Rolex China Sea Race named Best Asian Regatta
Published: Friday, 21 April 2017
At the recent Asia Boating Awards held in Singapore, the Rolex China Sea Race was awarded the Best Asian Regatta of the Year for the fourth time.
(Photos: Guy Nowell / RHKYC - Rolex China Sea Race 2016)
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Vice Commodore John Woo was present to receive the award together with Race Chairman Simon Powell who commented: “We are delighted to win this award again as it shows that the Club and its key sponsor Rolex continue to deliver an outstanding event as Asia’s oldest and most prestigious blue water classic. I would like to thank Rolex for their continued support of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, the Rolex China Sea Race, and many other major sailing events around the world.”
In less than a year, the Rolex China Sea Race will take a competitive fleet 565 nautical miles across the South China Sea to Subic Bay in the Philippines.
Established in 1962, the inaugural edition of the Rolex China Sea Race saw five participating yachts from Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines, compete without radios or satellite communications.
Some 924 boats and countless sailors have made the journey across the South China Sea, with a record participation of 67 boats in the 1984 edition of this Category 1 offshore, endorsed by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
Competitors will be pushing their boats to the edge to break Alive’s 2016 record of 47h 31m 08s and to win the IRC Overall.
The 2018 Rolex China Sea Race will start on March 28.