News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : RHKYC Autumn Regatta. Wet, wet, wet, still, still, still
RHKYC Autumn Regatta. Wet, wet, wet, still, still, still

'RHKYC Autumn Regatta 2012 - race 1 - Elektra goes for the ’dunk drop’'    Guy Nowell/RHKYC    Click Here to view large photo

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club yesterday launched its 2012-2013 sailing season with Day 1 of its annual Autumn Regatta, sponsored by McLaren, SHK Private and Canaletto.

Victoria Harbour was showing in all her finery at midday, when a preliminary check of winds was carried out. A steady 6.5 to 8kts easterly looked promising, with Race Officer Marty Kaye electing to start the fleet at Hung Hom mark and send them eastwards to Shau Kei Wan and Tai Koo Shing.

Lady Luck was not playing ball though, and by the fourth start a localized thunderstorm was shedding heavy rain on the start area, and just as everyone thought that the deluge was over, back it came. And again. At the same time causing the wind to back round by 180 degrees to give a downwind start for the later classes - and then collapse completely. In the space of 30 minutes, everything went from stair-rods to glass-out. The storm passed, but the wind never recovered, and a very slow afternoon followed. A gently ebbing tide meant that many boats had difficulty turning at the downwind, Shau Kei Wan, end of the harbour.

RHKYC Autumn Regatta 2012 - race 1 - Ruffians at Yau Tong -  Guy Nowell/RHKYC   Click Here to view large photo

Constantly monitoring the positions of the various classes on the water, Kaye quickly elected to shorten the Big Boats Divisions 2 and 3 at Shau Kei Wan, the Ruffian and Pandora fleets at Kowloon Buoy, and all other classes at Dock Buoy.

A great deal of construction work going on in, adjacent to and around Hong Kong’s Harbour at present, has created a great number of 'exclusion zones,' and there followed a long evening of protests, as those boats who had been observed entering the various exclusion zones were brought to book.

Today (Sunday) offers two races back to back, with the first race starting at 1110hrs. Race 3 of the series will start just as soon as Race 2 is finished and (protests notwithstanding), the Prizegiving is scheduled to take place at around 1830hrs after racing at RHKYC Kellett Island.

RHKYC Autumn Regatta 2012 - race 1 - keeping the weight off the stern - Black Magic -  Guy Nowell/RHKYC   Click Here to view large photo

RHKYC Autumn Regatta 2012 - race 1 - RHKYC Vice Patron Lee Fook Hing at the helm -  Guy Nowell/RHKYC   Click Here to view large photo

RHKYC Autumn Regatta 2012 - race 1 - weight to leeward -  Guy Nowell/RHKYC   Click Here to view large photo



Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

11:32 PM Sat 8 Sep 2012GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

News - USA and the World

International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine /,

BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC   
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries   
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video   
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh   
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2   
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again   
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3   
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1   
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT