Published: Monday, 16 November 2015

The Marriot Rewards Around the Island Race (Nov 15) came to a finish with Rob Partridge’s International Moth taking line honours coming in at just over two hours and 47 minutes of racing.

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(Photo: RHKYC/Guy Nowell/Rob Partridge’s International Moth)

The next boat to finish was at the other end of the size spectrum, with Frank Pong’s 72-foot Jelik completing the course ahead of a mix of big boats, dinghies, one-design keelboats and beach catamarans.

232 boats competed in the 26-nautical mile circumnavigation of Hong Kong Island.

Starting at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Causeway Bay, the boats gathered on two start lines in eight to 10kts of easterly breeze.

After getting all the classes on the outer line away without a single boat starting ahead of time, Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen took the committee boat to port to check whether the breeze extended through the western approaches and if there was enough to keep the fleet moving through Cyberport.

The breeze was good enough to allow everyone who wanted to finish to reach Kellett Island before the cut-off of 1700hrs, with classic ketch Jadalinkir and big boat Adagio the last boats to cross the line.

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(Photo: RHKYC/Guy Nowell)

With several boats scoring OCS, provisional results show youth sailor Calum Gregor winning on 29er Wayne, ahead of Karl Chan’s Hobie 16 and Ka Chun SIU’s 420 dinghy. The first placed keelboat was Etchells Jezebel in seventh and the first placed Big Boat, Signal 8 in eighth place.

On the paddling side of the Around the Island Race, the battle between the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and Victoria Recreation Club's Men's Unlimited crew was tipped to be the hardest fought battle of the day.

VRC took advantage of their lighter boat in the flat sections to take the lead early, expertly navigating the waves at Big Wave Bay to run away with a victory of over 11 minutes.

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(Photo: RHKYC/Guy Nowell)

The Women's Unlimited race proved to be the most thrilling of the day. The victors of Hong Kong Outrigger Canoe Club went into today with the strongest results in the lead up races. But it was to be a fast finishing RHKYC crew who pushed through in the dying stages of the 42km race to steal victory from HKOCC.

Overall, a field of over 230 rowers and paddlers competed, with the largest numbers of coastal rowing boats seen in the race's history.

Roger Holmes, race coordinator and seven-time ATIR competitor, was ecstatic with the success of this year's event stating.

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(Photo: RHKYC / Kade Greenland)

“It was an honour to work with such a great team of volunteers. This year was certainly the best one yet.”