Summer Series 2020, Race 2

The Observatory’s forecast was for a Force 4, blowing in from the South China Sea. But as the boats gathered on a flat sea to the south of Lamma Island, it was more like Force 2.

Understandably, and after months of lockdown, there was some concern that it would stay that way but crews were soon spurred into action when the 10-minute gun sounded at 1020.

For the IRC 1 and 2 divisions, the RO had selected Course #42A which took in the P1 mark west of Lamma, a weather mark, Cheung Chau Rock and a finish line southwest of the Cheung Chau Typhoon Shelter, covering 12.3 nautical miles.

For the HKPN A and B divisions, Course #42B with no weather mark, was a shorter 10 nautical miles.

On schedule, at 1030, eight IRC boats were sent on their way. Five minutes later, a similar number of HKPN boats set off, making a total of 16 boats. Nineteen had entered but Calamansi had opted for the Nations’ Cup in the harbour and Jinn and Oceans Await did not appear. Perhaps they’ll make a showing at Race 3 (14.Jun.20) of the Aberdeen Boat Club’s Summer Series 2020.

With no windward mark, the fleets were able to choose whether to stay close to the Lamma shoreline, or go further out to sea. On passing Tai Kok on the southwestern tip of Lamma, kites began to appear. Neo One had a comfortable lead and was showing its pace in the gentle swell and building breeze.

The committee boat followed and, just after midday, passed Pak Tso Wan on the southwestern side of Cheung Chau and dropped anchor not far from the typhoon shelter’s southern breakwater. A mark was laid a relatively short distance from the committee boat and, very soon, two sets of sails appeared over the rocky corner of the island. With sails eased, Neo One and Generations powered towards the line in 12 knots of southwesterly breeze, assisted by a flooding tide.

Line honours went to Neo One at 12:27:26 with Generations close behind, recording a time of 12:28:55. On handicap, Neo One also won IRC 1 and Generations topped the HKPN A results. Is it now time for Eddy Lee and his consistently high-performing crew on Generations to step up to IRC?

Wicked claimed handicap honours in IRC 2 and the brave J-80, Mozzie, won HKPN B.
Last but not least was the HKPN A entry, White Crane, which finished at 13:29:47.

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