Summer Series 2

Forecasts of squalls meant most sailors were well prepared for a possible drenching during Race 2 of the Aberdeen Boat Club’s seven-race Summer Series, on Sunday, the 13th of June 2021.

Anchoring the committee boat between Round Island and Repulse Bay, the race officer, Alex Johnston, was relieved to find a relatively constant 12-knot south easterly from 120 degrees.

Having set-up a slightly biased start line at 35 degrees, the countdown for the first warning signal started on schedule at 1025.

First off, in a combined start, were the five IRC 1 and five IRC 2 boats. Daydream led the IRC 1 fleet across the start line but was early and obliged to restart. The newly arrived Nightshift and Calamansi led the IRC 2 fleet off the line.

The combined A and B HKPN Divisions followed at 1035 with Lisa Elaine leading HKPN A and Shun Shui HKPN B.

With the Chesterman Buoy dropped, the IRC fleet set off on Course 34 passing Beaufort Island to port rounding Sung Kong to starboard and returning through the Po Toi Channel to finish in the vicinity of the Po Toi Tin Hau temple, a distance of 12.2 nautical miles.

Neo One was first to reach Beaufort followed by Jinn in IRC 1 whilst Red Kite II led Nightshift in IRC 2. They were followed by Wicked, Gambit, Zesst and Calamansi.

Approaching Fury Rocks, Nightshift had overhauled Red Kite II heading for Sung Kong. After rounding, it was up with their kites for a run back to Po Toi.

Meanwhile, the HKPN fleet left Beaufort Island to starboard before heading for a starboard rounding of Fury Rocks then passing Po Toi Island to port and also finishing at the temple after 9.8 nautical miles.

Neo One was the first IRC 1 boat to finish followed by Redeye and Intrigue. Intrigue was elevated to 1st on handicap with Jinn 2nd and Neo One 3rd.

Nightshift led IRC 2 over the finish line to claim both line and handicap honours, with Red Kite II 2nd. Wicked finished 3rd but was relegated to 5th on corrected. Gambit crossed in 4th place but finished tied with 6th-placed finisher Calamansi in 3rd equal on handicap.

Crystal was the first of the HKPN A boats to reach the temple to claim the daily double followed by Ocean’s Five. Legende II finished 3rd but dropped to 5th on handicap, whilst 4th finisher, Blowers daughter, finished 3rd on corrected.

It was a particularly close finish in HKPN A between Generations and Lisa Elaine with just one second favouring Generations as they crossed the line.

Jibulai took line honours in HKPN B to claim 2nd on handicap behind Shun Shui. Speedy Gonzales finished 3rd, while Five O One retired. It was another hour before Water Rabbit finally reached the finish.

With social distancing regulations still in force there was no formal prize-giving but, being close to Po Toi, several participants headed for well-deserved refreshments at Ming Kee Seafood Resaurant.

The series is sponsored by Tag Heuer and Fuegy.

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