GESTE COMPLETES FASTEST CHINA SEA RACE IN HISTORY
12th May 2000
is quite apt that in the first
major international race of the century and in
RORC’s 75th anniversary year, the race record for the 575 nautical mile
China Sea Race, jointly organised by Royal Hong Kong, Manila and Subic
Bay Yacht Clubs was smashed by an incredible 28 hours – is this the
way forward for yachting in the new millenium?
The 20th China Sea, was rated by many as one of the best yet. Strong winds for the first two days meant the 32 competitors from around Asia had some exhilarating sailing in what has become the fastest China Sea Race in history.
Benoit Lesaffre in his 50’ catamaran Atmosphere
was soon making inroads into Kwok’s lead once spinnakers were hoisted.
Frank Pong in his Wylie designed 77’ sloop Jelik
was also chasing hard and the three front runners remained in close
contact for the majority of the race.
in a new record time of 47:43:07
Susana & Bill Bezy