Hosted in conjunction with Sun Hung Kai & Co. Hong Kong Race Week – organised by the Sailing Federation of Hong Kong, China and co – organiser Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.
270 sailors will take to the water to compete at Sun Hung Kai & Co. Hong Kong Race Week 2024, incorporating the 2024 29er Asian Championship this week in Hong Kong. 10 countries and regions will be represented including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong (China), Ireland, Japan, Macau (China), Mainland China, Singapore, Thailand and the USA. Running from 31 January to 4 February, the championships promises a great week of fierce competition amongst this talented group of sailors from Asia and beyond.
As a World Sailing recognised one-design class, the 29er is the largest asymmetric class in the world; having global appeal as a double handed skiff with fractional spinnaker and trapeze. Youth sailors are drawn to its speed and handling, with the 29er class being raced in over 30 countries worldwide and extensively in 5 regions of Asia.
The 2024 29er Asian Championship continues to showcase Hong Kong as a racing destination of choice for the 29er Class, being the venue of the first 29er World Championship organised in Asia and the inaugural 2023 29er Asian Championship. Organised by Hong Kong Sailing Federation in conjunction with Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (and for the 2024 29er Asian Championship, the International 29er Class Association), racing will be conducted from Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Middle Island water sports training centre on the south side of Hong Kong Island.
Raced in 10 classifications over three racecourses, the regatta is held on Hong Kong’s renowned world class racetracks, which have previously played host to the 2023 29er Asian championship, 2018 29er World Championship, the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race # Leg 4 Stopover, the 2017 Optimist Asian & Oceania Championship and the 2015 Etchells World Championship.
Sun Hung Kai & Co. Hong Kong Race Week Chairman, Peter Davies is enthusiastic about the build up to the event, “we are very excited to again host the 2024 29er Asian Championship in Hong Kong and build on Asia becoming a significant venue on the 29er world racing circuit. There has already been great interest from teams around the world and we can’t wait to put on a great show here in Hong Kong. Our world class race management teams run first class racing out of our beautiful yacht club facilities in the heart of Hong Kong and we look forward to hosting the top 29er sailors from around the region and beyond”.
Hong Kong Race Week is now entering its second decade, having been established in 2014 with a vision to emulate similar large scale multiple class youth dinghy regattas staged in other parts of the world such as Sydney, Miami and Kiel. After a three-year break during Covid, the regatta returned last year. For 2024 the entry list has swelled to over 230 boats, with very strong interest coming from the Mainland of China, where there is recognition of the high quality of the event. This expansion has for the first time has been facilitated by the transportation of boats across the border from neighbouring clubs in the Greater Bay Area.
In the 29er class Emily Polson and Tiffany Man will renew their rivalry with Cameron Law and Christopher Lam, as their younger brothers Raphael Mak and Louis Polson try to get in amongst the spoils.
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