Published: Monday, 27 March 2017

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club announced the release of the Notice of Race for the Zhik 29er World Championship 2018 (December 30 2017-January 8 2018) and entry for the event is now open. Hong Kong will be the first Asian city to stage the race.

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(Photos: Michele Felder, Naomi Rebecca, Guy Nowell / RHKYC)

For the 18th edition, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club expects a large fleet, capitalising on it's off-season scheduling for the northern hemisphere and the close proximity to sailing communities in Australia and New Zealand. 

In preparation for the 29er World Championships, the Pre-Worlds event will kick off on December 27. Early registration includes teams from Australia, the UK and Germany.

Zhik 29er World Championship Opens Entry

(Hong Kong Race Week)

As a World Sailing recognised one-design class and one of the few sailing disciplines where competition is not segregated on the basis of gender, the 29er is the largest asymmetric class in the world – having global appeal as a double-handed skiff with fractional spinnaker and trapeze. Youth sailors are drawn to its speed and handling, with the 29er class being raced in over 30 countries worldwide. 

The 2018 event will witness the 29er World Championship being organised in Asia for the first time for encouraging development of the class in the region. Competitors from India, Japan, Singapore and Thailand are expected to attend, together with the more traditionally established fleets from Australia, Europe and the USA. 

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Peter Backe, Race Chairman for the 2018 29er Worlds, said: “We are very excited to host the 29er World Championship in 2018. Hong Kong will be first Asian city to stage a 29er World Championship. There has already been great interest from teams around the world and we can't wait to put on a great show here in Hong Kong. We will make sure there will be challenging and fair racing run by our World Class race management teams. When not racing, there will be time to enjoy our beautiful yacht club facilities in the heart of Hong Kong.“

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