Simpson Marine goes on podium at Beneteau Four Peaks Race
Published: Thursday, 02 March 2017
The 33rd edition of the Beneteau Four Peaks Race supported by Simpson Marine took place on a weekend (January 21-22), witnessing the dealership’s team Sea Monkey take second after Scintilla in HKPN Division A.
(Photos: Simpson Marine - Beneteau Four Peaks Race supported by Simpson Marine)
The Sense 50 Sea Monkey crew included Simpson Marine broker, David Walder. Besides the owner himself and some sailors and runners, the Sea Monkey crew also included Beneteau Asia’s Thibaut de Montvalon as part of the sailing team and in charge of the evening meals as well.
The 2017 itinerary comprised Lantau Peak (934m), Mount Stenhouse (353m), Violet Hill (433m), and Ma On Shan (702m) with the finish line at Round Island.
Thibaut said after the race: “We are very pleased with the results of the 2017 Beneteau Four Peaks race. With a growing number of boats on the start line, and therefore more sailors and runners, we see that this unique event is becoming more popular in Hong Kong.
“We hope to be able to keep this momentum going and expand the fame of the Four Peaks Race throughout the region. I personally was thrilled to experience the race, sailing on board the Beneteau Sense 50 Sea Monkey. The values shared amongst participants – passion, teamwork, fun, endurance, adventure – match perfectly with the core value we have at Beneteau and the boats we build for our customers. I look forward to next year’s race!”
This year 21 boats with total of 172 participants have entered the race with three Beneteau sailboats attending: Sense 50, Sense 47 and First 37.1. The youngest Four Peaks sailor was 16 while the most experienced one was aged 71. Female participants accounted for 19 in total.
This annual overnight multisport race has been organised by the Aberdeen Boat Club since 1985 and is the second of its kind in the world. There are still only four others. Three are in Britain, including the original 1977 Three Peaks Race, and the other one is in Australia. The Hong Kong race is tailor-made for hard working, hard playing Hong Kong. The 170 kilometres on the water, 30 kilometres running and 2,350m of climbing are completed within a gruelling day and night effort.
With the average boat taking 24 hours to complete the race last year, the event requires landings by transfer craft/kayak or swimming, speed and strategy on land over rough terrain up to the four selected hills, and fine seamanship and sailing skills on the water.
IRC Division A1
1. Red Kite II
2. Whiskey Jack
HKPN Division A
2. Sea Monkey
HKPB Division B
2. No One Else
3. White Crane