Leung and Co aim for high spots

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 January, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 January, 2003, 12:00am

It is a test of endurance which many people deem one of the most demanding events in Asia. But for Alex Leung Sai-yiu, taking part in Aberdeen Boat Club's annual Four Peaks Race is all about sailing past some of Hong Kong's most beautiful landscape.

'I've always loved the ocean and sailing is just one of my favourite sports,' said the 44-year-old architect. 'It is the most primitive way of moving human beings from one place to another over a long distance.'

Leung and his eight crewmates will be on Kelson, one of 19 boats which will set sail from Tai Tam Bay this morning at the start of a race expected to last 24 hours.

Once they reach Shelter Cove, the race's first stop, two runners from each boat will run up Ma On Shan, report in to Peak control, and then run back down to their boats. They will repeat the procedure on Violet Hill in Repulse Bay, Mount Stenhouse on Lamma, and Lantau Peak on Lantau, before heading back to Lamma for the finish at Shek Kok Tsui.

A minimum of two runners from each boat are required to complete each peak.

Leung added: 'This is a good chance for an old guy like me to team up with some of my younger friends since the rules say everybody on the boat only has to run at least one peak. But of course you can run all four if you're fit enough.'

It is Leung's third involvement in the event. He was a helper two years ago and made his debut as a competitor last year. This year's favourites are Wizard, winner in 2000 and 2001, and last year's champion Kam Loon.