sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : RHKYC Nations Cup 2012 - a Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman
RHKYC Nations Cup 2012 - a Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman

'RHKYC Nations Cup 2012 - Team Uranus (President: Gromit the Dog)'    Guy Nowell/RHKYC    Click Here to view large photo

It was a cold, grey and frowsty sort of day, and more than one dissenting voice was heard in the Main Bar at RHKYC this morning. ‘I don’t want to go sailig, it’s too cold and it’s too wet…’ Anyone would think that this was a Frostbite Series fleet getting ready to crack the ice and launch on the Solent in January, but actually it was the Nations Cup trying to get under way at Kellett Island. One of those ‘not very serious’ races in which there is always someone who is very very serious indeed.

The Irish flag in the Main Bar nearly caused a riot (appropriate) since it should have been the England flag hanging from the rattan (England having won the Nations Cup last year). Race Officer and Scotsman Jimmy Farquhar thought it was a mild spring day, but he’s not been back to Scotland for so long that he may have forgotten. But one thing everyone agreed on was that there was absolutely no wind. So 1030h start delayed until 1130. 'Hooray' said the Irish contingent, as Jamie McWilliam ordered another seven pints of Guinness. Breakfast was now going on a little longer than planned…

At 1130 it still wasn’t looking very promising, with just a few knots from the north, but everyone was having far too much fun cruising around the start area comparing ‘national’ costumes to really worry. American cowboys were mixing it up with Japanese samurai, and stolid Germans in lederhosen crossed tacks with aliens from Uranus. The Irish ordered another round.

RHKYC Nations Cup 2012 - Scotland the Brave -  Guy Nowell/RHKYC   Click Here to view large photo


1200 first start in useful breeze, small boats away to Kowloon Bay and then a spinnaker run down to Shau Kei Wan in visibility that was worsening by the moment. The course was meant to bring them back to Dock buoy and then send them away put of the harbour to TCS4, but. Second start went away, and then the third, and then the rain came. And after the rain there was nothing – absolutely nothing. Sometimes that’s the way it is, dammit. The first starters – Flying 15s, Pandoras and so on – parked at SKW, and everyone else parked at Kowloon Bay. And thise who had got far enough down the harbour started to really feel the effect of the ebbing tide as they whistled past the turning mark on the wrong side, in no breeze, and nothing they could do about it.

Well, Jimmy Farquhar is nothing if not practical. Who knows, maybe the stocks of San Mig on the Committee Boat were running low, maybe the General Manager Mark Bovaird (another Scotsman) was wanting a pint of ‘heavy’, but at 1345 it was three guns and let’s all go home to the bar. The Irish ordered another round – over the radio.

You just can’t win ‘em all, and the Nations Cup 2012 was not there for the winning this time around. But a re-sail is promised - just as soon as the Main Bar re-stocks with Guinness, otherwise there’ll be a hooley.

Signing off from the United Nations camera boat (Scotland, England, England, Philippines). Until next time, but with sunshine please.

RHKYC Nations Cup 2012 - New Zealand enjoying the warm (!) weather -  Guy Nowell/RHKYC   Click Here to view large photo


RHKYC Nations Cup 2012 - Sweden -  Guy Nowell/RHKYC   Click Here to view large photo


RHKYC Nations Cup 2012 - USA -  Guy Nowell/RHKYC   Click Here to view large photo


RHKYC Nations Cup 2012 - Denmark -  Guy Nowell/RHKYC   Click Here to view large photo


RHKYC Nations Cup 2012 - C-in-C -  Guy Nowell/RHKYC   Click Here to view large photo


RHKYC Nations Cup 2012 - France -  Guy Nowell/RHKYC   Click Here to view large photo


RHKYC Nations Cup 2012 - 2 start -  Guy Nowell/RHKYC   Click Here to view large photo


RHKYC Nations Cup 2012 - they all want the boat end! 2 start -  Guy Nowell/RHKYC   Click Here to view large photo


by Guy Nowell, Sail-World.com

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=94769

2:13 PM Sun 11 Mar 2012GMT


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







News - USA and the World









Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,


















Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




























Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,










Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club? by Dan Ibsen & the Sail-World team, Copenhagen


Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five   
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers   
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate   
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party   
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds Day 5 - USA fighting for Rio 2016 Berths   
J/111 World Championship 2014 - Day 4: Shmokin Joe consolidates lead   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi on top - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 2   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Breezy frustrations   
2014 Detroit Cup - Down to the final four   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Every finisher's a winner   
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
J/24 US National Championship - Will Welles leaps into lead   


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







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

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.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT