Waglan 5 islands race

With an easterly airstream affecting southern China, winds on Sunday, the 15th of November 2020, were, as predicted by the Observatory, Force 4 with gusts in the 20s. Not surprisingly, many of the 19 boats gathered at the entrance to Repulse Bay on the south side of Hong Kong Island for the start of Race 5 of the Waglan Series 2020-21, had reefed their sails.

There were two fleets sent off by race officer, Alex Johnston, in two starts. Not exactly on schedule as the fishing boat that had hauled its nets on the line during Race 3 re-appeared and did the same thing again. Johnston raised the AP flag but, fortunately, after a 5-minute delay, was able to get the IRC boats away at 1105.

Eleven keen entries pounded through the chop, then tacked and headed for the windward mark laid at approximately half a nautical mile into Repulse Bay. But it wasn’t without incident as Wicked was over and weaved its way back through the fleet with Jarrah’s skipper voicing his disapproval in colourful terms.

The countdown then began for the eight HKPN entries – four in Division A and four in Division B. At 1110, they started without incident.

All boats did Course #20 but the faster IRC boats – both Division 1 and Division 2 – took in TCS2 and Waglan Island for a distance of 21 nautical miles. The two HKPN divisions (A & B) did the shorter course of 14.6 nautical miles which had them leaving Beaufort Island to starboard, rounding Fury Rocks, leaving Castle Rock to starboard, then Chesterman Buoy and finishing off Middle Island.

Not long after the committee boat, Shun Fung, had positioned itself at the finish, a message was received that JeNa PaBe was in some difficulty in the channel between Beaufort and Po Toi Islands. Quick work by the Aberdeen Boat Club’s safety boat towed the J-80 out of imminent danger while HKPN B entry, Shun Shui, accompanied the 26-footer back to Middle Island. Both boats retired.

Don Law’s Xena finished in two and a half hours to claim both line and handicap honours in IRC 1. Next over the line was Neo One but Stefan Filip and crew had to settle for a 4th place on handicap. Although fourth to cross the line, Juggerknot scored a deserved 2nd on handicap followed by Paul Leese’s Redeye.

In IRC 2, star performer Red Kite II took line and handicap honours, followed by Wicked and Zesst.

In HKPN A, Legende II powered around the shorter course in two hours, 15 minutes and 20 seconds. Reveling in the conditions, the big Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 took line and handicap honours. In 2nd was Sunny Leung’s Jibulai and 3rd, Eddy Lee’s Generations.

Arthur Cheng’s Boss was 1st in HKPN B on handicap, followed by the J-80, Mozzie, and in 3rd ABC club veterans John Berry and crew on Five-O-One.

The next race in the Waglan Series 2020-21 will be on Sunday, the 6th of December 2020.

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