Moloney Sets HK To Macau Sailing Speed Record
Published: Monday, 23 November 2015
Professional sailor and renowned ocean adventurer Nick Moloney set a new sailing speed record in partnership with The St. Regis Macao.
The Australian sailor crossed the Pearl River Delta on November 20 from Hong Kong’s Lamma Island to Macau’s Hac Sa Beach covering 26-miles (42km) in five hours, 29 minutes and 43 seconds.
Moloney set the record in partnership with The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central, the ultra-luxury hospitality brand that is part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., set to open in December in Macau.
“With 15 world sailing speed records under Nick’s belt, the aficionado spirit of St. Regis came alive in Macau today,” says The St. Regis Macao General Manager Paul Cunningham. “Our passion for delivering experiences beyond expectations, of taking people’s dreams and making them a reality, was embodied in today’s record attempt. There are moments in life that will forever remain embedded in our hearts. It has been thrilling for us to work together to create that experience with Nick here today, and we endeavour to create those moments for all our guests at The St. Regis Macao.”
Using a brand new Goya board, sails and equipment imported from Hawaii for the attempt, Moloney explained: “It required many manoeuvres and a lot of extra distance to be sailed to complete the course. In total I windsurfed 85.7km, hit over 40km/h at times and surfed down some big waves. Thank you to The St. Regis Macao for being such great supporters of unique experiences both on and off the sea, as adventurers and athletes from all walks of life pursue their true passions.”
“The St. Regis Macao invited Nick Moloney to achieve something exciting and unforgettable that lives and breathes the St. Regis spirit of pursing adventure and speed," continues Cunningham. "It was important for us to create a legacy, something that would be more than a simple one-off record, so we created The St. Regis Macao Cup.”
Moloney admits that setting this record on a windsurfer was a considerably more challenging feat for him personally.
“We decided to attempt the record on a windsurfer although we also considered other options,” says Moloney. “I am a professional sailor by trade yet only an amateur windsurfer. Personally I love establishing and breaking records, but am now committed to promoting water sports to as many people as I can. We therefore designed the route for any sailing vessel. The windsurfer seemed fitting for the broader Hong Kong region and hopefully it will encourage people to get on the water to try and add their name to The St. Regis Macao Cup.”
Windsurfing is still the only discipline that has earned Hong Kong an Olympic Gold Medal when Lee Lai Shan became an Olympic Champion in the 1996 Atlanta Games and the city has high hopes for Olympic hopefuls Hayley Chan Hei-Man and Michael Cheng Chun-Leung in Rio next year.
Nick Moloney is the only person to have windsurfed the notorious Bass Strait between mainland Australia and Tasmania, unassisted and solo. He set the record in 1998 shortly after learning to windsurf.