Alive, Philip Turner’s Pugh 66, has broken the China Sea Race record in a time of 47h 31m 8s beating Beau Geste’s race time set in 2000. In doing so the team have also taken line honours and are looking a strong contender for IRC overall.
Whilst the wind outside of Hong Kong was forecast to be strong and from the right direction, allowing for a reach most of the way, the team knew from the start that tactics would be critical to achieving a race record, and beating Raphael Blot’s racing catamaran Mach 2 which finished just under 4 hours after.
Just 4 hours ago the team noted on their website:
Nearly ticked off the China Sea Race 2016. I must admit that as of last night I did not expect to make line honours against the patently much faster 60ft racing catamaran, but a big effort by Phillip Turner and his crew to skirt the dead air near the mountains paid off and Alive sailed from 30 Nm behind to 20Nm to win line honours. Very proud!!
Meanwhile further down the fleet there is some fabulous racing still taking place. Sam Chan’s TP52 Freefire and 54 foot Japanese entry Bengal7, are closely matched having achieved 229 and 224 NM respectively in the last 24 hours. The boats are now sailing towards Subic Bay at around 11-12 knots in boat speed with about 55 NM to the finish.
A further 35 NM back are the big racer cruisers, Antipodes, Shatoosh and Ubox making may at around 10-12 knots.
Racing for IRC 1 Black Bazar is leading by approximately 17 NM with Ambush in second, whilst EFG Madrake is holding in there just a few miles behind Ambush.