Typhoon Series 2017, Race 7


If you want to know why we sail in Hong Kong, take Sunday, the 13th of August 2017. There was sun, wind and ideal sailing conditions for Race 7 of the HHYC UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series 2017.

It was scheduled as an islands race and race officer, Nigel Slattery, ably assisted by club staff and volunteers on the committee vessel, opted for a 26nm course for the IRC Division A & B fleets. This meant rounding a windward mark before heading for North Ninepin, East Ninepin a run down to Bluff Island, back to North Ninepin, followed by Steep Island, Trio, Table, finishing at Little Palm Beach.

The remaining fleets covered 16nm, rounding the windward mark before heading for Bluff, Bay, Steep, Trio, Table, also finishing at Little Palm Beach inside Port Shelter.  

Given the 9- to 12-knot south-southwesterly, racing got underway on schedule at 1100 with 11 IRC Div A boats joined by six in Div B. Jelik, coming up from the rear, powered its way through the fleet to take an early lead heading for the Ninepins (clearly visible for a change) on the horizon.

However, despite finishing 20 minutes ahead of anyone else, it was relegated to 8th on handicap, with honours going to the Sydney GTS 43, Otonomos Mandrake III, followed by Vineta and Ambush separated by just 28 seconds. Seawolf claimed line and handicap honours in IRC Div B, ahead of Sell Side Dream and Juggerknot.

The second start saw the 10 IRC Division C and 10 Sport Boats hit the line, but front-runner Arcturus was over early and obliged to restart.

Red Kite II took the daily double with Dexter II 2nd and Whiskey Jack 3rd.

The Sport Boats, led by Hotwired, Merlin and Havoc, took much pleasure in leaving many of the larger Div C boats in their wake.

Meanwhile, a benevolent RO left the start line open for a late arriving Sam Chan on the Magic 25, It’s my pleasure. Although making up a lot of ground, Chan still finished at the back of the Sports Boat fleet.
The six J-80s and six HKPN Division A boats combined for a noisy start with Jive taking the J-80s honours ahead of Footloose and Jelik 6.

In HKPN Div A Surfdude rode the waves best to claim line and handicap honours ahead of Temujin and No One Else.

The third start saw the 10-strong HKPN Div B fleet off on their island jaunt. The Bavaria, 4 Sail, was the first home but finished 9th on handicap, honours going to LoTech, White Dragon and Gecko.

With the 59 boats having had a good time, the prize-giving back at the HHYC’s Garden Bar, with sponsored San Miguel refreshments, brought a fitting conclusion to a great day on the water.

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