|No. 4 – Jun 2013
Entries to date
Many thanks to everyone who managed to get their entries in by the 1st June. The full entry list is available on the website but in summary we have a total of 51 entries for either or both events. The current entry list features 17 entries each from Australia and Hong Kong, with 15 from Great Britain and two entries representing New Zealand.
This will be the third time that the Fifteen Worlds have been held in Hong Kong and amongst a healthy collection of local entries Tom Sheppard (Tomffoolery) and Sam Chan (Noisy Forefather II) stand out as the only helms to have competed in all three ‘home’ events.
They will be joined in Hong Kong by defending World Champions, Graham Vials and Chris Turner (GBR) and the Melbourne 2009 winners, Grant Alderson and Dean McAullay. Fellow Aussies Nick and Janet Jerwood, who triumphed with Spot The Difference in 2005, will be campaigning Ineffable while three-time World Champions (’95, ’97 and ’99) Steve Goacher and crew Phil Evans (GBR) will be going for a fourth title and a second win in Hong Kong to add to their 1995 triumph. Renowned sail maker Alan Bax (GBR) will also be competing, having won the Brisbane Worlds in 1990.
Payment for entries
All competitors should have received notification that the payment system is up and live. If you haven’t already done so please can you complete the form and pay the entry fee. If you have not paid the fee by the end of June you run the risk of your entry being treated as an invalid or late entry.
The RHKYC and FFI have agreed that late entries will be permitted either until there are 70 entries or until the 31st July (whichever is the sooner). There is a small surcharge for late entries, details of which can be found on the Notice of Race and which are reflected on the late entry form.
Supplementary Information form
In the next week or so we will be sending round to all participants a link to the second registration form, which will request details, mostly logistical ones, required for registration. When you do receive the link we would be very grateful if you could take the time to complete it and submit it to us promptly.
Disability access at Middle Island
There are a number of issues for anyone with a physical disability in respect of access to both Kellett Island and Middle Island. Neither club house has a lift and, while there are plans to put lifts in both locations in future, they will not be there for our event.
At Kellett Island there is wheelchair access to both the Bistro and the swimming pool (where the Worlds prize giving will be) but access to Middle Island is much more of a problem as there are steps both at the Hong Kong Island sampan pick up point and then again at the clubhouse. This will mean that anyone who is in a wheelchair will find it difficult to get on and off the island.
Lipton Cup and the Around the Island Race (ATIR) – 9 and 10 November
The weekend immediately after the Worlds finish, the RHKYC will run two of its most popular pursuit race events – the Lipton Cup (Saturday 9th) and the Around the Island Race (Sunday 10th).
The former is a pursuit race which takes place in the eastern part of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. The starts are staggered according to each class’ rating (in Hong Kong’s case it is an RHKATIR rating) with the Fifteens generally starting at just after 1400hrs. The winner is the first boat (of any class) over the finish line at approximately 1630hrs.
The prizegiving will take place immediately after racing, on the Main Lawn at Kellett Island. For a taste of the 2012 event, please visit http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/LiptonTrophyPursuitRace.aspx
The Around the Island Race is our annual 26nm race around Hong Kong Island – as a circumnavigation, it is the only race we are permitted to run through the western approaches to Victoria Harbour, from which we are usually barred due to the local ferry traffic.
The race start will be in the harbour, directly in front of Kellett Island club house – ideally the finish is there too, although this is wind dependent and the RO can shorten if it looks like they can’t get all boats back through the western approaches in good time. The cut-off time for all boats is 1700hrs.
The Fifteens will start at about 0900hrs and (wind dependent) should all be back by 1630hrs.For more information and NoR, please visit http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/AroundtheIslandRace.aspx The prizegiving will take place poolside at Kellett Island on Monday 11thNovember.
If any competitors would like to participate in either of these races they would be very welcome. We can try and source a boat to lend to you or, if logistics permit, we can try and get your boats round to the harbour (and back again) so that you can sail in your own boats.
Clearly if we are able to offer the latter option then this will impact the packing of those boats into containers. If you think you might want to take part in either of these races then please do let us know and we will do what we can to enable you to join these races.