Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring AC72

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - Pryde and Joy for Hi Fi

by Regattanews on 20 Apr 2014
Neil Pryde’s 52-ft HI FI, overall winner of the event in 2010 HI FI, Sail No: HKG2112, Skipper-Owner: Neil Pryde, Design: Welbourne 52 Custom, TCC: 1.351 - Rolex China Sea Race 2014 © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo http://www.regattanews.com
Rolex China Sea Race Hong Kong – Philippines 2014 - For the second time in four years, Neil Pryde’s Welbourne 52 Hi Fi from Hong Kong has won the Rolex China Sea Race, Asia’s principal offshore event. He also won the China Sea Race in 1998 with his boat Sunstreaker, making him the only person to win the China Sea Race three times in its 52-year history.


On Saturday morning, Hi Fi became the third boat to complete the 565-nm course from Hong Kong to Subic Bay, The Philippines following a dramatic tussle with a group of yachts, most notably Bryon Ehrhart’s TP52 Lucky from the United States. Pryde’s crew finished the race in 2 days, 21 hours, 47 minutes, enough on corrected time, with the chasing fleet becalmed, to seal overall victory.

'It was incredibly close racing,' enthused Pryde. 'To be this close after so many miles is amazing. It was the same all the way down. Over the whole 565nm we were never out of sight of the other boats so you couldn't relax for even a moment.'

During the final miles set against the mountainous, scenic and sunbaked approach to Subic Bay, very little separated the boats. 'There were three 52-footers: ourselves, Lucky and Freefire (HKG) all neck and neck,' explained Pryde. 'We were surging down the coast in good wind with an A3 spinnaker up reaching at 12 to 13 knots. It was incredibly exciting, boats kept changing positions because we had all been reading the same weather.'8
With the finishing line in sight, the three crews were all seeking to make the winning tactical decision. 'Lucky went around the rocks while we took the inside track. The trade off was whether there was more wind on the inside or outside,' admitted Pryde. While Lucky stole the advantage and beat Hi Fi on the water, the two minute margin was insufficient to defeat Pryde’s crew on handicap.


Pryde, a Hong Kong resident, first competed in the race in 1968 and this victory represents one of the most significant accomplishments of his illustrious sailing career. 'It ranks as one of the more memorable victories we’ve had and we’ve won a lot of races,' said Pryde. 'It means a lot to me, over the past few years I’ve not done a lot of sailing because I’ve had some health issues so to go out and still prove we can do it is a big thing for me personally. Yacht racing has been part of my life for sixty odd years. I’ve never cruised, I’ve always raced. It’s what I do.'

Another passionate veteran of the sport, Australian Syd Fischer took line honours with his Maxi Ragamuffin 90 on Friday evening finishing in a time of 57 hours, 31 minutes and 18 seconds.

By 18:00 local time on Sunday evening, 26 of the 34 competing yachts had completed the race and there had been only one retirement.

A full review of the 27th Rolex China Sea Race will be available on Wednesday 23 April.



For more detailed information about the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race please visit the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club website click here

Zhik Yachting 660x82InSunSport - NZWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

National birthdays and sailing—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 28 Jun
My Best Olympic Race – Vasilij Zbogar
Memorable moments won’t always be the golden ones. They can be hitting a personal best, breaking a national record Speak to any athlete and ask them about a moment that defines their career. Whether it happened five days, five months, five years or even fifty years ago the chances are the memory of that moment is clearly engraved in their minds.
Posted today at 5:27 pm
Second round of the FAST40+ Racing Circuit proves to be real thriller
With its double tides, sand banks, channels and numerous land effects, the Solent is a complex place to sail. With its double tides, sand banks, channels and numerous land effects, the Solent is a complex place to sail. The highly changeable weather scenario including thunder and lightening added another dimension to the regatta. However, in the light weight FAST40+ Class, speed is always king.
Posted today at 1:49 pm
2016 Land Rover Kelowna Canadian National Championship overall
The championship started on June 24 with nothing but wind and March temperatures keeping all sailors dressed for weather The definition of Corinthian is a team with no professional sailors on board. The second in overall ranking and first place in the Corinthian Fleet is Fraser McMillan and the Wet Coast Sailing Team on Sunnyvale CAN151 from Brentwood Bay, Canada
Posted today at 1:22 pm
Clipper Race – Will there be successful North Atlantic escape artist?
The winds started lightening yesterday, and boat speeds are low today in the fluky airs at around the halfway race mark. ClipperTelemed+ is now leading the fleet again, with former race leader Derry~Londonderry~Doire in second and LMAX Exchange in third after coming out of Stealth Mode as it attempted to bluff the other teams regarding going for the Scoring Gate.
Posted today at 11:28 am
Superyacht Cup ends spectacularly after 3 days of hair-raising action
An exhilarating event which perfectly mixes fun times with fierce racing in the Mediterranean's popular superyacht haunt P2, with three bullets to her name, was the undisputed winner in Class B. In classic Class D it was the gleaming Herreshoff designed Mariette of 1915 who, also with a perfect score of three firsts, championed.
Posted today at 10:40 am
Rio 2016 - 49erFX Olympic Nomination Appeal dismissed by CAS
Court of Arbitration for Sport has declined to uphold an Appeal over the non-selection of a crew in the 49erFX skiff To the surprise of no-one, Australian Sailing have been able to get their 'medal capable' or 'medal potential' Olympic Selection policy upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Earlier, the Australian national sailing body had elected not to select a crew in the women's 49erFX skiff, triggering the Appeal from the top-ranked crew of Tessa LLoyd and Caitlin Elks.
Posted today at 8:10 am
Good winds, good times at conclusion of Ullman Sails LBRW
If there were any sailors, following last night’s Mount Gay Rum party it wasn’t evident in level of racing on final day 2016 Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week - If there were any dusty sailors, following last night’s Mount Gay Rum party at Long Beach Yacht Club, it wasn’t evident in the level of racing on the final day of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week (LBRW).
Posted today at 4:01 am
Chicago Match Race - CYC season off to a great start
CYC made its debut on the circuit with a highly competitive grade three this past weekend. Chicago Yacht Club has caught the match racing bug! Since partnering up with Chicago Match Race Center, participation in weeknight Sonar match racing practices has hit capacity every night and the excitement level is high. CYC made its debut on the circuit with a highly competitive grade three this past weekend.
Posted today at 3:27 am
More than 50 boats win Newport Bermuda prizes
His Excellency, Governor of Bermuda, George Fergusson did his duty Saturday night on podium in front of Government House 2016 Newport Bermuda Race - His Excellency, the Governor of Bermuda, George Fergusson did his duty Saturday night on the podium in front of Government House. The seasoned diplomat shook hands, shared awards and trophies, and posed for photos 114 times with skippers and crews of more than 50 yachts.
Posted today at 2:43 am