One Sails Racing

SAIL # AUS 8898
OWNER RAY ROBERTS
COUNTRY AUSTRALIA
CLUB -
TYPE TP52
LOA 15.85M
BEAM 14.80M
DRAUGHT 3.20M
IMAGE RHKYC / GUY NOWELL

SAN FERNANDO RACE 2015

 

HONG KONG TO HAINAN RACE 2014

 

HONG KONG TO VIETNAM RACE 2013

Ray Roberts (OWNER), Bradley Anson (PIC), Jamie Wilmot (NAV), Bruce Anson (C), Jamie Bennett (C), Paul Burke (C), Tim Davis (C), Greg Johnston (C), Richard Kilip (C), Steve McConaghy (C), David Palazzi (C), Luke Payne (C), Sam Price (C), Jason Smith (C), Carl Watson (C)

Ray Roberts is making a return to Hong Kong with his TP52 OneSails Racing (Ex-Evolution Racing) which he brought to Hong Kong for the 2009 and 2010 China Coast Regatta - winning IRC Racing Division A both years.

The crew of 15 is made up of his regular team with some Hong Kong locals added.  Included in the crewlist are Bruce Anson - Manager of Onesails Asia, expert sail designer and experienced long distance ocean racer and James Wilmot - Olympic Sailor and father of Nathan Wilmot, Olympic gold medal winner at the London Olympics.  Jamie is an experienced long distance sailor.

Says Ray, “I love racing in Hong Kong and I am very excited about the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. This is a race that I have always wanted to compete in.” and no doubt Ray has his eye on the prize, given that in addition to his two China Coast Regatta successes, he’s been a winner at the King’s Cup three times, the Raja Muda twice and the Langkawi International Regatta seven times.  He’s also been Asian Yachting Champion three times, and Australian Ocean Racer of the Year.

Ray and his crew are looking forward to the Race and says that “Aussies use the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race as training for the Sydney to Hobart Race - The challenge of this long distance race has many elements to test the best of sailors and boats, it is around 600 miles and the conditions can be very difficult with big seas and strong winds. The winds are often varying in strength and direction so you need to be very sharp in weather management and boat handling.

Crew work is also a very important factor with many sail changes being done in the dark of night, so crew experience and a cool head when you’re under pressure is a critical factor in boat handling.

Also good helmsmen to interchange through the night so that you can drive the boat and capture waves for surfing which is a big boat speed factor. Luck always plays some part in long ocean races, but good sailors make their own luck.”

All that said, Ray personally thinks that “the favourites for the Race will be EFG Bank Mandrake and Freefire.  Both have done this race before and have very experienced crew.”