China Coast Race Week is held in the best of Hong Kong's sailing conditions with winds consistently in the 15-20 knots range, low humidity and good visibility. The 2005 China Coast Race Week will comprise the 2005 China Coast Regatta, sailed over three days in Hong Kong waters and the 2005 Hong Kong to Hainan Race which is a 355 mile ('downhill') offshore dash to Hainan Island.
The China Coast Regatta will be run from Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Middle Island venue. Competitors will compete in either IRC or HKPN Divisions. IRC entrants will be tested by a combination of seven Windward/Leeward and Islands courses, while the HKPN fleet will enjoy five races including Windward/Leeward, Islands and Geometric courses.
After a year's break for the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, the HKPN fleet will depart Hong Kong for Hainan at 1200 hours local time on Wednesday 26 October 2005, with the IRC fleet following a day later in an effort to streamline the arrivals in Hainan. Sam CHAN's ULDB Sled, Ffree Fire currently holds the Hong Kong to Hainan record, standing at 29:55:03, and it will be interesting to see if this year's competitors can improve on that time.