Published: Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Co-organised by Hong Kong Sailing Federation and Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC), Hong Kong Race Week 2016 (Feb 16-21) is now underway, with a record 225 entries representing 13 nations starting the registration and measurement process.

Hk Raceweek

(Photo: Guy Nowell / Hong Kong Race Week)

A constituent event of the ASAF Youth Cup, racing is being organised out of RHKYC’s Middle Island Sailing Centre on the south side of Hong Kong Island, with five race courses being prepared for participating sailors in 11 classes.

The week begins with a practice race to ensure that systems and equipment are in working order, followed by four days of supremely competitive racing.

The largest fleet by far is the Optimist Dinghy class, with 110 entries hailing predominantly from Hong Kong and China, but also featuring junior sailors from Australia, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Canada, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

The 40-strong Laser fleet also features diverse nationalities, with Australia, Bulgaria, Denmark, India, and Indonesia competing alongside their Hong Kong peers in Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial rigs. Only one Indian 29er features in the 30-strong double-handed fleet of 29er, 420 and 470 dinghies and Hong Kong also dominates the RSX Youth and Techno 293 windsurfing, with Chinese Taipai, Japan and Italy represented on the 35 strong entry list.

“With 249 competing sailors and over 175 volunteers, Hong Kong Race Week is growing year on year,” says Race Chairman Peter Davies. “The Organising Committee is very grateful for the support of Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau (Arts and Sport Development Fund), which has enabled HKSF and RHKYC to organise an international event of this calibre. ‘Race Week’ is also proud to bear the stamp of the ‘Appreciate Hong Kong’ campaign for the first time.”