HKRNVR Memorial Vase Race

The finale of the Top Dog Trophy Series 2021-22 – the One Global HKRNVR Memorial Vase Race – took place on the 7th of May, completing a series of four pursuit races to decide the top performing boat for the season.

With a consistent 8 to 10 knots of easterly breeze, the regular race management team of RO Gareth Williams and AROs Lucy Sutro, Sean Taylor and Victor Tsien elected to send the competitors on a 6.6nm course taking them through Lei Yu Mun and into Hong Kong’s Eastern Approaches, rounding a Junk Bay Mark before returning into the eastern end of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour to satisfy the requirement of the HKRNVR Deed of Gift.

A succession of starts based on RHKATI ratings began with the Pandora fleet at 1400 and culminated around an hour later with three TP52s, Free Fire, Rampage 88 and Phoenix, with the format of the race allowing the later starts to catch the slower fleets and overtake them.

Although the wind softened to only 2 knots with drizzle at Junk Bay, it fortunately picked up again in the harbour allowing the fleet to finish the 6.6nm course plus Kowloon Bay and E1 mark for three more rounds before the target of a 1630 finish. 

Again, the RO got it dead right by calling the first finisher only 5 seconds from the finish time. Whilst the Pandora, Windfall, led the fleet for most of the way, the VX One, Serendipity, overhauled its rivals during the last leg and took the gun at 16:30:05, just a nail biting 5 seconds ahead of Windfall with Zephyr (a Dragon) claiming third.

This regatta is the fourth and final constituent event of the Top Dog Trophy Series designed to identify the most successful boat over a variety of pursuit races, courses and conditions. The current series includes the results for the Sun Hung Kai Around the Island Race (14.Nov.21), the One Global Lipton Trophy (20.Nov.21), the One Global Tomes Cup (30.Apr.22) and of course the One Global HKRNVR Memorial Vase.

Serendipity’s win not only guaranteed that Patrick Pender would lift the HKRNVR Memorial Vase but it also ensured Serendipity's name will be engraved on the Top Dog Trophy for the first time.

                                                                                         photos by RHKYC/ Guy Nowell

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