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Only 12 days to go until the Hong Kong Race Week 2019

by RHKYC Media 31 Jan 2019 19:38 PST 12-17 February 2019
2019 Hong Kong Race Week © Naomi Rebecca

Under the auspices of the Hong Kong Sailing Federation and organized in conjunction with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, the 6th anniversary of Hong Kong Race Week is only 12 days away!

A constituent of the ASAF Youth World Cup, HKRW continues to grow as the premier dinghy regatta in Asia, fielding over 245 entries from 10 nations including China, Cambodia, Guam, India, Macau, Myanmar, Norway, Sweden, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong. Sailors will compete in 7 classes, racing in up to 12 races each over the five days of competition, with the winners of each class being crowned.

The biggest fleet of the regatta is the Optimist main fleet with 105 competitors racing in two flights. Hong Kong's Douglas Leung will be one to watch after placing 2nd in last year event and first place winner Duncan Gregor moving to the 420 fleet.

2019 sees the biggest Green Fleet since Hong Kong Race Week's inception of the class, with 47 young sailors taking part over three days of racing. As a grassroots development class fostering the growth of yachting, the goal of the Green Fleet is not only to promote sailing to youth but to also help transition young sailors to race in a fun and less intimidating environment. The Green Fleet sail on a dedicated racecourse allowing organisers to be very flexible and run a specialized training oriented race program. Sailors are actively encouraged on the racecourse with advice and tips on how to improve their performance so they can move into the main fleets in the coming year.

For the second year running girls make up more than 30% of the Hong Kong race week fleet. Sailing is a unique sport in that; it is one of the few sports were females and males can compete against each other. Molly Highfield who placed 8th in the 2018 JakartaPalembang Asian Games, will be returning to the Laser Radial fleet in 2019 to see if she can better her position by 1 to take the win. Molly has competed at every Hong Kong Race Week since 2014, first in Optimists then Laser 4.7 and now Laser Radials.

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