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Bart’s Bash 2015 Lantau Race Round-Up

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Lantau sailors took place in the Hong Kong edition of Bart’s Bash 2015 last Sunday.

Bart’s Bash is the world’s largest sailing event that is run by sailing clubs all around the world on behalf of The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, with participants raising money for charity.

Steve Devlin said the wind was absent for the first part of the morning before it came through from the South about an hour from the start.

The start was staggered to avoid congestion to allow the big boats from Discovery Bay Yacht Club to get away before the fast Cats that were to follow.

The two-front runners throughout the race were Tom Nunan and Gabriel Kicks on the Viper and Steve Devlin and Sam Frank on the Nacra F18.

They battled over the entire 14 km course with the lead changing on four occasions, with the Viper over the line ?rst followed by the Nacra F18 only three seconds behind.

A further eight minutes separated the third place boat of Cindy Chung and Andy Perret on Nacra F16.

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Steve also shared a Race Report from the mid-fleet.
“Having taken a strategic decision to stay mid ?eet (for reporting purposes you understand) the Barts Bash round the islands race was an intriguing affair. Having allowed those who wanted to race ahead, we were able to pass gently by the vintage Dartosaurusi and have a pleasant Sunday chat with fellow sailors (Jo and Mike). What was noticeable was that the three Darts were sailing well in the conditions. We also had a number of agreeable discussions with most of the Big Boats from DBYC as we experimented with an exciting new theory that suggested a leeward overtaking manoeuvre would give a tactical advantage. I can safely conclude, after a number of attempts – all in the name of scienti?c breakthrough – that it is a really stupid thing to do.”

Steve Devlin’s Race Synopsis:
“Good start, good to top mark, nice run to Datum Rock, in a good position for a blistering kite leg to Siu Kau Yi Chau when we made up a lot of ground. Our decision to stay deep behind the islands to keep clear of the wind shadow paid off initially as we clawed Cathy Lam in her Shadow but she, and Aaron Metz’s Infusion F18 seemed to ?nd a wind shear close and snuck past us due to the shorter distance. Tack to Datum Rock and the choice was to stay close – everyone, or tack wide – us. Good for us as we made some ground and hauled over the remaining big yachts and caught up with Cathy and Aaron at the rock. Another good run downwind and we were then in a race home but again Cathy’s ability to sail 5 points higher meant she again took a shorter route home. At this stage we gallantly decided to take a roundabout route to the ?nish line just so we could ensure that the Darts and Hobies made it safely home which they did; so it was a good thing wot we did. All the cats in our section of the race seemed to be having a good time and the course was certainly tactically challenging with the added complications of the big boat getting in the way but it was a great deal of fun.”

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