Open Dinghy Regatta, Day 2

Conditions on Day 2, Sunday, the 21st of May, of the Scallywag Foundation Open Dinghy Regatta 2022, were for once in-line with the Observatory’s forecast with overcast skies and strengthened winds. Fortunately the rain showers skirted Port Shelter, and the sun briefly broke through.

Launch operations for the dinghies, after the ‘D’ flag was displayed at 0915, went mostly smoothly from the three launch sites at Hebe Haven Yacht Club, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Shelter Cove and the Sail Training Association at Little Palm Beach.

Once again the Optimist Green Fleet, under the supervision of Gregoire Bourrut Lacouture, tucked themselves inshore near the University, in relatively calmer conditions. Having finished four races and a practice race on Day 1, they started with another practice race on Sunday followed by two races. Lacouture was full of praise for the seven- to 10-year old novices under his charge, particularly after introducing stricter rules with basic penalties for touching marks, etc, on Day 2. He was also delighted to see the happy and smiling faces and those of their parents after two days of fun on the water.

Consistent sailing with back to back wins saw Margaux Nguyen-Minh (RHKYC) claim overall 1st with Tara Maliah (RHKYC) fortunately able to discard her 7th place in Race 5 to claim 2nd, one point ahead of Cleo Badenach (RHKYC) in 3rd.

The scheduled first start of Race 4, on Course 2 at 1100, where the Laser 4.7, Laser Open, 2.4mR, Optimist Open and Intermediate Classes were based, was initially delayed as the committee boat struggled to secure its position in the 22 metres of water. According to the principal race officer, Barry Truhol, the wind was consistent from 085 degrees averaging 15-18 knots with gusts of 20 through the Cascade Bay Gap.

Peter Jessop (HHYC) continued to dominate the Laser 4.7s with a further three bullets for a perfect score. Seb van Ommeren (HHYC) added two 2nd places and a 3rd to claim 2nd, whilst Daniel Chan (HKSI) held on to 3rd place overall.

Likewise, Charlie Robinson (HKSI) scored three 1st places to make five for the series and, having discarded his 2nd place in Race 1, claimed 1st overall in Laser Open (Radial). Tim Storey (RHKYC) finished with three 2nds to leap-frog into 2nd place, along with Lok Hin Sans Luk (HKSF) in 3rd.

After heading out late, after helping other 2.4mR sailors rig their boats, Mark Houghton opted to retire before the start of their first race, while two others chose not to compete on Day 2. Yuen Wai Foo (Sailability), on The Kaplan, cleaned up with three wins on the day, ahead of Chi Yeung Puk (Sailability), on Inspiration with three 2nds, whilst Candy Tse (Sailability) on OSC II held on to 3rd with three 3rds.

After discarding a 12th place finish in Race 2, Ziyan Huang (RHKYC) jumped to the top of the overall standings in the Optimist Open fleet. Yijiang Nicholas Zhan (ABC) was elevated to 2nd whilst Zihan Liu (RHKYC) retained 3rd.

There was only time for two races for the Optimist Intermediate fleet. Two bullets for Xu Peng (William) Chen (ABC) on the day and, discarding a DNF-21 from Race 1, saw him claim 1st overall, relegating Day 1’s leader, David Wang (HHYC), into 2nd. Cheuk Hymn Decimus Chan (HHYC) finished 3rd, beating Toby Ouyang Shuhang (ABC) on count back.

Forecasted conditions on Course 3 off Silverstrand were, according to the race officer Julie Mackenzie, “Spot on, good conditions, not too hot with good winds. These started at 13 knots but began to ease to 9-10 knots around 1230. With novice and rusty sailors, especially after the lockdown, it was good having lighter winds on Day 1 to acclimatize, gain more confidence and become more competitive on Sunday.”

A 2,1,1 for Andy Lau & Moses Chan (LBC) gave them 1st overall in the RS Quest Class, and a 1,2,2 for 2nd placed Joe Chan & Michael Wong (HHYC) saw them topple Day 1’s leaders, whilst James Robinson & Chris Haywood (HHYC) retained their 3rd place.

In the Hansa 303s, Leo Purdie & Joel Suarez (Sailability) added two 1sts and were able to discard their 4th place finish in Race 6 to claim overall honours. Menna ChaTjavel & Rheanne Buitre (Sailability) jumped into 2nd place with two 2nds and a 3rd, while Tze Ming Poon (Sailability) discarding a DNF-14 in Race 1 claimed 3rd.

Wun Wa Leung (Sailability) added three bullets to his tally for five for the series, to retain 1st on Song Bird in the Hansa Liberty class. A 3rd and two 2nds saw Tsun Ming Chan (Sailability) on Swire Flyer II retain 2nd place with Yuk Chun & Sylvia Leung (Sailability) on Victoria II 3rd.

A 1,2,2 was just good enough for Donovan Chow (CCF) to hold on to 1st place overall in the Laser Pico Class, ahead of George Lau’s (HKSF) 2,1,1 in 2nd. Leo Chun Wing Lee claimed 3rd.

Remaining within Port Shelter, Bonnie Cheng again oversaw the six 29Rs. Casey Law & Jack Dingemans (HKSI) performed best  with two 1sts and a 2nd to jump from 3rd to 1st overall. Day 1 leaders Emile Polson & Maddalena Di Salvo (RHKYC) slipped to 2nd relegating Juliette Clot & Tiffany Mak (HKSI) to 3rd.

Andy Service & Sonia Perna-Darghouth (HHYC), having dominated Saturday, did not have it all their own way on Sunday but still hung on for 1st overall. Janice Yeung & Rita Yau (STA) hung on to 2nd with Michelle Kwan & Chap Pang Wong (RHKYC) 3rd. Conditions were challenging in the 10 to 15 knots according to Service, “It was essential to stay in the pressure.”

Meanwhile the safety teams were kept busy monitoring the numerous capsizes and helping others in distress including a 2.4mR which was taking in water.

A low key prize-giving, complying with social distancing regulations, was held recognizing the achievements of the young, and in some case not-so-young sailors.

Rob (The Pied Piper) Allen, Sailing Centre manager, gave special mention to the sponsors, the Scallywag Foundation and North Sails, along with all the volunteers including race officials, members who had lent their vessels as support craft, club staff and his Sailing Centre team who had done an “awesome” job in organizing the event and, above all, the sailors and their support teams who had made it such a fun and successful event. Roll on the rest of the sailing season!

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