Time to Hit the Water!

The warm- weather water sports season is here, and it’s great to see more and more LBC paddlers, rowers, and sailors getting out on the water. We expect to see a huge jump in activity on the beach over the next few weeks.

In recent competitive news, our men’s and mixed team paddlers put in a fine showing under very challenging conditions at the Around Beaufort Island Race March 22. The mixed team won their class and the men’s took third.

LBC’s high-performance spinnaker catamaran sailors faced the full spectrum of sailing conditions over two weekends at the end of March and beginning of April in the third annual Fast Cat regatta, hosted from our beach in Discovery Bay.

The four-day event saw one day’s racing canceled due to thunderstorms, one day of very light, shifty breezes, one day of a steady but shifty 12 kn breeze, and one of wild gusts and heavy, choppy seas. Several LBC sailors put in fine performances, including Sam Frank, Martin Watine, Chris Fraser, and Nick Harper, but the overall win—based on consistent performance throughout the series—went to Christoph Grebe and Doris Hung on their Nacra 17, with Steve and Jade Wallace second on their Nacra F16.

We thank Nacra Hong Kong for once again sponsoring and organizing this very enjoyable event and look forward to next year’s edition!

After many years of dedicated service, Awah Leung, our safety cover and activity support boatman, has decided to retire from LBC work for family reasons. All of us at LBC are deeply grateful to Awah for his service and support over the years. Many of us have called on him for a rescue in tough conditions or when boats have broken down, and he has always been there, racing over from Peng Chau to help. Those who have been rescued will never forget our relief when we spotted his boat approaching. Thank you, Awah, you have our lasting gratitude.

James Branch

Commodore