Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

Rolex China Sea Race - Bluewater classic action returns

by KPMS on 27 Mar 2014
Hi Fi (HKG) claims 2008 Rolex China Sea Race line honours © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi http://www.carloborlenghi.net
The biennial Rolex China Sea Race commences mid-April, kicking off Rolex’s 2014 international yachting season. Running 565-nm from Hong Kong’s bustling Victoria Harbour, where traditional sampans compete for water space with modern commercial craft, it is Asia’s principal offshore competition. The race crosses the South China Sea, finishing in Subic Bay, The Philippines.

The 2012 edition of the race marked the 50th anniversary of the competition and celebrations were suitably festive. Australian Geoff Hill’s 90-ft Maxi Genuine Risk claimed line honours in just over 60 hours, someway off the course record set by acclaimed local yachtsman Karl Kwok on his Volvo 60 Beau Geste (elapsed time 47 hours, 43 minutes and seven seconds) in 2000.

With a month to go until the start, the current entry list suggests a typical fleet of around 35 boats. In its new guise as Ragamuffin 90, skippered by Australian sailing legend Syd Fischer, the former Genuine Risk will start as favourite for line honours and is by some distance the largest competing yacht. Meanwhile, Hill will be campaigning the 72-ft Antipodes (GBR).

Jonathan Mahony’s 42-ft Zanzibar from Singapore, overall winner last time round, is returning to defend her crown having completed the most recent edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Three TP52s in American Brian Erhart’s Lucky, winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2010, Sam Chan’s FreeFire from Hong Kong and Ernesto Echauz’s Standard Insurance Centennial representing The Philippines will provide stiff competition. Echauz was overall winner of the event in 1998 and 2008 with Subic Centennial. Another sure protagonist is Neil Pryde’s Welbourne 52 Hi Fi of Hong Kong, line honours winner in 2008 and in 2010, when she also won on handicap.

The 27th edition of the Rolex China Sea Race commences at 13:10 local time on Wednesday 16 April. The latest entry list is available here.




Event Programme

Monday, 14 April

19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Party, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Tuesday, 15 April
18:30 – 19:00 Skippers’ Briefing, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Wednesday, 16 April
13:10 Race start, Victoria Harbour – Hong Kong

Sunday, 20 April
17:00 Location prizegiving, Subic Bay Yacht Club, The Philippines

Wednesday, 30 April
19:00 – 21:00 Final prizegiving, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

All times listed are local

For more detailed information about the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race including race documents and the current entry list please visit the Royal Hong Yacht Club website.

Protector - 660 x 82Raja Muda 660x82BIA 2017 Sydney 660x82 Sailing

Related Articles

Tour de France à la Voile – Outgunned in roses
Fondation FDJ Des Pieds et Des Mains become the seventh different team to have won a coastal or super final race In a final sprint more reminiscent of the Tour’s cycling equivalent, a breakaway group of four each had a chance of coastal race victory today at the final buoy.
Posted on 21 Jul
Capa Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017 - day 2 - stirring the pot
A single round the islands race for the cruising classes and a windward-leeward followed by a passage for the racers A busy day on the water yesterday saw some excellent competition, close calls and racing incidents which resulted in a busy evening later for the Protest Committee onshore. All protests were heard, and come this morning the sailors were happy to be back out on the water as a forecast-defying 8-10 knot breeze got the fleet underway on Day 2 of the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017.
Posted on 21 Jul
Clipper 2017-18 Race – Ocean Racing Veteran takes over helm of Unicef
In addition to his Clipper Race achievements, Beggs, 57, is one of the UK’s best experienced racer and instructors In addition to his Clipper Race achievements, Beggs, 57, is one of the UK’s best experienced racer and instructors with over 340,000 nautical miles in his log book. Among his many racing campaigns are five Fastnet races as skipper, numerous Trans-Atlantic and Round Britain and Ireland races.
Posted on 21 Jul
Does Puerto Portals hold the key to the 52 Super Series title?
Müller-Spreer’s Platoon are breathing down their backs and Quantum Racing team are poised just six points off the lead. To date, this has been the most competitive 52 Super Series season yet. Four different teams have each won a regatta; Quantum Racing in Key West, Azzurra in Miami, Platoon at the Rolex TP52 World Championship in Scarlino and Niklas Zennström’s Rán Racing in Porto Cervo.
Posted on 21 Jul
Melges 24 World Championship celebrates 20 years
Already for the 20th time as the first-ever Melges 24 World Championships were held in Torquay, England in 1998 During these twenty remarkable years fifteen Melges 24 skippers in open and fifteen in Corinthian division have been crowned as World Champions. Excitement grows to see who are going to be the next ones!
Posted on 21 Jul
Liverpool announces team entry in Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Liverpool 2018 team will visit twelve international destinations on six different continents. Taking advantage of the race’s global platform, the Liverpool 2018 team will visit twelve international destinations on six different continents.
Posted on 20 Jul
OmanAir poised for action as waves delay Extreme Sailing Series opener
Although disappointed, Oman Air remain poised for action with three days of high-octane foiling racing ahead of them. The Omani outfit, renowned for their skill in challenging conditions, had hoped to make the best of a testing first-day forecast of big winds and huge waves as they look to improve on their trio of third-place finishes in the opening three Acts.
Posted on 20 Jul
Extreme Sailing Series – Big swells force postponement of opener
Race Director John Craig made the decision to suspend racing due to the tall, steep waves rolling through the stadium Craig said that such a sea state, combined with winds of up to 25 knots, would have likely caused the super-fast GC32 catamarans to fall off their foils and nosedive into the wave in front, potentially leading to capsizes.
Posted on 20 Jul
Class 40 duo strengthened by challenges on Azores and back race
Oman Sail Class 40 crew have emerged from their debut in the highly competitive class, strengthened by the experience Experienced French sailor Sidney Gavignet and Omani offshore yachtsman Fahad Al Hasni finished the 2,500-mile Les Sables-Horta-Les Sables race from France to the Azores and back in seventh place, with conditions on the two-leg race often proving challenging.
Posted on 20 Jul
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017 - day 1, a packed race card
With the Wind Gods delivering some excellent racing breeze today, everyone is hoping for more of the same tomorrow. In spite of some rather unpromising weather forecasts, the wind arrived bang on cue as a fresh 10-15 knots of breeze powered the 41-strong fleet around the course on Day 1 of the 2017 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, in what turned out to be a packed race card – three races for all classes except Cruising and Multihull Cruising who completed two races each.
Posted on 20 Jul