ABC's Summer 4

Race officer, Alex Johnston, announced the warning signal would sound at 1025 for Race 4 of the Aberdeen Boat Club’s Summer Series 2020. 1025 came and 1025 went, as the committee boat wallowed at anchor on the flat sea between Ocean Park and Round Island. The AP flag was raised.

Brilliant blue skies and puffy white clouds looked down on the 24 boats slowly circling the committee boat. The RO took wind readings. Hmmmm, 2 knots . . . what to do?
A 1054, he made his call and announced Course #37A for the IRC boats and #37B for HKPN. Game on.

In 4 knots of wind, 15 IRC boats drifted across the line at 1100, with some bumping and scraping at the committee boat end. Then came the nine HKPN entries at 1105; some missed the pin and had to try again. The Farr Side gave up.

But as the boats headed southeast for the Beaufort Channel on Sunday, the 28th of June, some chose to go right, some slipped between the Cheshire Home and Round Island. And the wind increased to a respectable 8 knots further out.

A magnificent sight it was, as spinnakers appeared off Bluff Head, etched against the rocky shoreline and satellite dishes, running past the mouth of Tai Tam Bay. Back in Chung Hom Wan and Stanley Bay, those who had chosen to stay inshore were having problems. Slow, slow progress for them.

With a finish off Clearwater Bay (and lunch scheduled for Po Toi O), the RO decided to head for Steep Island and lay a mark.

The southerly wind brought the IRC boats up from Fury Rocks west of Sung Kong. The HKPN boats rounded Cape d’Aguilar and both fleets left Tung Lung Chau to port. The HKPN boats sailed directly to the line laid off the entrance to Clearwater Bay, while the faster IRC boats made a quick rounding of Steep Island, leaving it to port with a reach to the line.

First across the line was Jinn in an elapsed time of 2 hours, 42 minutes and 59 seconds. Jinn also claimed 1st in IRC 1 corrected, followed by Intrigue and Juggerknot. The IRC 2 division was won by veteran campaigner, Gambit, with Legende in 2nd and Red Kite II in 3rd.

In HKPN, a surprise line honours by Sunny Leung’s Jibulai in 2 hours, 49 minutes and 1 second, saw it also top the HKPN B division on handicap, with Shun Shui 2nd and Boss 3rd. Time for Jibulai to step up a division to HKPN A where Generations scored a line honours in 2 hours, 53 minutes and 35 seconds. Generations also won HKPN A on handicap, beating John Berry’s Five O One and White Crane.

On finishing, most boats headed back to their bases; Five O One, Gambit and Calamansi popped into Po Toi O for a hearty seafood lunch.

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