ABC Opening Regatta Report & Results

Day 1

The first day of the regatta featured inviting winds running between 11-15
knots, although some intrepid sailors swore there was more at times. The
wind increased steadily throughout the day

The ‘Fast Boats’ course was shared between catamarans and 29ers and was set
up out near Po Toi, with a series of Windward/Leeward races. In all there
were 5 races on the day, which made for a long day on the water.

In the Open Multihull division, the pecking order became clear from the
outset. Both entries from Lantau Boat Club featured in the top 3 of every
race! Tom Nunan, sailing with seasoned crew Dave Harris for the first time,
had little trouble finding the groove and helmed his new Viper F16 catamaran to convincing victories in every race.
Andy Perret helmed his Nacra F16 expertly to take 3rd place in each race.
Sandwiched between in the rankings was Peter Davies on his Hobie Tiger, a
long-time Hobie Club member who is now making the transition to the Lantau
Boat Club.

In the Hobie 16 fleet, the results were more mixed. LBC star crew, Michele
Felder, sailing with Ross Joliffe of the Hobie Club took 2nd place
overall on the day with some excellent moments of racing and despite capsizing in the
final race of the day!

Day 2

The second day of racing had everyone buzzing as the winds were howling in
excess of 20 knots, with large sea swells and the tops of the whitecaps
getting blown into the air. These conditions proved too much for the
Formula boats, with all boats choosing to remain safely and snugly on the
shore. The competitive Hobie 16 fleet saw 4 boats leave the shore but 2 of them decided against remaining out in the harsh conditions and left before the first start.

Open Multihull

1st Tom Nunan & Dave Harris (LBC)

2nd Peter Davies & Niccolo Manno (RHKYC, LBC)

3rd Andy Perret & Phil Balmer (LBC)

Hobie 16

3rd Ross Jolliffe (HKHC) & Michele Felder (LBC)