Published: Wednesday, 07 March 2018

Twenty-four teams representing 18 educational establishments from across Hong Kong and Macau are preparing to battle this weekend (March 10-11) at the annual Boase Cohen and Collins Inter-School Sailing Festival in front of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. 

Inter School Sailing Festival Draws 18 Educational Institutes 1 

(Photo: RHKYC / Guy Nowell)

Teams of three boats per school will compete in two divisions over two racing days. The format will be team racing – approximately 200 short course races will be run. Teammates’ results are combined and teams with lowest combined score will progress to the finals.

All schools in a division start racing against each other in a Round Robin format. Then, if the schedule allows, the top teams will sail off against each other to decide the winner.

Last year saw King George V School took home the win in the Feva Division (thanks in part to renowned junior sailing siblings, the Gregor brothers) with the Hong Kong Schools Sailing Association winning in the Pico Division.  They are back this year to regain their crown.

Many of the competing schools participate in the Club’s sailing programmes throughout the year, either as individuals or as part of their school’s curriculum.  Joining the 16th anniversary of the Inter-School Sailing festival for the first time are the Harrow International School and Hong Kong Academy.

The event is also designated a clean regatta by the sailors for the Sea Organisation: a non-profit organisation that educates and empowers boaters to protect and restore our oceans and coastal waters.