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UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series 2017 - 60 boats and 'a roaring start'

by HHYC on 19 Jun 2017
KP 3826 - UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series 2017 Raymond Kwong
The UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series 2017 got off to a roaring start yesterday today with 60 boats competing in some of the most challenging conditions seen in recent years around Port Shelter. Rain, sun and winds from 2 knots gusting to 19 knots; but most extreme was the incredible 90 degree wind shifts that created a test of skills for both sailors and the committee boat. There was one windward-leeward race, followed by a trip round the islands - from the vicinity of Table to Steep, Bluff (s), back through the gap and then Table (s) and finish at Little Palm Beach.

RO Inge Strompf-Jepsen was up to the challenge, calling an AP of the start to move the bearing and distance of the windward marks and start line ODM. Course selection involved striking a balance for some of the fastest and slowest yachts in Hong Kong across both geometric and island races. Despite a wide variance in boatspeed across seven classes and divisions, most boats completed their island course in a range of 80-120 minutes. This was comparatively relaxing for the RO and the committee boat after a gruelling geometric race which frequently saw three boats finishing within 5 seconds of each other.

But it was the competitors who really rose to the occasion. In the J/80 class, Footloose won Race 1 and narrowly missed a perfect day trailing Alchemist by just two seconds in Race 2. Tornado won both races in HKPN A, with Kiasu also on the podium twice. Merlin, Hotwired and Catch 22 dominated the prizes in the Sportsboats division, while Red Kite II and Dexter II resumed their rivalry from last year’s Typhoon Series, with Red Kite II prevailing today in IRC Division C. Seawolf was perfect in IRC B, and last year’s IRC A champs Zannekin managed two second place finishes. It was great fun too for Lighthorse Alpha+ in her first regatta appearance, and the return of Minnie who left with first place pennants in IRC A.

Nigel Snell's bright orange Minnie was a welcome sight back on the racecourse after a couple of seasons' hiatus. They scored a fifth in the first race ('There was a brain fade...') and a bullet around the islands, beating Zannekin by a squeaky 6 seconds in IRC 1. 'We had great boatspeed upwind, and were on fire downwind - our new UK spinnakers worked really well,' said Snell.

All in all a memorable day and fantastic start to the 2017 UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series. The most popular event of the Hong Kong sailing season no doubt has plenty more excitement and challenges on offer this summer.

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