Race Date: 9 November 2019
The Around the Island Race (ATIR) is a 45Km race around Hong Kong Island, organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC).
The race starts and ends at the main clubhouse of RHKYC, Kellet Island in Victoria Harbour. The course goes clockwise around Hong Kong Island, through the eastern end of the Harbour, around past Shek O and Stanley before arriving at Middle Island, the changing location for Relay competitors. The course then continues past Aberdeen, Cyberport and Green Island before entering the western end of Victoria Harbour to continue past Kennedy Town, Sai Ying Pun, the Macau Ferry terminal, the Central Piers and the Wan Chai Convention Centre before finishing back at Kellet Island.
Note: Open - men or mixed crew in whatever ratio
HK$650 per seat including cox.
This covers race entry, welcome party and event t-shirt
Saturday 9 November
0700 Race Control desk opens
0730 - 0845 Support Boats launch from Pontoon
0730 - 0830 Race Boats launch from Slipway (boats should be on the water 30 min prior to start time)
0800 - 0900 Race Starts (7 waves)
0900 - 1300 Erg Challenge
1200 - 1400 Race finishes
1500 - 1600 Awards Ceremony
1600 - 1900 After Event Party
Currency and Money Exchange
The currency in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD) which is pegged to the US dollar (USD) at a rate of about 7.80 HKD to 1 USD. Money exchangers and automated teller machines can be found in Hong Kong International Airport and in many locations across Hong Kong.
The Octopus card is a contactless stored value card that can be used on most public transport in Hong Kong (including Airport Express, MTR (subway), buses, trams, ferries, etc). Octopus cards can also be used for small-value payments at many retailers across Hong Kong. Additionally, payment for food and beverages purchased by participants of the ATIR while within the RHKYC can be made by Octopus card. Octopus cards are available at Reception, Kellett Island. A purchase form must be completed prior to purchasing Octopus cards. Issuing and adding value to Octopus cards can only be by cash. The Octopus cards are non returnable and non-refundable. The Club acts as a service provider, of issuing and adding cash value, and bears no responsibility whatsoever for any damage or malfunction of the cards.
The “Sold Tourist Octopus” is specially for visitors. The cost is HKD39 (~USD5) without initial stored value and no deposit is required. They are available at the airport (MTR Airport Express counter, 7-Eleven or China Travel Service) or any 7-Eleven or Circle K stores in Hong Kong.
Further information can be found on-line at: https://octopus.com.hk/en/consumer/index.html
Causeway Bay and Wan Chai areas are very convenient to the competition venue with a number of accommodation options available. The following link an provide a list of options near the venue:
Arrival through Hong Kong International Airport
Airport Express The train takes 24 minutes from airport to Hong Kong Station. Trains depart every 12 minutes with the last train leaving the airport at 12:45am.
Cost: HK$110/single trip or HK$205/round trip
Tickets can be bought at Airport Express Customer Service Centre or can be bought online (Discount tickets at HK$40/single trip can be bought online at https://www.klook.com/activity/71-airport-express-hong-kong/
Free shuttle buses to certain hotels are available from the City Airport Express Stations. The Shuttle Bus stops at many major hotels in Wan Chai/Causeway Bay areas.
If there are any questions relating to the event, they should be addressed to