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16 May 2004, 02:48 pm
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Timberland Spring Regatta

Day two of the Timberland Spring Regatta was favoured with an Easterly breeze that built from 7 knots to 12 knots through the morning and held all afternoon.
Spectators were able to watch the start of the first race from Kellett Island as the Race Officer selected a Club Line start and racing quickly got underway with the eight Cruiser entries starting first. Perhaps the breeze was stronger than competitors appreciated, since several competitors crossed the start line in advance of their gun and the Impala fleet earned themselves a general recall for over-enthusiasm!

The second race sequence of the day started at 1435 and with an unfailing 12 knots of breeze, the Classes put in come extremely competitive starts to ensure an exciting afternoon's racing. With the incoming tide, many competitors seemed to have a problem with the mark rounding at Gate Buoy however no places were lost with the resulting 3600 turns. Less fortunate were the Magic 25's with 'Black Magic' becoming inextricably entangled with the black buoy at Kowloon Bay and having to be cut free and 'Missing Link' tea-bagging a crew member just as it was about to cross the finish line.

The Class winners were without exception the sailors who performed well throughout the weekend. Swapping 71' Ffree Fire for Flying Fifteen 'Noisy Forefather', local legend Sam CHAN recorded a 1,2,1 for the series while Etchells skipper Jamie MCWILLIAM took 'Wanchai Belle' to a double bullet on Sunday, having sportingly retired on Saturday to leave the competition open.

With no protests to be heard, the prizegiving was a boisterous affair and RHKYC was delighted that Timberland Marketing Manager Jacqueline CHAN was able to attend and present the prizes.

Full results are available on the event website at the address below.
Lyndsay Lyons (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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