Flying Fifteen Worlds 2013 in Hong Kong
by Lucy Sutro on 4 Feb 2013
The cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong boasts more than just a spectacular harbour fringed by cutting-edge high rise buildings. A mere 20 minutes away, the south side of Hong Kong Island offers a more laid back environment, offering many leisure activities including hill walking, biking and sailing. October and November are key months for the Hong Kong sailing season, coinciding as they do with the arrival of the northeast monsoon, which generally brings constant breeze, 25 degree temperatures and humidity of around 70%.
Flying 15s in Hong Kong © RHKYC/Guy Nowell http://www.guynowell.com/
2013 marks the return to Hong Kong waters of the Flying Fifteen World Championships, running 01-08 November and preceded by the Hong Kong National Championships 28-31 October, which serve as a qualifying event. Both events will be sailed in Hong Kong waters to the south of Hong Kong Island, with competitors based at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's recently upgraded Middle Island facility.
The Organising Authority, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Hong Kong Flying Fifteen Association, is pleased to announce the publication of the Notice of Race and Entry Form for both events. Both documents are available to download from www.ffworlds.com, where potential entrants can also enter online and sign up to receive updates via the Newsletter.
RHKYC Commodore, Joachim Isler said, 'The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is proud to host this major international event. Our facilities at Middle Island have been enhanced in recent years; the size of the hardstanding has been extended significantly and the clubhouse facilities are currently being upgraded. We have a dedicated team responsible for organising this event and preparations are well underway. We look forward very much to welcoming all competitors.'
Organising Committee Chairman Joseph Nelson added,
'The Hong Kong Flying Fifteen Association is really looking forward to this event. Many sailors outside of Hong Kong are under the mistaken impression that there is no wind here. Sailing in the South China Sea near Lamma Island in October should be a good chance to dispel that impression. We hope to see 80 or so boats racing, representing as many as ten countries. It will be a great opportunity for sailors to enjoy the vibrant city of Hong Kong and experience some stiff sailing competition over the two weeks. We can't wait for the racing to start.'