Steelcase Dragon Run about to roar…

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Race Director Andy Orr briefs the paddlers Race Director Andy Orr briefs the paddlers Credits: Rob Mousley, www.surfski.info

The briefing’s been done, 138 surfski paddlers (and over a hundred OC1 and OC6 paddlers) are checked in and ready to go.  And the weather forecast is looking better and better.

Race forecast

My race juice is in the deepfreeze!  The forecast has been changing almost hourly but it looks now as though we’ll have a gentle wind from the north and my guess is that it's going to be hot and muggy - what little breeze there is will be coming from behind - at about the same speed that we'll be paddling!

We’ve paddled each day from the Hong Kong Sea School out to the “Kissing Whales” - rocky islands that, when viewed from further up the race course, look like, well…  a pair of whales, kissing.  On Wednesday and Thursday, conditions were classic – a brisk 15-20kt northeaster was blowing.  The trade winds come back again on Monday (of course).  But hey, we'll take what we're given - at least it won't be a headwind (we hope!)

The islands that make up Hong Kong are often sheer sided – and the waves rebound, creating a challenging maelstrom of chop… It’ll be interesting to see how choppy it still is, after an overnight lull in the wind.

Wish us luck...

New skis launched

Think Kayaks launched their new beginner's boat, with the announcement of the new name - it's the Think Eze (pronounced "easy").  Daryl Remmler is paddling it in the race tomorrow - and I hope to have a go in it after the race.

A long awaited entry in the doubles category is the Epic V10 Double...  Oscar Chalupsky has been promising this boat to the market for the last three years ("it'll be ready by Christmas"!) and it's now a reality - and I'll have some pics and first impressions up soon.  

Race stories, interviews and results will be up as soon as possible...  

 Dragon Run

The race supports the Paddle for the Planet initiative - Dawid Mocke, international ambassador for the project.

Dragon Run

Hong Kong is truly beautiful (view from the bus on the way to Stanley - where the race finishes)

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The event is not only about paddling of course - we visited some of the markets in Central District and in Kowloon

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Dragon Run

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Shopping in the "Ladies' Market".  The markets are great fun - and the electronics area has great prices - some 40% cheaper than South Africa at any rate...




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