Nick Moloney Sets New Hong Kong to Macau Sailing Speed Record
- In partnership with The St. Regis Macao, Nick Moloney sets new sailing speed record on windsurfer
- The St. Regis Macao Cup celebrates fastest sailing vessel from Hong Kong to Macau
- The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central, opens on 17 December
21 November 2015: Nick Moloney, professional sailor and renowned ocean adventurer, yesterday set a new sailing speed record in partnership with The St. Regis Macao.
Tying the two historic sea port cities together, a 26-mile (42km) route across the Pearl River Delta from south of Lamma Island in Hong Kong to a waypoint off Macau’s Hac Sa Beach in Coloane, Moloney spent 5 hours, 29 minutes and 43 seconds to complete the journey.
Moloney set the record in partnership with The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central, the ultra-luxury hospitality brand that is part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), who open their doors next month.
Paul Cunningham, General Manager of The St. Regis Macao, said: “With 15 world sailing speed records under Nick’s belt, the aficionado spirit of St. Regis came alive in Macau today. Our passion for delivering experiences beyond expectations, of taking people’s dreams and making them a reality, was embodied in today’s record attempt. There are moments in life that will forever remain embedded in our hearts. It has been thrilling for us to work together to create that experience with Nick here today, and we endeavour to create those moments for all our guests at The St. Regis Macao.”
Using a brand new Goya board, sails and equipment imported from Hawaii especially for the attempt, Moloney said: “We have been watching the weather for the last few weeks, waiting for the right conditions. Finally today we had a weather window that gave us variable conditions from light winds to strong. It required many manoeuvres and a lot of extra distance to be sailed to complete the course. In total I windsurfed 85.7km, hit over 40km/h at times and surfed down some big waves. Thank you to The St. Regis Macao for being such great supporters of unique experiences both on and off the sea, as adventurers and athletes from all walks of life pursue their true passions.”
Cunningham continues, “The St. Regis Macao invited Nick Moloney to achieve something exciting and unforgettable that lives and breathes the St. Regis spirit of pursing adventure and speed. It was important for us to create a legacy, something that would be more than a simple one-off record, so we created The St. Regis Macao Cup.”
The St. Regis Macao Cup recognises the fastest passage between Hong Kong and Macau on a specific route, on any wind powered vessel at any time of year.
Moloney admits that setting this record on a windsurfer was a considerably more challenging feat for him personally.
He says, “We decided to attempt the record on a windsurfer although we also considered other options. I am a professional sailor by trade yet only an amateur windsurfer. Personally I love establishing and breaking records, but am now committed to promoting water sports to as many people as I can. We therefore designed the route for any sailing vessel. The windsurfer seemed fitting for the broader Hong Kong region and hopefully it will encourage people to get on the water to try and add their name to The St. Regis Macao Cup. Windsurfing has few obstacles and a strong fraternity. You can be almost any age and become part of the windsurfing world, a world that is relaxed and freer. For me, it is the perfect water sport for people who feel that urge to get onto the water, experience and learn about sailing, and chase the horizon.”
Windsurfing is still the only discipline that has earned Hong Kong an Olympic Gold Medal when Lee Lai Shan became an Olympic Champion in the 1996 Atlanta Games and the city has high hopes for Olympic hopefuls Hayley Chan Hei-Man and Michael Cheng Chun-Leung in Rio next year.
“It is, without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable and challenging water sports. I know there is a strong, core group of windsurfers in Hong Kong and Macao but, as with many places around the world, it seems to have taken a back seat over the last decade or two with newer developments such as kitesurfing, standup paddle boarding and surfskiing. But nothing beats the unforgettable experience of plaining at high speed when the wind, the sail and the board work in sync together.”
Nick Moloney is the only person to have windsurfed the notorious Bass Strait between mainland Australia and Tasmania, unassisted and solo.
He set the record in 1998 shortly after learning to windsurf.
Sailing is in Nick’s blood; he has twice competed in the America’s Cup, raced around the world three times under sail, held numerous sailing speed records and strongly believes that the key basic windsurfing principles apply to any sailing vessel regardless of the type of wind powered water sport.
“Aero and fluid dynamics, understanding currents, wind directions and wind shifts are key aspects of sailing any boat. These attributes are highly amplified in windsurfing and good windsurfers generally make very good all-round sailors. Anyone who loves the water should give windsurfing a try and I am looking forward to seeing who claims the next St. Regis Macao Cup sailing record.”
The route for The St. Regis Macao Cup has been designed to allow all types of sailing craft to compete for the record, from windsurfers to kite boards, from foiling catamarans to super-maxi yachts. The straight line distance is 25.8 nautical miles (47.7km). The starting line is at Yuen Kok Lighthouse on the South East tip of Lamma Island. The finish line is at Yeding Jiao Reef.
About Nick Moloney
Nick Moloney has been a professional sailor for nearly thirty years. He has twice competed in the America’s Cup and is the holder of 15 world sailing speed records. Nick has circumnavigated the globe three times in three disciplines, competed in ten Sydney-Hobart races and is the holder of an Australian Sports Medal for services to sailing. He has crossed the Atlantic twenty times and is still the only person to have windsurfed the Bass Strait between Australia and Tasmania solo and unassisted. Please see his full biography here. And Nick Moloney's website here: www.nickmoloney.com
About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at over 30 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis Hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. From Bal Harbour to Bangkok, Saadiyat Island to Shenzhen, the St. Regis brand caters to a new generation of luxury travellers and continues to thoughtfully build its portfolio in the most sought after destinations at the heart of today’s grand tour. Plans for the brand to expand its legacy include much-anticipated St. Regis Hotels & Resorts in Asia, where St. Regis has announced plans to open hotels in Changsha, Haikou Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Lijiang, Macao, Mumbai, Nanjing, Qingshui Bay, Sanya Haitang Bay and Zhuhai. Additionally in Europe and the Middle East, St. Regis will continue to expand in Amman, Astana, Istanbul and Dubai. For more information on St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.stregis.com, for the privilege of residential ownership, please visit www.stregis.com/residences, and to learn how the brand celebrates the art of play visit www.stregis.com/familytraditions. Connect with St. Regis on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in some 100 countries and over 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, Element® and the recently introduced Tribute Portfolio™. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood recently announced plans to spin off its Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc. business, a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands, into a standalone public company by the end of 2015. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
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