Beautiful sunny weather greeted competitors for the second day of the RHKYC Autumn Regatta in Victoria Harbour for which 75 boats come out with 11 Impalas setting off in the first start at 1100hrs. With 6kts easterly breeze, Race Officer Barry Truhol set the start line at Hung Hom.
The class boat divisions were sent on race courses 301 or 302 taking boats up to the Tai Koo Shing or Sha Kei Wan buoys respectively and back to finish at Hung Hom – a simple windward-leeward to take account of the light breeze. The Big Boats were given a slightly longer course; to Tai Koo Shing, Eastern Harbour Mark 1, returning to Tai Koo Shing and finishing at Hung Hom.
All photos: RHKYC / Guy Nowell.
With improving wind conditions to around 8kts, Race Officer Barry Truhol wasted no time in starting the second race which kicked off at 1220hrs. All boats were set a slightly longer race for Race 2 with the Dragons, Etchells, Flying 15s Impalas, J/80s, Sports Boats and Big Boats starting at Hung Hom and racing to Shau Kei Wan where they hoisted their kites before heading down to Eastern Mark 2, before heading back upwind to Shau Kei Wan for the second rounding and for the final 1.56nm spinnaker run to the finish. Whilst the Ruffians and Pandoras were sent back to TKS for a short downwind leg to E1, back to TKS and then home.
With an early finish, competitors made their way to the Main Bar followed by a prizegiving on the Main Lawn with Commodore Robert Stoneley presenting the prizes.
Regatta results: In the Division 1 IRC it was a good day for Signal 8 with two bullets, whilst in Division 2 IRC saw the big Hanse cruiser Lighthorse up against 9 other boats including the sporty GP26 Havoc competing in her first ever regatta. The Hanse finished both races a number of minutes before her nearest competitor and even on handicap could not be caught.
Meanwhile in Division 3 HKPN after a win in race 1, a slip up by GA allowed Race 1’s second place finisher No One Else to win the race and with it the Regatta.
In the Dragon class, seven boats made it down from Sai Kung to compete but it was Tam Nguyen’s Zephyr who once again triumphed. Meanwhile in the Etchell class, Fred Kinmonth took two bullets on Quest, whilst Tom Shepherd on Tom Ffoollery did the same in the Flying 15s class.
The Impala Class took the bragging rights for most boats on the water (11) and Dennis Chien’s Taxi got her season off to a great start with two solid wins.
In the J80 Class, whilst Sail La Vie won race 1, she could only manage a third in race two enabling Henry Wong on Footloose to take the Regatta. There were two guns for Solstice in the Pandora class, whilst in the Ruffian class Larrikin with former Skellum crew members, including helm Cathy Lam now a regularly feature, pulled off a strong win in Race 1 with a 2nd place in Race 2 ensuring an overall win.
And last but not least, in the Sports Boat Division there was some close racing between the Magic 25s with Dion Houghton and crew on R2B2 getting one over on Steve Bourne and crew on Merlin with a 2nd and 1st place to take the overall Regatta win.