Double Wins for ‘Vineta’, ‘Jive’ and ‘Merlin’ in Hong Kong Yachting
Double Wins for ‘Vineta’, ‘Jive’ and ‘Merlin’ in Hong Kong Yachting
Yachting—Hong Kong
IRC boats set off for Race-3 of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series in Shelter Cove on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

IRC boats set off for Race-3 of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series in Shelter Cove on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

HKPN Division boats start Race-3 of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. ‘Bits and Pieces’ took line honours in this race and the following race later in the afternoon. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

HKPN Division boats start Race-3 of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. ‘Bits and Pieces’ took line honours in this race and the following race later in the afternoon. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Start of HKPN boats for the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15 showing ‘Jive’ who finished first on corrected time in this race and Race-4 later in the afternoon. Also in the photo are ‘Getafix’ (7135), the sail of ‘Bits and Pieces’ (1326) and ‘Kyte’ (1292). (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Start of HKPN boats for the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15 showing ‘Jive’ who finished first on corrected time in this race and Race-4 later in the afternoon. Also in the photo are ‘Getafix’ (7135), the sail of ‘Bits and Pieces’ (1326) and ‘Kyte’ (1292). (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Sam Chan at the helm of Magic 25, Free Fire 69 “It’s My Pleasure’ finishing Race-3 of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. ‘It’s My Pleasure’ finished second in Race-3 and in Race-4 in the Sports Boat Division. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Sam Chan at the helm of Magic 25, Free Fire 69 “It’s My Pleasure’ finishing Race-3 of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. ‘It’s My Pleasure’ finished second in Race-3 and in Race-4 in the Sports Boat Division. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

‘Jive’ sailing downwind to the Leeward Mark in Race-3 of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. ‘Jive’ won on corrected time both races in the HKPN Division on this second day of the five day series. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

‘Jive’ sailing downwind to the Leeward Mark in Race-3 of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. ‘Jive’ won on corrected time both races in the HKPN Division on this second day of the five day series. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Steve Bourne and crew of ‘Merlin’ including dog Gromit on their way to winning Race-3 of the Sports Boat Division of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. ‘Merlin’ also won Race-4 later in the afternoon. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Steve Bourne and crew of ‘Merlin’ including dog Gromit on their way to winning Race-3 of the Sports Boat Division of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. ‘Merlin’ also won Race-4 later in the afternoon. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Steve Bourne and crew of ‘Merlin’ including dog Gromit approaching the winning line of Race-3 of the Sports Boat Division of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. ‘Merlin’ won Race-3 and Race-4 on this second of five days’ racing in the series. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Steve Bourne and crew of ‘Merlin’ including dog Gromit approaching the winning line of Race-3 of the Sports Boat Division of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. ‘Merlin’ won Race-3 and Race-4 on this second of five days’ racing in the series. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

‘Vineta’ winner of line honours and on corrected time of Race-3 and Race-4 of the IRC Division of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

‘Vineta’ winner of line honours and on corrected time of Race-3 and Race-4 of the IRC Division of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

‘Vineta’ IRC winner of Race-3 and -4 with line honours and on corrected time of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

‘Vineta’ IRC winner of Race-3 and -4 with line honours and on corrected time of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series on Saturday Mar 15, 2014. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Light winds were the order of the day for Race-3 and -4 of the 10-Race Hebe Haven Yacht Club Spring Saturday Series held at Shelter Cove on Saturday Mar 15.

While the three regular boat categories (IRC, HKPN and Sports Boats) took part, Dragons, which run their own separate competition, also joined in.

The wind stayed at about 7-knots for the whole of Race-1 and then died to almost nothing at times for Race-2. Race Officer Leslie Hickman shortened the second race to one circuit instead of two, but it was still painful sailing at times.

Interestingly, those boats that took a course down the port wing to the leeward mark seemed to find more wind, but as soon as they approached the bottom mark most boats had great difficulty rounding it.

IRC
First time entrant “Vinetta” stole the show in the IRC races taking line honours and first place on corrected time in both races.

“Mojito” took second-place in each race, with “Stella” third in Race-3 and “Lighthorse” third in Race-4.

Nine boats took part in the races including “Vixen”, “Outrageous”, “RB”, “Goddess” and “St. Happens”.

HKPN
“Bits and Pieces” did her usual trick of being first over the line in the HKPN category, taking double line honours.

“Bits” also took second-place in Race-3 and third-place in Race-4 on corrected time. But it was Juliet Ashton in “Jive” that finished first on corrected time in both races.

“Getafix” came third in Race-3 but retired from Race-4.

Ten boats took part in the HKPN races.

Sports Boats
Steve Bourne in “Merlin” came out on top in both Sports Boat races finishing more than 3-minutes ahead of nearest rival Sam Chan helming “It’s My Pleasure” in Race-3 and nearly 2-minutes in Race-4.

Meanwhile, Howard Winn in “Good Vibrations” had a good race day coming in third in both races.

It was interesting to see “Merlin” well in the lead coming to the leeward mark in Race-4, but becoming becalmed some 50 metres short of the mark with Chan catching fast under good sail, but Bourne finally got his boat moving to complete the course and take the win in fine style.

Dragons
“Zephyr” had a double first in the Dragon Division with “Shiva” second in Race-3 and “Kamloong” third.

Meanwhile, in Race-4 “Maiden of Hong Kong” and “Eaux Vives” came second and third respectively.

Next races

Day-3 of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series takes place on Saturday Mar 22 and coincides with the Hebe Haven Sailing Open Day.

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