Waglan 10

Pent up energy from three months of lockdown found release on Sunday, the 7th of March 2021, as 17 boats turned up for Race 10 of the Waglan Series 2020-21. The committee boat dropped anchor at the mouth of Repulse Bay and began laying the marks for the two classes – IRC 1 & 2 and HKPN A & B. Conditions were overcast but the breeze was a welcome 12 to 14 knots from the northeast.

Race officer, Alex Johnston, set the windward mark at 075 degrees, 0.4 miles distant. All boats would sail Course #17 but the two IRC divisions would have to sail a longer course taking in Chesterman Buoy, a Tai Tam mark, Sung Kong Island, Shek O Rock, Tai Tam, Chesterman and a finish off Round Island. Some 20 nautical miles in consistent winds and manageable seas, with a kite run to the finish. If boat speed could be maintained at between 6 and 7 knots, most would be home in three hours.

The shorter course for the two HKPN divisions took in Chesterman, Tai Tam, Fury Rocks, Tai Tam, Chesterman and a finish off Round Island. An agreeable 14.6 nautical miles in the conditions and, at 5 knots boat speed, they would be crossing the line together with the IRC entries in some three hours.



And that is about as good a prediction as you’ll get. Both classes enjoyed clean starts, headed in to Repulse Bay, rounded the windward mark, powered past the Cheshire Home and on to Chesterman Buoy, Neo One in the lead with Redeye in hot pursuit.

The first to come flying across the line – in two hours, 24 minutes and 23 seconds – was the big 51-foot Beneteau, Legende II, with Pascal Martin at the helm.

But, with an HKPN rating of 1088, they got knocked down to 3rd on handicap in HKPN A behind Sunny Leung’s Jibulai and Eddy Lee’s Generations. Time for Martin and his largely French crew to consider a move up to IRC. Once they’ve got some of their teething problems sorted out, and against the likes of Redeye and Jarrah, it would give them a far more interesting challenge on the longer courses.

In HKPN B, Boss claimed handicap honours ahead of Five-O-One and Shun Shui. New boat in the series, Kyte, cheerfully brought up the rear in a slow but steady three hours, 52 minutes and 13 seconds.

At about the same time the HKPN boats were finishing, in came the flyers in IRC A & B. Stefan Filip, Neo One, was first to finish at 13:38:39 but ended up 4th on handicap. Winner of the day was none other than Redeye with David Mitchell driving. In 2nd was Intrigue and 3rd, Jinn.

In IRC B, consistent Aberdeen Boat Club performer, Red Kite II, with accomplished yachtsman Philippe Delorme at the helm, finished in two hours, 56 minutes and 30 seconds, ahead of Thomas Wong’s Ding Dong. In 3rd place was Zesst.

Again, no prize-giving allowed but, judging by the smiles on the crews’ faces as they crossed the finish line, the competitive racing had more than made up for that inconvenience.

 
 
 
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