The race will start at 1215hrs in Hong Kong waters, from a line laid in the vicinity of Tai Long Pai (Shek O Rock).
Race Chairman Leon Chan is looking forward to the Race: “the Race has been nurtured from a rally with only two boats sailing from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung a few years ago and this is the second formal Taiwan Strait Race organised as a Category 1 Offshore race by the Club.
Although we only have four entrants, we are very optimistic that over time this Race will attract more competitors. This 350nm Race is an excellent opportunity for novice offshore sailors to get a taste of the ocean in warm weather, on a trip spanning only two or three nights.
This year we have a forecast of 20kts of breeze from the east or north east instead of the usual south westerlies so it’s going to be an exciting and challenging trip!” he said.
The Taiwan Strait Race 2012 is organised and conducted by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) with assistance and support from Kaohsiung Sailing Association (KSA) and the Chinese Taipei Sailing Association (CTSA).
The list of entries is as follows:
Sail No. / Boat Name / Owner / Person In Charge / Design
HKG2108 / Orient Express / Andy Lam / X-41
HKG2018 / Polar Star III / T C Leung / First 47.7
HKG1345 / Surfdude / Saraluck Investments Ltd / Steve Ho / Millenium 45
HKG1992 / Tipsy Frenz / S Suen/J Lau / Leon Chan / Wauqueiz Centurion 45S
The progress of the boats can be watched via Yellowbrick tracking at http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/