The first Pursuit Race of the 2012-2013 season took place in Victoria Harbour on Saturday in an average 8 to 10kts of easterly breeze. Race Officer Gareth Williams had been unimpressed with conditions when he went out to check the harbour at noon, but for once, the wind gods were smiling, and the 58 entrants enjoyed a consistent breeze on a beautiful afternoon for Hong Kong sailing.
Course 6 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.
Provisional Results (Top 10)
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
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11:58 PM Sun 11 Nov 2012GMT
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