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Rhkyc Regatta Autumn 2014

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 12:18 PM



'RHKYC Autumn Regatta 2014'    © RHKYC/Guy Nowell  
Sailing in Hong Kong never really stops. It is a place blessed with a temperate climate that gets chilly in the winter (but not quite Arctic), and if the summer heat gets too much, well, swimming is a good option. The Typhoon Series run by Hebe Haven Yacht Club takes place during the summer, hopefully finding the gaps in any severe weather that might brew up in the China Sea, but the real re-start after the mid-year pause is the Royal Hong Kong Yang Yacht Club's opening event for the sailing season, the Autumn Regatta. 

The Autumn Regatta is based out of the RHKYC's main clubhouse, on the Hong Kong harbourfront in Causeway Bay. Right in front of the city skyscrapers and tipping a hat to the occasional passing freighter, one hundred or so boats from the Club's Class fleets (Etchells, Dragons, J/80s, Sportsboats, Impalas, Flying 15s, Ruffians and Pandoras) are joined by two divisions of Big Boats to mark the beginning of another frenetic year on the water. 

The RHKYC organises and runs over 700 class races a year as well as 12-14 major regattas, and is far and away the most active sailing club in Asia. The coming weekend’s event will provide sailors with the opportunity to get out and ‘recreate’ in one of the most spectacular urban sailing venues in the world. 

Entries are invited from all over Hong Kong, and the numbers in the Sportsboats, J/80 and Big Boats divisions will no doubt be swelled by visitors from other clubs. The first warning signal will be at 1340h on Saturday, with one race programmed for Saturday and a further two on Sunday. Sailing instructions can be found athttp://www.rhkyc.org...umnRegatta.aspx

by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia

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