Beneteau Cup entries rising fast
The Beneteau Cup Hong Kong in mid-May already has 15 entries, with only the first 20 assured of a place at the event’s evening gala at Middle Island.
Mike Simpson’s Freedom is among the first 15 entries of the inaugural Beneteau Cup Hong Kong, which will be held from May 15-16 from Aberdeen Boat Club’s Middle Island site. The waterfront venue will also host the ‘Lush Island’ gala event on the Saturday evening (May 15).
Simpson (Owner, Issue 58), the founder and Managing Director of Simpson Marine, bought his Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 last year and named it Freedom in tribute to his company’s tagline, ‘Yachting Freedom Since 1984’.
The Brit is expected to skipper his Oceanis 46.1 with support from Richard Allen, Simpson Marine’s Group General Manager and an experienced sailor himself. Other event entries include Legende (Oceanis 51.1), Sea Monkey (Sense 50) and Captain Ernie (Oceanis 48).
The event is organised by Beneteau Asia-Pacific and regional dealer Simpson Marine, which has a long-standing partnership with Aberdeen Boat Club.
Initial plans for the weekend event include a regatta comprising multiple classes, the ‘Lush Island’ gala evening on the Saturday evening, and a pursuit race on the Sunday followed by a beach barbecue and family treasure hunt at Round Island.
The organisers are encouraging early entries as the May 15 party in the Middle Island clubhouse is limited to the first 20 yachts, as of now, due to current social distancing regulations. The ‘Lush Island’ event will have a French Antilles dress code.
The Beneteau Cup Hong Kong in mid-May has been billed as ‘the first sailing regatta dedicated to Beneteau owners of its kind in Asia’.