One of Hong Kong’s most iconic sporting events of the year the “New World Harbour Race 2012” will take place at Victoria Harbour on October 21st, 2012. Be prepared for a one-of-kind swimming event with 1,500 swimmers crossing Victoria Harbour.
The Cross Harbour Race was first held in 1906 under British Colonial Rule and was one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated events for over 70 years. Hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators had been attracted by this unique race across Victoria Harbour. Unfortunately, the race was halted due to pollution concerns of the water (raw sewage, detritus, rubbish as well as an increase of sea traffic) in the late 1970s.
Last year the Cross Harbour Race was revived after a 33-year absence and became an immediate success. About 1,000 keen swimmers crossed Victoria Harbour and attracted young and old competitors– the youngest were 12 years old, the oldest 68 years. Ling Ting Yu, the winner of the Men’s Open Race 2011, completed the crossing of Victoria Harbour in roughly 20 minutes. Natasha Tang Wing Yun finished within 23 minutes and won the Women’s Open Race 2011.
Swim-Fans will also be happy to hear that the 2012 edition of the Cross Harbour event “ will be held conjointly with “The 5th Asian Open Water Swimming Championships”. Spectators can enjoy 8 individual races and 2 team events over the 1.5km race course crossing Victoria Harbour.
When and where does the “New World Harbour Race 2012” takes place?
The “New World Harbour Race 2012” as well as “The 5th Asian Open Water Swimming Championships” will start at 8:30am. Both competitions will use the same start and finish point from Sam Ka Tsuen Typhoon Shelter in Lei Yue Mun (Kowloon) to Sai Wan Ho Harbour Park Public Pier (Hong Kong Island). While the “New World Harbour Race 2012” will follow an approx. 1.5km course, “The 5th Asian Open Water Swimming Championships” will trace a 5km course around Victoria Harbour.