Record Fleet Competes In 31st Simpson Marine Four Peaks Race
Published: Friday, 06 February 2015
A record 40 yachts entered the 2015 Simpson Marine Four Peaks Race held in Hong Kong. The classic event delivered the cold, blustery weather, tricky tactics and gruelling physical challenges that it is known for. The race, which combines sailing and hill running, took place Jan 31-Feb 1.
As the sponsor of the event and Beneteau’s dealer, Simpson Marine was proud to see seven Beneteaus on the start line, the brand’s biggest presence in the history of the race. Simpson Marine has made a three-year title sponsorship commitment to The Four Peaks Race, starting with this year’s edition.
Division A started from Tai Tam Bay on the southeast coast of Hong Kong Island and sailed 83 nautical miles to Ma On Shan Mountain, Violet Hill on Hong Kong Island, Lantau and Lamma Island Peak to finish in Deep Water Bay. Division B cruisers sailed a shorter 58-mile course.
Runners tackled some of Hong Kong’s most difficult peaks. Despite the tough conditions, including running in the dark, no serious injuries were reported.
There were some early retirements and one boat even grounded on the lee shore of Cheung Sha Beach on Lantau. In the end, 30 boats finished the race.
Line honours in the racing Division A went to Ramrod, a Farr 40 supported by Olivier Decamps. Division B saw the J80 Javelin first over the line under skipper Lewis Cerne with both boats finishing in the early hours of Sunday, Feb 1.
The provisional results have the J-109 Whiskey Jack winning the IRC Division A1 on corrected time, with Ramrod taking HKPN Division A2. The Hanse 400 Darling, was first on corrected time in HKPN Division A2 and Javelin won HKPN Division B.
Simpson Marine provided a Beneteau Antares 42 motoryacht to give the media a front-row seat for the race. The company looks forward to offering its continued support in the future.