The Hebe Haven 24 hour Charity Dinghy Race 2013 took place from 2.00pm on Saturday Oct 26 until 2.00pm on Sunday Oct 27 in lovely sunny weather and with a good breeze.
Proceeds from this year’s event will provide funding for four selected Hong Kong charities: The Children’s Cancer Foundation; Enlighten Hong Kong, which provides help to people affected by Epilepsy; The Intellectually Disabled Education and Advocacy League (IDEAL); and TREATS, which, according to their own literature, is dedicated in giving every child a chance to live and participate in an accepting and integrated society regardless of their ability and background.
This is now the 11th year of running this event, which has become bigger and bigger each year. The HHYC borrows boats [dinghies] from other clubs for the event, which this year had 46 competing teams.
Teams taking part included Yacht Clubs, Schools and Universities, as well as charity organisations including Asia Para Games Sailors, Enlighten, TREATS and Sailability Saturday Sailors.
The event has raised more than HK$10 million for charities over the years, but according to Alan Reid, General Manager of HHYC the event is unlikely to reach the one million dollar mark this year as it has lost two of its biggest sponsors.
However, Hebe Haven Yacht Club was buzzing on the days of the event, with many stall holders with goods to sell contributing a proportion of sales revenue to the fund.
The Hebe Haven Winter Saturday Series starts this coming Saturday Nov 2.
At the Hong Kong Yacht Club, the International Flying Fifteen World Championships run from Saturday Nov 2 to Friday Nov 8.