Scantlebury takes top honours in regatta
Experienced Hobie 16 sailor Mike Scantlebury took top honours in the annual DHL Regatta sailed off Lamma Island yesterday which attracted a fleet of 90 starters.
Variable conditions made it difficult for all competitors but Scantlebury read the conditions better than most to win the Pacific Cup on corrected time under Portsmouth Yard Stick from Fanki Tong aboard his 470 dinghy.
Third overall was Michael Li Ming aboard his eight-metre Maxi, Xiao Yao, 90 seconds adrift on corrected time.
Line honours went to Rick Strompf's X-Rated which finished six minutes clear of Free Fire and Intrigue which crossed the line together.
Intrigue, a Bashford 41, won Division A (for racing boats) on corrected Channel Handicap System time from X-Rated and Intabinda.
Division B honours went to Philip Bowring's Impala, Moll, while Division C went to Samsong skippered by Arnold Botelho.
The variable conditions nearly caught regatta organisers short when the quicker Division A yachts had almost completed a circuit of the Olympic triangle course before the multi-hull fleet had been sent on their way.
X-Rated was already through the checking gate just as the multi-hull fleet were crossing the start line close by.
The early starters were away under a consistent 12-knot breeze from the east but as the race developed, the wind fell away to about six knots, leaving some of the older, heavier boats like Ariki III and Sawadee toiling to reach the finish.
A large dinghy fleet took part in the regatta, auguring well for the Hong Kong Dinghy Circuit being run for the first time this year by the Hong Kong Yachting Association.
Long-time Hong Kong sailor Keith Mowser won the day keel boats division aboard his Etchell, Heather.
Organisers said they were heartened by the large number of Chinese competitors who braved the wet, variable conditions.