Ruffian prizegiving

An amazing end to an amazing season: the end-of-year prizegiving for Hong Kong’s Ruffian Class Association was held in the Regatta Room of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and attended by almost 120 people.

There were big fancy dress efforts in line with the Underwater / Hollywood theme, including a shiver of sharks and a cast of crabs, with best dressed prize going to the crew of Miss Piggy.

The evening was also a celebration of the Ruffians' 45th year in Hong Kong, with specially engraved glasses and a commemorative spinnaker by Wilfer Sails that was auctioned to great gusto. Congratulations to Brigand for winning while all expressed their wishes to see the kite flying at the front of the fleet next season!

The music was played through out the evening by the live band made up from members of the Helios crew – a truly multi-talented bunch of sailors.

The main part of the evening saw the results dominated by Victory 9, who were overall Ladder winners and winners of the Chairman’s, Frostbite, Rogue and Spring Series, as well as first Ruffian in the Lipton trophy. Victory 9 was also winner of the new Ruffian Top Dog trophy for first Ruffian in the Top Dog series.

Scallywag also had an excellent season, coming a close 2nd in the overall Ladder.  Scallywag was successful in the Club Trophy races too, coming 1st Ruffian in both the Autumn Regatta and HKRNVR.

Larrikin was 3rd in the overall Ladder and were also this year’s Ruffian Class Champions, after some very close and competitive racing in Lamma in December, followed by the Ruffian Christmas party at Middle Island.

Class secretary, Jim Ryan, said a big thank you to the rest of the fleet, with most boats achieving a 100% turnout for the Ladder races!  “Without this full fleet,” he said, “we cannot have the winners.”

The Ruffian class has also put in continued effort with newbies this past year, including an Open Day, to bring in sailors (non-members as well as members) with limited sailing experience and training them up. The newbie journey includes practical racing experience plus learning the theory through two ‘rules nights’ that were held to sharpen knowledge throughout the fleet.

Again, an amazing end to an amazing season, demonstrating the 14-strong local Ruffian fleet can party hard just as well as racing hard! The Ruffian committee wishes everyone a great summer of sailing and looking forward to next year’s Ruffian racing season.

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