2017 Tomes Cup Goes To Flying Phantom

2017 Tomes Cup Goes To Flying Phantom
RHKYC Tomes Cup 2017. © Guy Nowell

After almost a week of rain, sailors were relieived to see blue skies for the final race in the Top Dog Trophy Series.  Race Officer Gareth Williams was first on the race course finding a moderate easterly breeze affecting Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, however by the time the first warning signal was sounded at 1355hrs, the breeze of 10 to 12 knots had filled in.

The Pandora fleet was first off, followed by Ruffians, Dragons and Flying Fifteen classes. Chasing them down to the projected target finish time of 1630hrs, were the Impala, J/80 and Etchells fleets, and the  Magic’s with the six Big Boats bringing up the rear. Sailors were sent on a Port Rounding Course 10 which took them up to Shau Kei Wan, down to Dock Buoy and then onto PWD with the fleet completing five laps and finishing at Gate Buoy. 

An excellent effort was made by Solstice which saw her hold on to her lead for the first lap and half of the course, albeit the Dragons and Flying Fifteens swiftly taking ground out of her as they approached. Multihull Flying Phantom, skippered by Mark Thornburrow, started 1 hour and 12 minutes after the first start and finished first at 1630hrs at Gate Buoy.

Race Officer Gareth Williams was very pleased with the day’s proceedings; “The Tomes Cup was held in perfect conditions; lovely blue skies and good wind.  There were 59 boats taking part and the course was set to have two large triangles, two smaller triangles and then finishing off with the usual sausage.  The boat that won was Flying Phantom.  Otherwise the Dragons did well.  The Etchells and the Flying Fifteens didn’t do so well and the Magic 25s were a bit behind as were the larger cruisers.  It was a good day and the race finished within 30 seconds of the recommended finish time.”

The Tomes Cup was also the fourth constituent event of the Top Dog Trophy Series which is designed to identify the most successful boat over a variety of pursuit race courses and conditions. The series includes the results for the Around the Island Race (27 November 2016), the Lipton Trophy (3 December 2016), the HKRNVR Memorial Vase (14 January 2017) and of course the Tomes Cup.  After today’s event, Florence Kan / Dennis Chien’s Impala, Taxi, has emerged as Top Dog.

The prizegiving kicked off at 1830hrs with competitors congregating on the Main Lawn, Peroni in hand, while the winners were awarded Dragon Vodka and event glassware. 

Tomes Cup – Provisional Results – Top 10

Boat Name

SailNo.

Class

Helm

Finish Time

 Position

Flyer

 

Flying Phantom

Mark Thornburrow

16:30:25

1

Celines

1

Dragon

Marc Castagnet

16:31:30

2

Elfje

58

Dragon

Andreas Brechbuhl

16:32:45

3

Tchaikoffsky

3981

Flying Fifteen

H. Williams

16:35:26

4

Buster

517

Ruffian

Nick Bryan

16:35:29

5

Bumphead

2261

J/80

Alan Tse

16:35:47

6

May-13

2231

J/80

Lonny Chen

16:36:04

7

Minion

33

Dragon

Ken Wong

16:36:10

8

Squiffy

3830

Flying Fifteen

Brian Henderson

16:37:03

9

Kerfuffle

3979

Flying Fifteen

Carlyon Knight-Evans

16:37:07

10

Full results of the Tomes Cup can be found here
http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/TomesCup.aspx

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