Tomes Cup

After a stoppage of all sports due to anti-epidemic measures, sailors were more than eager to return to racing, enjoying the fresh air in Victoria Harbour as they competed in the One Global Tomes Cup on the 30th of April.

Seventy-five boats showed up on an overcast day with a moderate 10 knots of easterly breeze at the start of racing. Race officer, Gareth Williams, set a line just off Hung Hom and sent everyone on four laps between Tai Koo Shing and Hung Hom. The Pandora fleet was first off at 1400, followed by the Ruffians, Dragons and Flying Fifteen classes. Chasing them down to the projected target finish time of 1630 were the Impala, J-80 and Etchells fleets, followed by the Sportsboats and the eight Big Boats bringing up the rear.

The wind weakened to 6 knots in the middle of the afternoon, so the RO decided to shorten course at the top mark. A valiant effort by Panopae saw the venerable Pandora hold the lead until the third lap around Tai Koo Shing before being passed by the Dragons and VX One. Dragon Zephyr crossed the finish line at 16:30:35 to take the win. Dragon Davinloong crossed the line almost two minutes later to take second place and the VX One, Serendipity, kept up its strong performance to take 3rd.

This regatta is the third of four constituent events that make up the Top Dog Trophy Series which is designed to identify the most successful club boat competing across various courses and conditions.  Patrick Pender’s VX One Serendipity is nowleading the series by almost 6 points ahead of Lowell Chang’s Dragon, Davinloong. This year’s Top Dog will be determined after the final event of the series – the One Global HKRNVR Memorial Vase – which will be held on the 7th of May.

                                                                                               photos RHKYC / Guy Nowell

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