|We could see Deep Water Bay (race finish) from our hotel window|
|Land is scarce but Hong Kong still has amazing sport facilities (next to our hotel)|
Roughly, depends on whether you need a kayak, paddler or boat support. Please check actual site page:
- Solo. HK 2,400 early bird (roughly RM 1,400). Kayak and paddler will be provided. HK 5,300 if support boat needed.
- Team. 5 persons. HK 2,500 per team and bring own support boat. HK 6,200 if support boat needed.
- Team 6 person outrigger canoe. "Carbon neutral" category.
- YAK Team. Two swimmers share a kayak relay style. One paddles and one swims. (HK 2,500 per team kayak provided). This looks quite tough actually. How does a swimmer get into the kayak during the changeover?
Race Day - before the start
|First time meeting the Race Organizer - Doug Woodring|
|Quite a lot of swimmers (mostly relays)|
- 10 a.m. for solos and teams that need more time to finish (about half opted for 10 a.m.)
- 11 a.m. the main starting time
|The 11 a.m. fast group. The eventual winner was 16 years old Bill Thorley on the extreme left|
|The slower 10 a.m. swimmers (my group) about to start. Note the team support boats in front. The sea was already choppy|
Race Day - ACTUAL SWIM
|This is heading for second turning point I think. When you have to do the swimming, that is choppy|
|The course map highlighting where we had to be within 5 hours. I missed it.|
|The fine gentlemen who helped me to my feet|
|My wonderful kayaker Stanley who refused my Tip|
|It was my toughest day in Open Water Swimming|
- The Official results list as the second Malaysian ever to complete the Hong Kong Clean Half in its 11 year history, and my name in
- "Open Water Pedia". I have my own page which says Mohammed Sofian Ismail is an Open Water Swimmer. Ha ha fancy that.
We went to a nearby Italian Restaurant for dinner and took a taxi back to the hotel.
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Have a good day, SMILE and happy swimming. Thank you.