Four Peaks sailing and running race called off because of frigid Hong Kong weather

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 January, 2016, 10:48am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 January, 2016, 11:10am

The Simpson Marine Four Peaks sailing and running race, which was due to start on Saturday morning, was popstponed indefinitely by organisers on Friday, becoming a casualty of the cold weather affecting Hong Kong this weekend.

With temperatures tumbling, the annual race was facing some of the chilliest and most challenging conditions of its 32-year history.

“This decision has not been taken lightly,” said race chairman Tristan Stewart. “We have looked at several factors, including the weather forecast, the terms of our race permits, the disparity of experience of participants, consideration of peak control and safety boat roles and the overall safety aspect of continuing with the race.

We do understand the effort in preparation that all boats have gone to and we seek your understanding on this decision
Race chairman Tristan Stewart

“We do understand the effort in preparation that all boats have gone to and we seek your understanding on this decision. An announcement of a re-sail date will be made in due course.”

Twenty-eight boats had been set to compete this year over the 55 to 90 nautical miles (depending on boat class).

The Four Peaks Race brings together the sailing and running community for a unique endurance feat. Typically, competitors set off from Tai Tam bay on the Saturday morning, travelling towards Lantau. There, runners are dropped off in an allocated “zone” and travel to shore via a small boat or kayak before and ascend Lantau Peak (934 metres) on any chosen route, before making their way back to the boat for more. From there, competitors tackle three more mountains during the day and overnight: Mount Steinhouse (353 metres) on Lamma, Violet Hill (433 metres) on Hong Kong Island and Ma On Shan (702 metres) in Sai Kung.