Dinghy marathon date set

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 July, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 July, 2004, 12:00am

The annual 24-Hour Charity Dinghy Race has been re-scheduled for September 25 and 26, according to organisers Hebe Haven Yacht Club.

The race, which takes place in the waters off Sai Kung, was postponed from May due to the construction of pontoons in front of the Pak Sha Wan clubhouse.

The annual event started two years ago with an emphasis on youth, charity and fun. It is the only 24-hour dinghy event in Asia and one of the four known worldwide.

The club hopes to raise at least $750,000 for the Children's Cancer Foundation, as well as the Sai Kung branch of Senior Citizen Home Safety Association (SCHSA), through the event.

'We anticipate something in the region of 30 dinghies competing, comprised of a mix of youth and adult teams sailing on four types of boat - Topper Topaz, Enterprise, Laser Stratos and Laser,' said event chairman Roger Eastham.

Competitors are required to sail repeatedly around a 1.6-kilometre course. Pit stops will be set up at intervals for the changing of crews.

Set up in 1989, the Children's Cancer Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for young cancer patients and help hospitals upgrade equipment and services.

SCHSA is a charitable organisation set up in 1996 in response to an unexpected cold spell that killed more than 100 unattended old people. It offers 24-hour emergency support to the elderly and invalids living alone.

For race details and applications, visit www.hhyc.org.hk or call 2719 9682.