Tommy Bahama Around The Island Race 2013
Published: Tuesday, 17 December 2013
With the replenishment of the northeast monsoon filling in overnight, many competitors assessing the conditions and decided that discretion was the better part of valour. The first starts were at 0830hrs for the slowest boats, while the last start on the outer line was reserved for Aberdeen Extreme 40, brought into town by sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management.
While most starts feature the most competitive boats trying to gain an advantage by being as close to the line as possible, the Extreme 40 brought to mind a Formula 1 start, with the boat in neutral several boat lengths off the line until the gun sounded at 1000hrs. As this was an official attempt to break the existing Cariad Trophy record of 2h 41m 57s set by Dennis Wong on Hobie 21 Force 8 in December 1990.
The official timing team took the actual time that she crossed the line (10:00:18) for record purposes and then weighted anchor to go and have a look at conditions through the final 20% of the course around Green Island and through Western.
With even Cyberport Gate getting a good 20-25kt blow and with Frank Pong’s Jelik passing through Stanley Gate at 1040hrs, Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen decided it was time for the finish team to hurry back to the finish box at Kellett Island so that they was not caught out by the faster boats at the head of the fleet.
Just over an hour after starting, Aberdeen Extreme 40 passed through Stanley Gate to enjoy the relatively flat stretch along the south and south west of Hong Kong Island before passing Cyberport Gate 20 minutes later to get onto the home stretch. The catamaran came into Victoria Harbour with FfreeFire just in its sights and overtook the TP52 to finish second on the water after Jelik (which had a 30 minute head start) in a ratified elapsed time of 2h13m11s.