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HK canoeists face test of endurance

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 September, 2007, 12:00am


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The city's paddlers will be able to test their skills at the Hong Kong Open Marathon Canoeing Championships 2007 which will be held at Victoria Harbour on Sunday.

Organised by the Hong Kong Canoe Union, the competition was launched about 20 years ago. This year, the race will start at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Causeway Bay and end at the Hong Kong Sea School in Stanley, a distance of about 29 kilometres.

The competition is divided into several categories. These include men's and women's senior, junior, youth single and youth double, as well as mixed and master categories.

All the participants are certificate holders, as they will require training to deal with the rough seas and heavy traffic.

'It is the biggest event held this year - all participants are experienced,' said Danny Chan Kai-keung, chairman of the union's Racing Committee.

'Many canoe lovers enjoy challenging themselves in this competition. The winds are strong and the waves are big. Persistence, endurance, time control and paddling techniques are key elements in completing the course. In the past, there were lots of participants who could not finish the race.'

Besides personal glory, members of different canoe clubs and organisations will compete for the Club Championship Trophy, which is awarded to the team with the most points.

The competition will be held from 9am to 4pm. The public can watch the race at any waterfront area around Hong Kong Island. There are official public viewing stations in Causeway Bay, North Point, Chai Wan, Hok Tsui, Shek O, Tai Tam and Stanley. Participants are expected to arrive at the finish line from around 3.30pm.

For more information, call 2504 8186