After weeks of preparations there are now twenty three Hong Kong yachts (and a one Singaporean one), moored at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Causeway Bay primed for the the start of this year’s San Fernando Race which starts on Wednesday at 1.25pm. The weather today is set to continue into tomorrow. That means more heavy rain and thunder storms, with winds predicted between force 3 and 5. Assuming enough of this breeze enters the harbour, the race start will take place just in front of the RHKYC; this will keep the press and sponsors happy!
The San Fernando Race is a 480 nautical mile sailing race from Hong Kong to the Philippines and this year’s race is sponsored by the Philippines Tourist Board. The boats will therefore all be sporting the tag line “it’s more fun in the Philippines”.
I am joining seven other crew members on Diamond Queen, a 49 foot Jeanneau for my first San Fernando Race. This will also be the longest off shore sail I have done, my previous longest sail was over fifteen years ago when I sailed as a school boy between Amsterdam and Southampton (on a 60 footer with a crew of more than twelve. If anyone has been reading my entries this month on safety at sea and marine first aid, and wondering why the theme, well it should now all make more sense.
Below is the entry list. There are just two in our HKPN Division although that’s a 100% improvement on the last time Diamond Queen raced to the Philippines when her only competition was herself.
Here’s hoping for an enjoyable and safe sail. See you in the Philippines!!
Link to the San Fernando Race website: Race Link