Given that the old airport at Kai Tak has been closed for many years and the arrival by plane from between the skyscrapers and apartment blocks is no longer an option, what better way to arrive in this World Class city that is so defined by its harbour views, than to sail into that harbour on a 52′ yacht? Lucky me, eh?
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’.