Shing aims to rule the sea
Hobie Cat star Tong Shing will battle for honours in the Allied Pickfords Asian Championship which starts today in Tai Tam Bay.
The championship, which ends on Sunday, has attracted 92 sailors and 46 teams from 11 countries, including Philippines, Singapore, China, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Australia and India. Hobies are small racing catamarans mainly used for racing and leisure.
Local hope Shing, who recently won the overall multi-hull section of ABC's 2005 Opening Regatta, is a two-time winner of the Hobie Asian Classic. He will compete against stars such as Asian Games gold medallist Damrongsak Vontim from Thailand and Australia's Bruce Tardrew, a runner-up in the Grand Master's class from the 2004 Hobie 16 World Championships held in Mexico.
'This event is shaping up to be the most competitive multi-hull regatta seen in Hong Kong. We planned to attract top-flight crews to showcase Hobie sailing in the run-up to the Asian Games,' said official Brenda Davies.
The hosting of subsequent editions of the championship will be rotated among various locations in Asia. Next year's edition will again be hosted in Hong Kong in the run-up to the Asian Games in Doha.