Tai Tam's fortunes blow hot at regatta
VISITING Tai Tam Hobie Club sailors gave arch-rivals, the Lantau Boat Club, a sailing lesson at the annual KLM Royal Dutch Airline two-day regatta at Discovery Bay.
Ronnie Fung at the helm of a Hobie 17 led a one-two-three for the Tai Tam fleet who also filled six of the top 10 places.
Second home on aggregate in the four-race series was Don Francis aboard a Hobie 16 with Russell West third in another Hobie 17.
Best of the LBC Dart 18 sailors was Steve Jones who finished sixth overall.
Shaun Smith and Paul Hurlow, crewing a Hurricane 5.9, added a little respectability to the LBC points score by finishing fourth overall.
In the featured KLM Trophy Race which included cruiser-class craft, it was again a clean sweep for the Tai Tam-based club.
They cleaned up the top four places with West, Francis, Tong Shing (Hobie 16) and Fung showing the way.
Smith and Hurlow came home fifth after suffering gear failure. They were unable to return to shore for proper repairs to the tiller bracket between their dual rudders and had to make do with a temporary rig.
Trio, a Banner 41 owned by Dr Tim Sheehan was the first keel boat home.
LBC spokesperson Anna Dalgliesh attributed Tai Tam's dominant performance to the Hobies handling the lighter conditions as the wind dropped away.