I have to be honest, I went because I’m the US Distributor for Fareast and I felt it was important to support the event. I was dubious about the venue, a relatively small lake. I also figured that despite the prize table, few non-Chinese Teams would pony up the entry fee of $5000 or the purchase of a new boat. But at least a mostly Chinese fleet would be weak and improve my chances of winning a boat. So I drew from my Eagle’s Eye 28R youth program and put a 4 man team together. So, it turns out I was wrong about almost everything.
The venue was fabulous. We had 10 to 18 knots every day, the lake was larger than I remembered and the wind shifty enough to be interesting but, not wild. I was wrong about the international teams, a total of 28 teams showed up with 10 of them from Europe, the US and Australia. And I was wrong about the Chinese, there were a few weak locals but, they were more than offset by boats which included current and past Chinese Olympic 470 Teams and several more stacked with domestic and Aussie professionals, including the skipper of Ragamuffin (a full professional program that includes a TP52 and 90 and 100 foot line honors boats).