Waglan 8 & 9 re-sail

Scheduled for the 24th of January earlier this year, Races 8 & 9 of the Aberdeen Boat Club’s Waglan Series 2020-21 fell victim to the Covid-19 restrictions and had to be postponed.

Following internal discussions, and mindful of racing elsewhere, the club’s sailing committee decided the 10th of April would be most suitable . . . and they were spot on when it came to the weather!  

Crisp, blue skies greeted the nine boats that assembled southeast of Lamma Island with sailors looking forward to the prospect of windward / leewards in 12 to 15 knots of consistent northeasterly winds. The only downside was the familiar chop in Tung O Wan but it didn’t seem to bother the crews, anxious to improve their overall positions in the popular Waglan Series.

For the two IRC divisions, race officer Alex Johnston chose Course 1 and for the two HKPN divisions, Course 4. The five IRC boats would do three laps around the outer two black buoys, and the four HKPN boats would sail a marginally shorter course of two laps around the two inner, orange marks.

The RO welcomed everyone to the course and, soon after, began the countdown for IRC in Race 8. At 1100, on schedule, Jinn stormed across the line with Intrigue and Red Kite II in hot contention. Zesst followed shortly after with Juggerknot bringing up the rear.

Five minutes later, the HKPN boats crossed. Jibulai and Generations had quite a tussle at the pin end, Jibulai protesting loudly and Generations coming about to avoid contact. A red flag did appear but was later taken down as Jibulai won HKPN A in an elapsed time of 44 minutes and 34 seconds. Generations took 2nd place in an elapsed time of 46 minutes and 30 seconds.

In HKPN B, John Berry helmed Five-O-One to both line and handicap honours in front of a steadily improving Arthur Cheng and his crew on Boss. Five-O-One recorded an elapsed time of 49 minutes and 17 seconds while Boss was a mere two and a half minutes behind.

Then came the IRC performers, surfing across the line and creating a magnificent spectacle after an hour’s intense racing. Jinn was a deserved line and handicap winner, followed by Intrigue and Juggerknot in IRC 1. In IRC 2, Philippe Delorme was third across the line to win IRC 2 on handicap. Seven minutes later came the Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600, Zesst.

As the RO was preparing for the second race of the day, the sad news came over the VHF that Eddy Lee of Generations had decided to retire, pointing out that he had a line around his prop and was heading for Middle Island to sort out the problem.

At 1225, the countdown for Race 9 began for the IRC fleet and, at 1230, all five boats got away cleanly. With just three boats, the HKPN fleet crossed five minutes later, at 1235. Both IRC and HKPN fleets sailed the same Courses 1 and 4 respectively. No change in the position of the marks.

Jibulai stormed home to finish in 48 minutes and 15 seconds in HKPN A while, in HKPN B, positions were reversed as Boss beat Five-O-One on corrected time by 17 seconds.

With the wind easing, the IRC boats were a little slower in completing Race 9. First across the finish was Intrigue, also claiming handicap honours in IRC 1. Jinn was 2nd and Juggerknot 3rd. In IRC 2, Red Kite II again bested Zesst which was last boat home at 13:47:50.

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