Published: Friday, 28 October 2016

The Volvo Hong Kong to Hainan Race is a classic 390nm downwind passage to Sanya, on the island of Hainan in southern China. It is the only Category 1 offshore race to finish in the PRC. The start line will be in front of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) Kellett Island Clubhouse with the warning signal at 13:10 on Nov 3.

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(Photos: Guy Nowell / RHKKYC - Hong Kong to Hainan Race 2014)

The race is organised by RHKYC in cooperation with the Bureau of Culture, Broadcast & TV, Publication and Sports of the Sanya Municipal Government, with the finish hosted by Serenity Marina in Sanya, Hainan. 

Held biennially, the current race record of 25h 54m 33s was set in 2014, when a fantastic force 5-6 north easterly blew throughout the race enabling Karl Kwok's Beau Geste to smash the previous record by 2h 49m and 21s.  

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“I am looking forward to Scallywag having the opportunity to break the record; there is a strong chance but of course we’ll have to see what the weather brings,” says Seng Huang Lee, Owner of 100ft super maxi Scallywag which will be on the start line Nov 3. After the Race, Scallywag will head to Australia to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Dec 26-Jan 1. 

All boats will be carrying Yellowbrick trackers, which update live tracking information at 30-minute intervals throughout the race, this can be viewed at  

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Fans can also take part in the race through, which will bring the virtual version of the Volvo Hong Kong to Hainan Race, to armchair sailors around the world. Enabling them to pit their navigational skills against the real fleet with the feed from the Yellowbrick tracker showing the position of the real yachts overlaid on the virtual race screen. The challenge will be negotiating the conditions; Sailonline uses almost real-time weather downloaded from NOAA and the boat physics are considered to be the most life-like of any online simulation. 

Provisional Entry List:

HKG 2296 Black Baza - Ker Custom 42 - Anthony Root      
HKG 2283 Free Fire - TP52 - Sam Chan / Russ Parker
HKG 2163 Mandrake III - Sydney GTS 42 - Fred Kinmonth / Nick Burns      
HKG 2275 Outlaw - Azuree 46 - Adrian Bell        
HKG 2276 Scallywag - 100ft Super Maxi - Seng Huang Lee / David Witt              
PHI 2286  Standard Insurance Centennial - TP52 - Ernesto Echauz / Stephen Tan        
HKG 2282 Straight Up - Mills 40 - Mark Whitehead      
HKG 2207 Ymir - Sun Fast 3600 - Kjartan Furset