Waglan 5

Despite a cold front approaching from the northeast, and a haze that lasted throughout the day, conditions were generally fine south of Ocean Park on Sunday, the 21st of November. The Aberdeen Boat Club’s committee boat, Shun Fung, dropped anchor at around 1000 and the race management team of RO Alex Johnston and his assistants, Jennifer Li and Wong Tim Fuk, set about laying the marks.

The wind was blowing from 50 degrees, reaching 10 knots as Sai Fok laid a windward mark in towards Middle Island, under the watchful eye of a Marine Department launch.

The RO welcomed the 24 boats circling Shun Fung and advised that he had chosen Course 15 for all everyone – the long course for IRC 1 & 2, and the short course for the two HKPN divisions. The trimaran, Carbon3, would also sail the short course.

The wind was holding at 10 knots when the gun went for the IRC countdown at 1055. At the pin, Intrigue was in the lead, followed by Arcturus. Close to the committee boat, Calamansi with Gaston Chan at the helm, was being pushed up by Redeye. But, at 1000, all 12 boats got away cleanly with Neo One and Ocean’s Five quick to come over onto port.

Five minutes later, five boats in HKPN A, eight in B and one in C also got away cleanly with Sea Wings quickly tacking and passing close to the committee boat. At this point the Mardep launch had seen enough and roared off into the distance . . . passing a late starter – The Farr Side. The venerable Farr 38 narrowly made the start window and brought the fleet total to 25.

The IRC boats passed the Chesterman Gate, left Castle Rock to port, rounded a Tai Tam mark (s) and headed out past Cape d’Aguilar to TCS2. Coming back, they again rounded Castle Rock (s), passed through the Chesterman Gate to finish off Round Island – a distance of 18.7 nautical miles.

HKPN did similar but, instead of TCS2, turned right after the Tai Tam mark and rounded Beaufort Island to port, coming through Lo Chau Mun under kite, rounded Castle Rock to starboard, through Chesterman Gate and finishing (mostly) ahead of the IRC division.

Niccolo Manno’s trimaran, Carbon3, with Philippe Grelon on board, flew around the short course and was first boat to finish at 12:24:41 in an elapsed time of one hour, 19 minutes and 41 seconds. The long reach to the finish, in an agreeable 8-knot northeasterly, suited the multihull well.

On handicap, in HKPN A, Generations beat Jibulai with Legende II in 3rd. XT did not compete.

HKPN B saw blowers daughter take line and handicap honours. Boss was 2nd and Sea Wings 3rd.

Bowline did not compete.

At 13:42:29, Redeye took line honours in IRC 1 but slipped to 3rd on handicap. Intrigue was 1st and Jinn 2nd. Neo One had a disappointing race, finishing at 13:53:56 and placing 4th on handicap.

The competitive IRC 2 division was won by consistent performer, Red Kite II. Skipper Philippe Delorme will be leaving Hong Kong at the end of the year – he will be missed on the race course.

So, too, will Matthew Johnson owner of Jarrah who will be leaving at the same time. In 2nd came an improved Juice, and 3rd Henning Mueller’s Zesst.

Race 6 and final of the Waglan Series will be held on Sunday, the 12th of December 2021.

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