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RHKYC Hong Kong to Hainan Race 2018 - any bets?

by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia 18 Oct 2018 06:54 PDT 18 October 2018
Beau Geste, leading from wire to wire. RHKYC Hainan Race 2018. © RHKYC / Guy Nowell

We were talking to Margaret Chan this morning, a long-term member of the Beau Geste racing team, sidelined by a back injury for this race. So: 390nm to Sanya, Hainan? “Well, with the right breeze angle, and enough puff, Beau Geste could be there at around 0700h tomorrow (Friday) morning.”

It is now 21.30h Thursday, and we are waiting for a limping SHK Scallywag Fuku to reappear from the western end of the harbour. We asked skipper David Witt, who was not on board on account of lack of a China visa, what had happened and what caused the reported broken foil. “Dunno mate, I wasn’t there.” Was there a collision with a UFO, or was it something structural that gave way? “Dunno mate, I wasn’t there.”

Beau Geste is presently reported with 160nm to go to Sanya, and sailing at 18.8kts. That gives an ETA of 06.00h at present course and speed. But as the well-tested saying goes, “Sailing boats have destinations, not ETAs.”

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