by Koko Mueller
The 18th San Fernando Race, to hosted by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, will start in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour on 27 March 2013. Since 1977 this 480nm race has been organised as a biennial event and is currently run under the auspices of RORC. A true Category 1 offshore classic, the route takes competitors from a grey and chilly Hong Kong, across the South China Sea to sunny San Fernando in the northern Philippines.
San Fernando Race 2011 – Red Kite II
Race Chairman Gerry Daughton, who has competed in a number of the races, says 'There is something very special about this race, not just in the way it attracts a mix of serious racers and first time skippers and crew seeking their first experiences of offshore sailing but also the warmth and camaraderie that surrounds it for participants. Those of a competitive nature enjoy the highly tactical approach to the Philippines, however for some the race it is just as enjoyable for the opportunity to sail under a full moon, or revel in the company of a pod of dolphins. Running in parallel, the support for the children’s home in San Fernando makes it more than just a race'.
Around 30 boats will compete under IRC or performance handicaps, with the Racing fleet doing their upmost to smash the record of 49h 55m 12s set by Hong Kong sailor Sam Chan in 2001.
The race not only gives sailors and opportunity to enjoy a highly tactical race over the Easter break, but has a serious purpose, supporting a local children’s home through the San Fernando Foundation. Fundraising events including a Dinner and Charity Auction will take place in the lead up to the race start, with the Foundation hoping to exceed the record of HK$525,000 raised in parallel with the 2011 San Fernando Race.
The Notice of Race and Entry Form are now available on the event website.
San Fernando Race 2011 – EFG Bank Mandrake
San Fernando Race 2011 – FfreeFire
San Fernando Race 2011 – Soko