Published: Tuesday, 01 November 2016

The 24 Hour Charity Dinghy Race is an annual event organised by Hebe Haven Yacht Club in Hong Kong. It will be held Nov 5-6 this year.

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(Photos: Hebe Haven Yacht Club - 24 Hour Charity Dinghy Race 2015)

Since its inception in 2002, the event has raised over HK$10 Million for its chosen charities. The event takes place over a two-day weekend with over 2,000 people passing through its gates as either visitors, participants, volunteers or supporting sponsors. 

It is one of only four 24 Hour race events worldwide and boasts as being the only and longest running 24-hour endurance aquathon in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. The event features a mini village for visitors to enjoy the weekend, with plenty to entertain all the family.

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Sailed in the sheltered waters in front of the Hebe Haven Yacht Club in Sai Kung, the 24HR Charity Dinghy Race offers a challenging lap race sailed around a short course (approximately one nautical mile). The race is kept within sight of the Club and caters for both adults and children who just wish to sail for charity, as well as those who want to enjoy a more competitive weekend on the water.

The event aims at raising money for Hong Kong charities and supporting people in need in the community. Beneficiary organisations include the Children’s Cancer Foundation, Treats, Ideal, Sailability Hong Kong and assisting projects organised by the Sai Kung District Community Centre.

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“This is Hebe Haven Yacht Club’s 14th annual 24HR Charity Dinghy Race, which aims to raise funds for Hong Kong charities and to help people with different special needs, so that they can enjoy a better quality of life,” says Hebe Haven Yacht Club General Manager Lisa Keatley. “Hebe Haven Yacht Club is truly grateful for the full support of our members, sponsors and supporting partners. We sincerely hope that with our resources and everybody’s support, we can promote the sport of dinghy racing while contributing to the community. We hope that more people will come and join such a meaningful event to share with others this year.”

In addition to the action on the water, the 24HR Race Village will feature live music, an array of merchandising stalls, craft beers, excellent food outlets from the Castelo Group, Cali-Mex and Chip In, children’s entertainment, art jamming, printing workshops, face painting and much more throughout the weekend. All of which contributes to creating a carnival atmosphere around the club for the weekend. The event is open free to the public on both days. The village will open from 12:00noon Nov 5 and from 10:00am Nov 6. Live music from the main marquee will kick off at 6pm and run until 11pm.

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The event will be joined by special guest Laura Dekker. In January 2011 and aged just 14 years old, Dekker set out on what was to become a two-year long trip, covering more than 27,000 nautical miles. A journey which would see Dekker acknowledged with the unofficial title of being the youngest person to sail around the globe single-handedly. Dekker now lives in New Zealand on her 38ft yacht Guppy and inspires all that meet her.

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(Laura Dekker on Gubby)