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Hong Kong, Central, Hong Kong, 2009/05/07 - 37 of the best dragon boat teams in Hong Kong will compete this Sunday May 10th in the territory's toughest race series at the Laracy Gall Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival at Tai Wan To Beach, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong.
Thirty-seven of the best dragon boat teams in Hong Kong will compete this Sunday May 10th in the territory's toughest race series at the third annual Laracy Gall Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival being staged at Tai Wan To Beach, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
At 500 metres the Festival, also known as the 'Lamma 500', is the only competitive race series in Hong Kong to use the international standard race length, and therefore attracts the most athletic racers.
"It's an excellent line up of strong teams in all three divisions," commented Tournament Director Brad Tarr.
"All of last year's champion teams are returning to defend their 'Lamma 500' titles, but they'll be facing tough and determined opposition as these teams have been training for months," said Mr Tarr.
"The race has a fun element to it of course, it's in the nature of the sport, but at the end of the day it's the results on the water that really matter to the teams at the Lamma 500," continued Mr Tarr.
"The racing is going to be excellent to watch for spectators on the beach, especially if the weather continues to be warm and sunny" said Mr Tarr.
Teams will compete in Men's Open, Women's Open and Mixed Open Divisions starting from 9am.
Spectators are welcome to attend, entry is free and food and drinks are available at the beach.
Further information about the Laracy Gall Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival 2009, including directions to the beach and the ferry timetable, is available on the event website.
A Thirsty Horse Event
Lamma 500 2009 Competing teams:
1. The Henley Group Tai Tam Tigers
2. Fat Dragon
4. HK Freedom Dragon
5. The Liechtenstein Princely Navy
6. HKUST Alumni Dragon Boat Club
7. Tai O Hing Yi Dragon Boat
8. HKUST Rowing team Alumni
9. BGC Stormy Dragons
10. Fair Dinkum Shakers
11. HK Island Paddle Club
12. CLP Dragon Boat Team
13. Royal X Men
14. Lamma Dragons
15. HK Electric
1. Buzz Ladies
2. BGC Stormy Dragons
3. HK Island Paddle Club
4. Lamma Ladies 1
5. Lamma Ladies 2
6. Royal X Women
7. Fair Dinkum Movers
1. HK Freedom Dragon
2. HKUST Alumni Dragon Boat Club
3. Chai Wan Fisherman Recreation Club
4. Way Young
5. Poly U Staff Club
6. BGC Stormy Dragons 1
7. BGC Stormy Dragons 2
8. Dutch Connexion
9. HK Island Paddle Club Great Whites
10. HK Island Paddle Club Killer Whales
11. Sun Life Smugs
12. Sun Life Southside Massive
13. Lamma Dragons Mixed
14. Royal X Mixed
Event Title: Laracy Gall Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival 2009
Event Nickname: "The Lamma 500"
Date: 10th May 2009
Venue: Tai Wan To Beach, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Time: 9am to 5pm
Organised by: Thirsty Horse, the Lamma Dragons & the Lamma Fishermen's Associations
Official Charity: Make A Wish Foundation
The toughest race on the calendar, up to 40 Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams compete over the full international 500-metre length course in the "Lamma 500" (lammadragonboat.com) held at the scenic Tai Wan To Beach. The highly competitive racing takes place all day from 9am to 5pm. Spectator entry is free and food and drinks are available. It's an incredible, spectacular, colourful, vibrant day out at the beach for families and junk parties.