‘Solstice’ Wins Lipton Trophy but ‘Merlin’ Leads Top Dog Series After Two Races

Yachting—Top Dog Series
By Bill Cox, Epoch Times
December 6, 2016 Updated: December 6, 2016    

HONG KONG—The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Top Dog Trophy Series is at its halfway stage, the Around the Island race was on Sunday Nov 26 and the Lipton Trophy was held last weekend, on Saturday Dec 3 in Victoria Harbour, with 53 boats competing.

Pandora Class, “Solstice” won last Saturday’s event ahead of “Buster”, “Dragon Fly”, “Panopae”, “Gunga Din” and “Victory 9”.

Steve Bourne Helming Magic 25 “Merlin” came 7th in the Lipton Trophy but together with his 3rd place finish in the Around the Island race is the clear leader of the Top Dog Trophy series, after 2 races.

Steve Bourne helming 'Merlin' (064) during the RHKYC's Lipton Trophy race in Victoria Harbour on Saturday Dec 3, 2016. (RHKYC / Guy Nowell)
Steve Bourne helming ‘Merlin’ (064) during the RHKYC’s Lipton Trophy race in Victoria Harbour on Saturday Dec 3, 2016. (RHKYC / Guy Nowell)

The 2016 Around the Island was significant in that only 54 of the 100 plus boats that entered finished the course in the allotted time, leaving a large number of competitors in the DNF category on 51 points – giving them a hard task to win the series.

“Solstice”, although picking up the prestigious prize for the  Lipton Trophy is one of those recording DNF in the Island race and although in 14th place in the series , is on 52 points. The next 5 boats in the Lipton Trophy: “Buster”, “Dragon Fly”, “Panopae”, “Gunga Din” and “Victory 9” are in similar points positions.

Boats congested at the leeward pin during the RHKYC Lipton Trophy in Victoria Harbour on Saturday Dec 3, 2016. (RHKYC/Guy Nowell)
Boats congested at the leeward pin during the RHKYC Lipton Trophy in Victoria Harbour on Saturday Dec 3, 2016. (RHKYC/Guy Nowell)

The Top Dog Series standings order after the 2 races is Merlin 1st on 8 points (approx), Ambush 2nd with 14 points, Taxi 3rd on 18 points, followed by Havoc (19), Impala I (20), Meihem (30), Gnarwhal (33), The Answer is…? (33), Full Power (34) and Gambit (35).

Bourne has a good advantage at this point in the series but his close rivals will be chasing hard to close the gap in the next 2 races. The HKRNVR takes place on Jan 14 and Tomes Cup is on April 28, 2017 both to be held in Victoria Harbour.

Lipton Trophy leading results:

Lipton Trophy leading results. (Courtesy of RHKYC)
Lipton Trophy leading results. (Courtesy of RHKYC)

Top Dog Trophy series, leading results:

Leading results for Top Dog Trophy series. (Courtesy of RHKYC)
Leading results for Top Dog Trophy series. (Courtesy of RHKYC)

Full results

Lipton Trophy: http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/LiptonTrophy.aspx

Top Dog Series http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/topdogtrophy.aspx