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Hong Kong and the best summer party frock


The latest sailing news from Asia and the world.
 22 Aug 2017

Hong Kong and the best summer party frock

Kau Sai Chau, Port Shelter, Hong Hong  Guy Nowell ©
Although it wasn't a racing day, last Saturday in Hong Kong was as pretty as a picture. The sail down Port Shelter in 12kts of breeze was perfect - fetch the end of Shelter Island, tack over and close reach straight to Yau Ley, where the prawns had been practically suffocated in garlic, and the squid was properly spicy. A couple of bottles of rosé filled up the spaces in between. So the question is: why leave? When the wind is in the south, and Hong Kong puts on its very best summer party frock, this is the place to be. Not Croatia or the Whitsundays, but Hong Kong. Believe me.

Ambush and Vineta round Bluff Island  HHYC

It's pretty quiet on the Asian sailing scene at the moment – the Western Circuit in Singapore has raced two out of its three days (19, 20, 26 August) and the UK Sailmakers Typhoon Series in Hong Kong has just one more day's racing remaining (26 August). This is summer time, when there's a lot of absenteeism as people head off to cooler climes, and then come back to tell us that it was freezing cold in Melbourne and pouring with rain in Scotland. Serves ‘em right.

Gold Fleet start. HKODA National and Open Championships 2016.   Guy Nowell / HKODA

Racing action starts all over again with the Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships based out of RHKYC Middle Island, 30 Sept–06 October. There are 131 entries from 16 nations on the list, including sailors from Oman, Bermuda and Myanmar.

Hong Kong Raceweek 2017. 29er start.  Guy Nowell / Hong Kong Race Week

If you are looking for more small boat action, the 29er Worlds 2018 are also in Hong Kong, next January. The NOR is out there, and the entry lists are open. Roll up, roll up.

Standing by on 72.

Guy Nowell, Asia Editor

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