Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Joins First Bart's Bash
Published: Monday, 22 September 2014
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s contribution to Bart’s Bash, set to be the largest sailing event in the world, took place on Sept 21 in Victoria Harbour.
Bart’s Bash is a sailing race and fundraising event held at local sailing clubs around the world. The race joins together thousands of sailors to raise money for charity, set a new Guinness World Record, and remember Andrew “Bart” Simpson, Gold & Silver Olympic medallist and America’s Cup sailor.
Although many boats were lost to Aberdeen Boat Club’s opening regatta, 11 boats with enthusiastic crew showed up to participate. Etchells, Ruffian, Flying Fifteen, Impala and Big Boat fleets turned out for the scheduled warning signal at 1050.
A preliminary course was laid, however Race Officer Sofia Mascia was forced to postpone the start sequence when the breeze shifted by 20 degrees and then died. Mascia had to postpone a further three times before the race got underway in a 5-knot breeze nearly 40 minutes behind schedule.
A fickle breeze and ebb tide made for a difficult race for all; no complaints were heard when the course was shortened after the first lap.
Etchells Dream On, helmed by Greg Farrell, was first over the line in a fierce contest with Ruffian Scallywag, helmed by Oliver Cully.
Scallywag was declared the winner of the first RHKYC Bart’s Bash after corrected time and handicaps were factored in.
Ruffian Hombre came in second and Hong Kong Ffooey finished third.
(all images:RHKYC / Guy Nowell)