Conditions at this time of the year in Hong Kong are great for paddling. The North East monsoon – the prevailing wind at that time of the year in this part of the world - should provide for some excellent down-wind paddling conditions. If the prevailing winds blow, the proposed race course should consist of mainly down-wind paddling. If “normal” conditions prevail, we would expect a steady NE wind and waist/chest high swell through the down-wind sections. Water temperatures will be around 23 degrees Celsius, with air temperature between 18 and 27 degrees. Though last year was unseasonably cold – just during that weekend – so bring something warm to paddle in just in case.
Long Course Race start: Clearwater bay beach, Clearwater bay, Kowloon, 10am Saturday November 10th. Race Finish: Stanley Main beach (the Stanley Sea School), Hong Kong Island. Transport for skis and paddlers from the Stanley Sea School (also the race finish) to the race start will be provided. Details will be confirmed in due course and at Race Registration.
Short Course Race start: Stanley Sea School, 10am Saturday November 10th. Race finish: Stanley Main Beach (the Stanley Sea School).
The use of leg leashes and PFD’s will be compulsory.
Clearing the southern side of Steep Island in 20 mins
Ninepins 1 hr 5 mins
A diagram of the proposed Long Course and Short Course race courses are set out below:
Steelcase Dragon Run 2012 – Long Course Map
Steelcase Dragon Run 2012 – Short Course Map
As seen on the map above the Dragon Run tracks a course that runs due SE changing to SW changing to W and finally a heading of NW. The geography of HK as a cluster of Islands greatly affects wind patterns and as such it is very difficult to fully predict and describe the conditions that paddlers will face, making this a technical course to paddle.
November brings some of Hong Kong’s best weather and also paddling conditions, the predominant N to NE winds will make the extended SW leg an exciting and fast run. But also this time of year can bring our most rapid changes in weather. Winter Monsoon winds and rapidly changing swell patterns can bring cold and VERY technically challenging conditions.
All paddlers MUST attend the safety briefing delivered as part of registration.
All paddlers MUST wear a ‘vest’ design Personal Flotation Device (PFD) with inherent buoyancy, manually inflating devices are not allowed.
3All paddlers MUST have a whistle attached to their PFD.
All paddlers MUST wear a leg leash, attached to both themselves and their surf ski or outrigger canoe, throughout the race. Paddlers starting the race without a leg-leash attached and wearing their PFD will be DISQUALIFIED and notified at the end of the race.
All paddlers ARE ADVISED to carry a mobile phone or VHF radio in a secure ‘dry-bag’. Paddlers can call the Dragon Run Safety Officer on +85290411036 or make VHF distress calls via Channel 16 or call up the Dragon Run safety team using the following call sign ‘DRAGON RUN SAFETY TEAM’.
Paddlers who pull-out of the race before the finish and are not escorted or removed by a safety boat MUST contact the Dragon Run safety officer on +85290411036 or report their withdrawal in person to Andy Orr at the HK Sea School in Stanley. Failure to do this may result in the Maritime Rescue Control Center being requested to search for them. Paddlers will be liable for any search and rescue costs incurred by a paddler who pulls out and fails to inform either the Safety Officer or race officials at the Hong Kong Sea School.
All paddlers are recommended to paddle the course before the event and ensure they have adequate knowledge, skill, experience and fitness to complete the event.
All paddlers are recommended to carry a handheld position indicating flare with them at all times during the race.
All paddlers are recommended to dress appropriately for the race conditions and remember that cold wind is likely. Extended exposure to these conditions and/or extended immersion in cold water can lead to hypothermia.