Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s San Fernando Race Begins
Published: Thursday, 02 April 2015
On April 1, 17 boats set off from Hong Kong to participate in an abbreviated edition of the San Fernando Race. The original course to the Philippines was ruled off limits due to the activity of super typhoon Maysak.
Using the scheduled Victoria Harbour start, a 330 nautical mile combination of physical and virtual marks was put together to take the boats south west of Hong Kong, leaving the Lema Islands on starboard, before completing a figure eight around four waypoints, returning via Dangan Dao to finish at Shek O Rock.
With an unseasonal southerly in the harbour, ghosting between 2 and 8 knots, Race Officer Simon Boyde set a start line in the middle of the harbour and with visibility worsening to the east, set the fleet off on time in 6 to 7 knots of wind. OneSails Racing and Antipodes were first out of the blocks, sneaking ahead of a hole, which engulfed the rest of the fleet before they had reached Hung Hom.
As breeze filled in, Antipodes was the next boat to pop out, then Explorer under spinnaker and Sea Monkey under a Code Zero. By the time the bulk of the fleet had reached Hung Hom, OneSails Racing was reaching though Lei Yue Mun Gap.
Inside the harbour, spectators were treated to some close racing between IRC Premier boats Xena and Explorer, while Mills 41 Ambush showed off her new lines as she made up ground on Antipodes.
At 1600, OneSails Racing was leading on the water, albeit at a speed of around 5 to 6 knots with an ETA of midnight on Friday night, April 3, while in IRC Premier, Moonblue 2 had already signed off and declared that she was going fishing.
(All images RHKYC / Guy Nowell)