Typhoon Series 9

After four geometric and four island races, the final of the UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series 2021, was held on Saturday, the 21st of August 2021. For the 50 boats (out of 67 entries) that showed up, conditions were ideal with a constant 10-12 knots, blowing from 170 to 190 degrees.

On the committee boat, race officer, Inge Strompf, had Barry Truhol and Howie Suen to assist her, along with numerous volunteers taking times, monitoring wind and attending to the flags.

With just the one geometric, Truhol was given the task of determining the optimal length of the courses. His plan was for an IRC top mark at 1.3 nautical miles and another mark for the J-80s and HKPN divisions at 1.1 nautical miles, both at 170 degrees and both with offsets at about 200 metres.

Having positioned the windward marks, the support boats then laid a 100-metre leeward gate, along with a 250-metre start line.

First off on schedule at 1400, on three laps of the long course, were the nine IRC A boats. The TP52, Alpha Plus, led the field – a position it would not relinquish. Witchcraft, having opted to race in this higher rating category, finished 2nd with Seawolf 3rd.

IRC B followed at 1405 in 10.4 knots with H3O off to a good start at the pin-end whilst Outrageous and Intrigue plus brought up the rear of this 10-boat fleet. At the first rounding of the leeward gate, Rampage left it late to drop its kite and continued on heading for Cascade Bay before recovering, only to retire shortly thereafter. After completing two laps of the long course Nightshift took line and handicap honours with Juggerknot 2nd and Kingsman 3rd.

The third start was for IRC C at 1410. The fleet was well spread out along the start line with Arcturus and the J-99 newcomer, Juice, amongst the front-runners, also on two laps of the long course. Following in the footsteps of the veteran Tripp 40, Rampage, the new Fareast 28, Rampage 28, likewise came in at speed to the leeward gate narrowly avoiding Intrigue plus and dropping its kite late. It, too, continued on towards Cascade Bay, losing valuable time.

Talkinghead claimed both line and handicap honours ahead of Dexter II 2nd and Goddess 3rd out of the nine boats in the division.

Three J-80s started at 1415 in 11.3 knots on two laps of the shorter course. Baring Asia 1 led off the line. Footloose continued its domination claiming the honours with Team Danny Sum on Jelik 7 2nd, and Eliza Yeung’s women on Baring Asia 1 3rd.

Twelve HKPN A boats followed at 1420. The Magic 25, Good Vibrations, squeezed through at the committee boat end, before quickly tacking on to port, only to then retire with a broken main halyard. Minnie the Moocher claimed line honours but had to accept 3rd on handicap. Temujin added its second bullet in the series while LoTech notched up a 2nd just 13 seconds behind on handicap.

Finally it was the turn of the seven boats in the HKPN B division. La Vida Loca took the daily double with Pepper & Salt 2nd and Baby Beluga 3rd.

Series result
It was not all plain sailing in the series with some 26 requests for hearings lodged. Some related to the revised sailing instructions and courses introduced without sufficient notice at the start of the series, when crews were still using the courses in the old sailing instructions and others unaware of the introduction of the new 4-minute start window.

Race management teams, in general, did a great job and were praised by Zannekin’s Ben Harding for getting all races completed in tough conditions. Had resources been available, though, certain courses could have been shortened, in particular the last islands race when 18 boats retired out of 47 starters.

Incidentally, a major positive for Hebe Haven Yacht Club this year was the number of race management volunteers who gave their time, many having undergone the J-80 courses.

With five bullets in nine races, and after two discards, Alpha Plus sailed away with the IRC A series. Witchcraft, which traded up a rating division, finished a commendable 2nd after consistent performances including three bullets. Zannekin managed to hold off Ambush’s challenge to finish 3rd.

Nightshift claimed the series win in IRC B with seven bullets. Rampage was lying 2nd going into the final race but retiring in Race 9 resulted in a tie with Kingsman, which finished 2nd in the series after its 3rd place in the last race.

Dexter II held a commanding lead to win the IRC C series. Just one point separated each of Whiskey Jack 2nd, Blu 3rd and Goddess 4th before the final race. A 4th place for Whiskey Jack secured its 2nd place in the series while a 3rd for Goddess lifted it above Blu for 3rd in the series.

Seven bullets for Footloose gave it the J-80 series with Team Danny Sum’s Jelik 7 2nd and Eliza Yeung’s women’s team on Baring Asia 1 3rd.

Temujin secured a comfortable victory in the HKPN A series by winning the last race. Scintilla led Jibulai by one point before the last race. However, 5th for Jibulai and a 7th for Scintilla reversed positions with Jibulai 2nd and Scintilla 3rd.

Baby Beluga took the series honours in HKPN B with La Vida Loca 2nd. Scrumpy and Foxzhead were tied on 16 points each going into the final race. They again finished tied on 21 points after the final race with Scrumpy finishing 3rd in the series after countback.

The UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series 2021 saved the best conditions for the last race, for which it will long be remembered. Regrettably, once again, no prize-giving could be held but the sponsored San Miguel was still consumed with gusto to wrap up the series.

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