Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club 

San Fernando Race 2017 


Bali Hai will be the San Fernando Headquarters for the 2017 race. 


Click here to see the Race Winner


The Race 


The current race starts on April 12, 2017, in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong.


 The race will finish in the vicinity of the local, Bauang, San Fernando beach resorts.


A Race Committee Boat and a marker buoy will mark the finish line.


The race covers a distance of 480 nautical miles.


Race History 


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 way.


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 aircraft.


Since then the San Fernando Race has become a high point in the racing calendar.


2017 will be the 40th anniversary of the race.


The Race Record 


There’s been some confusion over the current race record.


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 record.


The Fleet 


There are now 16 entries although this number could change before the race starts on April 12.


·         IRC Racing: 10

·         IRC  Cruising: 4

·         HKPN 2


You can find the yacht entry list at:


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: