It is customary to take home a souvenir when you go on holiday. Equally it is not good form to try and take something the locals still want to use. The RP 66, Alive from Hobart, Tasmania came to Hong Kong to enter the Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race run by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.
However, even before the warning signal was raised they decided to take the Outer Distance Mark for a tour of Victoria Harbour. What is it with Aussie skippers and marks?
When the time for the warning signal arrived, Race Officer Simon Boyde calmly hoisted the AP while the mark boat pursued Alive, retrieved the buoy and, only 5 minutes later than advertised, posted the warning signal.
Clearly the episode didn’t distract the crew of Alive too much as they made best of the sometimes shifty winds to lead the fleet out of Victoria Harbour and, closely followed by the Cookson 50, Mascalzone Latino.
With winds of 15-20 knots showing on the various wind sites the crews are assured of a speedy ride as they head towards what is currently a rain soaked Vietnam which is experiencing some of the heaviest rains in years courtesy of an earlier typhoon.