Although we have had an event called the Round Lantau Regatta for a long time, the building work going on around the new Macau Bridge has prevented us from doing a proper circumnavigation for quite a few years. With the third runway building starting, it looks like we won’t be going right round any time soon.
That’s why we have renamed it the South Lantau Regatta and changed the stop-over point to Cheung Chau, where the anchoring is better than Tai O, and the nightlife more lively.
With a 10 knot Easterly we set a course of about 14 nautical miles with a staggered start at the DB Marina. A long beat down to Lamma power station, reach across to Cheung Chau Rock, a run around the south of Cheung Chau and a tricky little beat to the typhoon shelter wall to finish.
On day 1 in A division, Andiamo came first followed by Lola and then Aki . In B division Simplicity came first followed by Alexa and then ZhuLu.
A superb spread at one of the many seafood restaurants was enjoyed by all, followed by boat hopping and partying late into the night.
The Sunday pursuit race had pretty similar conditions, so we set the same course in reverse. The handicapped start matched the finishes quite well, with the bulk of the fleet getting home within 10 minutes of each other. On day 2 in A division, Legs 11 crossed the line first with Aki second and Sapphire third, and in B division Sula came first to beat Zhulu and Xakanaxa.
Prizes (many generously donated by FH) were handed out in the Marina Club, with Andy Kung taking an impressive overall victory from single handing Aki. An impressive feat, and a great weekend!
1st Place: Aki
2nd Place: Legs 11
3rd Place: Lola