Lipton Trophy

In perfect sailing conditions, 67 boats turned out for the One Global Lipton Trophy on the 20th of November, the second event of the Top Dog Trophy Series 2020-21. With 12 to 15 knots of easterly wind bestowed on Victoria Harbour, the regular race officer team of Gareth & Di Williams opted for a club line start, allowing members to watch proceedings from the Kellett Island clubhouse.

Pursuit races work on each boat or Class of boats being given a different start time, based on their handicap, which, in a perfect race, would result in all boats finishing at around the same target time of 1630. The first start was at 1400 for the Pandoras and the last boat to start was the TP52, Phoenix, at 1514. The fleet was sent on a long beat to Shau Kei Wan, then two laps between Shau Kei Wan and Hung Hom and two laps between Shau Kei Wan and North Point before finishing at Kowloon Bay.

As the day progressed, the wind dropped to around 10 knots, prompting the RO to shorten at E2 near North Point, very close to the target finish time. The Pandora, Windfall, was holding off the faster classes until near the end of the race, before being overtaken by Patrick Pender’s VX One, Serendipity, barely 30 metres from the finish line. Serendipity crossed at 1627hrs, with Windfall crossing in just 28 seconds behind. The Dragon, Davinloong, squeezed into 3rd place, beating the Ruffian, Buster, by only 5 seconds.

The Lipton Trophy is the second of four events that make up the Top Dog Trophy Series 2021-22.

The first event was last weekend’s Round the Island Race. The next two pursuit races are the HKRNVR Memorial Vase on the 15th of January 2022, and the Tomes Cup on the 30th of April 2022.

                                                                                                           – photos RHKYC / Guy Nowell

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