Man Dragon Run - countdown (and important info)

Thursday, 06 November 2008 15:05 | Written by  Andrew Orr
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 Some of the hottest names in the surfski world are preparing for the Man Dragon Run on November 22nd in Hong Kong:


  • Dawid Mocke (South Africa) - the defending champion
  • Michele Eray (South Africa) - Odds on favorite in the absence of Katie Pocock (NZ) and Alexa Cole (SA) both of whom will be in Dubai...
  • Dean Gardiner (Australia) - Rumor has it the wily old bird is on song
  • Oscar Chalupsky (South Africa) - The big O, currently racing in Tahiti, is doing last minute training - if there's wind & waves, watch out.
  • Kenny Wallace (Australia) - Olympic sprint champion, has he been putting the distance in?
  • Hank McGregor (South Africa) - recent Epic acquisition, yep Hank will be paddling one of those black boats...
  • Clint Pretorius (South Africa) - "Lightee" has actually been training, anything could happen
  • Lewis Laughlin (Tahiti) - Always a threat in any conditions
  • Daryl Bartho (South Africa) - the fisherman will give it a full go
  • Barry Lewin (South Africa) - usually in the top ten, Barry is hungry...

We'll have an updated entry list shortly from the organizers - but already this looks to be an absolute cracker of a race.  And the following week is... The Dubai Shamaal where all of these paddlers will be taking on the cream of the canoeing world.  Can't wait!

OK, back to reality - here are some more serious admin notes for the Dragon Run competitors: TAKE NOTE!

Bad Weather

In the event that weather conditions make the proposed race course unsafe, the race organizers may alter the course at their discretion. The race organizers have agreed a number of possible alternatives should conditions on the day present a safety risk and every effort will be made to make sure the race goes ahead.

Headcount Check

We intend to do our first race day headcount check at the Sea School in Stanley at 8am on race day before the buses leave for the race start. Everyone therefore needs to be at the Sea School at this time.

Time Cut-off

The organizers will put in place a race safety plan which incorporates 2 time cut-off marks. All paddlers must reach Steep Island at the mouth of Clearwater Bay Beach in under 25 minutes, and the Ninepin Islands in under 1 hr 15 minutes. Those arriving after either of these time cut-offs will be required to retire from the race.

Race Start

We have previously published that the race will start at 11am. However, given that the winds in Hong Kong tend to be stronger in the morning, we are going to make every effort if possible to start a little earlier. We will, of course, only start earlier if none of the paddlers participating in the race are inconvenienced.

Leashes and PFDs

LEG LEASHES WILL BE MANDATORY FOR ALL PADDLERS. THE WEARING OF LIFE JACKETS/PFDS IS STRONGLY ADVISED. Leg leashes will be available for purchase at the race registration/briefing meeting on Thursday November 20th.

More info:

Contact: Andy Orr on 852-90411036; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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