Summer Series 5

The forecast for Sunday, the 18th of July, was for 10 knots and, sure enough, in Tung O Wan off the southeast of Lamma Island, there was 10 knots as the boats began to assemble for Race 5 of the Aberdeen Boat Club’s Summer Series 2021.

The seven-race Series has attracted consistent fleets of 20-plus boats but, sadly, Race 3 had to be abandoned due to the fire in Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter early on the 27th of June. At this stage, it is still difficult to predict winners but strong performances by IRC boats – Jinn, Calamansi, Red Kite II and newcomer Nightshift – are making this rule group one to watch. In HKPN, Crystal and Shun Shui have Generations and Jibulai snapping at their heels.

But back to Race 5 and the start at 1030 for the five boats in IRC 1 and six boats in IRC 2. All clear with Neo One leading the pack, followed by Jinn, Redeye and improved performer, Daydream.

The IRC divisions were off on Course 42 which took in the P1 buoy west of Lamma, a weather beacon to the south, back to round Cheung Chau Rock, a dash along the southern coast of Cheung Chau, and a finish between Shek Kwu Chau and the southern breakwater of Cheung Chau Typhoon Shelter.

Neo One, having lost some ground during the earlier stages of the race, slowly picked off its IRC 1 rivals and was given a gun at 12:39:47 – an elapsed time of two hours and nine minutes. Sadly, Stefan Fillip and crew had to settle for 5th on handicap, behind Jinn in 1st place, Daydream, Intrigue and Redeye in that order. Juggerknot did compete.

IRC 2 was won by Rob Berkley and his committed crew on Calamansi. Behind them, on handicap, came the venerable Gambit, and in 3rd, Red Kite II. Nightshift came a disappointing 4th and Wicked brought up the rear.

A dark and foreboding front, coming through from the southeast – a result of the passing typhoon, Cempaka – brought a big increase in wind in the latter part of the race. Race officer, Alex Johnston, recorded gusts into the 20s as crews struggled with their kites off Cheung Chau.

Surprisingly, this did not disadvantage the small J-80, JeNa PaBe, which claimed handicap honours in HKPN A, ahead of Crystal and the renamed A40RC, Ocean’s Five, and its French crew.

Generations could only manage a 4th.

In HKPN B, once again it was the speedy Shun Shui which won on handicap. John Berry’s Five O One filled the 2nd spot and was also the second-last boat to finish. Jibulai came 3rd and last boat home was Water Rabbit at 13:09:09.

Race 6 in the Aberdeen Boat Club’s Summer Series 2021 is scheduled for Sunday, the 1st of August.

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