off! On the 2018 Rolex China Sea Race
Hong Kong s iconic skyline provided the perfect backdrop as the fleet headed east towards Lei Yue Mun Gap. First through the gap (the smallest distance between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon) was Alive, the current race record holder of 47h 31m 08s - followed shortly after by Karl Kwok's MOD 70 Beau Geste. After the gap, MOD Beau Geste quickly extended in front of the fleet and is currently travelling along at around 24kts.
As the competitors make their 565nm journey across the South China Sea to Subic Bay, the breeze is forecasted to build to overnight maxing out at around 20kts; hopefully resulting in some champagne sailing as the fleet make their way towards the Philippines.
are taking part in the 2018 Rolex China Sea Race with 265 competitors
hailing from 22 territories including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada,
Mainland China, Denmark, England, French, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia,
New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland,
Taiwan, UK and USA.
This is actually not that different to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race when you have got to get around Tasman Island at the right time. I think approaching the Philippines in the daylight is very important so you can see the wind patterns. For a lot of the crew, it s been a long time since we've done the race so we don't even really remember the coastline and the size of the hills and the channel coming in. It'll be a big advantage for us to finish in the daylight."
Image Credit: RHKYC / Rolex / Daniel Forster / Guy Nowell / Naomi Rebecca
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