IMG_6771 (8)NED 373 “Elfje” has Won the 2016 Hong Kong National Championships by 10pts!

The Hong Kong National Championships has finished after 3 days, with 2 days of racing followed by too much wind yesterday. However, there were 6 exciting races for the competitive 18 boat fleet in medium winds, a bumpy sea and an overcast sky.

The winning boat was a visiting team from the Netherlands, NED 373 “Elfje” a Doomernik Dragon helmed by Ronald Pfeiffer, crewed by Boris Bayer and Boat Builder Joop Doomernik.  This happy team took the championship by 10 clear points after recording 3, 2, 2, 1, 1, 7 in the 6 races to finish on 9 points (after discard).

DSC_5482 (1)Winning Team from NED 373, Boris Bayer, helm Ronald Pfeiffer & Joop Doomernik.

Joop commented “From the Harbour it appeared very windy but that did not stop the excellent Race Committee sending us out.  In fact the heavy gusts of wind were actually “Vents” blowing through the mountains, so in fact when we got clear of the shores the wind turned out to be ok. There was quite bit of chop and a swell that made the sailing a little rocky, although when we got the “Dragon” into the groove it was good sailing”.

HONGKONGGreat Sailing at the 2016 Hong Kong National Championships, 22nd to 24th Jan.

Finishing 2nd overall and Top “Corinthian” was HKG 46 helmed by the “Legendary” Lowell Chang ….crewed by Simon Wong, Janet Lau & Sam Kwong.

DSC_5398Lowell Chang’s Top Team receive the “Runners Up” & Corinthian Trophy from his wife Phyllis.

3rd overall were the young National Champions from Japan. Helmed by Akira Sawada…crewed by Daisuke Yasuda and Masanori Ikami…    Well done.

12615324_530083103833001_5984968333221228693_o (2)JAP 52 celebrate their 3rd place at the Hong Kong Nationals, led by Helm Akira Sawada.

In closing, assistant organiser Tam Nguyen thanked Andreas Brechbuhl for organising the whole Championship and said “NED 373 sailed very well and consistently over the 6 races, I am pleased to be passing my title to another Doomernik Boat”….

Higher, Faster, Longer………….    Stavros.