The 2018 Rolex China Sea Race has seen a very quick finish to the race from Karl Kwok's MOD 70 multihull, Beau Geste as it smashed the current record.
The preious record of the Rolex China Sea Race had stood for 18 years set by Benoit Lesaffre's Crowther 50 catamaran Atmosphere. Beau Geste has beaten this long-standing record by a staggering 9 hours 31 minutes and 40 seconds.
The new multihull record now stands at 38 hours 30 minutes and 07 seconds as Beau Geste and team sailed into Subic Bay, Philippines at 1am on 30 March.
Beau Geste; meaning a noble and generous act, averaged 20 knots sailing up until the final 100 nautical miles where the wind died and the crew had to make tactical decisions on how to finish the race.
Owner and monohull sailor since 1975, Karl Kwok was quoted as saying that while the multihull experience is not as comfortable it was super fast.