Darling

SAIL # HKG 2107
OWNER DEAN CHISHOLM
COUNTRY HONG KONG
CLUB RHKYC
TYPE HANSE 400
LOA 11.99M
BEAM 4.08M
DRAUGHT 2.05M
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ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2016

Dean Chisholm (OWNER), Simon Smith (RADIO), Matt Canham (C), Fi Waters (C), James Johnson (C), Tim Ridley (C)

ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2014

Dean Chisholm (PIC), Simon Smith (NAV), Matt Canham (C), Nick Harper (C), Louis Bond-Smith (C), Gavin Munro (C)

ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2012

Dean Chisholm (OWNER / PIC), Tim Ridley (C), Jens-Erik Olsen (C), Sean Rahilly (C), James Johnson (C), Christopher Brock Maden (C)


ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2016 - BOAT INFORMATION

Dean Chisholm has owned Darling, a Hanse 400 since 2009  and the six male crew on board for the Rolex Chian Sea Race are all British and all Hong Kong Permanent Residents.  Amongst them are four big boat owners, a dinghy owner and a surfboat owner and have 27 crossings of the South China Sea between them.

This will be the ninth China Sea race for Dean who has also taken part in three San Fernando Races.  He says "The highlights of this race include moonlight sailing on long ocean waves with the spinnaker up.  Then the special things like dolphins coming to swim along-side.  We are looking forward for some high quality offshore sailing in warm waters… plus the cold beer at the end"

​Dean adds "The challenge of doing the race is in the organization and then the execution of the plan.  Can’t just get up on Saturday morning and go sailing!  Our first target being a slower boat is to finish (and be safe), then a respectable result in the division. "

ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2012 - PRESS RELEASE

for immediate release - 26 March 2012

Channeling Darling Rolex China Sea Race - 50th Anniversary


Darling, a Hanse 400, is named after Grace Darling, an English Victorian heroine who assisted her lighthouse-keeper father in saving 13 ship wrecked people in a rowing boat on the evening of 7 September 1838 off the Northumberland coast - when it was too rough for the local life boat to be launched.

Dean Chisholm, Darling’s owner, is hoping to channel Grace’s grit and determination when he and his crew set off on 4 April on the Golden Anniversary edition of the Rolex China Sea Race.  Chisholm is no stranger to the Race having participated six times previously. By the end of the Race, he will have completed his tenth crossing of the South China Sea. 2012 marks Darling’s second Rolex China Sea Race.

“I've always enjoyed the China Sea Races. They are never the same and on a slower boat that takes a little longer, it is a real test to manage the crew over three to five days.” says Dean.

Darling’s Hong Kong-based all-male crew are a mixed bag of nationalities - English, Scottish, Australian and Danish “with no professionals or boat boys, so we will have to pitch in on all tasks” offers the owner, adding, “there is a wide range of experience; with myself having the most experience to a couple of China Sea Race "virgins" - although one “virgin” has prior Cat 1 experience on the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race”.

Chisholm and his crew are all set. “Offshore racing is unique. There is a lot of preparation and hard work for Cat 1 racing. It's all worthwhile out at sea with no two races begin the same. Dolphins alongside at dusk are captivating. Steering at night under the stars on long ocean waves with the spinnaker up is magic!”

The crew’s biggest challenge is predicting the wind correctly. “You talk about the wind before, during and after the race over many a beer” says the investment professional, who is hoping to pace Darling against other 40 foot cruisers over the water.

Chisholm is particularly looking forward to the 2012 Race. “For a race like this to have been raced over 50 years shows real enthusiasm and support of the members and staff who participate and organise. It's just something every big boat sailor wants to be part of.  The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and Rolex should feel a real sense of pride and honour.”

With only 9 days to go until Race start, Dean is keen to thank the really important people however, namely “the wives and families for putting up with us spending time away from them before, during and after the race to make it all happen.”