Early in the morning on Monday, Team Beau Geste (HKG) crosses the finish line of the offshore race in first place at 06.03 hours. The team on the Botin 52 pushed hard this race and had a tough battle with Outsider (GER). The German team crossed the finish line 35 minutes later, in second place. Both teams confirm with this race to be the favorites in fleet A.
For skipper Karl Kwok, Team Beau Geste, the race was too excited to get any sleep over the night: “We had a great race, in the beginning we were really match racing with the Outsider. We tried to block them form passing us. And that worked out, happy with this result.” They managed to stay in front of the German team and chose the route closer to shore. That payed out for them.
The German Outsider team finishes second in line honours and in the overall ranking. Skipper Tilmar Hansen looks really happy when he docks in: “We have found our opponent! They were a bit faster than we were. We tried to push harder but didn’t seem to find that button. They were sailing with their reaching sail, one that we don’t have, since this is a new boat for us. But this boat is really good for those up winds and down winds we had in the first part of the offshores. For the inshores we’ll keep on pushing, hopefully we can beat them there.”
The race started on Sunday 15 July with very light winds. First expected finish time wasn’t before 14.00 hour on Monday, 16 July. But with the wind building up, the fast boats were able to get their speeds up overnight. The resulting is a finish around 6 in the morning. The sea was very calm: “It’s really nice to do a race like this and not get wet all the time”, reacts Kwok. “But I have to say, it was very cold last night.” Hansen felt the same cold. “Really didn’t expect it to be that cold, I didn’t even bring enough clothing.” While he says that, the sun climbs on the horizon, ready for another warm and sunny day in The Hague.
*Results are provisional!