The final day of the Hebe Haven Nautica Typhoon Series 2012 started with quiet optimism—Typhoon Tembin was expected to disrupt proceedings, but it turned tail and fled in the opposite direction.
At the start of Saturday’s (Aug. 25) race, winds in Port Shelter were quite good and the forecast was for winds of 5 to 15 knots. A course was set for all boats to circumnavigate Kau Sai Chau and Jin Islands and then return to Port Shelter. All very good, except by mid-afternoon the wind was almost non-existent on the east side of the islands—as a result, only 13 of the 56 boats that started finished within the set time limit.
There was a big, well attended, prize giving in the evening for Race 10, along with some special prizes and the coveted overall divisional series’ winners. In addition, Hebe Haven Yacht Club laid on a BBQ and a live band; while, David Robinson, of Fragrant Harbor magazine, put on a fine presentation of quality photos that he had taken during the series.
Vice Commodore Mark Newman, a very accomplished Master of Ceremonies, introduced and coordinated the prize giving for Race 10, the Jim Hobbs Memorial Cup and Memorial Glassware to winners of the Mirs Bay Race, along with the Series prizes.
Tony Wong of Telford Wines and Spirits presented the prizes for Race 10: FreeFire took the award for winning IRC A Division, with Surfdude as runner up (only two boats took part, as Tornado II was absent); Wild at Heart won IRC-B Division, Electra took line honours and second place, and EFG Bank Mandrake came third; while for SMS Sportsboats, Chrisargo took first place, with Fly By Wire second and Merlin third.
It was business as usual for FreeFire as she again cruised to victory in the top division one hour ahead of Surfdude her second place rival and the Longtze designed Chrisago‘s larger asymmetric spinnaker proved to be a real advantage in the light wind conditions.
Marco Ma of Eastmount Property Agency presented the Jim Hobbs Cup and Glassware prizes. The Cup was awarded to Sell Side Dream from IRC-B Division as the winner of the Mirs Bay Passage Race who, in the opinion of the Race Committee, performed best in winning their race. Meanwhile, Jim Hobbs Memorial Glassware was also awarded to FreeFire, St Happens, Boss Hogg, Fly By Wire and Dea II as winners of the other divisions in that race.
Prizes were then presented by Ms Jolie Sung of title sponsors Nautica to the overall series winners.
Freefire finished the series in first place overall in IRC-A Division, followed by Surfdude second and Tornado II third. FreeFire repeated her win in last year’s series and as her owner Sam Chan told The Epoch Times a few weeks ago: “FreeFire does not have any real competition in this division.” Let’s hope that next year the series will attract another TP 52 or similar; however, it was super to see such an accomplished competitor in the races.
Although EFG Bank Mandrake finished third in Race 10 in IRC-B, this was still sufficient for her to win the series and retain her title. Ambush held onto second place overall and Electra, after coming home second in Race 10, moved up two places in the series standings to take third place, pushing Sell Side Dream just out of the prizes.
In IRC-C none of the boats finished Race 10, so the final positions remained as for the previous week. Red Kite II won the division, followed by Dexter II and Gambit. Red Kite II again showing her good form and competitive spirit, repeating her win of last year in the Typhoon Series and added to her win in the Spring Saturday Series earlier this year. Apart from a couple of minor slip-ups, Dexter II completed a very consistent series. Vixen was in fourth spot, just missing the placings.
In IRC-D Taxi took title honors, with Boss Hogg coming second and Impala I third. This was a small, but competitive division.
SMS Sportsboats, HKPN and J80s
For the SMS Sportsboats, only three boats beat the 5.30 pm time deadline for Race 10. Chrisago won, followed by Fly By Wire, with Merlin coming in third. In the overall standings there was no change for the previous listing with Fly By Wire taking the series’ title, Merlin in second place and Sidewinder in third.
In the HKPN, no boats finished Race 10; but following Race 9, there was a protest by Black Magic against Kiasu rounding one of the marks and, as a result of the hearing, Kiasu was disqualified in Race 9, which subsequently dropped her down the series’ standings to sixth place. Kiasu did not compete in Race 10. The final overall positions were Pepper & Salt, followed by Eclipse and then Jil Jik.
The top three boats in the J80 were the only ones to finish Race 10—Hakawati, Jive and Jazz in that order, which confirmed their overall series’ standings in the same order.
Next event: The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club will launch the 2012—2013 sailing season with its Autumn Regatta on Sept. 8 and 9. Meanwhile, the next event at Hebe Haven is the Port Shelter Regatta to be held on Sept. 22 and 23.
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