Published: Friday, 20 January 2017

The 33nd edition of Beneteau Four Peaks Race supported by Simpson Marine will be held on Jan 21-22 from Aberdeen, Hong Kong.

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(Photos: Simpson Marine - Beneteau Four Peaks Race 2016)

The 2017 itinerary is the same as last year, and comprises Lantau Peak (934m), Mount Stenhouse (353m), Violet Hill (433m), and Ma On Shan (702m) with the finish line at Round Island.

This annual overnight multisport race has been organised by the Aberdeen Boat Club since 1985 and is the second of its kind in the world. There are still only four others: three are in Britain, including the original 1977 Three Peaks Race, and the other one is in Australia. The Hong Kong race is tailor-made for hard working, hard playing Hong Kong. The 170 kilometres on the water, 30 kilometres running and 2,350m of climb are completed within a gruelling day and night effort.

With the average boat taking 24 hours to complete the race last year, the event requires landings by transfer craft/kayak or swimming, speed and strategy on land over rough terrain up to the four selected hills, and fine seamanship and sailing skills on the water. Tactics, practice and stamina play a big part, while competitors come back again and again for both the excitement and the camaraderie. It requires the highest levels of fitness and seamanship from the competitors and the best of race stewarding and safety management from the organisers.

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"Beneteau is delighted to become the title sponsor for this year’s Four Peaks Race,” says Beneteau Asia Managing Director Thibaut de Montvalon. “It is a unique event. With both its sailing and running components, lasting overnight and covering iconic locations within Hong Kong territory, it is not only a regatta but a true adventure! Bénéteau is very proud to participate in and support the event. We build yachts with passion and for passionate sailors, wanting to share memorable times with their friends and family. The Four Peaks race is, therefore, the ideal occasion to demonstrate the values of our yachts and our commitment to sailing in Asia. I wish the best to all participants in The Four Peaks Race 2017 and I look forward to being on the start line with you!”

"We are all really looking forward to Saturday, getting started and seeing how are preparation will pay off,” says Simpson Marine Senior Yacht Broker David Walder. “The Four Peaks Race must be one of the best races around which test navigation, tactics, seamanship, fitness and endurance.  With the course changes for 2017, there is even more to think about and getting the tactics of drop off and pic ups will be even harder.”

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