Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Le French May/ Societe General Spring Regatta - Day 1 Report
Hong Kong Observatory promised rain for the first day of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s closing event of the 2013-14 season and it duly arrived in bucket-loads, albeit with only one roll of thunder from the storm affecting the Pearl River delta.
It was a challenging afternoon for the fleet, with the breeze swinging constantly and a much stronger tide than expected stranding several Etchells and Sportbsboats under the Eastern Corridor at their leeward mark.
By late afternoon, the breeze was up and down between 2 and 7 kts and swinging to the north east to boot. Most classes had selected fairly conservative courses and finished before the wind died – except for the J/80 fleet, which set themselves three trips to Tai Koo Shing and only just made it to the finish inside the three hour time limit.
With no protests to be heard, it was time for a hot shower and a beer, then home to prepare for tomorrow’s racing which gets underway at 1110hrs.
First Places - Race 1
Dragon - Celines - Marc Castagnet
Etchells - 1364 - van Kempen / Kearns
Flying Fifteen - Tchaikoffsky - Howard Williams
Impala - Taxi - Florence Kan
J/80 - Footloose - Henry Wong
Pandora - Windfall - Tom Ho
Ruffian - Buster - Nicholas Bryan
Sportsboat - Merlin - Steve Bourne
Big Boat Division 1 - Signal 8 - McWilliam, Jacobs, Hanning, Pender, Kendall
Big Boat Division 2 - Vixen - Oliver Scott-Mackie
Provisional results online athttp://www.rhkyc.org.hk/