Rolex China Sea Race 2023 - Starts on 5 April 2023
Hong Kong is back to the stage of Asian Offshore races. With the Covid quarantine measures eased, entries are starting to flow in for Rolex China Sea Race 2023. The Race will start on 5 April 2023 in Hong Kong’s iconic harbour and take competitors 565nm across the South China Sea to Subic Bay in the Philippines.
2023 marks the 61st 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.
This 565nm Category 1 Offshore Race is run under the auspices of RORC, and takes competitors from Hong Kong, China to Subic Bay in the Philippines. As an undisputed Asian blue-water classic, it has served to draw the attention of the international yachting fraternity to Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. In 2016, RP66 Alive broke the 16-year-old Monohull Race Record by just under 12 minutes, finishing in 47h 31m 08s. In the 2018 edition, Karl Kwok broke the multihull record on his Mod Beau Geste with an elapsed time of 38h 30m 07s.
The 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of the Rolex China Sea Race were eventually cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic situation and uncertainty regarding international border openings. Rolex China Sea Race 2023 will be the first offshore race resumed in Hong Kong.