The final pursuit race in the 2011-2012 Top Dog Trophy Series, 62 boats lined up to contest the Skandia HKRNVR Memorial Vase on March 10.Taking into consideration the light and shifty breeze, race officer Gareth Williams opted for Course 1, sending the fleet out through Lei Yue Mun gap and around TCS 4 before returning to Victoria Harbour for a shortened course finish at Dock Buoy.
By the turning mark, the Flying Fifteen fleet had overtaken Pandora and Ruffian classes to take a lead, which they successfully defended until the finish at 1624hrs, where they took a 1,2,3. The Big Boats were in hot pursuit the whole way, with Ambush following them across the line only a minute off the podium.
After a protest over the location of the finish line, the final results showed this year’s Top Dog to be the Mills 41 Ambush, co-owned by Joachim Isler and Drew Taylor. Besides the covetable title, they were awarded a 7-day bareboat charter presented by Sunsail. Howard Williams on Flying Fifteen Tchaikoffsky came in second, tailed by Nick Burns on Etchells Gunga Din in third.