The 2017 Boase Cohen & Collins Inter-School Sailing Festival will celebrate the sixteenth edition over the weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of March 2017.
The inaugural Inter-School Sailing Festival was organised in 2002 by the RHKYC’s parent-led Youth Sailing Class, to encourage more schools’ sailing and sail training in Hong Kong.
The concept was simple – each team would consist of a minimum of six sailors, who would race three dinghies in a team racing format against their opposition. The results for each boat in a team would be combined and the team with the lowest combined score would win; hence a team finishing 2nd, 3rd and 5th in a race would prevail over a team finishing 1st, 4th
The team racing format has the effect of neutralising the benefit of having one very good sailor
in a team, as being first over the line is not necessarily the optimal result for the team. Tactics
feature heavily, with competitors strategically delaying opposition boats to help boost their team’s aggregate score.
The 2002 event featured one division of nine teams battling it out in Topaz dinghies over a round robin of 36 matches. In 2009, a Feva division was added and the competition was expanded to 16 teams and 56 races. By 2015, participation had grown to 22 teams, with teams being seeded and each division dividing into two pools for the round robin stage, with semi-finals and finals featuring a crossover between the top two teams from each round robin. That year King George V School triumphed in the Feva division, while Kellett School won a hard fought final against the Hong Kong Sea School in the Pico division.
In 2016, 22 teams raced at RHKYC’s Middle Island sailing centre, with Division A racing RS Feva dinghies and Division B racing Laser Pico dinghies.
Will your school be the winner in 2017?