Shrub stars at Turkish Airlines Around the Island Race
Published: Monday, 13 November 2017
Jamie McWilliam won the victory with his crew Simon Macdonald and Peter Austin onboard the Etchells Shrub in the Turkish Airlines Around the Island Race.
(Photo: Guy Nowell / RHKYC)
Crossing the finish line at 14hrs 19mins 7secs, the team took overall win with a corrected time of 4hrs 59mins 2secs.
“So there were lots of cool things about today’s race. I thought it was very punchy not to shorten the race at Green Island and would I imagine there will be a lot of people moaning about it, but there are just as many people not moaning about it,” commented McWilliam on the racing.
“The weather was wet but to be honest after the reach-down past Shek O Rock, we were soaked. So by the time it started raining, it made no difference to us at all.
“I thought that Helmuth Hennig’s Marten 49 Vineta sailed the best from Green Island to the finish that I have ever seen, I don’t think they missed a single thing. There were more lead changes in the Etchells than I ever remember.”
Approximately 1,400 people on 230 boats and even two lifejacket – clad dogs took part in this year’s 26nm circumnavigation.
The Race took two start lines located off of Causeway Bay and Hung Hom and 22 consecutive started to get the fleet away.
First Para athlete to compete in the Race, Foo Yuen-Wai representing Sailability Hong Kong on board a 2.4mR, the smallest boat in the fleet The Kaplan. He is also the first one to sail single-handed.
Foo completed the race and sailed across the line at 16hrs 11mins 24secs.
Another first was Sean Law on board S M Kwan and Thomas Wong’s Sunfast 3600 Ding Dong. Law is just 77 days old and he did the first Around the Island Race with his mother and father Sally and Dominick.
Simon Crockett on board Marcel Leidts Ker 46 Zannekin remarked after racing, “Well organised, the safety boats were in abundance. We couldn’t do anything about the weather but the organisation was excellent.”