Summer Series 2021, Race 1

The Aberdeen Boat Club’s Summer Series 2021 kicked off on Sunday, the 30th of May, in fine sailing conditions with a 10-strong IRC fleet rearing to go at 1030 and 11 HKPN boats staying back, preparing for their start at 1035. The wind was a good 12 knots, sometime 15, from 235o.

At the one-minute signal, a fierce contest between Juggerknot and Red Kite II began to develop. As the two boats approached the line, Red Kite II (the leeward boat) held its course, forcing Steve Devlin to bail out within metres of the committee boat. Quick crew work, though, had the J-111 back in the game and Juggerknot was soon giving chase to the IRC leaders.

Having just crossed the line, Redeye on starboard and Intrigue on port had a close call, but all boats were soon heading southwest for the windward mark.

Race officer, Alex Johnston, had chosen Course 37 for both IRC and HKPN. For Division 1 and 2 of IRC, this took in Fury Rocks (p), Tung Lung Chau (p), passing Steep Island to starboard and a finish off Clearwater Bay, for a distance of some 13 nautical miles. The seven HKPN boats in Division A and five in Division B left Bluff Head to port, Tung Lung Chau (p) and finished off Clearwater Bay. Distance, 11.6nm.

Nick Burns, in his new Witchcraft, entered but without an HKPN rating wasn’t expecting a result.

After Fury and the Beaufort Channel, the boats went east, using their kites for speed and the committee had to get a move on to set up a finish line off the mouth of Clearwater Bay, arriving at just in time to give Redeye the gun at 12:01:45. On corrected, Redeye was 2nd behind the well-drilled crew on Jinn. In 3rd place was Sunny Chai’s Daydream.

In IRC 2, Red Kite II claimed a deserved 1st on handicap, in front of Calamansi and Keith Mowser in the veteran Young 11, Gambit.

It wasn’t a long race as the idea was to get boats in to Po Toi O for a lunch and presentation and most completed their courses by 1230. Water Rabbit radio-ed in that they were retiring at 1233. Surprisingly, they were within a few hundred metres of the line but had spinnaker problems with a crew eventually going up the mast to free a jammed halyard.

In HKPN, 1st place in Division A went to the big Beneteau, Legende II. Regular participant in club racing, Eddy Lee, took 2nd in Generations, with Lisa Elaine 3rd. Division B was won by Shun Shui, with Sunny Leung’s Jibulai in 2nd and Five O One 3rd.

Bottles of wine were presented to the four boats that stayed to enjoy a seafood lunch, concluding a great start to the Aberdeen Boat Club’s Summer Series 2021. Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday, the 13th of June 2021.

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