Light Winds Give Ruffians and Pandoras Advantage in Hong Kong Yacht Race
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Tomes Cup pursuit race—part of the Top Dog Trophy Series—took place under light wind conditions in Victoria Harbour on Saturday March 1, with Ruffian, Pandora and Longtze classes leading the field of 58 boats.
Buster (Nick Bryan – Ruffian) took first-place just seven seconds ahead of Solstice (KW Chair—Pandora), with Chrisago (Peter Black—Longtze) coming in third half a minute later. Etchells, Freelance (Laurence Meade), Dreamon (Mark Thornburow) and 3×11 (Sizzane Downes) took the next three places.
After completing three of the four races in the Top Dog Trophy—Lipton Trophy, Round the Island and the Tomes Cup—the provisional leaders are respectively: 3×11 (Jimmy Farquhar, Etchells); Ambush (Isler/Talor, IRC-1); Tchaikoffsky (Howard Williams, Flying 15); and HuaAn (Dominic Law, IRC-1).
Tomes Cup background
The origin of the Tomes Cup dates back to April 1, 1880, when it was originally used as the trophy for the “Sugar Refiners Cup”, which was also an all classes staggered start pursuit race.
The cup was received by the late Noel Croucher from a Mrs Tomes, widow of a member of the Tomes family, in the 1960s and it was later re-named and has served as the trophy for the Tomes Cup. The inscription on the cup reads: “Sugar Refiners Cup won by Naomi April 1st 1880.”
The next race and final race of the 2013-14 Top Dog Trophy—the HKNVR Memorial Vase—is scheduled for May 1.
Meanwhile, Day-2 of the Hebe Haven Spring Saturday Series will be on March 15.