Geste inches toward Rolex China Sea Race record
rest of the fleet seem to be following the same wind models and are sticking
to the south of the rhumb line. Ahead in IRC 0 is Phillip Turner's Reichel/Pugh
66 Alive (AUS) whilst in IRC 1, the leader is 2016 Rolex China Sea Race
Overall Winner (Black Baza) under another name Seawolf (HKG / China),
a Ker 42 Custom owned by YY Yan and YF Liu.
Father and son team Philippe and Cosmos Grelon on Tbs Aya had a challenging morning and a near loss of rig. “We had a very good night quite under a nice moon. But a bit of a stressful morning tea!" said Philippe. "We were about to send our code zero back up as the wind angle became favourable, when Cosmas showed me a bit of a sheared pin that he found lying on the foredeck. I rushed at the bow of the boat to find that the pin of the forestay was half cut but by some miracle was still hanging on. Luckily we had our baby stay on all night which definitely saved our mast. The sea was flat and the sun high in the sky so a good day for a repair. After fitting several ropes to tension the forestay in position, I finally managed to fit the new bolt. All in all we lost 1.5 hours and we are now under code zero trying to catch our fleet.”
The current race record stands at an impressive 47h 31m 08s for monohulls set in 2016 by Alive and 48h 01m 47s in the multihulls set in 2000 by Benoit Lesaffre’s Crowther 50 Catamaran Atmosphere. Keep your eyes on the YB tracker to see how the Race develops overnight!
Image Credit: RHKYC / Rolex / Daniel Forster / Guy Nowell / Naomi Rebecca
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