Monsoon Winter 4 & 5

Saturday, the 20th of November 2021, was Day 3 of the Monsoon Winter Series 2021. Conditions were ideal as the committee boat, Hebe One, dropped anchor in Port Shelter for the scheduled two geometric races.

The outer windward mark (A1) for the IRC boats was laid at an angle of 110 degrees and 0.8 nautical miles distant, while the inner A2 mark, for the J-80s and HKPN fleet, was dropped at 0.6 nautical miles. The C mark was also used as the outer distance mark for the finish line.

A relatively long start line of 300 metres was laid to cater for the combined start of the J-80s and HKPN boats.

First off on schedule at 1400, in the 9- to 12-knot breeze, were the five IRC boats with Quest opting for the pin and Outrageous bringing up the rear at the committee boat end.

The combined eight HKPN boats and three J-80s started five minutes later but Bucephalus, Bits & Pieces and the J-80 Baring Asia 2 were all on course side (OCS) and obliged to restart.

Quest soon opened up a commanding lead in IRC to take line and handicap honours in Race 4.

Talkinghead beat Goddess to the line by 17 seconds but was relegated to 3rd behind Goddess on handicap. Outrageous, with just eight on board, chose not to fly its spinnaker and brought up the rear behind Ricochet and opted not to start Race 5.

Alex Chan’s Jazz claimed line honours among the J-80s with Eliza Yeung’s Jelik 7 and Edmond Yew’s Baring Asia 2 3rd having been delayed by its OCS.

Lazy Piggy took HKPN line and handicap honours in Race 4 after their two laps with Scrumpy 2nd and Ichiban 3rd.

Race officer, Rob Allen, realizing that the breeze had eased, adjusted the course by bringing the A1 and A2 marks in by 0.1 nautical mile.

Race 5 for IRC began at 1520 with Quest leading around the course to again take line honours, however on handicap they dropped to 3rd with Talkinghead 1st and Goddess 2nd.

In the J-80s, Baring Asia 2 made amends for its OCS in Race 4 and claimed the win with Jazz 2nd and Jelik 7 3rd.

Noting that the pin end was heavily biased, Bits & Pieces started Race 5 at 1525 on port tack and fortunately managed to clear the line ahead of the rest of the HKPN and J-80s pack.

Lazy Piggy again took line and handicap honours after their two laps with Scrumpy 2nd and Bucephalus 3rd in HKPN.

“Race 4 was a shocker with our OCS and the wrong headsail but Race 5 was good,” said Simon Lynch, skipper of Bucephalus.

After five races in the Series, Talkinghead leads IRC ahead of Ricochet with Quest and Goddess tied for 3rd.

Alex Chan’s Jive leads the J-80 fleet ahead of Eliza Yeung’s Jelik 7 with Edmond Yew’s Baring Asia 2 3rd.

Lazy Piggy tops the overall table in HKPN with Ichiban 2nd and Bucephalus 3rd.

Covid-19 restrictions still prevent prize-givings but the crews soon got stuck into the sponsored San Miguel. There were no protests to be heard.

Two race days remain in the Monsoon Winter Series 2021 – the first will feature an islands race on the 4th of December, and the final two geometric races on the 12th of December 2021.

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