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IP Global Autumn Regatta - Clear sky and consistent wind on day 2

'IP GLOBAL Autumn Regatta Dragon in action'    RHKYC/Guy Nowell    Click Here to view large photo

At the IP Global Autumn Regatta, day two dawned with a clear sky and a consistent 10-14kt easterly, with 95 boats turning up on the start line to contest races two and three of the event.

Red Herring, Magic 25 on the race -  RHKYC/Guy Nowell   Click Here to view large photo

With the Etchells and Impala classes selecting courses in a different area of the harbour to the other fleets, Race Officer Sofia Mascia elected to set a Hung Hom start, with the finish just west of Dock Buoy.

Tornado FF in action -  RHKYC/Guy Nowell   Click Here to view large photo

The top wind speed recorded was 17.7kts, however it rarely dropped below 10 and was reasonably stable, tracking round to the east throughout the day. Even the rain held off until nearly all the boats were home, giving a perfect day for racing.

Signal 8nat the IP GLOBAL Autumn Regatta -  RHKYC/Guy Nowell   Click Here to view large photo

The starts for race two were punctuated by gusts which in the case of the Ruffian fleet carried eight boats over early, of whom only two returned. While having nearly 100 boats on two different race tracks was occasionally confusing for the race management team, it was clearly confusing for some of the competitors, as several of the Big Boat Div one boats missed the finish line, with Signal eight and Sell Side Dream scoring DNF for that race.

Ruffians in action -  RHKYC/Guy Nowell   Click Here to view large photo

With conditions holding for race three, the boats were all circumspect about their starts and there were no OCS calls – they also all managed to find the finish line. Only two boats scored a row of bullets for the regatta – Calamansi (Rob Berkley) in Big Boat Division three, and Solstice in the Pandora class, while Jelik managed the same feat on the dual scoring under Hong Kong Performance Handicap (HKPN).

Tornado at the IP GLOBAL Autumn Regatta -  RHKYC/Guy Nowell   Click Here to view large photo

After a rousing rendition by the RHKYC Pipe Band, a well-attended Prizegiving got underway, with prizes being presented by Nicola Evans and Mike Hocking of IP Global, Andrew Kong of Mount Gay Rum and Garry Hui of Heineken.

Class/ Division




Big Boat 1 IRC


Frank Pong

1, 3, 2 – 6

Big Boat 2 IRC

Whiskey Jack

Nick Southward

2, 2, 1 – 5

Big Boat 3 IRC


Rob Berkley

1, 1, 1 – 3

Big Boat 1 HKPN


Frank Pong

1, 1, 1 – 3

Big Boat 2 HKPN

Whiskey Jack

Nick Southward

2, 2, 1 – 5

Big Boat 3 HKPN


Arthur Ho

1, 2, 1 – 4










Mei Fei

Karl Grebstad

4, 1, 2 – 7


Easy Tiger


8, 1, 1 – 10

Flying Fifteen


Howard Williams

2, 1, 3 – 6


Impala 1

Burrell / Chan

1, 2, 5 – 8



Henry Wong

2, 1, 2.5 – 5.5



K F Lai

1, 1, 3 – 3



Oliver Cully

6, 2, 3 – 11



Steve Bourne

1, 2, 1 – 4

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