Royal Hong Kong Yacht
San Fernando Race 2017
Bali Hai will be the San Fernando Headquarters for the 2017
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The current race starts on April 12, 2017, in Victoria Harbour, Hong
The race will finish in the vicinity of the local, Bauang, San Fernando beach
A Race Committee Boat and a marker buoy will mark the finish line.
The race covers a distance of 480 nautical miles.
The first race in 1977 was a casual affair. Several Hong Kong cruising yachts decided
to race from San Fernando Harbour back to Hong Kong. A Cheoy Lee 36, Drogheda, won despite running out of beer and fresh water on the
In those days GPS was unheard of — the primary tool of the navigator was a sextant
backed up by dead reckoning and, if the crew was lucky, an occasional glimpse of a Manila bound
Since then the San Fernando Race has become a high point in the racing
2017 will be the 40th anniversary of the race.
The Race Record
There’s been some confusion over the current race
But the RHKYC confirmed that it was set in 2001 by Sam Chan’s 71’
ULBD Sled, FfreeFire.with a record of 49h 55m 12s.
Competing 2017 fleets will be pushing hard to smash that
There are now 16 entries although this number could change before the race starts on
IRC Racing: 10
IRC Cruising: 4
You can find the yacht entry list at: http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/SFR17entry.aspx
Note: IRC is a system of
handicapping yachts for racing based on various measurements such as LOA (Length Over All), overhangs, empty
weight, beam and draft measurements.
It is managed by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in the United Kingdom through
their dedicated Rating Office.
For more information go to the RHKYC Information Sheet: