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Rolex China Sea Race - First arrivals in Subic Bay

by KPMS on 19 Apr 2014
Neil Pryde’s HI FI (HKG) on the approach to the finish line © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo http://www.regattanews.com
At midday on Saturday, five of the 34-strong international fleet had completed the 27th Rolex China Sea Race.

87-year old Syd Fischer’s Maxi Ragamuffin 90 claimed line honours at 22:51.18 local time on Friday evening having led the race from start to finish. 'The modifications we’ve done on this boat helped a lot. Our boat speed was well above the wind speed and that’s good,' said Fischer, one of the legends of offshore racing. Ragamuffin 90 completed the 565-nm course from Hong Kong to Subic Bay, The Philippines, in 57 hours, 31 minutes and 18 seconds, almost ten hours outside the current race record.


David Witt, boat captain on Ragamuffin 90 added: 'The race got a little bit frustrating especially at the end. It was a very light race, we only saw 18 knots in the last two hours on the approach to the harbour. Until then we never saw breeze over 10 knots. It wasn’t tactically hard, we stayed near the rhumb line and stuck to our own race.' Witt paid tribute to the crew’s extraordinary skipper. 'He’s amazing isn’t he? 87 years old and he’s sat on the rail all day. He still wants to go on and win all of the Rolex races around the planet. He’s an inspiration.'


At 11:05 on Saturday morning, American Bryon Ehrhart’s TP52 Lucky was the second boat to arrive only two minutes ahead of 2010 Rolex China Sea Race winner Hi Fi, owned by Neil Pryde. In contrast to Ragamuffin 90, the second group of boats reported a tactically challenging, exhausting race. 'It was incredibly close racing,' said Pryde. 'To be this close after so many miles is amazing. It was the same all the way down (from the start in Hong Kong), we were never out of site of the other boats. You could not relax one moment.' On arrival in Subic Bay, Hi Fi moved to the top of the leaderboard and now must wait to see if any of the 29 yachts still at sea can overhaul her time on handicap. 'We beat all the boats around us, and we are super happy. If we can win this, and if I can pull this one off at 74 years old, it will be the number 1 of all the Rolex China Sea Races!'



Geoff Hill’s 72-ft Antipodes (GBR) was the fourth boat to arrive followed shortly afterwards by the TP52 Freefire (HKG).



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

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