Hot winds in Busan Super Cup
5 May 2017
the 2017 edition of the Busan Super Cup, part of Asia Sailing Week
2017, 15 ORC entries hailing from Russia, Malaysia, France and Korea
came to Busan to compete. Two previous defending champions, the
First 40 Malolo and the B&C 46 Sexy Busan were not in the race,
however, so most of the contenders raced together, including the
Korean GP42 Sonic, the First 40.7 First from Russia and the
local-based Ker 40 Vikira, with some new kids on the block: the
Russian RC44 Quantum GT, the Korean Soto 40 Podium and the Korean
First 40.7 Hakuna Matata.
On the first day with the first warning signal at 1000 hours, the first two races were abandoned due to a dying sea breeze shifting from W to SE. At Noon the third attempt to race was successful, with the normal Busan sea breeze turned on again from SE at 10 knots. The top 4 boats in Class 1 - Sonic, Vikira, Podium and Quantum GT - competed closely with each other, followed tightly by First in Class 2.
Racing on the last day started from 1000 hours under a stronger sea breeze from SW at 15 knots winds and 1 meter waves. The competition between Sonic, Quantum GT, Vikira and Podium in Class 1 and the three First 40.7ís First, Gastion and Hakuna Matata in Class 2 was tight enough that a couple of contacts occurred and the spinnakers of Vikira and Podium had blown out.
At last after the four races, it was First that grasped the winning trophy with her outstanding performance, followed by Sonic and Vikira. And Sonic in Class 1 and First in Class 2 were celebrated as the class winners at sunny beach side of the HaeWoonDae.