Ramrod - Farr 40

SAIL # HKG 2213
OWNER OLIVIER DECAMPS
COUNTRY HONG KONG
CLUB RHKYC
TYPE FARR 40
LOA -
BEAM -
DRAUGHT -
IMAGE RHKYC / KURT ARRIGO

RESULTS

YEAR RACE DIV DIV RESULT OVERALL
2014 RCSR IRC 1 2 8

 

ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2014

Olivier Decamps, Bruno Villemaire, Tristan Stewart, Paul Bayfield, Gregoire Depinay, Sandra Snell, Ken Wiltshire, Cecile Laguette

ROLEX CHINA SEA RACE 2014 - BOAT INFORMATION

Skipper/Person-in-Charge Olivier Decamps the sole Belgian on board amongst a crew of 3 French, 2 New Zealanders and 2 Australians.  The one woman on board is a notable one.  Cécile Laguette who is flying in from New Zealand was involved with the Emirates Team New Zealand America’s Cup Team and trained with the SCA all-woman crew in the Volvo 65 Volvo Ocean Race until very recently. 

The Farr 40 OD (one of only 10 Farr 40ODs buy by McConaghy Sydney Australia in 1998) was purchased in the USA in November 2013, shipped and then in Hong Kong by December and out racing by the end of January.  Ramrod has always been raced in the Farr 40 OD circuits (World Champion in 2000 and North American Champion in 2010), however, the Rolex China Sea Race will be her first Cat 1 offshore race. 

Ramrod has always been placed at the top in her One Design racing career since her launch in 1998 but she has now been modified for IRC Racing and Olivier says “it might not be a good rating but we believe we can be in the leaders’ fleet on the water and do well on corrected time if weather conditions are light.  IRC favours heavy boats and we are light (less than five tons so should be quicker in light airs) hopefully it might work in the Philippines’ light winds.”

Whilst it’s Ramrod’s first Rolex China Sea Race, it will be Olivier’s 8th (and 22nd China Sea crossing).  All together on board, the crew has accumulated an impressive tally of 68 China Sea crossings (racing or deliveries).  Olivier’s first Rolex China Sea Race was in 1980, then again in 1982 and then every Race from 2004 to now.  He says “the highlights are the strong conditions at the start and usually for the first 24 hours, then the challenging light weather conditions in the second of the Race and the ‘Philippines hole’ at the end with very light winds.  My personal highlight was when in 2008 Strewth lost her keel and we (on First 44.7 Cloud) gave up our Race and escorted Strewth back to Hong Kong.  Everyone was safe and we had a great party afterwards!”  Four of the 2008 Cloud crew are on board Ramrod for this year’s Race.

Olivier continues “we are in it obviously to win on corrected time and if the conditions are light, we may have a chance.  It would be great to show that a 15-year-old boat can beat brand new expensive racing yachts!  All we know is that Ramrod is very quick in light air; if she does not perform, it is not the yacht - it is because of us sailing badly!  All of the yachts in our division are our competition, from the TP52s to Ambush to Sell Side Dream, KukuKERchu, Signal 8 etc.”

“Thank you to Rolex and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club for organising such an amazing and challenging Race” finishes Olivier.