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Strong entries are expected for the 2018 Rolex South China Race in March 2018. Three Chinese teams will enter the race. Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Wanted: Chinese entry for 2018 Rolex China Sea Race seeks new crew

Hanse 575 Shanghai team using Wechat social platform to help recruit sailors, who are seeking adventure in next year’s Asian blue-water classic from Hong Kong to Subic Bay in the Philippines

Wanted: Chinese sailors, experience not essential but guaranteed a thrill of a lifetime for those seeking adventure on the high seas. New crew needed for third Chinese entry in the 2018 Rolex China Sea Race.

That’s the message from Hanse 575 Shanghai, the third Chinese entry, who will be making their debut in the famous 565 nautical mile race that takes competitors from Hong Kong to Subic Bay in the Philippines. The race starts on March 28, 2018 on Victoria Harbour.

Shanghai’s owner and skipper, Zhu Lixiong is looking for a new crew to join him on this sea adventure after entries opened for the undisputed Asian blue-water classic.

Zhu is a veteran sailor with 33 years of experience and he will be joined in the race by a core crew of eight ranging in ages from 28 to 35. The team have taken part in a slew of top races in China including the China Cup, Round Hainan Regatta, Taihu Cup Sailing Regatta, Liuzhou Cup and the Si’nan Cup Regatta. They have also raced at the King’s Cup in Thailand.

“We have been following the Rolex China Sea Race for years, and with an increase in Chinese entries in the last few editions and great reviews and encouragement from Li Li a passionate Chinese sailor and integral part of DongFeng Volvo Ocean race management team, we have entered! We trust her professional judgment and look forward to competing.” said Zhu.

Shanghai in action at the China Cup. Photo: China Cup/Studio Borlenghi

With only seven months to go until the start of the race and a call out on one of China’s major social media platforms, WeChat, Zhu is on the search for a new Chinese crew to join his team.


Zhu commented: “In the lead up to the race we will set up a series of special training for our crew and enter various races in China including the Shanghai Dianshan Lake Race.

Zhu acknowledges the challenges before him, saying: “The Rolex China Sea Race is a Category 1 Offshore Race which is quite different from the races we have taken part in before. We would like to increase our offshore experience and we are expecting that this offshore race will bring us a lot of excitement. In addition, it is our honour to be able to meet international sailors and we can’t wait to share our experience with them.”

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Zhu agrees that the mainland is still in a start up position in competitive yachting compared to Hong Kong and Europe and adds that Chinese sailors need more professional training and time to learn from experience.

They are pleased that the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has launched a WeChat social media platform which they believe will reach more Chinese sailors who would love to know more about the Rolex China Sea Race and enter.

If you are interested in joining Team Shanghai, please contact the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Sailing Office.

The Notice of Race for the 2018 Rolex China Sea Race starting on 28 March 2018 is available online at