Thunderstorm vs Maserati
Previously, this race was called “From Hong Kong to Vietnam Race”. But last Wednesday, right on the start day, it occurred to some kind of smart person (or rather, several smart people) to give her a new name. It turned out terribly long (and this is still diplomatically said) – Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally.
The start, as you already understood, was given at the Royal Yacht Club of Hong Kong. The finish is in the harbor of the Vietnamese resort of Nha Trang. Distance – 730 nautical miles. This time, 9 yachts took part in the race, but the main attention was, as always, focused on the "big" ones. To two maxi trimarans – the Italian Multi 70 Maserati with skipper Giovanni Soldini and the Hong Kong ORMA 60 SHK Scallywag FUKU (formerly Team Australia) led by David Witt.
Maserati was considered the favorite, but the SHK Scallywag FUKU was by no means a whipping trimaran: the boat and its crew, for example, owned a record for the transition between Sydney and Hobart. As a result, SHK Scallywag FUKU covered the distance in 1 day. 6 hours, 9 minutes and 22 seconds, while Maserati finished 1 hour, 27 minutes and 22 seconds later.
At the same time, the Italian trimaran was almost the entire distance ahead. This is how Soldini explained what happened on his Facebook page:
“It was a very beautiful race, we were ahead and thought that we had already won. 50 miles to the finish line, we walked at a speed of 25 knots and were ten miles ahead of the opponent. Under normal conditions, such a gap cannot be eliminated, but here … A storm front appeared on our way, which left the Maserati completely without wind for two hours. Meanwhile, the opponent calmly finished … ".
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