Published: Monday, 02 November 2015

Hong Kong's largest and most inclusive sailing event the Around the Island Race (Nov 15-16) will feature more than 200 sailing boats, together with outrigger canoes and coastal rowing boats, battling it out over a 26 nautical mile course.

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(Photos: RHKYC / Koko Mueller)

Introduced as an annual event in 1983 with 258 boats, the largest recorded entry for the modern-day race, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has already received over 100 entries for the 2015 edition. Hong Kong’s world-renowned Victoria Harbour is sure to be filled with a celebration of sail and paddle. Among this year’s entries are crews from China, the United Kingdom, Singapore and the USA.

On race day there will be two start lines immediately in front of the Kellett Island Clubhouse in Causeway Bay featuring up to 20 separate starts for sailboats, while over 30 local and international crews on outrigger canoes and coastal rowing boats will start and finish in the surroundings of the RHKYC Middle Island sailing and rowing centre. 

The racecourse features a 26nm circumnavigation of Hong Kong Island to starboard, which has been sanctioned by Hong Kong Marine Department since 2003. If the breeze is sufficient, boats will finish back where they started, at RHKYC’s Kellett Island clubhouse, however if winds are light, the Race Officer may decide to finish the fleet at Green Island, Cyberport or Stanley.

Entries Open For Hong Kongs Around The Island Race

Partnering with RHKYC is Marriott Rewards, an award winning loyalty programme and a recognised leader in the industry.

“Marriott Rewards is bringing one-of-a-kind events to our elite members in their home towns,” says Vice President, Customer Loyalty & Content, Asia Pacific at Marriott International Anka Twum-Baah. “This is part of our global initiative to create new experiences for our guests and to add value to our award-winning Marriott Rewards programme.  We are extremely delighted to have the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club as a partner here in Hong Kong.  Hosting a members-only event at the prestigious Around The Island Race is our special way of thanking our elite members for their business.” 

The Online Entry Form, Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for the sailboat event can be found at the event website. The official entry deadline is November 9, with late entries accepted until November 12.