Flying Fifteen Hong Kong Nationals - Quick reactions to light winds

Flying Fifteen Hong Kong Nationals fleet in action.
RHKYC/Lindsay Lyons
For the third and final day of the Flying Fifteen Hong Kong Nationals, the race management and mark laying teams had to show quick reactions today, which brought lighter conditions, with around 10 to 14kts of breeze, starting easterly first thing and tracking round to the south throughout the day.

The race area was one again in the Lamma patch, however with the lighter breeze, boats were corralled by the safety team at the Lamma shipping channel and RO Jerry Rollin raised the AP to ensure that all competitors could get to the start in time.

First one, then two, then half the fleet crossed the middle of the line before the start gun resulting in a general recall and a black flag on the re-start sequence. Just on the one-minute signal, Rollin raised the AP to allow a large crane barge which had just weighed anchor to clear the race area.

Flying Fifteen Hong Kong Nationals fleet in action.
RHKYC/Lindsay Lyons

This took 20 minutes to accomplish before the start sequence could recommence and, perhaps impatient to get started, another bunch of competitors were over early, this time at the committee boat end of the line. Caught in this bunch, and probably missing out on an overall win in the Nationals were Nick and Janet Jerwood on Ineffable, scoring BFD along with seven others including three-time world champion Steve Goacher.

Defending world champion Graham Vials led the race from start to finish on Foof, crossing the line nearly a minute ahead of Grant Alderson on El Toro. The remaining 31 boats followed them in a processional with the last boat nine minutes behind.

A quick turnaround, relaying the marks to address the tracking wind, and the fleet was off again on the black flagged start of race six. The competitors were very circumspect this time, and after a clear start Matthew Owen and Andrew Reed on The Wife’s Ffault led the fleet around the course until the final leg, when Greg Wells nipped past to take his second first of the series, followed by Graham Vials in second and Owen in third.

The provisional overall results show Graham Vials/ Chris Turner in first on nine points, ahead of Nick and Janet Jerwood on 15. Third place goes to Grant Alderson and Dean McAullay with Greg Wells and Andrew Jameson in fourth.

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Flying Fifteen Hong Kong Nationals fleet in action.
RHKYC/Lindsay Lyons

Flying Fifteen Hong Kong Nationals fleet in action.
RHKYC/Lindsay Lyons

Flying Fifteen Hong Kong Nationals fleet in action.
RHKYC/Lindsay Lyons

Race start - Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2015

Race 6
RankPrefixSail No.BowBoat NameHelmCrewElapsedPoints
1GBR39206BettyGreg WellsAndrew Jameson01:16:371
2GBR40041FoofGraham VialsChris Turner01:16:492
3AUS368440The Wife's FfaultMatthew OwenAndrew Reed01:16:553
4AUS398650IneffableNick JerwoodJanet Jerwood01:17:114
5GBR399810TBAAlan BaxChris Hewkin01:17:245
6AUS393346El ToroGrant AldersonDean McAullay01:17:286
7GBR401911Pure MagicDavid TabbChewey Sherrell01:17:377
8AUS374341Spot the DifferenceGreg TonnisonSteve Roberts01:17:578
9GBR402113TBASteve GoacherPhil Evans01:18:009
10AUS399252Glamour BuoysGregory LeaversuchPeter Barblett01:18:0810
11AUS397248PHAROS Financial GroupAshley SmithAdam Kingston01:18:1411
12NZL375437BusinessSandra WilliamsGraeme Robinson01:18:2012
13IRL400215Afloat.ieJohn LaveryDavid O'Brien01:18:5113
14HKG401535Uffa Fox AcheBarry HayesSheridan Teasel01:18:5414
15AUS398249StorytellerChristopher PatersonRupert Leslie01:19:2815
16AUS393045Aussie FalconDale CollingsGlenn Scheen01:19:5216
17GBR402012Freaking FantabulousGraham ScroggieBen Scroggie01:20:0617
18AUS388044Where The Bl**dy Hell Are YouCraig RaineyIan Rainey01:20:2418
19AUS385543FflashpointPeter RookeMartin Arrowsmith01:20:5019
20GBR402214Always FforeverAndy GoddardMal Hartland01:20:5720
21GBR39539Fforca del VentoRobert HogbenNoel West01:21:0021
22AUS396447FforeignerSimon LucasAileen Lucas01:21:0922
23HKG399734TomffooleryTom SheppardPeter Barker01:21:4423
24GBR36924fenturaNick HeathPippa Noon01:21:4524
25AUS398951Fast Lane 4John WilsonDavid Tucker01:21:4825
26HKG370124Puff'n StuffDavid ChowMark Lyons01:21:5326
27AUS401053Mr FoxJade laneWilliam Ian Lane01:21:5827
28HKG399033FfreeFire 90Sam ChanNick Atkinson01:22:1128
29ESP373516PathffinderMichael CloughHendrik Penndorf01:22:2129
30HKG397931KerfuffleCarlyon Knight-EvansLucy Sutro01:22:3630
31HKG383027SquiffyJoe NelsonDavid Bone01:22:4331
32HKG398132TchaikoffskyHoward WilliamsHuw Riley01:22:5232
33GBR35393Hakuna MatataJohn HansonHelen Selden01:23:5933.5
33HKG330518Ffact or FfictionSimon PickeringRafael Buitre01:23:5933.5
35HKG346823ZestChris HowardAndrew Howard01:24:0735
36HKG350021FFatal AttractionMurray LathamNigel Davis01:24:1536
37AUS354538Frequent FlyerJennifer SimsAndrew Wallace01:27:0037
38AUS362039CasperHoward FaulksAnita Faulks01:27:1338
39HKG397830Flying FortSpencer Yuk Tung SuenDaniel Kwok Keung Ng01:27:3239
40GBR39367Smooth and StonedSteve DouthwaitePaul AverleyDNS50
40AUS379742Changing LanesDavid SwanMatt ElliotDNS50
40GBR39398TBAAthol KingTrevor BellisDNC50
40GBR39015Freewheelin'Mike KilbeeTony CoxDNF50
40NZL371436jaffaAndrew TaylorGreg TaylorDNC50
40FRA372225Noisy ForefatherCosmas GrelonRory GodmanDNC50
40HKG330417SkiverLouis BrinkThomas IssacDNC50
40HKG341519Fflippin' MuppetsKunihiro FukushimaMotokazu NlshimuraDNC50
40HKG388229No NameKoichi YamamotoShinji IshiwataDNC50
40HKG382826FfirecrackerNaoki IshiharaMasayoshi HiguchiDNC50

Tracking of a selection of the top performing boats can be viewed at Tack tracker

Tomorrow is a lay day for all competitors. The 19th International Flying Fifteen World Championship starts on Saturday 2nd November.