Ambush wins season-opening Autumn Regatta
Published: Monday, 18 September 2017
Ninety boats turned out for Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's season opening regatta with familiar names scoring big wins: Drew Taylor and Joachim Isler took home the silverware in IRC Division 1 with their Mills 41 Ambush. Noel Chan’s Rampage II won the HKPN Division 1 and Richard van den Bergs Juggerknot claimed first in IRC Division 2.
(Photos: Guy Nowell)
The race kicked off at 1100hrs for the J/80s and Sportsboat divisions followed the Etchells, which took them beating up to the Central mark stationed close to the Hong Kong Convention Centre.
Rounding the mark, they hoisted their kites and headed downwind to PWD mark and then to Dock Buoy, before turning back to finish up at PWD.
All other fleets were set off at six-minute intervals on similar courses ranging in length from 3.7nm to 6.8nm. It was a sight to see smaller class boats racing alongside Frank Pong¹s custom 75 Jelik.
The Impalas were set off first for Race 3 but following a complete wind shift to the east, the Impala race was abandoned on the first leg.
The committee boat hoisted its L flag and competitors followed towards Hung Hom where the new easterly start line was set. Between setting up courses and going into sequence, the wind dropped to 4 knots, increased to 6 and then down to 1.5.
With the fluctuating breeze, the AP was hoisted but after 20 minutes, the wind had dropped to 3 knots across the race course and the difficult decision was made at 1420hrs to abandon racing for the day.
Even with the steady westerly breeze this morning, it was another day of challenging conditions that was mastered by some crews and not so much by others. Provisional results can be found at: http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/upload/Sailing/Race-and-Regattas/AutumnRegatta/AUR17_IRC2.htm.