Dragon Run set to roar once more

Monday, 25 July 2011 06:46 | Written by  Dragon Run
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Dawid Mocke and Ben Allen sprint off the line - DR 2010 Dawid Mocke and Ben Allen sprint off the line - DR 2010 Credits: Graham Uden

The Steelcase Dragon Run” International Surfski and Outrigger Championships 2011 will take place in Hong Kong on Saturday November 19, 2011.

As in previous years, the race will start in Clearwater Bay, and will then proceed SE to the beautiful and rugged Ninepins Islands, then SW past the spectacular Cape D’Aguilar (home of the Hong Kong Marine Reserve) and then to the finish line at the world-renowned tourist destination of Stanley, the home of the famous Stanley Market. The course will cover approximately 24km and, with the seasonal NE monsoon winds blowing, should see 10-20 knot winds and great downwind but very technical conditions for the majority of the race. A race map is attached.

 

 Course Map

Course Map - Steelcase Dragon Run 2011

Given that Hong Kong has a tropical climate, water temperatures at that time of year will be around 23 degrees Celsius, with air-temperature between 18 and 27 degrees. However, despite being in the tropics, because we sit on the bottom of the huge land mass that is China, cold snaps are possible so come prepared!

Prize Purse

We haven’t finalized the prize money breakdown yet, but this year we hope to offer a total purse of US$20,000.  The total amount of cash prizes will be offered based on the level of (international) competition and the number of competitors in each division and will be at the discretion of the race organizers. The prize money break down will be announced soon.

Dawid Mocke

Dawid Mocke has won the race every year except 2009

Ski Hire

There will be a limited number of Epic, Fenn and Think Kayaks surf skis, as well as OC1’s, available for rent. If you are interested in participating in the race and need to hire a surf ski please drop an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (for Epic hire) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (for Fenn surf ski and OC1 hire) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (for a Think Kayaks surf ski).

Dragon Run 2009

2009: Aussie clean sweep: Shannon Eckstein won; Jeremy Cotter 2nd and Tim Jacobs 3rd

Chicken Run

This year, we will again also stage the “Chicken Run” (the short course option). This race will again be open to OC6 competitors. This is an ideal race for local and overseas clubs to target as a short-distance competitive race. For overseas clubs, please contact Lara Wozniak (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to see if we can help arrange to have an OC6 available for rental.

Race Fees

The race entry fee for the Steelcase Dragon Run 2011 will be HK$750 (just under US$100). The race entry fee for the short course, or Chicken Run, will be HK$500.00 (approximately US$65.00). These entry fees also cover the cost of the race registration function and post race party where food and beverages will be provided.

Michele Eray

Michele Eray won in 2008 and 2009

Contact

For race enquiries, please contact Jon Dingley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Andy Orr (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Lara Wozniak (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The use of life jackets/PFDs and leg leashes will be compulsory.

To assist organizers with race planning, please confirm your intention to participate by dropping an e-mail to Jon Dingley, Andy Orr or Lara Wozniak before October 31, 2011.

A race registration function will take place at the Sea School in Stanley (same venue as last year) at 7pm on Friday November 18th and all participants must attend.

Race Website

The race website has been updated. Please visit: http://www.thedragonrun.com.hk/

Previous Results:

2007

Men

  1. Dawid Mocke
  2. Lewis Laughlin
  3. Oscar Chalupsky

2008

Men

  1. Dawid Mocke
  2. Clint Pretorius
  3. Jeremy Cotter

Women

  1. Michele Eray
  2. Michelle Eder

2009

Men

  1. Shannon Eckstein
  2. Jeremy Cotter
  3. Tim Jacobs

Women

  1. Michele Eray
  2. Ruth Highman
  3. Katie Pocock

2010

Men

  1. Dawid Mocke
  2. Jeremy Cotter
  3. David Rhodes

Women

  1. Nikki Mocke
  2. Ruth Highman
  3. Camille de Carmajane-Vesc

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