Opening Regatta

Conditions were light, or rather challenging, for the 25 boats that turned up for the Aberdeen Boat Club’s Opening Regatta on Saturday, the 22nd of September 2018. Entries had been higher but, due to Typhoon Mangkhut a week before, many of the regulars were forced to pull out through damage to their boats. In fact, there was even talk at the ABC of not staging the event at all but, in our opinion, common sense prevailed and a good weekend’s racing was had by all*. For the 15th year, Sunseeker Asia also gave its support.

The first day of racing consisted of three windward / leewards, with the three IRC fleets away at 1100 and the two HKPN fleets five minutes later.

In IRC 0, and as expected, Lighthorse Alpha+ sped away and finished a good 10 minutes before Phoenix.

In IRC 1, another strong performance by a well-drilled crew, saw Red Kite II come in just over an hour after its start. Not far behind were Dexter II and Rampage — those finishing positions for these three compeitive boats remained the same for all the races over the weekend.

Goddess excelled in IRC 2 and finished 1st in IRC 2. JC Broyelle brought Lady Butterfly in 2nd, with Legende snapping at his heels.

In the HKPN divisions, Kingsman took the A and the improving DEA II the B.

The second race started two hours after the first as the day got hotter and the wind, sadly, stayed the same. Lighthorse Alpha+ did it again in IRC 0 with Blue Bunny not far behind, we’ve already told you about Red Kite II in IRC 1 and, surprise, suprise, Lady Butterfly got the better of Goddess in IRC 2.

HKPN A was again dominated by Kingsman but LoTech worked hard to earn a 2nd place. DEA II again finished 1st in HKPN B with, as before, No One Else in 2nd.

On to the third race of the day, started at 1500. You guessed it, Lighthorse Alpha+ won IRC 0, with Phoenix in 2nd and Blue Bunny in 3rd.

In fact, in IRC 1, all five boats recorded exactly the same finishing positions in all four races in the regatta. Time for some change, there.

IRC 2 saw Goddess once again at the top with Lady Butterfly and Legende following.

There was no third race for the HKPN fleets. A good thing, really, as the wind was making things tough for everyone.

Sunday, and conditions much the same for all boat doing Course 5. This was a Round Island start, leaving Castle Rock to port, Beaufort Island to starboard, Shek O to port and a race officer’s decision to shorten course and finish at Castle Rock. The wind just wasn’t playing ball.

The HKPN boats did Course 8, a sort of in-shore version of Course 5. This was a Round Island start and took in Chesterman to port, Castle Rock rock to port, an ABC / Tai Tam mark to port with a finish at Castle Rock.

Lighthorse Alpha+ showed a clean pair of heels and won the race and the series. 2nd, in both the race and the series, was Tiffany Koo’s Blue Bunny. 3rd, again in both the race and the series was Phoenix.

By winning this race, Red Kite II took the series. Likewise, Dexter II and Rampage.

It was Goddess, Lady Butterfly and Legende at Castle Rock for IRC 2, and also on the podium for the series.

Kingsman won HKPN A and took the series. LoTech finished in 2nd at Castle Rock, and also 2nd in the series. Generations did well to come 3rd but lost out to Tornado (3rd) for the series.

Quite a few changes to finishing positions in HKPN B: newcomer Five O One took 1st in the islands race, followed by DEA II and No One Else. However, for the series, it was a hard-working DEA II that won, leaving No One Else in 2nd and Five O One in 3rd.

The prizegiving couldn’t be held at Middle Island, sadly because of extensive typhoon damage. Back in the bar, RO Alex Johnston was praised for his ‘show must go on’ spirit despite the last minute changes.

The ABC has moved away from having separate keelboat and dinghy weekends of racing for its Opening Regatta. The idea now is to make Southside Regatta the premier event for the smaller boats. This will be held on the 1st and 2nd of December 2018.

* although entered, Redeye didn’t compete in the windward / leewards and, despite putting in a concerted effort, had to retire from the islands race. It does pay to read the Sailing Instructions . . .

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