Big Turnout for Hong Kong Round the Island Race

Yachting—2015 Round Hong Kong Island
By Bill Cox, Epoch Times
November 18, 2015 2:28 am Last Updated: November 18, 2015 2:28 am

HONG KONG—The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Marriott Rewards Round the Island Race took place last Sunday Nov 15, with 232 boats taking part in a full navigation of Hong Kong Island—a total of 26 nautical miles.

The overall winner was defending champion, Calum Gregor helming 29er Wayne, Hobie 16 helmed by Karl Chan came 2nd and Siu Ka Chun came 3rd helming the 420 of Sea School 1. Last year Gregor won in a 420 with Hugo Christensson. This year his partner was Russell Aylsworth.

Early Start
Boats started gathering early in the morning with the first wave of boats setting off at 8:30am with starts continuing from two start lines through to the faster racers, Hobie 16’s and F18’s leaving at 9:50am.

The fastest boat of the day starting at 8:50am was RHKYC Coach Rob Partridge on a single handed International Moth which took 2hr 47min for the 26nm race. Partridge took line honours by a long way but on corrected time he finished in 40th place. It was a fast run in brisk, but not the highest wind conditions, so he was still over 30min outside the record held by N Maloney skippering an Aberdeen Extreme 40 multihull in 2013.

The fastest boat of the day starting at 8:50am was RHKYC Coach Rob Partridge on a single handed International Moth which took 2hr 47min for the 26nm Round Hong Kong Island race on Sunday Nov 15, 2015. (RHKYC/Guy Nowell)
The fastest boat of the day starting at 8:50am was RHKYC Coach Rob Partridge on a single handed International Moth which took 2hr 47min for the 26nm Round Hong Kong Island race on Sunday Nov 15, 2015. (RHKYC/Guy Nowell)

Freefire (IRC-0 Class) helmed by Russ Parker finished in just over 3 hours but was pushed to 15th place on corrected time. The F18’s of Mike Scantlebury (The Black Pig) and Peter Davies (Rum Tum Tugger) also completed the race in just over 3hours finishing in 5th and 6th place respectively on corrected time. The Hobie helmed by Brian Tsang finished in 4th overall.

Other boats in the top ten are the leading Etchells Jezebel helmed by Anthony Day; Jamie McWilliam with Signal 8, the first of the Big Boats in IRC-1; King of the Pin helmed by Frank van Kempen, and Chow Pak Kan in Sea School II’s 420.

Other Classes
First in Dragon Class was Tam Nguyen in Zephyr (13 overall), Sam Chan topped the Flying 15 entries with Full Power (22), Taxi (36) helmed by Dennis Chien finished ahead of Impala 1 and Caviar to the Impala Class, Alexander North with J-Chi (60)took the win in J80’s followed by Footloose and Jasmine, Tucker Hudson with Gnanwhai came first in the Magic 25’s, Panopae (Joseph Wong) headed Solstice and Panache in the Pandora’s, and Schannuleke (Erwin van den Berge) outpaced Helios and Victory 9 in Ruffian’s,

Leaders in the 5-HKPN Classes (top to bottom) were Simplicity, Lazy Piggy and Bleu; No One Else, Yilong and Dolphin Six; XT, Lisa Elaine and Ahyoka; Thea, Yolo and Kapt’n Blaubar; Surfdude, Kiasu and Orca. HKPN overall: XT, Lisa Elaine and No One Else.

In IRC – IRC-1: Signal 8, Zannekin and Vineta; IRC-2: Dexter II, Red Kite 2 and Kei Lun; IRC-3: Getafix, Calamansi and Lady Butterfly and in the IRC Cruiser Class: Lighthorse, Shahtoosh and Moonblue. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Marriott Rewards Round the Island Race took place last Sunday Nov 15, with 232 boats taking part in a full navigation of Hong Kong Island – a total of 26 nautical miles.

The overall winner was defending champion, Calum Gregor helming 29er Wayne, Hobie 16 helmed by Karl Chan came 2nd and Siu Ka Chun came 3rd helming the 420 of Sea School 1. Last year Gregor won in a 420 with Hugo Christensson. This year his partner was Russell Aylsworth.

Early Start
Boats started gathering early in the morning with the first wave of boats setting off at 8:30am with starts continuing from two start lines through to the faster racers, Hobie 16’s and F18’s leaving at 9:50am.

The fastest boat of the day starting at 8:50am was RHKYC Coach Rob Partridge on a single handed International Moth which took 2hr 47min for the 26nm race. Partridge took line honours by a long way but on corrected time he finished in 40th place. It was a fast run in brisk, but not the highest wind conditions, so he was still over 30min outside the record held by N Maloney skippering an Aberdeen Extreme 40 multihull in 2013.

Freefire (IRC-0 Class) helmed by Russ Parker finished in just over 3 hours but was pushed to 15th place on corrected time. The F18’s of Mike Scantlebury (The Black Pig) and Peter Davies (Rum Tum Tugger) also completed the race in just over 3hours finishing in 5th and 6th place respectively on corrected time. The Hobie helmed by Brian Tsang finished in 4th overall.

Other boats in the top ten are the leading Etchells Jezebel helmed by Anthony Day; Jamie McWilliam with Signal 8, the first of the Big Boats in IRC-1; King of the Pin helmed by Frank van Kempen, and Chow Pak Kan in Sea School II’s 420.

Other Classes
First in Dragon Class was Tam Nguyen in Zephyr (13 overall), Sam Chan topped the Flying 15 entries with Full Power (22), Taxi (36) helmed by Dennis Chien finished ahead of Impala 1 and Caviar to the Impala Class, Alexander North with J-Chi (60)took the win in J80’s followed by Footloose and Jasmine, Tucker Hudson with Gnanwhai came first in the Magic 25’s, Panopae (Joseph Wong) headed Solstice and Panache in the Pandora’s, and Schannuleke (Erwin van den Berge) outpaced Helios and Victory 9 in Ruffian’s,

Leaders in the 5-HKPN Classes (top to bottom) were Simplicity, Lazy Piggy and Bleu; No One Else, Yilong and Dolphin Six; XT, Lisa Elaine and Ahyoka; Thea, Yolo and Kapt’n Blaubar; Surfdude, Kiasu and Orca. HKPN overall: XT, Lisa Elaine and No One Else.

In IRC – IRC-1: Signal 8, Zannekin and Vineta; IRC-2: Dexter II, Red Kite 2 and Kei Lun; IRC-3: Getafix, Calamansi and Lady Butterfly and in the IRC Cruiser Class: Lighthorse, Shahtoosh and Moonblue. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Marriott Rewards Round the Island Race took place last Sunday Nov 15, with 232 boats taking part in a full navigation of Hong Kong Island – a total of 26 nautical miles.

The overall winner was defending champion, Calum Gregor helming 29er Wayne, Hobie 16 helmed by Karl Chan came 2nd and Siu Ka Chun came 3rd helming the 420 of Sea School 1. Last year Gregor won in a 420 with Hugo Christensson. This year his partner was Russell Aylsworth.

Early Start
Boats started gathering early in the morning with the first wave of boats setting off at 8:30am with starts continuing from two start lines through to the faster racers, Hobie 16’s and F18’s leaving at 9:50am.

The fastest boat of the day starting at 8:50am was RHKYC Coach Rob Partridge on a single handed International Moth which took 2hr 47min for the 26nm race. Partridge took line honours by a long way but on corrected time he finished in 40th place. It was a fast run in brisk, but not the highest wind conditions, so he was still over 30min outside the record held by N Maloney skippering an Aberdeen Extreme 40 multihull in 2013.

Freefire (IRC-0 Class) helmed by Russ Parker finished in just over 3 hours but was pushed to 15th place on corrected time. The F18’s of Mike Scantlebury (The Black Pig) and Peter Davies (Rum Tum Tugger) also completed the race in just over 3hours finishing in 5th and 6th place respectively on corrected time. The Hobie helmed by Brian Tsang finished in 4th overall.

Other boats in the top ten are the leading Etchells Jezebel helmed by Anthony Day; Jamie McWilliam with Signal 8, the first of the Big Boats in IRC-1; King of the Pin helmed by Frank van Kempen, and Chow Pak Kan in Sea School II’s 420.

Other Classes
First in Dragon Class was Tam Nguyen in Zephyr (13 overall), Sam Chan topped the Flying 15 entries with Full Power (22), Taxi (36) helmed by Dennis Chien finished ahead of Impala 1 and Caviar to the Impala Class, Alexander North with J-Chi (60)took the win in J80’s followed by Footloose and Jasmine, Tucker Hudson with Gnanwhai came first in the Magic 25’s, Panopae (Joseph Wong) headed Solstice and Panache in the Pandora’s, and Schannuleke (Erwin van den Berge) outpaced Helios and Victory 9 in Ruffian’s,

Leaders in the 5-HKPN Classes (top to bottom) were Simplicity, Lazy Piggy and Bleu; No One Else, Yilong and Dolphin Six; XT, Lisa Elaine and Ahyoka; Thea, Yolo and Kapt’n Blaubar; Surfdude, Kiasu and Orca. HKPN overall: XT, Lisa Elaine and No One Else.

In IRC – IRC-1: Signal 8, Zannekin and Vineta; IRC-2: Dexter II, Red Kite 2 and Kei Lun; IRC-3: Getafix, Calamansi and Lady Butterfly and in the IRC Cruiser Class: Lighthorse, Shahtoosh and Moonblue.