Waglan Series Race 2

Fortunately, Tropical Cyclone Saudel had dissipated by Sunday morning, the 25th of October 2020, leaving ideal conditions for Race 2 (an islands course), in the Aberdeen Boat Club’s Waglan Series 2020-21.

Race officer, Alex Johnston, set up the start line between Repulse Bay and Round Island where a 12- to 14-knot east-northeasterly, gusting 25, was prevailing . . . with a recommendation to participants that life-jackets should be worn.

As the first warning signal approached, a fishing boat entered the start area and proceeded to haul in its nets but fortunately moved away just in time for the 1055 warning gun for a combined IRC 1 & 2 start.

The J-111 Juggerknot and the X-55 Xena were the first of the eight IRC 1 boats to hit the line, followed by the Bashford 41, Intrigue, which joined on the day. The Salona 42, Jarrah, closed the door on the J-122E Gp, Jinn, at the committee boat end forcing the latter to abort its start. The Beneteau First 50, Typsy Easy, joined Jinn to bring up the rear.

Five minutes later the Sun Odyssey 409, Boss, and the Beneteau Oceanis 43, Five-O-One, led off the line in their combined HKPN A and B start along with the Beneteau Oceanis 46, Jibulai, and the J-80, JeNa PaBe. Last to arrive, the Grand Soleil 40, XT, signed on and followed in their wake.

Having rounded the windward mark at 0.4nm at 080 degrees, it was out to the Chesterman Buoy followed by Tai Tam for everyone. Neo One and Xena led the fleet past the Tai Tam Mark, taking a wide berth, whilst the J-145c, Redeye, also in IRC 1, and Jibulai approached closer to the mark. The conditions were seemingly too much for both JeNa PaBe and Ding Dong, which both retired early.

Most were well reefed like Five-O-One which, according to Graeme Brechin, ABC’s rear commodore sailing and marine,  had two reefs and a No 3 jib and was still making nine knots in the 20-knot and upwards breeze!
The IRC fleets then headed to round Sung Kong to port through lumpy, washing machine, conditions on their 20-nautical-miler, whilst the HKPN divisions rounded Fury Rocks to starboard before returning, passing the Tai Tam Mark to port, Chesterman Buoy to starboard and finishing off Round Island after 14.6nm.

First to emerge from the channel between Waglan and Sung Kong Islands was Neo One, heading in IRC 1 for Shek O Rock, followed by Xena with Redeye in hot pursuit. Jinn had recovered from its slow start and overhauled Intrigue, which had ripped its headsail. Juggerknot and Jarrah were not far behind. Red Kite II led IRC 2 through the gap followed by the two Sun Fast 3600s Zesst and Arcturus.

Back at Fury Rocks, Jibulai was the first to round, followed by Boss, Five-O-One and XT.

Neo One and Xena were the first to return from Shek O Rock, likewise passing the Tai Tam Mark to port, Chesterman Buoy starboard and finishing off Round Island.

Rounding Cape d’Aguilar Intrigue, Jinn (flying its full black kite and almost coming to grief) and Juggerknot, with  its partly socked green kite, were all in close proximity.

First home in IRC 1 to claim line honours and 2nd on handicap was Neo One. Xena crossed the line next but was relegated to 6th on corrected. Finishing 4th, Jinn claimed handicap honours with Intrigue 3rd missing out on 2nd by eight seconds.
Red Kite II took line and handicap honours in IRC 2 followed by Zesst and Arcturus 3rd, both having to avoid the fishing boat, which, much to the frustration of the RO, was back retrieving its nets.

Jibulai claimed the daily double in HKPN A ahead of XT while Boss took the honours in HKPN B ahead of Five-O-One.

Despite the relatively challenging conditions, 17 of the 19 starters completed the race and, although on occasions drenched, most enjoyed the experience. Regrettably, once again social distancing regulations prevented a prize-giving.

The series continues on Sunday, the 1st of November 2020, with Races 3 & 4 – two windward / leewards.

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