The 565-nm offshore race runs across the South China Sea from Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong to Subic Bay, the Philippines. First held in 1962, it has long been established as Asia's principal offshore race.
Favourite for line honours is the largest competing yacht: Syd Fischer's Maxi Ragamuffin 90, the fastest boat on the water in 2012 under its guise as Genuine Risk. The defending champion is Jonathan Mahony's 42-ft Zanzibar from Singapore, seeking to become the first boat since the mid-1960s to defend her title. Three highly competitive TP52s - Lucky, Standard Insurance Centennial and FreeFire - will push the leading boats close.
The course record was set by Karl Kwok on his Volvo 60 Beau Geste (elapsed time 47 hours, 43 minutes and 7 seconds) in 2000.
The 2014 Rolex China Sea Race commences at 13:20 local time on Wednesday 16 April. The race is organized by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) and has been sponsored by Rolex since 2008.
Monday 14 April
19:00 - 21:00 Welcome Party, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
Tuesday 15 April
18:30 - 19:00 Skippers' Briefing, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
Wednesday 16 April
13:20 Race start, Victoria Harbour - Hong Kong
Sunday 20 April
17:00 Location prizegiving, Subic Bay Yacht Club, The Philippines
Wednesday 30 April
19:00 - 21:00 Final prizegiving, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
(All times listed are local)
For more detailed information about the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race including race documents and the current entry list please visit the Royal Hong Yacht Club website