Thankfully the breeze filled in through the morning, giving the fleet a lift through the notorious Lei Yue Mun gap and round through Junk Bay to Shek O and Cape D’Aguilar. The Around The Island Race is highly tactical and a boat’s light wind sailing technique possibly influences its result more than any other skill. This was the case again today, however for a change, the sticking point was Bluff Head to Stanley, while the usual parking lot of Cyberport was enjoying 15 to 20 knots of northerly, with good breeze to carry the boats around Green Island and into the western harbour approaches.
The lead boat on the water was, unsurprisingly, Frank Pong’s 72’ Jelik, who reached the Green Island Mark around 30 minutes ahead of Sam Chan’s TP52 Freefire. Given the conditions for the last 30% of the race, Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen made the decision to allow the boats to go “all the way” and Jelik took line honours at RHKYC Kellett Island after 3 hours and 43 minutes, with Freefire following home just under 25 minutes later. In all, 184 boats recorded a finish at Kellett Island before enjoying a well–earned beer.
The Around The Island Race isn’t only about who has the biggest and fastest boat, and the overall results are calculated on an RHKATI handicap, developed using the data from years of pursuit racing. After correction, the provisional results show Flying Fifteen Noisy Forefather II in the hot seat to lift the La Cigale trophy at tomorrow night’s prizegiving, with Formula 18 HKG1487 taking second, and provisionally the Lady Godiva trophy for top female helm, with Flying Fifteen Tchaikoffsky in third.
Provisional results are available at http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/
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About Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) is one of the oldest sports clubs in Hong Kong and is proud of its rich, colourful history, which stretches back over 160 years of social and competitive sailing and rowing. RHKYC organises a full calendar of local and international racing for both keel boats and dinghies, ranging from round-the-cans to Category 1 offshore races. The Club also provides sailing courses for members and non-members at various levels to nurture the development of sailing.
RHKYC website www.rhkyc.org.hk