Published: Thursday, 22 October 2015

Entries are open for Hong Kong’s premier international dinghy event – Hong Kong Race Week 2016 (Feb 16-21).

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(Photos: Guy Nowell/Hong Kong Race Week)

Organised by Hong Kong Sailing Federation and hosted by co-organiser Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club at its Middle Island sailing venue, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than 2015, which attracted 265 sailors from seven nations in 12 classes.

The dates have been scheduled to avoid the Lunar New Year holidays to further maximise attendance by youth sailors involved in the Asian Sailing Federation Youth Cup. Last year’s fleet will likely be joined by sailors from Singapore, Thailand and Australia as the event builds in stature.

Hong Kong Sailing Federation President Warwick Downes is positive that HKSF will build on the success of the 2015 event.

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“Each year this event grows and grows in statue as a very well organized regatta with excellent sailing conditions,” says Downes. “Long may this continue!” 

Chairman of the organising committee Peter Davies is keen to highlight the unique conditions that overseas sailors will experience racing in the waters off Hong Kong Island.

“There are not many places in the world where you can race right alongside a major metropolis, in great waters with a million people just on the other side of the mountain, out of sight,” says Davies. “It’s this backdrop that makes a regatta in Hong Kong an experience not to be missed, while at the same time Hong Kong Race Week offers sailors the chance of top level dinghy racing amongst an international entry list."

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Interest in the event is already being expressed by Japan, Singapore and Malaysia, together with the countries that participated in the 2015 event, making it likely that the 2016 event will be the biggest and best Hong Kong Race Week yet.