Hong Kong to Hainan

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has published the Notice of Race and opened online entry for the 2020 Hong Kong to Hainan Race which will start on the 23rd of October. The race takes competitors on a 390-nautical-mile historically downwind passage to Sanya, on the southern Chinese island of Hainan.

Sanya, known as the ‘Hawaii of the East’, is a great finish location for a holiday or a transit point for yachts intending to continue on to other sailing events around the Asia Pacific region. The race has been sanctioned as a qualifier for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2020.

This year, 2020, will mark the 23rd anniversary of the race which was established in 1997 and held biennially since 2012. The Hong Kong to Hainan Race is the only Category 1 Offshore Race to finish in the People's Republic of China. The event has fostered the growth of sailing between China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

In recent years, the race record has been broken several times. In 2012, Sam Chan’s FreeFire established a new record but it was broken again in 2014 by Karl Kwok’s Team Beau Geste. The next edition of the race in 2016 saw the record fall once more thanks toSeng Huang Lee’s 100-foot super maxi, Scallywag. That record still stands at 23h 31m 52s. With the event being open to both monohulls and multihulls, the first multihull race record of 24h 1m 59s was set in 2018 by Karl Kwok’s MOD Beau Geste.

The start line will be in front of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Kellett Island clubhouse with the start signal sounding at 1120.

The race is organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in cooperation with the Bureau of Culture, Broadcast & TV, Publication and Sports of the Sanya Municipal Government. The finish is hosted by Serenity Marina in Sanya. 

Notice of Race and Online Entry details: https://www.chinacoastraceweek.com/race-hainan


Photos RHKYC / Naomi Rebecca

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