The forecast for the morning was for a light breeze at first and that’s precisely what it was – but a little too light to put it mildly.
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As over 250 plus competitors made their way to the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Clubhouse at Middle Island for Day 2 of the ASAF Youth Sailing Cup #2 at Hong Kong, there was a serious lack of breeze in the Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay areas. All of Hong Kong seemed to be showing similar situation except for Waglan, which was registering breeze of 10kts from the north northeast. With the limited breeze in the vicinity of Middle Island, the decision was made to move the 100+ Optimist fleet to Tai Tam Bay where there was likely to be more breeze. Multiple ribs took up the task to tow the fleet the 3.5nm to Tai Tam Bay. T he 420, 470 and 29er on race area D race were more fortunate with the Race Management finding a building north-easterly breeze.
Racing came to a thrilling climax at Chennai, India as all medals were confirmed in the finale of the first ASAF Youth Sailing Cup 2016 – 17 Series. Setting out to the race area the sailors were greeted to challenging conditions with North Easterly wind gusting to about 18-20 knots coupled with huge swells.