Just at the start of the PCR, a depression came through that threatened either 40 kts, or worse, no wind at all.
Somehow, it seemed the gods liked the committee and the sailors. It rained before the practice race and the first race, and after the races too. But it didn't rain while the boats were racing, and the wind was adequate.
Things turned out well on the passage race from MYC to Punta Fuego too. Sunshine was in abundance at the start and finish line, and though it rained the night of the party, the venue was big enough. The rest of the regatta was sunny, with an unseasonable south westerly most of the time. But it was better than "good enough" to race in. And nobody complained.
The regatta this year was held under a new, experimental format. It worked. In spite of many unexpected occurrences. In previous years, the regatta had always been at Easter to dovetail into the finish of the China sea Race, or the San Fernando, which are held on alternate years. This year, the timing of the San Fernando made any "dovetailing" a useless exercise. The organizers were left with the possibility that they could have it any time they wanted.
After consulting with HK sailors, and touring the region, it was decided to hold the regatta at least a week after Chinese New year. The PCR committee wanted to ensure wind, so they set it in February as requested, and they set it there so that instead of timing it to be after the CSR or San Fernando, it would be right after the Asian circuit / RM, KC, Straits regattas.