Published: Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Presented by Tesla, the benefits of the Pedro Blanco as a warm up for the Category 1 Rolex China Sea Race were easy to see, as the 100nm Category 3 overnight offshore offers boats, particularly those competing offshore for the first time, a chance to practice their night sailing, crew rotations and drills in preparation for Easter’s 565nm blue water classic. The race was run over March 22–23.

With a simple ‘out-and-back’ course, a 13-strong fleet started from Steep Island, to the east of Hong Kong, before sailing into China waters, rounding Pedro Blanco Rock and returning to Hong Kong via the Hong Kong Marine Traffic Control System number 1.

Ambush Wins Pedro Blanco Race

After just under 13 hours of sailing, Mills 41 Ambush crossed the virtual finish line of the 2014 Pedro Blanco Race, taking both Line Honours and IRC Overall titles for this year’s edition of the race. Second place under IRC went to Krampus with Ramrod in third.

After the race, Ambush co-owner and skipper Andrew Taylor described the race as “sailing in breeze of 10 to 25kts, in big bouncy seas with not a lot of pattern to them. We got 18.2kts out of the old girl and a number of rides into the 17’s on the way back - we did have a ‘Chinese gybe’ but got her back on her feet without any damage!”

Ambush Wins Pedro Blanco Race 2 

The race is organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. “Our partnership with Tesla is ideal as their company’s ethos is consistent with the ‘green’ philosophy of sailing.” said Torrey Dorsey, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Corporate & International Partnerships Manager. “Sailing is probably the most sustainable and renewable way to travel, and I can think of no other brand at the moment that is at the forefront of green technology packaged into a performance vehicle.”

Photo by Alex Johnson, RHKYC