Close Series Heads Towards Last Two Races

By Bill Cox, Epoch Times
July 28, 2015 7:32 am Last Updated: July 28, 2015 7:32 am

HONG KONG—Day-4 of the UK Sailmakers Summer Saturday Series took place last Saturday, July 25 with two geometric races inside Port Shelter with 11-IRC, 8-HKPN, 5-Sportsboats and 6-Dragons taking part.

With just two more races in the series to sail, on Saturday 8 August, performances in the last two races will be important in all divisions to decide the top three places.

Assuming at least one of the last two races takes place, allowing a 2nd discard, “Stella” and “Lighthorse” are locked together on 7-points at the top of the IRC Division with “Moll” lying second on 14-points. The gap between “Moll” and the next boat, “Talkinghead” on 22 should be sufficient for “Moll” to take 3rd place.

In HKPN “Kiasu” has performed consistently well in this series and is leading with 8-points.She is expected to continue current form to take 1st place, but there is still likely to be a tussle between “Jazz” (15), “Bits & Pieces” (19) and “Ichiban” (19) for the next two places.

''Kiasu' sailing upwind in Race 6 of the UK Sailmakers Summer Saturday Series in Port Shelter on Saturday July 25, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
”Kiasu’ sailing upwind in Race 6 of the UK Sailmakers Summer Saturday Series in Port Shelter on Saturday July 25, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

“Merlin” and Red Herring II will be fighting for 1st place in the Sportsboat Division (both are on 7-points). “Ricochet” is in prime position to take 3rd place with 21-points although any slip could let “FreeFire It’s My Pleasure”, “Phoenix” or “Stingray” into that position.

In the Dragon Class, “Maiden Hong Hong” on 9-points, has been at the top of the standings throughout the series but it will still be a close call with “Puff” (12) and “Phylloong” (13) as to the final order. “Wyuna” and “Wudi” are 10-points further back which may be difficult to catch up.

Race 6 Results
IRC: “Stella” (LH), “Lighthorse” and “Calamansi”; HKPN: “Kiasu” (LH), “Jazz”, “Jelik VI”; Sportsboats: “Merlin” (LH), “Red Herring II”, “Stingray”; Dragon:”Phylloong” (LH), “Zephyr”, “Puff” and “Maiden HK” (4th)

Race 7 Results
IRC: “Stella” (LH), “Lighthorse”, “Moll”, “Vixen”; HKPN: “Jelik VI”, “Jelik VII”, “Jive”, “Kiasu” (LH); Sportsboats: “Merlin” (LH), “Red Herring II”, “Blue Moon”, “Ricochet”; Dragon: “Zephyr” (LH), “Maiden Hong Kong”, “Wudi”, “Puff” (4th).

'Zephyr' heading upwind during 6 of the UK Sailmakers Summer Saturday Series in Port Shelter on Saturday July 25, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
‘Zephyr’ heading upwind during 6 of the UK Sailmakers Summer Saturday Series in Port Shelter on Saturday July 25, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)