Waglan 3 & 4

The Waglan Series currently consists of 10 days of racing. These include eight islands courses and four windwards / leewards, all held on Sundays in the cooler weather with the prevailing winds from the northeast. In other words, all the right ingredients for an ideal sailing series beginning early October and ending early April the following year.

So far, we’ve had the first and second islands courses with reasonable turnouts of 17 and 22 boats but, on Sunday the 31st of October, a somewhat reduced fleet of 14 monohulls and one multihull assembled in Tung O Wan, southeast of Lamma Island, for the start of Race 3. The nine entries that didn’t show up missed a cracking breeze – 14 to 18 knots – blowing consistently throughout the day.

In the choppy waters of the bay, Shun Fung dropped anchor and the race officer, Alex Johnston and assistant Jennifer Li, prepared for the first of two windward / leewards. At 1030, Johnston welcomed everyone over VHF and announced that IRC 1 & 2 would be doing Course 1 and HKPN A, B & C, Course 4. The faster boats would go around black marks and the cruisers, yellow marks, with a finish on the starboard side of the committee boat. Simple, but quite a challenge for the smaller entries in the lively conditions.

Johnston had the IRC fleets away by 1100, Intrigue and Jinn missing their usual rivalry with the absent Redeye, Zannekin and Neo One. Juice’s crew, showing they were more at ease with their relatively new J-99, engaged with Red Kite II and Zesst and the stage was set for an exciting first race.

The three HKPN divisions were off next at 1105. Ever-determined, Water Rabbit had a good start next to the committee boat but later retired with winch problems. Bringing up the rear, at considerable speed, came the only multihull and only entry in HKPN C – Carbon3 – with its starboard well clear of the water. Perhaps skipper Niccolo Manno was just being cautious after drawing the ire of the RO for being on the line during the IRC countdown!

All over the race course boats struggled with spinnakers and many were seen putting in reefs to cope with the blustery conditions. First home was Red Kite II, Jinn and Juice seconds behind. On handicap, Jinn took IRC 1 but, sadly, Intrigue had to retire. Red Kite II won IRC 2 on handicap followed by Juice and Zesst.

In HKPN A, Generations was clear line honours winner. Eddy Lee and crew also won on handicap followed by Jibulai and the plucky J-80, JeNa PaBe. In HKPN B, John Berry’s Five O One claimed top spot on corrected with Boss 2nd and Blower’s daughter 3rd.

The RO, anxious to keep things moving, started Race 4 at 1235 for the IRC fleets. Arcturus and Ocean’s Five contested keenly further down the line, while Jinn slipped past the committee boat.

Juice crossed closer to the pin.

This time, in IRC 1, Intrigue held it all together with helmsman Thiery Barot steering the venerable Bashford 41 across the line barely a minute ahead of Red Kite II. On handicap, Intrigue won IRC 1 with Jinn in 2nd. In IRC 2, Red Kite II took the honours ahead of Juice and Arcturus.

HKPN A was again won by Generations ahead of Jibulai and JeNa PaBe. Five O One again took handicap honours in HKPN B with Boss in 2nd and Blower’s daughter, 3rd.

In both Races 3 and 4, HKPN was won by its sole entry, Carbon3.

Last boat home was Muxu, with its happy crew pleased with their elapsed time of one hour, four minutes and 49 seconds.

Race 5 of the Aberdeen Boat Club’s Waglan Series 2021, will be held on the 21st of November.

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