Course six was selected, leading competitors to Tai Koo Shing twice, before entering two small triangles and a repeating Dock Buoy/ Gate Buoy loop designed to engineer a finish as close to the 1630hrs target time as possible.
The idea of the pursuit race is simple. Slow boats start first, and there are then staggered starts for all the other boats through to the fastest rated boat. In theory, at 1630hrs, if all boats were equally well (or otherwise) sailed, they should have all finished together. Fortunately for Williams and his team, the variety of sailing at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is a little broader and from 16:28:30hrs when the Isler/ Taylor owned Ambush took the gun, a steady procession of boats from all the classes crossed the line, culminating in Impala Shikari around 45 minutes later.
Provisional results have Ambush lifting the Lipton Trophy, ahead of Peninsula Signal 8, helmed by Jamie McWilliam and 3 x 11, the popular Etchells helmed by Jimmy Farquhar.
Fingers are crossed that the 235+ boats entered into tomorrow’s Tommy Bahama Around The Island Race enjoy similar conditions!
Provisional Results (Top 10)
Name of Boat / Class / Skipper
Ambush / Big Boats / Isler / Taylor
Peninsula Signal 8 / Big Boats / Jamie McWilliam
3 x 11 / Etchells / Jimmy Farquhar
Easy Tiger / Etchells / Marty Kaye
Red Kite II / Big Boats / Anthony Root
Noisy Forefather / Flying 15 / Mead / Atkinson
Gunga Din / Etchells / Nick Burns
Mind The Bumps / Etchells / Mark Whitehead
Tchaikoffsky / Flying 15 / Howard / Sheridan
Sell Side Dream / Big Boats / Simon Powell