers the result of the Wanning round island race or Wanning in-port races, and is regarded as one result. The 5th stop covers the result of an offshore race from Wanning to Sanya.
The new scoring system has resulted in Jonno Rankine's Team Vatti, after winning two races yesterday, withdrawing from the IRC 1-A Class and dropping down to IRC 2-C. In their absence Yan Yuye’s Archambault 40 Sea Wolf took over the reigns and scored three wins in succession in the depleted three boat class. Adam Ng’s Judel Vrolijk 52 Team Shenzhen Apat continues to get the better of Wang Lei's Swan 82 You Bao, that is better suited to long distance racing, as the six man spinnaker hoist is just completed when its time to gybe and take it down on the short windward/leeward courses. Sea Wolf takes a slender one point lead over Team Shenzhen Apat and after tomorrows races the overall placing's will be scored the points for one race.
Martin Hingst on Team Gaastra Men (Lingshui) continued on their winning ways by adding three more wins onto yesterdays two wins and keeping a clean IRC 1-B score sheet for now. Malaysia's Vincent Chan Siew Onn's Team Abdullah Chan (Sanya) intervened with second place in the first race today but the current trend of Russia's Andrei Nichiporenko on Team Volga (Danzhou) scoring two second places and Hendrikus Schaik's Team Redan (Haikou) scoring two third places continued to rain on the other boats parade. A collision between Gerardus Sonnemans Team Hong Kong (Wanning) from Germany and Tiffany Koo's Sail Training (Shenzhen) Center is still being sorted by the International Jury.
Fan Guangming's stylish Jeanneau 57 Tai Qi made it five wins in a row to completely dominate the IRC 2-A (Over 47ft) pointscore after two days of racing. Zhong Huibo's Jeanneau 53 Shen Ma maintained some consistency to climb into second place but the rest of the fleet went up and down the order, which dropped Gui Hongjun's Beneteau Oceanis 58 ATC down to third overall.
Due to the hasty calculations of the results yesterday it was misreported that the IRC 2-B competitors are the same as the IRC 2-A Class. The jumbling of the places has resulted in Li Xiaohuan's Bavaria 40 from the Xin Bu Dao Yacht Club to be tied for the lead with Wan Xiangjun's Beneteau Oceanis 43 18 from the Hongzhou Yacht Club. Hot on their heels is Xing Zengle's Bavaria 42 SLX Bauhinia and He Jinhao's Beneteau Oceanis 43 Haimanyou plus Douglas Ross Sparks Hunter 45DS New Port Yacht Club are all ready to pounce.
Under the new scoring system, the decision by Jonno Rankine's Team Vatti to drop down to the IRC 2-C Class is purely based on having a chance of winning the overall trophy. To do that they have to quickly make up on lost ground, starting from scratch. While the bulk of the fleet were crowding around at the committee boat end of the start line, they opted for clean air at the pin end and nailed the starts to go on and claim the daily double in all three races today. Wang Shaojun's Hainan Luke lifted their game today and with a 3, 2, 3 score line to edge into second overall. Slightly off the pace Zhao Guangyun's 500 Wan still retains the overall lead by a hefty margin but can't afford any more slip ups.
Four races for the Soto 27 One-Design Class sorted the men from the boys. With a second place and three bullets James Maclaren Johnstone's LiuZhou Riviera Yacht Club jumps into contention with one more day of racing to wrap up the series. Zhang Jun on Qingdao Yachting Association stayed on the pace with two wins and three second places to take the overall lead. Zhang Ting Hui's Yatu made a decent account of themselves to be tied on second place with Fan Hongtao's Guangfa Bank. All the boats are carrying a DNF or DNC and are eagerly awaiting the drop race to come into play and bring some sense to the order.
Racing continues today with the Sanya In-Port races coming to a conclusion and the points duly awarded under the new system.
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