Typhoon 3 & 4

With Race 2 and the 25th Anniversary Cup tucked away on the 25th of June, and Typhoon Chaba the week before, there was an eagerness to re-envigorate the UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series 2022 with two windward / leewards on Sunday, the 10th of July 2022. Thirty-five boats gathered under blue skies and puffs of white cloud, with winds blowing fairly consistently between 5 and 7 knots from the southeast.

The committee boat, Hebe One, dropped anchor east of Shelter Island and marks were laid in preparation for the IRC A Division’s 1100 start. Race officer, Barry Truhol, and his assistant, Howie Suen, laid a relatively short starting line which promised plenty of action among the five divisions.

Handling times and administrative duties was the experienced Sara Houghton and her team of eight helpers.

Truhol decided that all boats would do Course 6 but that IRC would have a little further to go.

That meant their black windward and wing marks would be 100 metres further out. Thus, the faster boats would be covering 1.1 nautical miles up and 1.1 nautical miles down with, after two laps, 4.4 nautical miles over ground. Given the wind and hopes of the RO, this would mean the faster boats would be finishing on the hour.

Both HKPN divisions and the J-80s, were to sail around orange marks at 1 nautical mile distant, meaning their distance covered after two laps would be 4 nautical miles, but back to the countdown for IRC.

On schedule, at 1100, the IRC boats started with Alpha Plus, Phoenix, Zannekin and Witchcraft leading the 12-strong fleet. Five minutes later, four IRC C Division boats got away with experienced Dragon sailor, Lowell Chang, steering Dexter II into the lead.

The four J-80s left at 1110 but Jive was too early and had to return. Then came the eight entries in HKPN A at 1110 and, last but not least, the seven boats in HKPN B at 1115 with the ever-cautious Ma Cherie 2e bringing up the rear.

Alpha Plus, with its well-drilled crew, flew around the course and finished in 50 minutes and 3 seconds –an average speed of 5.27 knots – to claim line and handicap honours. Witchcraft, helmed by Gordon Gregor, finished 14 minutes later to claim 2nd on handicap.

IRC C was won, as many predicted, by Dexter II, followed by Talkinghead and Blu. The J-80s saw the Hebe Dragons team on Jelik 7 storm to victory, with Footloose taking 2nd.

The ever-competitive HKPN A Division was won by Havoc, in 2nd was Lazy Piggy and 3rd Baring Asia 1. The B division saw AmaZe take line and handicap honours, with Foxzhead in 2nd and Pepper & Salt 3rd. Ma Cherie 2e finished the course and placed a dignified 7th at 12:59:53 . . . even though Race 4 had started!

The second race of the day for the faster boats began at 1250 with, this time, Phoenix, looking strong in the 9 knots of breeze. Even though Alpha Plus eventually took line honours after an elapsed time of 47 minutes and 42 seconds, Phoenix sailed well enough to claim handicap honours but still not enough to put it ahead in the overall series results. After four races, Alpha Plus leads with 5 points, Phoenix is in 2nd with 11 points and Witchcraft, with an IRC rating of 1.114, is 3rd with 12 points. In 4th is Zannekin with 13 points so, at this stage, with five races to go, it’s anyone’s series!

IRC C left at 1255 and, once again, Dexter II took line and handicap honours. The following order was the same as Race 3 – Talkinghead in 2nd and Blu in 3rd.

Change of order in the J-80 Class: Footloose started at 1300 and finished at 14:08, ahead of Jelik 7 and Baring Asia 1.

Starting at the same time as the J-80s, HKPN A made short work of its 4nm course and, in the 7.5-knot breeze, Havoc won the day with Lazy Piggy in 2nd. A slick performance by Bridget Chan and crew on Minnie the Moocher saw the Ker 11.3 take line honours and 3rd on handicap. AmaZe was 2nd and Pepper & Salt 3rd.

The last boat home was HKPN B entry, Scrumpy, at 14:40:10. Sadly, and despite a valiant effort, Ma Cherie 2e retired.

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