Monsoon Spring Series 2021, Races 1 & 2

The Monsoon Series 2020/2021 comprises three events organised by the Hebe Haven Yacht Club in conjunction with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. These include the HHYC Monsoon Winter Series 2020, the RHKYC Big Boat Monsoon Spring Cup 2021 and the HHHYC’s San Miguel Monsoon Spring Series 2021.

The San Miguel Monsoon Spring Series 2021 has eight races held over five alternate Saturday afternoons from the 6th of March to the 17th of April.

For the scheduled Races 1 & 2 in the Series, conditions were looking ominous as the committee vessel Hebe One left the Hebe Haven Yacht Club just after midday on Saturday, the 6th.

Port Shelter was shrouded in mist with minimal visibility. Hebe One, and the mark laying RIB, went further out in search of wind.

Unfortunately, even zephyrs were in short supply with recordings of nothing to briefly a puff of 4.2 knots recorded from 105 degrees.

It was still an encouraging turnout for HHYC’s first big boat event after the three-month lockdown with 25 boats venturing out, despite the conditions, including nine in IRC, six Sportboats and ten HKPN participants.

By the time of the first warning signal for IRC at 1355 there was barely three knots but race officer Rob Allen chose to go through the motions of starting racing, if nothing more than to give his enthusiastic team of volunteers much needed practice with countdowns and starting procedures.  Sadly, just before the final start signal the AP postponement flag was hoisted.

After a brief discussion, with seemingly little chance of any improvement in conditions, the race officer at 1406 hoisted the N over A flags, abandoning racing for the day and sending everyone home.

Although no prize-giving function had been planned, the sponsored San Miguel was available at the Garden Bar and, not surprisingly, it soon disappeared.

Former HHYC rear commodore sailing, Simon Jones agreed it was a good call to abandon racing as, unlike on many occasions when 10 minutes after racing is abandoned the wind fills in, it was not the case on Saturday, the 6th.

Hopefully conditions will be better for the next race in the Series, Race 3 – an islands course – on Saturday, the 20th of March 2021.

Meanwhile, following on from International Women’s Day, on Monday the 8th of March 2021, and its theme #ChooseToChallenge, the HHYC will be making a big effort, between the 21st to the 30th of May 2021 to support World Sailing’s ‘Steering the Course Women’s Sailing Festival’. The purpose of which is to promote greater female participation in the sport and, in particular, getting new female participants out on the water and showcasing successful female instructors, coaches and race officials. #SteeringTheCourse.

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