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On 20th October the prize-giving ceremony for the 2012 Hong Kong to Hainan Race was held at Sanya’s Serenity Marina.
With an average VMG of 13.4kts, Sam Chan’s TP52, the Freefire, arrived at the dock at Serenity Marina at 5:03:54 p.m. on the 19th October after 28 hours 43 minutes 54 seconds at sea, claiming the highest prize of the race.
Sam Chan, the captain of the boat, could not contain his joy as he said “We had great wind and a great angle the whole way, giving us another new record and beating our old one. It’s great to be back in Hainan and without any damage to the boat, which topped out at 23kts.”
First held in 1997, the Hong Kong to Hainan Race was a biennial event created to welcome the return of Hong Kong. Management of the race fell into difficulty in 2009 when logistical issues proved insurmountable. 
Twelve boats set off on 18th October from Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour at 1220hrs, for one of the best distance-races to Sanya’s Serenity Marina. Having previously successfully held the 2012 Volvo Ocean Race and the 2012 Around Hainan International Regatta, the Serenity Marina won the chance to become the co-organizer of the race, with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.
Two international exhibitions will be held at Sanya’s Serenity Marina in November and December, including Meixing Festival from 15th to 18th November and the 6th Sanya International Yacht Expo from 14th to 17th December.
SOURCE: Sanya Luhuitou Peninsula Yacht Dock  & WOS