HONG KONG—The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s 3-race, 2-day Opening Regatta ended up being a 2-race, 1-day event after racing was called off after only 3 Classes had started on a wet but windless day in Victoria Harbour, on Saturday Sept 10.
Sunday Sept 11 turned out to be more obliging with sunshine and breezes ranging from 4 to 6 Knots. A total of 75 boats from 11 classes. The first race was kept short, with the 2nd races commencing quickly after all boats in a class had finished. With wind increasing slightly as that day progressed race officer Barry Truhol was able to set slightly longer race distances for the 2nd race.
With an early finish, crews were seen chatting and enjoying the late afternoon sunshine on their boats tied alongside the Eastern pontoon before changing for the prize giving in the early evening.
Sportsboats: “R2B2” helmed by Dion Houghton, “Merlin” (Steve Bourne) and “San Long” (John Leven and Sheridan Teasel).
Ruffian: “Larakin” (Cathy Lam), “Schannuleke” (Erwin van den Berge), “Bandolero” (Simon Soo).
Pandora: “Solstice” (Cair Kui Wang), “Panopae” (Joseph Wong), “Windfall” (Tom Ho).
J/80: “Footloose” (Henry Wong), “Invictus” (Simon Wong), “Sail la vie” (Ernest Wei).
Flying 15: “Tom Ffoollery”: Tom Sheppard), “Puffn’stuff “(David Crow), “Kerfuffle” (Carlyon Knight-Evans).
Etchells: “Quest” (Fred Kinmonth), “King of the Pin” (Van Kempen/Kearns), “Ganga Din” (Nick Burns).
Dragon: “Zephre” (Tam Nguyen), “Maiden Hong Kong” (Frederic Roumier), “Celine” (Marc Castagnet.
Big Boat Division 3 (HKPN): “No One Else” (Jack Ng), “GA” (Arthur Ho), “Zam Zammah” (Ho Wai Keung).
IRC-2: “Lighthorse”: (Shawn Kang), “Sea Wolf” (Tiger Mok), “Talkinghead” (Clement Mak/Rick Yu).