Waglan 1

Thunder, lightning, rain and an oscillating breeze did not deter the 17 boats, nor race management, on Sunday, the 3rd of October, for the first race of the Waglan Series 2021-22.
The Series comprises 12 races over 10 Sundays, including two mini-series, between October and December 2021, and February and April 2022.
Anchoring off Round Island for the first of eight island races, race officer, Alex Johnston, and assistant race officer Jennifer Li, set up the start line and a windward mark at 55 degrees, at a distance of 0.4 nautical miles.

Meanwhile the skies darkened as a squall passed over Repulse Bay.

At 1055 another stronger squall forced the raising of the postponement flag, rather than the IRC class flags. The plan to drop the AP was abandoned after a 50-degree wind shift. This meant Johnston had to remove the windward mark and reset the start line.

At 1109 the AP flag was lowered with the combined IRC divisions starting at 1115. Arcturus was well positioned at the pin-end, along with Red Kite II, Jarrah, Intrigue and Redeye vying for the lead. Ocean’s Five brought up the rear of the four IRC 1 and four IRC 2 entries.

Five minutes later Jibulai led the four HKPN A boats over the line whilst Sea Wings and Water Rabbit led the four HKPN B competitors along with the sole multi-hull, Carbon 3, in HKPN C.

All divisions headed first for the newly-introduced Chesterman Gate, followed by a Tai Tam Club Mark (s). The IRC divisions then rounded Sung Kong (p), Shek O Rock (p), the Tai Tam Club Mark (p), back to the Chesterman Gate and finished back at Round Island.

Neo One led around Sung Kong and maintained its lead through to the finish ahead of Redeye, Intrigue and Jinn in IRC 1. Ian Nicolson’s Intrigue took handicap honours, despite having a crew member fall overboard – she managed to hang on, though, and was quickly retrieved. Jinn claimed 2nd and Redeye 3rd on handicap.

In IRC 2 Red Kite II comfortably took line and handicap honours with Arcturus 2nd and Jarrah 3rd with Ocean Five’s 4th.

Meanwhile, after rounding the Tai Tam Club Mark, the HKPN divisions headed to Fury Rocks (s), before returning to the Tai Tam Club Mark (p), through the Chesterman Gate and back to Round Island.

Washing machine conditions made it a bumpy ride for the smaller boats with the wind gusting to 15-16 knots.

Jibulai took line honours in HKPN A but lost out on handicap to Generations by 32 seconds. The J-80 JeNa PaBe finished 3rd. Unfortunately, while leading Jibulai around Fury Rocks, XT strayed too close and hit the bottom.  No-one was hurt but the crew decided to retire and return to Causeway Bay.

Sea Wings took line honours in HKPN B but was relegated to 3rd on handicap.  Muxu claimed handicap honours with Boss 2nd. Water Rabbit brought up the rear.

The trimaran Carbon 3 sped around the HKPN course in 1:32:19, a good 37 minutes ahead of the first monohull on the same course.

Back at the ABC, a delighted Nicolson and Intrigue crew celebrated their fifth consecutive bullet, having won all four IRC 1 races in the recent Opening Regatta. Co-helm with Nicolson, Thierry Barot attributed their success to the new set up of their spinnaker.

After appraising the results Intrigue’s Arnold Lunty, although preferring to have had a longer race, felt the race officer had done a good job giving all 15 monohulls that completed the race a finish, within an interval of 31 minutes between the first and last finisher.

Island Race 2 in the Waglan Series 2021-22 is scheduled for Sunday, the 24th of October 2021.

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