Published: Wednesday, 08 November 2017

Over 230 entries have been received for the Turkish Airlines Around the Island Race which will take place this Sunday November 12.

Turkish Airlines Around The Island Race Receives Over 230 Entries 1 

(Photo: Isaac Lawrence / Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club)

There will be two start lines for the race; one will be located to the east of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Clubhouse in Causeway Bay with the other line located off of Hung Hom.

Start times for various boats types will be staggered due to the fleet size racing around Hong Kong Island. All classes except for the HKPN division will begin racing from the Causeway Bay start line, with boats setting off in five minutes intervals between 8.30am and 10.30am.

The race course sees the fleet sailing around Hong Kong Island to starboard (clockwise), breeze permitting, boats will finish back in Victoria Harbour. However, if winds are light, the Race Officer may decide to finish the fleet at Green Island, Cyberport or Stanley.

This year, the Title Sponsor is Star Alliance member, Turkish Airlines. It is also sponsoring an Around the Island Race photography competition which will choose one person to win a return business class ticket from Hong Kong to any worldwide destination operated by Turkish Airlines.

Serhat Sari, General Manager of Turkish Airlines Hong Kong, said: “We are very excited to be the Title Sponsor for Around the Island Race - the biggest public sailing event of the year in Hong Kong.

“This year is our 15th anniversary of operation in Hong Kong and we hope that through this sponsorship engagement with the sailing participants and a campaign with the public, will bring Turkish Airlines’ brand and service commitment even closer to this Asia’s World City.

“Anyone with the sight of the fleet from right at the waterfront in the harbour or from up on the Peak, or perhaps somewhere at the South Side stands a chance to snap that special photo and win.”