Published: Friday, 13 November 2015

Some 240 boats will line up in front of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Causeway Bay for the start of the Marriott Rewards Around The Island Race (Nov 15), a 26 nautical-mile clockwise circumnavigation of Hong Kong Island, first recorded as starting in 1864 with an entry list of six boats.

Hong Kongs Around The Island Race Ready To Kick Off

(Photo: RHKYC/Xaume Olleros)

With the first 90 minutes of starts getting underway at 0830hrs, the first boats should finish their race around mid-day if the breeze delivers as forecast, however as all competitors race under handicap, the fleet will continue to finish throughout the afternoon until the cut-off time of 1700hrs.

Also challenging each other over the same distance, 11 coastal rowing boats and 22 outrigger canoes hailing from as far as Singapore, China and the US will start and finish their race at RHKYC’s Middle Island sailing and rowing centre on Hong Kong’s south side. Throughout their race, the outrigger canoe crews must complete changeovers in the water, a tricky manoeuvre which requires each boat to be accompanied by its own safety team.

This iconic race is Hong Kong’s largest exhibition of paddle and sail and is a ‘must do’ for water sports enthusiasts in the region.

Hong Kongs Around The Island Race Ready To Kick Off 1

(Photo: RHKYC/Koko Mueller)

Marriott Rewards is an award-winning loyalty programme and a recognised leader in the industry. These accolades make this programme an ideal partner for the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and the Around the Island Race, which boasts one of the largest race fleets of any event in the region.

In conjunction with their support of this major event, the Marriott Rewards team will be following competitors and volunteers via social media throughout the race weekend ­from their final preparations to the race itself, and the post race celebration and prize giving on November 16.