FreeFire

SAIL # HKG 2283
OWNER SAM CHAN
COUNTRY HONG KONG
CLUB RHKYC
TYPE TP52
LOA 15.85M
BEAM 4.41M
DRAUGHT 3.2M
IMAGE ROLEX / KURT ARRIGO

ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2018

 

HONG KONG TO VIETNAM RACE 2017

 

SAN FERNANDO RACE 2017

Sam Chan (Owner), Russ Parker (PIC), Adam Mowser (Nav), Jose Bogay (C), Rogelio Quinones (C), Gordon Gregor (C), Alex Johnston (C), Olaf Hunkemoeller (C), Peter Backe (C), Nicole Arnulphy (Crew), Paul Hetherington (C), Violet Fung (C), Rory Goodman (C)

HONG KONG TO HAINAN RACE 2016

Sam Chan (Owner), Russ Parker (PIC), Tim Storey (Crew), Guy Bogay (C) Jun Quinones (C), Gordon Gregor (C), Adam Mowser (C), Alex Johnston (C), Simon Wingfield (C), Kingston Leung (C)

ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2016

Sam Chan (OWNER), Russ Parker (PIC), Rory Godman (C), Tim Storey (C), Jose Bogay (C), Rogelio Quinones (C), Olaf Hunkemoeller (C), Gordon Gregor (C), Alex Johnston (C), Adam Mowser (C), Ross Dawson (C), Peter Backe (C), Simon Wingfield (C)

HONG KONG TO VIETNAM RACE 2015

Russell David Parker (PIC), Chan Wing Sun, Sam (Owner), Timothy Trevor Storey (C), Jose Jr Candelaria Bogay (C), Rogelio Jr Jaluag Quinones (C), Anthony Young (C), Olaf Wlater Hunkemoeller (C), Rory James Godman (C), Gordon Gregor (C), Adam Johnathan Mowser (C), Simon Brockman Wingfield (C), Alexander Johnston (C), Oliver Eliott Boote (C)

HONG KONG TO HAINAN RACE 2014

 

ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2014

Russ Parker (PIC), Gordon Gregor (C), Tim Storey (C), Jose Bogay (C), Rogelio Quinones (C), Ryan Bindell (C), Anthony "Jack" Young (C), Olaf Hunkemoeller (C)

HONG KONG TO VIETNAM RACE 2013

Sam Chan (Owner), Russ Parker (PIC), Peter Backe (C), Ryan Bindell (C), Jose Bogay (C), Mark Brown (C), Anthony Day (C), Gray Gibson (C), Gordon Gregor (C), Adam Mowser (C), Rogelio Quinones (C), Tim Storey (C), Josh Tucker (C), Simon Wingfield (C), Jack Young (C)

HONG KONG TO HAINAN RACE 2012

 

ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2012

Sam Chan (OWNER) , Russ Parker (PIC), Gordon Gregor (C), Tim Storey (C), Jose Bogay (C), Rogelio Quinones (C), Gray Gibson (C), Chris Stanmore-Major (C), Ryan Bindell (C), Dan Tullberg (C), Tim Somerville (C), Karen Ball (C)

HONG KONG TO VIETNAM RACE 2013 - BOAT INFORMATION

Sam Chan’s seven year old TP52, FreeFire, will have 15 regular offshore and regatta crew on board “including a few old ones making a re-appearance” adds Russ Parker, FreeFire’s Person in Charge for the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race.

While there isn’t anyone on board who has competed in all five of the previous editions of the Race, Sam Chan (who has done four HKV Races) and Gray Gibson did compete in the first Race in 1996 on the original FfreeFire 70, winning Line Honours. Gordon Gregor and Russ Parker have done every Race since then and 2013 will make it their fifth, together with Sam. With this Race, Russ Parker is reaching a milestone - this will be his 30th Cat 1 race across the South China Sea - surely something to celebrate!

The Hong Kong to Vietnam Race hasn’t been an especially lucky one for the team as Russ explains “in 2006 on the white TP (FfreeFire 52), the front wall of our brand new mast failed under compression from the spinnaker pole - we retired but carried on.  In 2011 the bowsprit broke off FreeFire on the first night, however we continued at a slightly slower SOG until about 60nm out, when the rudder stock tore in torsion and we had to retire!”  Here’s hoping their run of bad luck has finished!

FreeFire is certainly looking to win this Race - as Sam says “We’re out to finally win it – it’s the only Asian offshore Cat 1 title to elude FreeFire so far.”  Whilst Sam and Russ admit there’s not much they can do about the 90’s (Ragamuffin and Chivas), they predict they’ll “have a good race with OneSails Racing and Lucky, the other two TP52s entered.”

We did ask them what they were looking forward to the most with the request that they didn’t just say “finishing and winning” but that’s what they did come back with and, given the bad luck they’ve had before, it’s rather apt!

FreeFire has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/freefire.racing