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The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has released a Notice of Race (31.Mar.20) – and opened entry  – for the Rolex China Sea Race 2021. The race will start on the 31st of March 2021 in Hong Kong’s magnificent harbour and take competitors 565 nautical miles across the Asian Sea to Subic Bay in the Philippines.

Next year’s event will mark the 59th anniversary of this biennial Offshore Category 1 race organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, one of the oldest and most influential recreational clubs in Hong Kong. Rolex has been a partner of the club since 2007 and a title sponsor of its signature China Sea Race since 2008.

As a blue water classic, the race has a bit of everything: from a spectacular start in Victoria Harbour, through the lumpy, challenging conditions on the first night to the deep blue waters northwest of the 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. The infamous ‘Luzon hole’ often causes the fleet to compress – and effectively restart – as it nears 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 the Covid-19 virus epidemic and, in 2022, the race will return to its original rhythm of 'even' years (ie. the next three editions will be held in 2021, 2022 and 2024). 

The Notice of Race can be found on the official Rolex China Sea Race website at  https://www.rolexchinasearace.com/competitors

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