Monsoon Winter Series 2020, Race 1 & 2

The No.3 warning signal, issued on Friday for Typhoon Saudel, was lowered at 0910 on Saturday morning allowing Races 1 & 2 of the Hebe Haven Yacht Club’s Monsoon Winter Series 2020 to go ahead. Seventeen boats turned out for the start inside Port Shelter.

On the committee boat, the RO, Rob Allen, briefed his team and laid anchor to the west of Shelter Island. The plan was for two geometrics lasting about an hour each for all boats. However, this was challenged by Russ Parker from FAB who called for windward / leewards for the Sportsboats.

The RO obliged but first got the four IRC boats away on schedule at 1400 in 10 knots of northeasterly wind. Then came an AP flag as adjustments were made for the Sportboats who were given Course #24. This competitive class of five boats set off at 1420 but not before Howard Winn of Good Vibrations had inquired of the committee boat which start he was in. “Optimists,” quipped the RO.

Things weren’t made easier for the race officer when reports were received about a fishing boat dragging its nets near the peninsular mark. Another AP was raised, this time for the waiting eight HKPN entries. When their countdown began, Bits & Pieces stormed across the line and almost reached the top mark, before realizing it had been OCS and a general recall had been issued.

Slowly, all the HKPN boats returned and, at 1432, were sent off on Course #22 in overcast conditions with the breeze steady at 10 knots, but having swung to the north.

Quest finished in one hour and 12 seconds to claim line honours, and 2nd on handicap. Talkinghead scored a bullet with Blu in 3rd.

In the Sportsboats, Havoc flew around its course to claim line honours in 56 minutes and 44 seconds, and 1st on handicap. In 2nd came FAB and 3rd, the Magic 25, Sidewinder. Ricochet retired.

Lazy Piggy won the HKPN Division in an elapsed time of 39 minutes and 24 seconds. In 2nd came Simplicity while the errant Bits & Pieces placed 3rd but with line honours to its credit.

With the wind shifting to the east, the committee boat upped anchor and moved further west to prepare for Race 2. The IRC boats were given a windward / leeward and were sent off at 1550. Talkinghead put in a determined performance to win on handicap, followed by Blu and Quest. Quest took line honours in 53 minutes and 10 seconds.

This time there were no delays and the Sportsboats, doing the same Course #25, set off five minutes later. Havoc took line and handicap honours, followed by Ricochet and Good Vibrations.

At 1600, with Authority swelling the numbers to nine, the HKPN Division started Course #24. In a building breeze of 13 knots, H3O tore up and down Port Shelter to take line honours in 38 minutes and 17 seconds. 1st on handicap was No One Else, followed by Lazy Piggy and Simplicity.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, there was no prize-giving but a packed Esky, full of San Miguel beer, awaited the thirsty sailors as they arrived back at the clubhouse.

The next race in the HHYC’s Winter Monsoon Series 2020 will be on Saturday, the 7th of November.

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