LBC sailors had an exciting morning of racing during our Holiday Series #5 on July 1. Six boats lined up to start at 11:00 in a steady southeasterly BF5 breeze. Two hours later, the fleet wrapped up three races and headed back to the beach just as the Hong Kong Observatory announced typhoon signal 3.
Awah set a sausage course running roughly east-west from north of Peng Chau to just past Siu Kau Yi Chau. Each race was two sausages with a downwind finish.
Sailors faced a strong breeze, choppy seas, and powerful currents in some areas of the course. Most boats quickly discovered that the current and waves on the right side of the course made it far faster to sail to the left. A few times Chris Fraser and Ed Wollaston in the lead boat found themselves sailing far to the left and then almost reaching across the course to make the mark.
Especially notable was that two first-time racers joined the fleet in these challenging conditions. Borja Saez de Montagut sailing on his Nacra F18 #644 with guest helm Cedric joined in for the first time, as did new member Markus Kramer, sailing with old hand Freddie von der Luehe on Dart 18 #7179.
Taking line honours in each race were Chris and Ed on Nacra F18 #1600. First prize in the “F18 with no spinnaker” class went to Justin Reynolds and Cindy Chung on Hobie Tiger #2093. First in the Dart 18 class were class stalwarts Branco Ng and Henry Kwok on #7187. And overall Handover Day Grand Prize winner on handicap was Commodore James Branch, sailing single-handed (with jib!) on Dart 15 #1975. We’re not sure how to calculate the handicap, but we are sure James deserves an award!