The 2-day, 4-race Port Shelter Regatta took place on Saturday and Sunday (Sept 22 and 23) at the picturesque setting near Sai Kung. Thirty six boats took part and were almost equally divided between the four classes, IRC-A, IRC-B, HKPN and SMS Sportsboats. All races took place over geometric courses as the final island course was modified due to light weather conditions.
Maintaining its reputation as excellent hosts, Hebe Haven Yacht Club provided a free buffet party for competitors on the Saturday evening.
Ambush, skippered by Drew Taylor and Joachim Isler, won the first three races and came second in the fourth race on corrected time, which was sufficient to win the series. Jelik, skippered by owner Frank Pong, took line honours in all four races, but was giving away a lot on rating and was narrowly beaten on corrected time in the first three races. Jelik won the fourth race outright and secured second place overall. There was a good competition for third place between Stella, Outrageous and Sell Side Dream, with Stella putting in some good performances, particularly on Day 1, to take third position overall.
In B Division, Vixen skippered by owner Peter McCaffery had three firsts and a second place to take the overall series. China Cup No. 9 came second with a first place, second place and two thirds in the series. St Happens also put in good performances and came third overall.
Bits & Pieces Sails East had a very consistent weekend racing winning three out of the four races and just losing out to GA in the other, thereby securing the overall number one spot. GA finished with three second positions and a win in race two, giving her a comfortable second position in the Division. Jazz, Eclipse and Ichiban had a good contest for third spot, with Eclipse winning this battle.
The top three sportsboats, Merlin, R2B2 and Fly By Wire were as competitive as ever. Merlin and Fly By Wire sailed best on Day 1. Dion Houghton’s R2B2 did brilliantly on Day 2, winning both races by over one minute ahead of Steve Bourne’s Merlin. But Merlin held on to win the SMS Division Regatta by just one point. Frank van Kempen’s Fly By Wire came in third, just one point further back.
Next Event: 24 hour Charity Dinghy race at Hebe Haven on Oct 6 and 7.