Overnight thunderstorms and torrential rain failed to deter the 94 crews who took to a Club start line for the first race of this year’s RHKYC Spring Regatta, held in Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour. The Spring Regatta marks the end of the RHKYC's official racing season and traditionally attracts a large fleet of 'big boats' as well as substantial representation frm the Club's class divisions.
Race officer Simon Boyde was on the water early to find the breeze, namely 6 to 11 kts swinging from 70 to 115 degrees, with a massive ebb tide. Boyde elected to start the fleets in front of RHKYC’s Kellett Island base, and was rewarded with 10 to 12 knots for most of the 45 minute start sequence.
With a pin end bias on the line, there was fierce competition for a good start, and several Impala found themselves on the wrong side of the line before the gun, but managed to absolve themselves and continue racing.
The day was not without its mishaps and Spencer Suen (FF15 Flying Fort) was lucky not to lose his mast when a shroud disconnected.
The conditions later on built to 14 kts before dropping to 6 with a big tidal swing of about 2.5 kts which caused some of the smaller boats to slow. Only three boats missed the cut-off; all in a class that had selected a somewhat ambitious course.
Tomorrow’s forecast suggests ‘more of the same’, without the thunderstorms, for the two scheduled races and the RO will be out on the water early to see what he can find.
Day 1 Results – First in Class
Class/ Division Boat Name Owner/ Skipper
IRC Racing Division 0 Peninsula Signal 8 Jamie McWilliam
IRC Racing Division 1 II Leong / Trebitsch
HKPN Division 2 No One Else Wing Hung Ng
Dragon Zephyr Tam
Etchells Dream On Mark Thornburrow
Flying Fifteen Kerfuffle Carlyon Knight-Evans / Lucy Sutro
Impala Gnu T. Jackson
J/80 Tigrina Andrew Moore / Lionel Welch
Pandora Windfall Tom Ho
Ruffian Schannuleke Henry Hirst
Sportsboat Chrisago Peter Backe
by RHKYC Media
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