Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - Endure

MINOX Middle Island Regatta 2012 - dinghies, wall to wall

by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia on 25 Apr 2012
MINOX Middle Island Regatta 2012 © RHKYC/Guy Nowell http://www.guynowell.com/
We get to see a lot of big boat regattas around the region, so it was a real refresher to be on the water last weekend (21-22 April) for the MINOX Middle Island Regatta, run by the RHKYC out of their seriously impressive facility at Middle Island. What used to be around 800 sq m of hard standing has recently been increased to almost 4,500 sq m, and the Club is actively courting international events – with success! The Flying 15 Worlds will be hosted by RHKYC out of Middle Island next year (2013), and the Etchells 22 Worlds ditto in 2015. Not to mention the Police Sailing Club Worlds, which will be sailed in J/80s in October 2013.

82 entries (and there are plenty of regattas would love to be able to say ’82 entries’!) produced four divisions - Optimist, 29er, Div A (420, Wayfarers, Lasers, Laser 2000, RS 500, RS 400)
and Div B (RS Feva, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7). With some of those being double-handed, that meant a total of 114 sailors out on the water. It looked good – really good.

Weather-wise, Saturday afternoon was not exactly Hong Kong in a party frock. There was enough south westerly breeze to start proceedings, but not sufficient to blow away the clinging pall of haze draped over Deep Water Bay. Never mind, PRO Charlie Manzoni was on top of it all, and set inside/outside trapezoid courses to keep everyone moving and racing, and leaving enough organisational slack in the system to allow shortened courses towards the end of the afternoon. (Yr Humble Reporter hasn’t been on a dinghy race course for a while, and had to ask about the courses laid, ouch! – but hey, if the youngsters can figure it out…)

Two races Saturday, with the second shortened by the dying breeze, and back to Middle Island in time for tea. By that time, Calum Gregor had opened the score sheet in the Optimist class with two straight wins, with David Tulloch/Vincenzo Sicignaho pulling off the same trick in a Div A RS400, and so had James Johnson in a Laser Radial in the B Division. Nathan Bradley/Cosmas Grelon were leading the 29er class with 2,1 but only had the lead from Florrie Manzoni/Isabel Tulloch (1,2) on countback. Clearly, all divisions were going to see some fierce competition the next day.



Sunday looked a great deal nicer on the water and indeed in the pictures. Sunshine, and a solid 10kts from due east, and the PRO took the combined fleets out of Repulse Bay and round to Stanley. Div A and B and the 29ers were all very well behaved, and fired off three races in quick succession. Some ‘youthful over-enthusiasm’ from the Optimist sailors gave rise to two General Recalls (the last two starts being black-flagged) and 12 disqualifications before race 4 got under way.
After five races for all classes, Calum Gregor (Optimist) left himself in the happy situation of having to discard one of his five first places to score a clean 4 points. ‘Closest to the pin’ was Ka Chun Siu with 12 points, and then Sophie Tulloch on 16. Predictably enough the 29ers made a fight of it, with Grelon/Bradley (2,1,1,[2],1) coming out on top after Manzoni/Tulloch dropped their lead in the last race with a dodgy spinnaker hoist and a stumble – not quite a capsize – at the top mark. With fast skiffs, everything can change in a moment, and it did, with the young ladies recording 1,2,4,1,[4]) and being forced to keep a fourth place on the card.

Chi Wai Wan and Sui Lun Tze (420) took out the A Div with just 7 points (3,[5],1,1,2) from five races, sailing a 420, and
James Johnston (Laser Radial) also scored a clean sheet of first places to discard a bullet and take home the title for Div B.



The prize table was groaning at RHKYC Middle Island. Binoculars from title sponsors MINOX, emergency mobile phones from SpareOne, and bottles and product from Pocari Sweat (which were kindly distributed to all competitors) meant that nobody went home empty-handed. And the sun was still shining for the prize-giving ceremony! Events such as the MINOX Middle Island Regatta, involving sailors from RHKYC, HHYC, ABC and HK Sea School, demonstrate that small boat sailing is alive and well in Hong Kong. Some of the competitors will be competing in the dinghy classes at the Top of the Gulf Regatta (5-8 May), with some tackling the Thai National Optimist Champs – watch this space. One and all, we wish them well.

Short Results

Div B
1 James Johnston (Laser Radial) 1*,1,1,1,1 (4)
2 Sam Cooke (Laser Radial) 2,2,3,2,11 OCS* (9)
3 Sophia-Marie Mascia (Laser 4.7) 3,4,2,11 OCS*,3 (12)

Div A
1 Chi Wai Wan/Sui Lun Tze (420) 3,5*,1,1,2 (7)
2 Tulloch/Sicignaho (RS400) 1,1,2,9,29 DNC* (13)
3 Nils Razmilovic (Laser) 2,18*,3,7,3 (15)

29er
1 Grelon/Bradley 2*,1,1,2,1 (5)
2 Manzoni/Tulloch 1,2,4*,1,4 (8)
3 Salmon/Gillard 3,3,2,8*,3 (11)

Optimist
1 Calum Gregor 1,1,1,1,1* (4)
2 Ka Chun Siu 4*,4,3,3,2 (12)
3 Sophie Tulloch 5,8*,2,2,7 (16)

Full Results are available at www.rhkyc.org.hk















T Clewring One DesignNewport Boat Show 2016 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82

Related Articles

World of Sailing in review - July 2016 edition - Round the Island Race
World Sailing present their July 2016 video magazine featuring the Round the Island race World Sailing present their July 2016 video magazine featuring the Round the Island race (around the Isle of Wight) and preview several personalities and aspects of the upcoming Rio Olympics
Posted today at 11:50 am
Anders Pedersen heads into Rio Olympics with high expectations
He is one of the youngest Finn sailors heading to Rio at 24 years old but has proved himself many times on the water. He is one of the youngest Finn sailors heading to Rio at just 24 years old but has proved himself many times on the water. Junior World Champion in 2014, later that same year he qualified Norway at the first opportunity at the Santander world championships. Since then he has bee a regular at the front of the fleet and showing some real potential.
Posted today at 11:07 am
Teams step up and claim the coveted titles on final day of 420 Worlds
The transition from the light winds to big breeze and waves, turned up the heat and pitched new faces to the front. Medal deciding day on Saturday 23 July, and the breeze ramped up in a final test for teams, just to make sure the medallists rising to the front were truly challenged across all conditions.
Posted on 24 Jul
Stage set for nail biting final at 420 World Championships
Patience earlier in the week turned to raw energy out on the race track on Day 5 in Sanremo as the breeze kicked in 420 World Championships - Patience earlier in the week turned to raw energy out on the race track on Championship Day 5 in Sanremo as the breeze kicked in. A forerunner to what looks likely to be epic 'big breeze' conditions tomorrow.
Posted on 23 Jul
Harkers Island Regatta draws 51 Sunfish for three-day sailing event
The crowd cajoled and hooted around a ten-foot circle, each hoping their chosen crab would cross the finish line first. And…they’re off! Not the boats, the crabs! The crowd cajoled and hooted around a ten-foot circle, each hoping their chosen crab would cross the finish line first. Thus began the racing on a historic island off the coast of central North Carolina.
Posted on 22 Jul
55 boats from 11 Nations already entered for RS Aero Europeans
With many sailors from across Europe and the World having not yet met, the form guide remains wide open. With many sailors from across Europe and the World having not yet met, the form guide remains wide open. This leaves potential event leaders hard to pick, however, here is a short summary of those with form so far this season.
Posted on 21 Jul
420 World Championships - Gold and Silver fleet splits decided
The priority on race day three at the 2016 420 World Championships in Sanremo was to get the qualification stage 2016 420 World Championships - The priority on race day three at the 2016 420 World Championships in Sanremo was to get the qualification stage wrapped up for the 420 Open and 420 Ladies fleets, and confirm the teams advancing to the gold and silver splits for the six race final series.
Posted on 21 Jul
Rio 2016 – Olympic dreams run in the family for Deniss Karpak
For Karpak, Olympic ambitions are more than a singlehanded drive for the gold. For him it is very much a family affair. For Deniss Karpak (EST), his Olympic Finn ambitions are more than a singlehanded drive for the gold. For him it is very much a family affair. While his mother, Marina, is the team manager, his father Igor is the head coach. They travel with him everywhere, working together as a very tight unit, but also making sure it is fun along the way.
Posted on 20 Jul
RS Aero USA Atlantic Coast Championship at the Newport Regatta
The inaugural championship at the Newport Regatta, Rhode Island was a successful event with 17 RS Aeros in total! The inaugural championship at the Newport Regatta, Rhode Island was a successful event with 17 RS Aeros in total! A clinic on Friday gave 10 attendees a chance to get to know each other, share rigging/sailing tips, and dust off the cobwebs with practice starts and even a few practice races.
Posted on 18 Jul
2016 Lightning Atlantic Coast Championship at Carolina Yacht Club
This weekend the International Lightning Class held their Atlantic Coast Championship on waters off Wrightsville Beach. The event began with Greg Fisher (College of Charleston, Director of Sailing) and Brian Hayes (North Sails One Design) leading a clinic for the early arriving teams. These clinics, know to the class as Lightning Labs, are very intuitive seminars directed at performance in the Lightning.
Posted on 18 Jul