Rolex China Sea Race 2016

Last Update: October 12th, 2018

The 2016 China Sea Race will start on Wednesday 23 March 2016

  • Friday 18 March
    Crew Immigration/NoK Forms, radio and equipment certificates 1800hrs
  • Monday 21 March 
    Rolex CSR 2016 Welcome Party at RHKYC 1900-2100hrs
  • Tuesday 22 March 
    Immigration (Departure) Formalities 1600-1900hrs
    Skippers’ Briefing at RHKYC 1830-1900hrs
  • Wednesday 23 March
    Warning Signal 1310hrs
  • Sunday 27 March 
    Location prize giving in Subic Bay Yacht Club 1700hrs
  • Wednesday 13 April  
    Prize giving at RHKYC – Compass Room 1900-2100hrs

This 565nm Category 1 Offshore Race is run under the auspices of RORC, and takes competitors from Hong Hong, China to Subic Bay in the Philippines.



On 7th April 1962, three yachts from RHKYC, one from Manila and one from Japan crossed the line at the start of the first China Sea Race. The yachts were escorted over the first 100 miles of their 600 mile journey by two minesweepers of the Hong Kong Royal Naval Reserve.

The finish was off Corregidor Island, crossing a line formed by vessels of the Philippines Navy, to be met by members of the Manila Yacht Club who had co-operated most generously with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in all the arrangements. Due to no radios being on board the yachts, Chris von Sydow’s Reverie crossed the finish line after six days’ racing to find out that they were in first place.

The China Sea Race was subsequently held as a biennial event. In 1964 it attracted 12 entries and in 1966, 13, including the famous ketch Stormvogel. With each successive race, the event grew bigger. In 1968, it was included for the first time in the newly organised World Ocean Racing Championships and in 1972 it was officially recognised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

Since then it has continued to attract interest and, as an undisputed Asian blue-water classic, has served to draw the attention of the international yachting fraternity to Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.


Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) is one of the oldest sports clubs in Hong Kong and is proud of its rich, colourful history, which stretches back over nearly 170 years of social and competitive sailing and rowing. The RHKYC provides sailing and rowing courses for members and non-members at various levels to nurture the development of these two core sports.
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