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Sailing: Fischer’s Ragamuffin targets record in San Fernando Race

The San Fernando starts in Hong Kong and finishes in the Philippines. Photos: Guy Nowell.

The San Fernando Race starts in Hong Kong and finishes in the Philippines. Photos: Guy Nowell.

March 27, 2015: Syd Fischer’s 90-foot Ragamuffin is among 25 sailing yachts lined up to compete in the 20th San Fernando Race, which starts in Hong Kong on Wednesday (April 1).


Ragamuffin will be favourite to win line honours in its San Fernando Race debut, with boat captain David Witt confirming that the boat is looking to break the monohull race record of 49:55:12 set in 2001 by 70-foot ULDB Sled Ffree Fire.


Hong Kong-based owner Sam Chan will be defending his record on his TP52 FreeFire and will be joined in IRC Racer 0 by Ray Roberts on OneSails Racing (TP52) and Geoff Hill on Smith 72 Custom, Antipodes, the 2013 line honours and IRC champion.


One of the attractions is the fabulous cruising on offer in the Philippines for those boats staying on after the race finish.


Raphael Blot, owner of Banuls 60 Catamaran MACH2, said: “Right after the race, we will bring the boat down to Busuanga where I will pick up my family for a week of cruising during the Easter holiday. We will then deliver the boat back from El Nido to HK after a stop in Subic.”


After a blistering run in the 2013 Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, Blot is also eyeing up line honours and the 2001 multihull record of 49:52:42 set by Benoit Lesaffre’s catamaran Atmosphere.


The San Fernando Race is supported by the Philippine Department of Tourism and organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).


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Source: RHKYC (; Editing by SportAsia

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