365-day Countdown to Rolex China Sea Race 2021


Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has released the Notice of Race and opened entry for Rolex China Sea Race 2021. The Race will start one year from today on 31 March 2021 in Hong Kong’s iconic harbour and take competitors 565nm across the South China Sea to Subic Bay in the Philippines.

2021 marks the 59th anniversary of this biennial Offshore Category 1 Race organised by the multi-faceted and cosmopolitan Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs in Hong Kong. Rolex has been a partner of the Club since 2007 and Title Sponsor of its flagship Race since 2008.

As a blue water classic, the Race has a bit of everything; from a spectacular start in Hong Kong harbour, through the lumpy, challenging conditions on the first night to the deep blue water as you near the northern Philippines. On paper, this event might look like a drag race with a predominant easterly breeze and trade winds of 70 to 90 degrees, but the reality is often different with the infamous ‘Luzon hole’ often causing the fleet to compress and effectively restart as they near the coast of the Philippines. The net result is that many boats have a chance of lifting the trophy under IRC – it all depends on how they play their approach to the Philippines.

The 2020 edition of the Rolex China Sea Race was deferred by a year to 2021 due to Covid-19 virus epidemic and in 2022 the Race will return to its original rhythm of 'even' years for the biennial Race (i.e. the next three editions will be held in 2021, 2022 and 2024).

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