After weeks of training and boat prep, the Hong Kong to Hainan Race closed with a bang last month, with twelve competitors engaged in the neck-to-neck race from Hong Kong to Serenity Marina in Sanya. Freefire crossed the line at 17 03 54hrs, claiming line honours and bettering her predecessor’s Hainan Race record by 51m 14s with an elapsed time of 28h 43m 54s.

Owner Sam Chan was clearly delighted, “We had great wind and a great wind angle all the way, giving us another new record and beating our old one. It’s great to be back in Hainan and without a single breakage on the boat, which topped out at 23kts boatspeed. Champagne sailing!”

Antipodes and Jelik V didn’t disappoint, putting up thrilling races over the course of the three-day event, while Wicked proved to be the dark horse in Racing Div 1, with her finish at 06 07 12 correcting out to first place in division

“Fantastic race, the wind held all the way with the boat not doing less than 10 knots at any time,” Geoff Hill of Antipodes commented. “It was excellent sailing conditions and we were very competitive with the TP. It was one of the best offshore races I have ever participated in as a downhill slide.”


All images credited to Guy Nowell.

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club