Opening Regatta, Day 2

At 1010 on Sunday, the 19th of September, a welcome to Day 2 of the Aberdeen Boat Club’s Opening Regatta was made to the 32 boats gathered between Ocean Park and Middle Island. The RO, Alex Johnston, informed both the IRC and HKPN fleets that they would be sailing Course 25, giving them a chance to ‘stretch their legs’ after the previous day’s tight and demanding windward / leewards.

A windward mark was laid at 85 degrees in towards Repulse Bay and, from there, both IRC and HKPN would sail southwards to the new Chesterman gate, leaving it to port and heading for Castle Rock.

Johnston reminded everyone, again, not to sail around Chesterman Buoy . . . Marine Department instructions.

The gun at 1020 brought everyone to attention and, at 1025, the countdown began for IRC 0, 1 & 2. There was some bunching at the pin but, at the committee boat end of the line, boats crossed and quickly came about in the 8- to 10-knot breeze, gaining a slight advantage on their way to the windward mark. Somewhat surprisingly, Wicked was not among the starters.

Juice, Nightshift and Neo One rounded the windward mark ahead of the big TP52, Rampage 88, while the HKPN boats went into the final seconds of their starting sequence.

At 1035, another clear start with Jibulai leading the way and Lisa Elaine enjoying the fine sailing conditions, despite some drops of rain.

Having rounded Castle Rock, the faster boats left Beaufort Island to starboard and made for the channel marker, TCS1. By this time, Rampage 88 had made ground and led the way to TCS2. Here the IRC boats began to meet the HKPN leaders (HKPN was not required to round TCS1).

Leaving Shek O Rock to port, the next mark of the course was Fury Rocks. Jibulai followed Rampage 88 as the leaders of both divisions sailed below Po Toi. The smaller boats were made to work hard in the choppy conditions but, once past Castle Rock, things improved and it was a dash to the club mark and, with the wind on the beam, a sprint to the finish line off Round Island.

Rampage 88 came storming home at 13:43:12 to claim overall line honours, and 2nd on handicap in IRC 0. Redeye took the top slot and Stefan Fillip’s Neo One finished in 3rd.

Next to receive a gun was Sunny Leung’s Jibulai at 14:03:43 ┬áto claim both line and handicap honours in HKPN A.

In IRC 1, with Thiery Barot at the wheel, Intrigue won on handicap followed by Nightshift and Nick Burns’ Witchcraft. In IRC 2, the order was Red Kite II, Juice and Arcturus. Ding Dong retired.

In HKPN A, behind Jibulai, came XT and Jarrah. HKPN B was won by Five O One with Eddy Lee’s Generations in 2nd and Arthur Cheng’s Boss 3rd. Last boat home, never giving up, was Water Rabbit.

After two days of racing, the final results after four races for the IRC boats reflected a hard-fought regatta. IRC 0 was handsomely won by Rampage 88. Neo One took 2nd and Redeye 3rd. IRC 1 saw some fierce competition with Intrigue coming out on top, and Nightshift and Jinn following. The nine-strong IRC 2 division was topped by Red Kite II followed by relative newcomer, Juice.

Arcturus filled the 3rd slot.

Jibulai came a deserved 1st in HKPN A after three races. Peter Wong’s XT took 2nd and Matthew Johnson’s Jarrah, 3rd. HKPN B (also three races) was taken by Generations, Five O One in 2nd and Felix Mak’s Shun Shui in 3rd.

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