KLC Bengal7

SAIL # JPN 4321
OWNER YOSHIHIKO MURASE / YOICHI ITO
COUNTRY JAPAN
CLUB LAGUNA MARINA YC
TYPE HUMPHREYS 54
LOA 16.49M
BEAM 4.41M
DRAUGHT 3.53M
IMAGE ROLEX / DANIEL FORSTER

ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2016

Yoichi Ito (PIC), Haruhiko Mori (NAV), Yoshihiko Murase (OWNER/RADIO), Takeshi Hara (C), Fuminori Furukawa (C), Yukihiko Arakawa (C), Norio Igei (C), Umihiko Arakawa (C), Takahiro Ishihara (C), Yutaka Takagi (C), Yasuyuki Hirano (C), Tatsumi Nakasai (C), Yoichi Yabe (C)

ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2016 - BOAT INFORMATION

There will be an all-Japanese crew on board JPN4321 / KLC Bengal7, a Humphreys 54 owned by Yoshihiko Murase since November 2011.  

Murase is a firm believer that a boat should travel to the start line on her own (not on a container ship) and so it is that she is sailed everywhere.  Says Skipper Yoichi Ito, "for the past 7 Transpac, we sailed to Long Beach California and sailed back from Hawaii to Japan. Last time we participated the RSHYR2012 and Transpac 2013, we sailed around the Pacific; Japan-Sydney-Wellington-Tahiti-Hawaii-Long Beach-Hawaii-Japan.

Currently, Haruhiko Mori, Takeshi Hara, and Fuminori Furukawa are delivering the boat around the Pacific - says Ito " this time, we started Japan in the beginning of November 2015, sailed to Sydney, participated RSHYR2015, Sydney to Townsville, Townsville to Subic (the boat is now in Subic), then will soon be taking off to Hong Kong. After the race, we will sail to Okinawa (Southern islands in Japan) for Okinawa Tokai Yacht Race and we will arrive back in our home marina Gamagori with the race as the finish line is at our marina."

Skipper Yoshihiko Murase has known about the China Sea Race for over 40 years; since he started offshoring racing himself, and he's always had it in his mind to compete.  He is aware of the Race's reputation and also saw Syd Fischer as great motivation.

They enjoyed their recent experience at the Rolex Sydney Hobart saying "It was great that we made an exciting and great start from a good position. However, I got frustrated that we had to retire the race because of the strong gust on the first night."

And what is he looking forward to the most in Hong Kong?  "The start in Hong Kong, course decisions, approach to the finish line, neck-and-neck race with other boats......everything looks so exciting. The main aim this year is to have a lot of experiences toward the next China Sea Race. The goal this year is to come in a higher rank in IRC class. 

Sailors in Japan enjoy folloing their exploits on their onboard blog at http://bengal7-2015.blog.jp/ and they have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Bengal7JPN6308/