Hong Kong Race Week Now Accepting Entries For Feb 12-17 Event
Published: Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Hong Kong Sailing Federation (HKSF) and Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) are joining forces to host Hong Kong Race Week. The event will be sailed out of RHKYC’s Middle Island Sailing Centre just before Lunar New Year.
Created by the Yacht Club in 2014 as an event primarily for youth sailors, featuring classes from the Asian Games and Olympic, Para Olympic and ISAF events, the 2015 competition has been expanded to incorporate a leg of the Asian Sailing Federation (ASAF) Youth Cup, which will attract top youth sailors from around the region to Hong Kong.
Over 60 boats and boards will be available to charter. The organiser expects a very competitive fleet over the four racecourses, with 250 Hong Kong and international sailors contesting the following classes: Optimist, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, 29er, 420, Hobie 16, RS One, Techno 293, Access 303 and 2.4 Metre.
Charters can be arranged through Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Boats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Hong Kong Race Week is not just about the Olympic classes, it also features the Optimist Green Fleet “where racing starts,” which is aimed at competitors’ younger siblings who want to find out what it’s all about, or children who have learned to sail but have not tried racing.
The Optimist Green Fleet is designed to offer less experienced sailors real fleet racing in a training-focused environment. Any sailors over the age of nine who have completed a minimum of Optimist Step 4 are eligible to apply to join the Optimist Green Fleet, subject to approval and the availability of a boat.
Each younger sailor is asked to have a parent volunteer with them to assist with rigging and de-rigging.
(Images: RHKYC / Guy Nowell)