Rolex China Sea Race cancelled

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Amid ongoing Covid-19 concerns, the Rolex China Sea Race has been cancelled for a second straight year, with plans to stage the 60th-anniversary edition in 2022.

The Rolex China Sea Race in 2018; Photo: RHKYC/Daniel Forster

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has cancelled the 2021 edition of the Rolex China Sea Race due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation and continued uncertainty regarding international border openings.

The race was due to start on March 31, having previously been cancelled in 2020, but with current quarantine regulations, the Club said it was impractical to conduct an offshore race finishing in Philippine waters.

RHKYC Commodore Denis Martinet said: “We are of course very disappointed, having already postponed this blue-ribbon event last year. We felt that the situation would have improved sufficiently by March, yet this is not to be and we feel that it is prudent to cancel.”

The RHKYC Race Committee, in conjunction with the Club’s longstanding partner Rolex, will plan for the next edition to be held next year.

“We shall work tirelessly to bring about a fantastic Rolex China Sea Race in 2022 to celebrate its 60th anniversary,” Martinet said.

The Club is now preparing a standalone A-to-A Offshore Race in early April while closely monitoring pandemic developments.
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