Inaugural Macao Cup

After four days of racing, Team Wan Boo Fish Sailing from Macau and Team WYC Lake Constance were crowned overall winners of the inaugural Greater Bay Area Cup Regatta and Macao Cup 2019 respectively. Twenty sailboats took part in the combined event which ran from the 10th to the 13th of January 2019 out of Fisherman’s Wharf Marina on courses laid south of Hac Sa Beach (Coloane).

The 2019 Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Cup Regatta & Macao Cup International Regattas were organized by the Sports Bureau of Macau SAR Government and Across Four Oceans Sailing Event Management.

Crews from China, Macau, Hong Kong and various countries around the world started on Thursday, the 10th of January. In a 10-knot breeze, the 10-boat one-design and 10-boat IRC class started together. For the second race, the wind dropped to a shifty 3 knots, providing many challenges for the sailors. After the first day of competition, Team Wan Boo Fish Sailing and Team WYC Lake Constance lead the standings in the Greater Bay Area Cup Regatta and the Macao Cup International Regatta respectively.

The second day dawned foggy and almost windless. After delaying the start, the race officer decided to change the round-the-island course for safety reasons. In the Macao Cup, Team Marenostrum Racing Club from France carried its form from winning Race 2 the previous day to winning Race 3. Before the start of Race 4, the wind speed dropped from 4 to around 2 knots. As a result, the course was shortened to one lap. The top three finishers in Race 4 were Team WYC Lake Constance from Germany, Team Estonia 100 and Team Sukpai-Four Wind.

After four races in two days, Team WYC Lake Constance from Germany sat at the top of the overall standings with 12 points. The Greater Bay Area Cup Regatta was becoming a three-way battle between Team Wan Boo Fish Sailing, Team Sugram from Macau and Team Blu from Hong Kong. All three were top finishers in Friday’s racing, with Team Wan Boo Fish Sailing and Team Blu winning the first and second races and Team Sugram scoring two 2nd-place finishes.

On Saturday, Team Subic Sailing / Turquoise from the Philippines upped their performance to win the first race of the day. With a 4th-place finish in the second race, they secured the Daily Award and moved up to 3rd place in the overall standings. Team 100 from Estonia was the winning team in the second race. One 2nd and one 3rd by Team WYC Lake Constance from Germany ensured they maintained the overall lead with 12 points. Team Marenostrum Racing Club from France lay just one point behind in 2nd.

In the Greater Bay Area Cup Regatta, Macau teams Sugram and Wan Boo Fish Sailing won one race each in Saturday’s two races. The Daily Award, however, went to Team Blu from Hong Kong thanks to their two 2nd-place finishes. After three days of action, Team Wan Boo Fish Sailing topped the results board with 6 points. Team Blu lay closely behind on 7 points and Team Sugram a further point adrift in 3rd.

Before racing started on Sunday, the competing boats held a fleet parade from Fisherman's Wharf to the Macau Tower before venturing out to the waters south of Hac Sa Beach. Higher wind speeds of around 12 knots and better visibility promised better racing conditions.

In the Macao Cup, Team Subic Sailing / Turquoise from the Philippines held its form and moved up to 3rd place in the overall standings by winning the first race of the day. As a result, the second race of the day became a shootout between Team WYC Lake Constance from Germany, Team Marenostrum Racing Club from France and Subic Sailing / Turquoise for the overall title.

However, it was Team Estonia 100 that came out all guns blazing to claim the win in the 6th and final race of the regatta. WYC Lake Constance edged out Marenostrum Racing Club in this race to a 4th-place finish, enough to win them the overall title with 19 points. Team Subic Sailing / Turquoise made a heroic last-ditch effort but could only manage 3rd in this race, and consequently a 3rd overall. Despite both teams finishing on 20 points and having two race wins each, Marenostrum Racing Club took 2nd place overall as a result of having two 2nd-place finishes compared to just one by Subic Sailing / Turquoise.

In the Greater Bay Area Cup Regatta, overnight leaders Team Wan Boo Fish Sailing won both races to take the overall title with eight points. Two 3rd-place finishes by Team Blu from Hong Kong allowed them to secure the honour of 2nd place overall with 13 points. Team Sugram, on 16 points, completed the overall top three.

A closing ceremony was held at Fisherman’s Wharf on Sunday night, attended by Pun Weng Kun, president of the Macau Sports Bureau, Ma Man Wai and David Zhong, directors of Across Four Oceans Sailing Event Management, Brian Sou, chairman of the Macau Sailing Association, sailors and their families.
 
 
 
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