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Hong Kong - Final Report

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With first place already decided, 50 boats turned up at the start line for the seventh and final race of the Worlds. It’s no exaggeration to say that the weather and sea state has been different on every day of this regatta and today was just perfect – sunny, 15kts, a light swell ...

Race management was not in for an easy day though, with two ships anchored on the preferred layline. Having moved closer inshore to allow adequate leg length without encroaching into China waters, the line was laid for an axis slightly to the right of the wind, to balance the course against the ‘left at Lamma’ effect.

Everything was going to plan until two minutes into the start sequence, when the AP had to be raised to allow for a commercial ship crossing the course on the port layline.

Just as thoughts were turning to getting into the start sequence again, a tanker anchored just upwind of the start line, forcing the team to up sticks

and move back further offshore and reset the course.

Finally, 50 minutes behind schedule, the start gun was fired for the last race of the 19th International Flying Fifteen World Championships and the fleet was away with a clean start. Nick and Janet Jerwood, already assured of second overall for Ineffable, were out for glory and led from the front to take their second first of the series, finishing on a nett 15 points two minutes ahead of Matthew Owen and Andrew Reed on The Wife’s Ffault – their best placing of the series. El Toro was only seconds behind in third, cementing third place overall for the Australian duo of Grant Alderson and Dean McAullay.

The Jerwoods seemed happy with their overall performance and unperturbed by the changeable weather, with Nick saying “conditions are probably the best I’ve ever sailed in at a (Worlds) regatta”.

Full results with elapsed times can be seen at http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/ffw13resultselapsed.aspx

19th International Flying Fifteen World Championship – Day 6 RHKYC / Guy Nowell

Total Nett 64 11 21 15 77 24 33 26 46 31 86 33 45 34 58 42 80 57 76 62

Top Ten Placings

Rank Sail No. Bow 1st GBR 4004 1 2nd AUS 3986 50 3rd AUS 3933 46 4th GBR 4021 13 5th AUS 3684 40 6th GBR 3920 7th GBR 3998 10 8th GBR 4019 11 9th AUS 3992 52 10th AUS 3982 49

Tracking of a selection of the top performing boats can be viewed at

http://tacktracker.com/cloud/regattas/show/1288483917

The overall prizegiving will be held poolside at RHKYC Kellett Island on Friday 8th November.

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