The 36th edition of Asia’s ultimate sailing and hill running challenge, the Beneteau Four Peaks Race, was held on 11 to 12 January 2020 and was hailed a huge success.
The popular race sees competitors sail around Hong Kong to four race points, transferring via canoe or swimming ashore. Considered one of the most testing competitions in the region it demands the highest levels of fitness and seamanship. The 2020 edition saw 17 yachts attending and a total number of 130 participants including sailors, runners and paddlers, 21 of whom were female crew. The youngest participant this year was 20 whereas the most senior one 70 – well done to both for taking part!
Here are some impressive results from the event. The First Division B boat finished at 06:59:24, the First IRC Premier boat finished at 09:12:24, and the First IRC Division A finished at 09:22:18. The fastest competitors for Lantau Peak were Nicholas Meillassoux and Adrien Konareff; the fastest for Mt. Stenhouse were Brieuc Lebec and Paul Trouble; the fastest for Violet Hill were Arnaud Coudray and Arnaud Carcel; the fastest for Ma On Shan were Nicholas Meillassoux and Adrien Konareff, (all runners for these four peaks were from the boat Red Kite II); and fastest for The Twins were Ian Hendry and Michael Hieb from boat Five O One.
The fastest total run time was 04:37:50, this was achieved by Red Kite II.
The fastest sailing time by IRC Premier + Div A was from Blackjack with 22:42:35, and in HKPN Div B was Tamandu with 21:20:46.
Well done to all the teams for their involvement, practice and stamina!
To enjoy the ambience of the race, please see the video here.