We were lucky enough to be invited to crew aboard an Amel Super Maramu 54′ ketch in the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club annual Round The Island Yacht Race on Sunday. With up to 30 kts of wind, 2 metre seas in places and some 260+ yachts competing, there was some very exciting sailing to be had – and not much time available for photography! The photo above was taken on the ‘calmer’ downwind leg as we overtook this fabulous 78′ ketch named ‘Rona’ that was built in 1895!
The photo below was taken from another boat at a very similar time, with our boat in the background behind Rona.
The final photo, again of our boat, was taken as we were beating up Hong Kong’s Victoria harbour at the start of the race
I was lucky enough to be invited to act as crew on an Amel Super Maramu, a 52′ Ketch that was taking part in the ‘Typhoon Series’ of offshore yacht racing in Hong Kong waters today. In very light winds and grey, overcast conditions, this was the scene at the start of our section of the race, with the crew of ‘Kiasu!’ adding a dash of colour to an otherwise pretty monochromatic palette. Now, in normal circumstances this would have topped most things that I could have been doing today, however, what I wasn’t doing was using my ticket for the evening athletics session in the Olympic Stadium in London at which team GB won 3 Gold Medals. Jessica Ennis in the Heptathlon, Mo Farah in the 10,000 metres and Greg Rutherford in the long jump were roared on by the rest of my family on an evening I had been looking forward to for months; sadly it was not to be – the demands of work and the lack of availability on flights meant that this was one ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ that was destined to be a ‘never in a lifetime occurrence’.