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.
Flying Fifteen Hong Kong Nationals fleet in action.
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.
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.
|Rank||Prefix||Sail No.||Bow||Boat Name||Helm||Crew||Elapsed||Points|
|1||GBR||3920||6||Betty||Greg Wells||Andrew Jameson||01:16:37||1|
|2||GBR||4004||1||Foof||Graham Vials||Chris Turner||01:16:49||2|
|3||AUS||3684||40||The Wife's Ffault||Matthew Owen||Andrew Reed||01:16:55||3|
|4||AUS||3986||50||Ineffable||Nick Jerwood||Janet Jerwood||01:17:11||4|
|5||GBR||3998||10||TBA||Alan Bax||Chris Hewkin||01:17:24||5|
|6||AUS||3933||46||El Toro||Grant Alderson||Dean McAullay||01:17:28||6|
|7||GBR||4019||11||Pure Magic||David Tabb||Chewey Sherrell||01:17:37||7|
|8||AUS||3743||41||Spot the Difference||Greg Tonnison||Steve Roberts||01:17:57||8|
|9||GBR||4021||13||TBA||Steve Goacher||Phil Evans||01:18:00||9|
|10||AUS||3992||52||Glamour Buoys||Gregory Leaversuch||Peter Barblett||01:18:08||10|
|11||AUS||3972||48||PHAROS Financial Group||Ashley Smith||Adam Kingston||01:18:14||11|
|12||NZL||3754||37||Business||Sandra Williams||Graeme Robinson||01:18:20||12|
|13||IRL||4002||15||Afloat.ie||John Lavery||David O'Brien||01:18:51||13|
|14||HKG||4015||35||Uffa Fox Ache||Barry Hayes||Sheridan Teasel||01:18:54||14|
|15||AUS||3982||49||Storyteller||Christopher Paterson||Rupert Leslie||01:19:28||15|
|16||AUS||3930||45||Aussie Falcon||Dale Collings||Glenn Scheen||01:19:52||16|
|17||GBR||4020||12||Freaking Fantabulous||Graham Scroggie||Ben Scroggie||01:20:06||17|
|18||AUS||3880||44||Where The Bl**dy Hell Are You||Craig Rainey||Ian Rainey||01:20:24||18|
|19||AUS||3855||43||Fflashpoint||Peter Rooke||Martin Arrowsmith||01:20:50||19|
|20||GBR||4022||14||Always Fforever||Andy Goddard||Mal Hartland||01:20:57||20|
|21||GBR||3953||9||Fforca del Vento||Robert Hogben||Noel West||01:21:00||21|
|22||AUS||3964||47||Fforeigner||Simon Lucas||Aileen Lucas||01:21:09||22|
|23||HKG||3997||34||Tomffoolery||Tom Sheppard||Peter Barker||01:21:44||23|
|24||GBR||3692||4||fentura||Nick Heath||Pippa Noon||01:21:45||24|
|25||AUS||3989||51||Fast Lane 4||John Wilson||David Tucker||01:21:48||25|
|26||HKG||3701||24||Puff'n Stuff||David Chow||Mark Lyons||01:21:53||26|
|27||AUS||4010||53||Mr Fox||Jade lane||William Ian Lane||01:21:58||27|
|28||HKG||3990||33||FfreeFire 90||Sam Chan||Nick Atkinson||01:22:11||28|
|29||ESP||3735||16||Pathffinder||Michael Clough||Hendrik Penndorf||01:22:21||29|
|30||HKG||3979||31||Kerfuffle||Carlyon Knight-Evans||Lucy Sutro||01:22:36||30|
|31||HKG||3830||27||Squiffy||Joe Nelson||David Bone||01:22:43||31|
|32||HKG||3981||32||Tchaikoffsky||Howard Williams||Huw Riley||01:22:52||32|
|33||GBR||3539||3||Hakuna Matata||John Hanson||Helen Selden||01:23:59||33.5|
|33||HKG||3305||18||Ffact or Ffiction||Simon Pickering||Rafael Buitre||01:23:59||33.5|
|35||HKG||3468||23||Zest||Chris Howard||Andrew Howard||01:24:07||35|
|36||HKG||3500||21||FFatal Attraction||Murray Latham||Nigel Davis||01:24:15||36|
|37||AUS||3545||38||Frequent Flyer||Jennifer Sims||Andrew Wallace||01:27:00||37|
|38||AUS||3620||39||Casper||Howard Faulks||Anita Faulks||01:27:13||38|
|39||HKG||3978||30||Flying Fort||Spencer Yuk Tung Suen||Daniel Kwok Keung Ng||01:27:32||39|
|40||GBR||3936||7||Smooth and Stoned||Steve Douthwaite||Paul Averley||DNS||50|
|40||AUS||3797||42||Changing Lanes||David Swan||Matt Elliot||DNS||50|
|40||GBR||3939||8||TBA||Athol King||Trevor Bellis||DNC||50|
|40||GBR||3901||5||Freewheelin'||Mike Kilbee||Tony Cox||DNF||50|
|40||NZL||3714||36||jaffa||Andrew Taylor||Greg Taylor||DNC||50|
|40||FRA||3722||25||Noisy Forefather||Cosmas Grelon||Rory Godman||DNC||50|
|40||HKG||3304||17||Skiver||Louis Brink||Thomas Issac||DNC||50|
|40||HKG||3415||19||Fflippin' Muppets||Kunihiro Fukushima||Motokazu Nlshimura||DNC||50|
|40||HKG||3882||29||No Name||Koichi Yamamoto||Shinji Ishiwata||DNC||50|
|40||HKG||3828||26||Ffirecracker||Naoki Ishihara||Masayoshi Higuchi||DNC||50|
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.