Published: Wednesday, 01 April 2015

On May 31 in Hong Kong, San Fernando Race Chairman Gerry Daughton announced that the Race Committee has made the decision to change the destination of the 20th edition of the San Fernando race due to the development of Typhoon Maysak.

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Clubs San Fernando Race Rerouted

“Given the information and forecasts available to them, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and the San Fernando Race Organising Committee believe that there is no alternative but to alter the destination of this year’s race in the interests of competitor safety,” Daughton says. “It is intended instead to offer the fleet a challenging offshore race in the northern part of the South China Sea.”

A 240 nautical mile course will use a Victoria Harbour start as scheduled, before taking the fleet out through Lei Yue Mun Gap to the east, then around virtual and physical marks before finishing back in Hong Kong. The majority of the 25 boats entered for the race to La Union province are expected to participate, with the warning signal sounding at 1310 on Apr 1.

“You cannot send the fleet into danger,” says veteran sailor Geoff Hill, owner of the Smith 72 Antipodes. “I am very comfortable with the Yacht Club’s decision and looking forward to the triangular race instead.”