Third time lucky

Finally, after having been postponed twice due to unfavourable weather, the BuyAssociation Tomes Cup was held in Victoria Harbour on the 1st of June with 41 boats competing. The regatta is the fourth and last constituent event of the Top Dog Trophy Series 2019-2019.

The Tomes Cup is a pursuit race; the slowest boats start first and so on through a series of staggered start times until the fastest boats set off – in pursuit of the rest of the fleet ahead. In theory all boats should finish on time if sailed to the best potential of the boat.

With the summer winds already affecting Hong Kong waters, sailors gathered at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club to find a southwesterly of 6 to 7 knots at the start of the day. Race officer, Anthony Root, set a start line just off North Point and sent the fleet off to the east of the harbour with a downwind start.
The first leg of the race passed without incident but unfortunately on the second leg the westerly breeze did not funnel around the corner at North Point resulting in a large park up at Shau Kei Wan with the easterly and westerly breezes fighting each other for dominance.

Plucky Pandora sailor, Tom Ho, managed to sneak his way out of the park up and took off back to Kowloon Bay leaving the fleet fighting for space at Shau Kei Wan. Soon to also break out were Flying Fifteen, Forty Forte, and Dragons, Elfje, and, Eaux Vives, with Big Boat, Ambush, following closely.

With a lot of turning heads, the four boats couldn’t stop Ambush slowly picking them off one by one on the final leg to the finish to take the win for the Tomes Cup with Pandora, Windfall, crossing the line in 2nd place, narrowly beating Flying Fifteen, Forty Forte. Said Ambush’s Joachim Isler: “It was a cracking race. We had a very slow start but worked our way through the fleet and had quite a bit of luck. It all came good right at the end.”

BuyAssociation Tomes Cup Results
1st Ambush – Joachim Isler / Drew Taylor
2nd Windfall – Tom Ho
3rd Forty Forte – Warwick Simons
4th Elfje – Andreas Brechbuhl

Top Dog Series 2018-2019 Results

1st King of the Pin – Frank Van Kempen
2nd Impala 1 – Mike Burrell / Gaston Chan
3rd Ambush – Joachim Isler / Drew Taylor

Photos by RHKYC/Guy Nowell.

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