Published: Friday, 23 October 2015

Entries are now open for the 2016 Rolex China Sea Race (March 23) starting out in Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour and finishing 565 nautical miles later in Subic Bay in the Philippines.

Chinese Crew First To Enter Rolex China Sea Race 1

(Photos: Guy Nowell/RHKYC)

The all-Chinese crew on A40RC Seawolf is one of the first to book their place on the start line. After finishing fourth in the IRC Racer 2 division in 2014, Y.F. Liu’s Seawolf is now targeting a top three finish in 2016.

This year’s race marks the 28th edition of this biennial Offshore Category 1 race organized by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC), one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs in Hong Kong.

Rolex has partnered with the club since 2007, as well as its flagship race the Rolex China Sea Race since 2008. One of the highlights for the club will be hosting local and overseas boats at its Kellett Island base prior to the start.

The China Sea Race is renowned for its tactical challenges, requiring skill and training to succeed. The competing yachts negotiate both traditional and modern sea traffic before embarking on the open water section of the course to Subic Bay.

Seawolf treated her 2014 inaugural race as a learning process, acknowledging that the crew needed to work on “better understanding the weather and wind direction, as well as more detailed consideration when choosing the route.”

The 2016 Seawolf crew will be more or less the same, fuelled by a shared fascination for the open sea and the unique challenges found only in offshore racing.

"It’s fantastic to see Seawolf return to compete in this premier event,” says Race Organising Committee Chairman Simon Powell. “After a great showing by the all-Chinese crew in the last edition in 2014, they are the first Chinese boat to enter this edition, and by all accounts are a boat to watch this year. Given the growing popularity of sailing in China we are expecting an increased number of Chinese entries, to expand the already strong fleet making the 565nm race.”