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Published: Monday, 22 February 2016

Co-organised by Hong Kong Sailing Federation and Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC), Hong Kong Race Week 2016 (Feb 16-21) came to a close amidst strong winds running up to 35 knots. 

Hong Kong Race Week Closes Amidst Strong Winds

(Photos: Hong Kong Race Week/Guy Nowell)

Strong winds were a challenge for Race Officer David Norton’s team on the final morning. “Our normal race area at Beaufort was too far to send the fleets and the wind near Round Island was very shifty so the course was set in Stanley Bay. With the wind speed over 25kts, gusting over 30kts, the decision was taken to keep the 420s and 470s ashore. Three 29ers finished Race 9 but a broken main sheet meant Jon Crawford’s HKG2166 was unable to start Race 10. In all across Hong Kong Race Week, 10 races were sailed for the 420s, 470s and 29ers in a week of both strong and light winds and cool conditions.”

While the wind strength continued to build, RO Norton handed the course over to the windsurfers and RO Barry Truhol. The windsurfers were challenged by the strong offshore breeze, which grew to a steady 34kts, gusting to 39kts.

The Optimist Gold fleet faced an average of 17kts with gusts of 28 to 30kts.  For safety reasons the silver fleet was kept on shore and the gold fleet headed out for their last three races of the regatta. The first two races lasted for about 50 minutes each and the third for 38 minutes. The Optimists sailed the inner course of the trapezoid, sharing the racecourse with Lasers and the 2.4mRs, which sailed the outer course.

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The Green Fleet had a wonderful week “but unfortunately got blown out today” says RO Alex Hill. The winds were too strong and the safety resources were such that it was decided that the Green Fleet would not race in the end (the same went for the second half of the Optimists Silver Fleet). 

The prize giving ceremony was held after racing at RHKYC’s Middle Island. Hong Kong Race Week Race Chairman Peter Davies began the proceedings: “I would like to say well done to all of the competitors. They have experienced all sorts of conditions over the four days of racing.  It’s been a great test of all round skills and the winners can truly be called champions.”

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RHKYC Rear Commodore Sailing and Hong Kong Sailing Federation Council Member Anthony Day was then invited to present trophies to the winners of the RSX Youth, Techno 293, Techno Junior and 29er classes. Aileen Loo of the Asian Sailing Federation presented prizes to the 420, 470, Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial winners and Viola Sun of the Government’s Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) rounded off the ceremony by presenting the awards to the 2.4mR, Optimist U10, Optimist U12, Optimist Silver and Optimist Main fleets.

 

Provisional Results:

Green Fleet:

  1. HKG 2 – Hong Kong – 11
  2. HKG 311 – Hong Kong – 14
  3. HKG 933 – Hong Kong – 16


Optimist Fleet:

  1. CHN 14124 – China – 21
  2. HKG 205 – Hong Kong – 24
  3. CHN 14119 – China - 25


Laser 4.7:

  1. HKG 189131 – Hong Kong – 20
  2. HKG 191713 – Hong Kong – 27
  3. HKG 191814 – Hong Kong – 40


Laser Radial:

  1. HKG 171979 – Hong Kong – 15
  2. IND 208191 – India – 20
  3. HKG 201677 – Hong Kong – 26


2.4mR:

  1. HKG 6 – Hong Kong – 12
  2. HKG 7  – India – 19
  3. HKG 3 – Hong Kong – 30


29er:

  1. HKG 9 – Hong Kong – 22
  2. GBR 2214 – Hong Kong – 25
  3. HKG 2245 – Hong Kong – 34


420:

  1. HKG 54945 – Hong Kong – 19
  2. HKG 54857 – Hong Kong – 20
  3. HKG 5485 – Hong Kong – 26 


470:

  1. HKG 321 – Hong Kong – 10
  2. HKG 35 – Hong Kong – 14
  3. HKG 3 – Hong Kong – 22 


RS:X Youth:

  1. JPN 5 – Japan – 10
  2. HKG 36 – Hong Kong – 12
  3. HKG 34 – Hong Kong – 33


Techno 293:

  1. HKG 25 – Hong Kong – 8
  2. HKG 15 – Hong Kong – 22
  3. HKG 19 – Hong Kong – 34

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