Team Squadron Marine at the 11th China Cup International Regatta
Imagine being on a very crowded starting line with over 30
identical Beneteau 40.7 yachts lined up, jostling for the
start. Skipper and team organiser Givenchy Langer (Rear
Commodore Power) of Squadron Marine was joined by fellow West
Australians Norm Roberts (Vice Commodore), John Haddon (Rear
Commodore Marina), Nick Politis (Committee Member); Finnegan
Langer, Rob Langer, Peter Fielding and Hong Kong Expatâ€™s Carey
Jack, Gerry Sonnemans and Otto Sipe at the 2017 China Cup.
The Squadron Marine Team picked up their boat from the Royal
Hong Kong Yacht Club and spent a day familiarising the team with
each other and the boat on Hong Kong waters.
The racing started in Hong Kong, sailing to Daya Bay near the
southern China mainland city of Shenzhen. Sailing conditions
were often quite light, with tricky race courses to sail
on. The level of professionalism on the teams has stepped up
from the inaugural year making for very competitive sailing.
The need to go through gates rather than just around marks made for
good competition and more fun with boats in close proximity and
some very tight sailing fleets.
It was great to meet many international and champion sailors
including previous former Americaâ€™s Cup and Olympics crew members
from various boats and countries. There was plenty of
information and learning exchanged with the global yachting
fraternity. The chance to sail against some of the best
yachtsmen in the world was fantastic. A lot of new contacts
were made and acquaintances renewed.
The competition included almost forty Beneteau First 40.7s one of
the biggest 'one design' fleets in the Asian-Pacific region.
Other classes included 15 FAREAST 28R, J/80, SOTO 27.
Over four race courses, the 11 racing classes included the
One Design M32 Class, One Design Class First 40.7, One Design Class
J80, Class HKPN A, Class HKPN B, Class IRC A, Class IRC B, Class
IRC C, One Design Class Bavaria Cruiser 37, ASAF Keelboat Cup, and
Youth One Design Class including Optimist.
The China Cup Youth One Design Class was upgraded to include an
international young sailors gathering, divided into 5 racing
divisions, with keel boats being used for the first time,
attracting over 100 young sailors from New Zealand, China Hong
Kong, Xiamen, Shenzhen. Perhaps some of the PFSYC juniors
would like to investigate representing Australia by competing in
The China Cup is held in each October with over 100 teams
comprising of 1,500 competitors from around the world. China
Cup International Regatta has been awarded 'Asian Regatta of the
year' on four occasions at the Asian Marine and Boating Awards, and
is recognised as one of the top 10 sporting events in China.
The event was a spectacular sailing carnival in the race village
including boating exhibitors, sailing apparel, fashion, arts and
culture to create a spectacle over 5 days. The 12th China Cup
will take place at the end of October 2018.