Please select your home edition
Edition
SOUTHERN-SPARS-OFFICIAL-SUPPLIER-52-SS 728-X-90 TOP

Sun Hung Kai & Co. Around the Island Race 2022

by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club 21 Nov 2022 00:41 PST 20 November 2022

Hong Kong's biggest annual celebration of sail, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Sun Hung Kai & Co. Around the Island Race, a 26nm circumnavigation of Hong Kong Island, took place on Sunday 20 November with an impressive entry list of 224 boats from 14 classes including 7 one-design classes, Sportsboats, HKPN, IRC, dinghies and beach catamarans.

It took two start lines set off Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Kellett Island Clubhouse and 24 consecutive starts to get the fleet away. SHK Scallyway FUKU Orma 60 Trimaran was the last starter at 1110hrs, 10 minutes behind its smaller opponent, the Nigel Irens 40 trimaran, Carbon 3. Thesmallest boat competing in the race, the single-handed RS Aero 7 skippered by Stefan Lecher headed off at 0840hrs. The youngest participant of the race was 2.5 years old Danielle Law, who took part in her first Around the Island Race on board Ding Dong with her 5 year old brother Sean and her father Dominic.

The day started in 8 to 10kts of north-easterly breeze off the start line. The fleet made their way up the island side of the Hong Kong Harbour, avoiding exclusion zones for Hong Kong's busy marine traffic and then made their way seamlessly out through the Lei Yue Mun Gap. Kites were hoisted out of the Gap, where the fleet compressed as the wind lightened off to an easterly breeze of around 6kts.

By Shek O and the approaches to Cape D'Aguilar, Nim Ye's J92s Delight, was in the lead with the breeze starting to pick up again to 10kts. However, Rune Jacobsen's J/80 Jammin soon took over the lead passing through the Stanley Gate at 1240hrs with the 29ers right behind them. In the meantime, things were also hotting up at the back of the fleet as SHK Scallywag FUKU powered up and started working her way through the armada of yachts, leading the fleet through the Cyberport Gate a mere 9 minutes later and the Sandy Bay club mark 4 minutes later by 1253hrs.

With the fleet under kite from Cape D' Aguilar experiencing good consistent conditions, Race Officer David Norton confirmed the race would make the full circumnavigation with the finish off Kellett Island. Spared the typical Cyberport park-up, the majority of the fleet had converged on Green Island by 1500hrs before they started the last challenging section of the course - negotiating the tricky beat back up through the harbour to the finish.

In what was to be a quick race for all, David Witt's SHK Scallyway FUKU Orma 60 Trimaran took the fasted elapsed time of 02h 25m 21s, just short of the race record of 2h 13m 11s established by Aberdeen Extreme 40 in 2013.

The big winners of the day were Noel Chan's TP52 Rampage 88, followed by another TP52 Phoenix owned by Robert Wiest/Victor Ku and David Ho and Patrick Pender's VX One Serendipity. For the HKPN division, Niccolo Manno's Nigel Irens Tri 40 Carbon 3 took the win, followed by Birdget Chan's Ker 11.3 Minnie the Moocher and Raymond Yip's Beneteau First 44.7 Harpseal taking 3rd place.

Race Officer David Norton was satisfied with the steady conditions, "Unlike the 'feast and famine' conditions that we see most years, the 2022 Around the Island Race had a consistent 8-12kts around the whole course, the only real soft spot was around the Green Island mark. Great sailing conditions along the Lamma channel!"

The outgoing tide helped most of the fleet through Lei Yue Mun, but the payback was a strong adverse current in the western harbour on the 3.5 mile beat back from Green Island mark to the finish.

The SHK Scallywag FUKU trimaran got close to a record course time, but missed their target by a little over 12 mins, I hope that Witty and his team can give the record another shot in the coming few days.

Well done to the 207 boats that completed the race and we must thank the 50 plus volunteers that made this event happen.

Thanks also to Sung Hung Kai & Co. for their sponsorship of the event and for bringing the Orma 60 to Hong Kong for the race.

Related Articles

Hong Kong J/80 Championship Finale
A strong turnout of eighteen boats The 2022-2023 Hong Kong J/80 Class Championships took place at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. For this edition of the championships, there was a strong turnout of eighteen boats, including a few teams from other competitive classes in Hong Kong joining in. Posted on 21 Jan
One Global HKRNVR Memorial Vase Race
65 boats turned out on Saturday in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour 65 boats turned out on Saturday 7 January in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour as they competed in the One Global HKRNVR Memorial Vase. Posted on 9 Jan
Swiss Re YMC Alma Mater Race 2022
Many sailors turned up fully decked out in team uniforms The second edition of Swiss Re YMC Alma Mater Race, organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Young Members Committee, took place on 18 December in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, with a record breaking 62 entries. Posted on 19 Dec 2022
2022 Hong Kong Flying Fifteen Class Championship
Regulars and newcomers alike race off Lamma This year the fleet returned to the world championship course off Lamma for the first time in three years. Twelve boats participated in the 2022 Flying Fifteen Class Championship, regulars and newcomers alike. Posted on 8 Dec 2022
One Global Lipton Trophy 2022
The second constituent event of the Top Dog Trophy Series 2022-2023 The second constituent event of the Top Dog Trophy Series 2022-2023, the One Global Lipton Trophy, took place on Saturday 26 November with an average of 5kts of easterly wind being bestowed upon Victoria Harbour. Posted on 28 Nov 2022
Sun Hung Kai & Co. Hong Kong Race Week entry open
A testing ground for Asian teams The Hong Kong Sailing Federation in conjunction with co-organiser the Royal Hong Kong YC and the International 29er Association are pleased to announce the 7th edition of the Sun Hung Kai & Co. Hong Kong Race Week 2023, running 14 to 19 February 2023. Posted on 25 Nov 2022
China Coast Regatta 2022 at RHKYC
29 boats race from RHKYC's Middle Island water sports training centre Based out of the RHKYC's Middle Island clubhouse, 29 boats competed in a variety of windward/leeward, geometric and island courses in the waters south and east of Hong Kong Island, in the most superb sailing conditions. Posted on 17 Oct 2022
Autumn Regatta 2022 at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
The opening event of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's 2022-2023 sailing season The opening event of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's 2022-2023 sailing season, the Autumn Regatta got under way in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour over the weekend of 17 and 18 September in hot and hazy conditions. Posted on 19 Sep 2022
HKSAR 25th Anniversary Sailing Cup Day 1
A spectacular celebration of sailing within Hong Kong's iconic Victoria Harbour In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the first race of the HKSAR 25th Anniversary Sailing Cup (HKSAR 25ASC) kicked off on Saturday 11 June. Posted on 13 Jun 2022
Ladies Helm Day at Royal Hong Kong YC
Encouraging women to not only participate but to take on the role of helm 54 lady helms competed in the waters of Victoria Harbour across a fleet comprising of nine classes including Big Boats, Dragons, Etchells, Flying Fifteens, Impalas, J/80s, Pandoras, Ruffians and Sportsboats. Posted on 30 May 2022
Doyle Sails 2020 - By Sailors For Sailors 728x90 BOTTOMBlokart SW 728 x 90 BOTTOMHyde Sails 2023 Wuzzos - FOOTER