Nine years after Sam Wong Tak-sum established the record for circumnavigating Hong Kong Island in four hours and 31 minutes on a sailboard, his wife and Olympic windsurfing champion, Lee Lai-shan, will attempt to break the mark when she takes part in the Panerai Around the Island Race on Sunday. More than 1,000 sailors in 200 boats are expected to turn up for the event. 'I have been training hard. Last Sunday the Hong Kong wind-surfing squad sailed six hours at a stretch from Cheung Chau to Stanley and back as preparation for this race. The object will be to break the old record,' said San San yesterday. Wong's mark has stood for nearly a decade because this is the first time since 1994 that the 'real' Around the Island Race is being held. In the past few years, the government restricted the race to the eastern side of the harbour, in the interests of safety because of construction work on the Western Harbour Tunnel and the Kowloon reclamation. The Around the Island Race is part of the Government's Relaunch Hong Kong campaign. It is also part of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's China Coast Race week programme, which includes the China Coast Regatta (starting on Friday) and the offshore Hainan Race (starting next Tuesday). 'We sincerely hope this will now become an annual event. We hope the Home Affairs Bureau and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will back us in our efforts to hold this race in this form in the future, too,' said Lowell Chang, the chairman of the race organising committee. San San will be sailing in the company of Amelie Lux, Germany's Olympic gold medallist at the Sydney Games in 2000. 'It will be a very challenging event. The first hurdle is that is very long. We don't normally sail that far in competition. The other is the wind conditions will change when going round the island. We will need to know where to go to catch the wind,' said San San. Organisers yesterday confirmed a number of big names who will take part in the sailing extravaganza. America's Cup helmsmen Gavin Brady (Oracle) and John Cutler (K-Challenge) will be among the entries in the Cruiser Division, sailing on local boats Pinta Husavik and Hocux Pocux II respectively. Also taking part will be four former Soling Olympic gold medallists from Germany and Denmark.