Sunday, November 15, 05:30am – late



Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Middle Island Clubhouse

Please refer to this useful PDF link, if you are a first time visitor to Middle Island

Course Notes

This is a 45km sea change race. The course will start at Middle Island on the south side of the island, going clockwise around the island, through the Victoria Harbour and then along Shek O and Stanley before returning to Middle Island.

Due to heavy marine traffic and expected rough sea conditions at certain parts of the course, sea changes will be restricted at certain parts of the course.

There will be one dry change at Kellett Island, where paddlers will change while parked alongside a floating pontoon.

Detailed Course Instructions can be found in the below PDF:

Race Rules and Safety

It is mandatory that entrants read, understand and comply with the Race Rules and Course Instruction documents so that they can understand the general rules governing all vessels competing in the Around the Island Race. 

Detailed Race Rules and Safety Information can be found in this PDF:

A Summary of Race Rules and Safety Information can be found in this PDF:

Please also note that all racing crews will be expected to provide their own safety equipment (e.g. pfds, first aid kit) – please see race rules above for more details.

Support Boats

Every participating crew will require a motorised escort boat. 

Please note that junk boats cannot be used for escort purposes. Any junk boats hired for spectators must remain out of the designated race course and keep well clear from all competitors and craft performing sea changes.


If you need any assistance in securing an escort boat, contact Lyesin Wong (enquiries@atirhk.com) and she can direct you to companies that offer boat rental services.

Bilingual instructions for support boat and crews and drivers are available below.

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Food and Beverage

We will be catering a buffet spread at the Middle Island hardstand from 11AM, and will be offering a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.