Published: Friday, 30 September 2016

Headlined by Swedish car brand Volvo, newly-minted partners of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC), Volvo China Coast Race Week comprises the Volvo China Coast Regatta Oct 22-24 sailed over three days in the regional waters of Hong Kong Island followed by the Volvo Hong Kong to Hainan Race starting on Nov 3, an Offshore Category One race of 390nm from Hong Kong to Sanya, Hainan in China. 

Hong Kong To Host Volvo China Coast Race Week

(Photo: Guy Nowell / RHKYC - China Coast Regatta 2015)

Hainan is a great finishing point for boats intending to continue on to other sailing events included on the established Asian circuit, in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Australia.

The event is one of the premier events of its type in Asia and boats are welcome to enter the full Volvo China Coast Race Week or to enter either of its constituent events to suit their own schedule. Both the Volvo China Coast Regatta and the Volvo Hong Kong to Hainan Race 2016 are stand-alone events and each have their own Notices of Race, Sailing Instructions, parties and prizes. Boats which compete in both the events will be eligible for prizes overall under IRC handicap.

To allow boats to also compete in the China Cup International Regatta, the Hong Kong to Hainan Race is scheduled for a later start date than usual and the entry deadline is Sept 30 with late entries being accepted up to Oct 7. The China Cup International Regatta will take place Oct 26-30 in the waters of Shenzhen and Hong Kong and will consist of four days of racing.

The Volvo China Coast Regatta is open to all boats in the following classes: IRC Racer (1 and 2), IRC Premier Cruiser, IRC Cruiser and HKPN and the entry deadline is Friday Oct 7. Further, boats entered into the IRC Racer 1 and 2 divisions may form teams (consisting of one boat from IRC Racer 1 and one from IRC Racer 2) in order to compete for the Volvo Hong Kong Kettle trophy.