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An Australian team including three local sailors - Scott “Scooter” Hinton, Joe O’Keeffe and Kieran Searle - won the China Cup International Regatta in Shenzhen, China last month.
Scooter is a PYYC member and local sailmaker who has participated for many years. Over the last five years has had a second, a third and two first places. Kieren Searle, who has sailed with PYYC and BRSC, has also been on the team for a few years. Joe O'Keeffe is a PYYC member and joined as bow man to do an awesome job for the overall win on Sunday 30 Oct against 25 countries and 30 odd boats in the Beneteau First 40.7 division. The China Cup is on Face book and www.chncup.com . Their team was Wanhang Longcheer and their Beneteau 40.7 was number 27.
They said that the level of competition in the Beneteau 40.7 fleet has never been tougher, yet team Wanhang Longcheer won the 10th China Cup International Regatta by a country mile. Of the 10 divisions racing in Shenzhen, the 25-strong Beneteau 40.7 attracts the most international entries and is widely considered the most competitive. Helmsman Seve Jarvin, multiple world champion in the 18ft skiff, steered the boat to another inch-perfect start off the busy start line and in the light 6 to 7 knot breeze Wanhang sailed away to win the first race of the day. With scores of 2,1,1,1, skipper McConaghy and Co. were able to sit out the final heat and sailed back to the race village for an early pack-up and a well-earned Tsingtao beer.
McConaghy was humble in victory, even if the scoreline was crushingly dominant. “This is definitely the highest calibre of fleet I’ve seen at this regatta,” said the Australian professional who has won four of the eight China Cups in which he has taken part. "The thing that made the difference for us was getting off the start line really well. "
On Sunday evening the 138 teams from nations all around the world went to the final prizegiving and closing ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel Dameisha and will start their plans for returning to the 11th edition of the China Cup International Regatta in October 2017.
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