Summer Series #1
Over thirty Lantau Boat Club sailors gathered on Sunday morning, May 29, for the first race day in this year’s Summer Series. Outgoing Race Officer Richard Carrey gave a much-appreciated review of the racing rules of sailing, after which new Race Officer Christoph Merz announced the course and everyone hit the water.
New Race Officer Christoph Merz (centre) explains the course while Commodore Joe Shieh at right looks on.
It being the first race of the season, a few boats got lost on the way to the starting line, as several crew scrambled to find spare parts and one helm forgot to put in his bungs and had to be rescued. Ten boats reached the line in an exciting fresh breeze with gusts up to 18 kn.
Time was short, as Commodore Joe Shieh needed to return to the beach by 1 pm to host the inaugural Commodore’s BBQ. So a tight course was set that kept crews busy at all times, the fastest boat finishing the second race in just under 12 minutes. After corrections, Richard Carrey took the overall win, with one first place and one second, sailing single-handed on his Dart 18. Next were Jon Winter and Cathy Lam, sailing on a borrowed Nacra 500S. Rounding out the top three were Branco Ng and Henry Kwok.
Holiday Series #1
LBC’s second race of the new season was held on June 6, Tuen Ng holiday, to kick off our new Holiday Series. After carefully sailing around the dragonboat lanes on the way out, seventeen club boats assembled in a light breeze at the starting line of a medium-length triangle course between Peng Chau and the Discovery Bay Marina.
Tom Nunan and Gabriel Kicks took the overall win on corrected time, with two first places and a second. In second place were Martin Kidgell and Cathy Lam and in third Kent Ho and YY Kwok. Just missing the top three were TC Fung and Joe Shieh, who took a first and a second but were DNF in the second race.
The racing was followed by a lively holiday BBQ, while sailors and their families watched the dragonboat races in Tai Pak Wan.
A Word from the Commodore
It is my pleasure to serve the club as commodore for a second year. With the help of our new Officers Committee, we aim to attract more new, active members and organize more activities to encourage greater participation from existing members.
Our new Race Officer, Christoph Merz, has organized three series of races for the coming season. Our Summer Series will be held on Sundays, our traditional racing day, while the Typhoon Series will be on Saturdays, so that members with Sunday commitments can participate. We will also hold a new Holiday Series of races on public holidays, typically combined with a social event such as a BBQ. Apart from the racing, several social events are scheduled, such as Sunshine Island on June 12, Open Day on July 1, a Social Challenge in August and a junk trip to Lamma in September.
Details and updated news can be found on our website and Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/LantauBoatClub).
See you on the water!
— Joe Shieh
Lantau Island Rowing Club
LIRC members participated in the RHKYC-organized South Lantau Coastal Rowing Weekend May 21–22. The weekend started at Middle Island on Saturday morning and concluded at Discovery Bay on Sunday afternoon, the route taking in Lamma, Cheung Chau, and Cheung Sha Beach on Lantau, where the boats were left Saturday evening.
On Sunday morning, the crews set off from Cheung Sha to Peng Chau via Yoyo beach. Almost halfway into the row, the rain caught up with them, providing a welcome cooling shower. The crews stopped for a breather around Hei Ling Chau, careful not to disturb the inhabitants, especially after hearing a gun shot that was much too close for comfort. “Hei Ling Chau” of course means “Island of Joyful Soul,” a great name for a detention centre. After lunch in Peng Chau, the boats made the short row back to DB. The total distance was almost 70km, and the crews were swapped to allow for all to row and enjoy Hong Kong’s great waters and views.
The two quads will be parked at LBC until mid June. During this time LIRC have organized several trips together with the RHKYC folks.
Trips have included a journey out toward the Tsing Ma bridge and a row to Mui Wo for lunch. Discovery Bay is a great location for coastal rowing with plenty of great scenery and waters to explore.
The boats will be rowed back to Middle Island on June 12 via Sunshine Island and Lamma. We will stop for lunch and crew changes in Lamma.
Participants included Simon Walpole, Micheal Wong, Philippe Gresinski, Luc Moron, Nicolas Galmiche, Stella Xu, Pip Symmington, Martin Reynolds, Matt Torlesse, Guy Fulton, Jonny Rodda, Sean Croucher, Ng Kong Man, Christophe d’Orey, Andrew Russell, Mark Hughes, Sheryl Slater, Stephen Pang, Katty Demeuleneere, Brittany Bret, Karen Rodda, and Allan Bell.