She was the first boat which instilled our quest to the sea…

It is a happy day for sure, as we officially sold our Nacra F18 and transferred our knowledge to the new owner. Just in time for the season, we couldn’t have hoped for a better timing: only days before we had to pay for the annual storage fees. Although we now have a larger boat with larger dreams, sailing our racing cat is a bit nostalgic still… After all, it was our first experience on water, we learnt all the basics on her:  from skipping, to the point of sales to trapeze to flipping overboard…. etc etc….

One of the good thing is that the motion and feel is the same as the bigger one, the sensation of been overpowered or wrong sail combination is similar. Hopefully the learning will help  and we won’t make the same mistake. We did capsize a few times, only when we made major mistake or took unreasonable risk. That is one thing in life, I do not wantto reproduce with the Lagoon.

We wish the new owner some great time and lots of fun on a machine that can go 1.5 time of the wind and get you on trapeze skimming the water in no time.

One weight off our shoulder, not having to wash maintains and use two boats. We can concentrate on our future, and get ready for a cruising season. Did I say we were happy!!!

Serenity inspired me today, to choose Lan Tau famous for its 280 Ton Bronze statue of Buddha. 66th will be in the East Hong Kong here we come.

Early human artifacts have been discovered on the island. These artifacts include rock carvings at Shek Pik which are thought to date back to the Bronze Age, and a stone circle at Fan Lau which is probably from the Neolithic Age. Both sites are located on the southwestern coast of the island.

The island was also known as Tai Hai Shan before it became known as Lantau Island. It was often shown in navigation maps because of its proximity to a major sea route in South China.

In 1276, the Southern Song Dynasty court fled to Guangdong by boat to escape Mongol invaders, leaving the emperor Gong Di behind. The resistance centred on two young princes, Gong Di’s brothers. The older boy Zhao Shi, was declared emperor at the age of nine. In 1277, the imperial court sought refuge first in Silvermine Bay (Mui Wo) on Lantau Island and later in today’s Kowloon City. The older brother became ill, died, and was succeeded by the younger brother Zhao Bing at the age of seven. He died in 1279, and the Song Dynasty ended. These emperors are also believed to have held court in the Tung Chung valley, which takes its name from a local hero who gave up his life for the emperor.

Lantau Island and Tuen Mun were among the first European trading settlements in the Pearl River area, established by Portuguese traders in the 1510s. The Portuguese abandoned these settlements at around the year 1517, following defeat against Chinese troops. Later, the island became an important trading post for the British, long before they became interested in Hong Kong Island.

Salt was illegally produced in Lantau island. This was discovered by the Chinese rulers during the 16th century, and the local warlord put many islanders to death as a result.

Like Cheung Chau, Lantau was once the base for pirates and smugglers, and was one of the bases of Cheung Po Tsai in the 19th century. Silver was also mined at Mui Wo until the 19th century.

Lantau was a major site of resistance against the Japanese during the second world war. The resistance movement made use of the island’s wooded areas and deep valleys in order to organise ambushes and move supplies. The resistance movement persevered through the war until the defeat of the Japanese occupation in 1945.

In 2000, Lantau Island was an important base for the Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe project and the Asia-Pacific Cable Network which bridges the internet with the rest of the world.