The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race was a ten day 1,600 nautical mile race.
The teams experienced everything from beating upwind in 40 knots of wind, to surfing at boat speeds in the 20’s. Not to forget the periods of really light winds in the Luzon Strait that had all on board trying to eke out every ounce of speed. The heavy upwind conditions meant the teams lived life at an angle, while shorts and t-shirts were exchanged for Musto waterproofs as the crew acclimatised to the conditions.
Tactically the teams had the opportunity to gain additional bonus points with the inclusion of a second Scoring Gate alongside two Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprints; North and South. This added competitive edge, alongside the shorter course, meant all teams were focused.
There were many sail changes throughout the different watch systems, as the teams adapted to the conditions and concentrated on getting as many of the points available as possible. Upon their return to Subic Bay, the Clipper Race skippers and Race crew said Race 7 “had everything.”
It was an interesting and exciting race! Watch the Zhuhai Race Highlights below: