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China defence: Alive is gearing up to defend her line honours title and IRC titles in the Rolex China Race on 28 March.

The extremely well-travelled RP 66 owned by Phil Turner will have a couple of TP 52s and one Cookson 50 to keep her honest on the 565 nautical mile course from Hong Kong to Subic Bay in the Philippines.

Tasmanian Turner lives in Thailand and Alive maintains a busy schedule of racing in Asia and Australia. The boat recorded some impressive results in 2017, including a second in IRC Racing Division at Audi Hamilton Race Week, just pipped by Wild Oats X., chartered by Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

Alive, a navy-hulled canting-keeler took line honours in the Volvo Hong Kong to Vietnam Race last October, arriving in Nha Trang, Vietnam on a two sail reach, after a very quick mainly downwind 673 nautical miles.

At least 25 yachts have entered for the Rolex China Sea Race one of the major offshore events on the Asian calendar. Alive's record for the journey stands at just under two days, set in 2016. rolexchinasearace.com

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Title Annotation:RACE & REGATTA PREVIEW
Publication:Offshore Yachting
Date:Feb 1, 2018
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