Published: Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The Old Mutual Top Dog Trophy Series 2014-2015 kicks off on Nov 15 with the first of four constituent events, the Lipton Trophy Pursuit Race.

The other three events that make up the series are the Around the Island Race on Nov 16, the Tomes Cup on Jan 10 and the Hong Kong Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Memorial Vase on May 1 2015.

Rhkyc Lipton Trophy Will Be Presented By Old Mutual Nov 15

This year’s Around the Island Race marks 150 years since the first race to circumnavigate Hong Kong Island was recorded. In 1983, with 258 boats registered, the Club introduced the race as an annual event. Entries are likely to range from one-person dinghies to 50ft-and-over cruising yachts.

Apart from the slew of trophies and prizes presented by the Club for the Around the Island Race, the Hong Kong Sailing Federation awards a separate prize known as the Cariad Trophy to any boat that independently breaks the record for the fastest circumnavigation.

International investment, savings, insurance and banking group, Old Mutual has pledged its support to the 2014-2015 Series, in addition to its continued contribution to adult and youth sail training at the Club.

Supporting sponsors include the British fashion brand, Thomas Pink, the Smith family – boutique hotel operators, and an array of beverages to complement the post-racing festivities including Mount Gay Rum, Peroni beer and Jax Coco juice.

Rhkyc Lipton Trophy Will Be Presented By Old Mutual Nov 15.

All of the races are of the pursuit variety meaning each boat or class of boats is given staggered start times based on its assigned handicap rating, which should result in all boats finishing around the same time.

The event is open to all boats of the IRC Big Boat, Dragon, Etchells, Flying Fifteen, Impala, J/80, Pandora, Ruffian and Sportsboat classes – boats from other classes may also be considered by the Race Committee on prior application.

Images: RHKYC / Guy Nowell