Steelcase Dragon Run 2012

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Tom Schilperoort leading at Ninepin Islands - 2011 Steelcase Dragon Run Tom Schilperoort leading at Ninepin Islands - 2011 Steelcase Dragon Run

If there were such a thing as an “Editor’s Choice” for events, the Dragon Run would be way up there.  The sixth edition of the race is scheduled for 10 November, 2012, and if it isn’t on your bucket list – it should be.

Why the rave?

  • The place: I went to Hong Kong last year with the cliché “concrete jungle” image in mind, and boy, in the CBD, that’s not wrong.  But I was astounded to discover just how much countryside there is and how much outdoor activity is available.  Public transport is cheap, reliable, and once you get the hang of it, easy to use.  This year I intend to take time to explore the islands, away from the shopping and the crowds.

Hong Kong Markets

Everything from shopping 'til you drop...

Hong Kong

...to beautiful seemingly deserted islands offshore from the hustle and bustle.

  • The people: Because of its location, paddlers come from all over the world to take part; last year visitors from fifteen countries were present and, because of its status as an A-category race in the Oceanpaddler World Series, most of the world’s best surfski paddlers will be there.  It’s just great to hang out with these people.
  • The paddling: There are islands everywhere in Hong Kong.  Most of them have sheer cliffs that fall into the sea so the ocean swells rebound and ricochet off them making the paddling highly technical.  In the days leading up to the race, the paddlers train from the race HQ at the Hong Kong Sea School in Stanley, paddling out to Cape D’Aquilar and back.  The cape itself is spectacular – and rough!  The waves crash against the rocks, rebounding into a maelstrom of klapotis.  But there are conditions (and now race courses) to suit everyone, whatever their ability.

Dragon Run

View from the Hong Kong Sea School looking towards Cape D'Aguilar.  

This is where you train in the days leading up to the race

The Courses

This year, the event sees two races: the “normal” long course and an out-and-back short course

Long Course

Starting at Clearwater Bay, the long course involves a diagonal downwind section to the spectacular Ninepin Islands with the wind and waves coming over your left shoulder; a longer cleaner downwind with the wind over your left shoulder; a hectic maelstrom of klapotis mixed with steep runs past the “Kissing Whales” at Cape D’Aguilar and finally a 4km grind on flat water into the wind to the finish at Stanley, home of the world-renowned tourist destination of Stanley Market.

Dragon Run map

Long Course

The course measures approx. 24km and usually sees 10-20kt NE winds.  Should the wind be in a different direction, the race organisers may change the route to maximize the downwind component.

Short Course

The short course, open to single and double surfskis, OCs and SUPs, measures approx. 5km for the SUPs and 9km for the rest.  The race starts at the sea school and heads out towards Cape D’Aguilar and back.

Weather

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 landmass that is China, cold snaps are possible so come prepared!

Tim Jacobs

Tim Jacobs dominated the 2011 race

Prize Purse

The total purse is once again US$20,000, broken down as follows:

Men (single ski) – overall*

  1. $5,000
  2. $3,000
  3. $2,000
  4. $1,500
  5. $1,000
  6. $700
  7. $600
  8. $500
  9. $400
  10. $300

* To qualify for prize money, the 2nd to 10th finishers’ times must be within 10% of the winner’s time.

Women (single ski) – overall**

  1. $2,000
  2. $1,000
  3. $500

**To qualify for prize money, the finishers’ times must be within 25% of the overall winner’s time.

OC1

  • 1st Male $500
  • 1st Female $500***

***To qualify for prize money, the finisher’s time must be within 25% of the overall OC1 winner’s time.

Hong Kong Paddler Hotspot

Hong Kong Paddler (agents for Fenn and Think) are offering a US$500 hot spot prize for the first paddler to reach the turning point at the Ninepin Islands

Clearwater Bay

The start of the 2011 race in Clearwater Bay

 


 

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Ski hire

There will be a limited number of Epic, Fenn and Think Kayaks surf skis 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 a Fenn or Think Kayaks hire).

Entry Fees and Registration

The race entry fee for the Steelcase Dragon Run long course race will be HK$750 (just under US$100). The race entry fee for the Steelcase Dragon Run short course race 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.

A race registration function will take place at the Sea School in Stanley (same venue as last year) at 7pm on Friday November 9th and all participants must attend.

Let us know!

To assist with race planning, it would be appreciated if those intending to participate in the Steelcase Dragon Run 2012 drop an e-mail to either 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.) by September 30th 2012.

Safety

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS YEAR THERE WILL BE NO ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE AT THE SEA SCHOOL. 

Check out The Dragon Run race website - http://www.thedragonrun.com.hk/

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Event information

Hong Kong

10 Nov 2012

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Andy Orr/Lara Wozniak

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