Racing Manual / Rules
To ensure a safe, well run and happy event, please pay close attention to instructions in the
Guidelines in this Manual which bears the status as Race
By-laws and should be read in conjunction with the Rules.
Rules are included in this Manual.All participants should
have a chance to circulate and read this document in advance !
Four weeks prior to the Race on Dragon Boat Festival,
each team can claim a hard copy of the Racing Manual at the beach during
official practise sessions.
I. Guidelines for participants
Stanley Main Beach, Hong Kong (see
Site Plan fig. 1)
08:00 - 18:30 (please refer to Race Schedule for details),
provisionally. All heats will be staged in the morning, all finals and 2nd
round races in the afternoon.
Tentatively, Eye-dotting and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony will be
held at 13:30 , Prize presentation at 18:15. Some trophies
for Men's Class B will be presented before that. (see #12)
Special Prizes like the Most-outstanding-outfit teams will
be presented at around 3:30.
There will be a huge crowd on race day and normal to see a
serious shortage of parking space. It is advisable to set
off early in the morning. Bus companies will provide extra
service. Basically except Race Officials, no parking space
will be allocated. But there may be special arrangements.
Please read team memos for latest news. Please use public
transport & prepare for outbound traffic congestion
afterwards. Alternative transport options include buses or
minibuses to / from Stanley Plaza. Usually it is much easier
to find seats on buses there after races finish.
the race day from 0700 up to 2000hr Link Road and Hoi Fung
Path will be closed, and reserved for logistics and
Loading /unloading of team buses should be done at Tung Tau
Wan Road ( in front of Sea School) or Stanley Beach Road (
in front of the mini car park near the waterfront cafe/
beach complex). Unloading at Tung Tau Wan Road is more
advisable as it is nearer to the main entrants (1 and 2 in
the map, at Hoi Fung Lane) for athletes and the public, also
more convenient to get to the pier.
Every year tourist buses waiting at Stanley Beach Rd cause
heavy traffic jam, so the police has decided to suspend most
parking meters along Stanley Beach Rd and Mound Rd and
allows all vehicles to load and unload nearly all the way
there. Please try to load and unload early at Mound Rd if
there is congestion.
Team member(s) and their companion(s) traveling to and
returning from pleasure boats moored outside the buffer zone
should always keep away from the race course. No
unauthorized entry into the race course and buffer zone.
Otherwise the wave and the blocking caused by these shuttle
boats not only lead to delay, or become a nuisance, but also
endanger both the rowers and their own passengers. Any one
intentionally deny the rules &/or disobey proper
instructions of designated official(s) will, perhaps
accompanied by the whole team, be disqualified at once or,
be classified as stand-by entry, or even suspended in future
events. Every year such motor boats cause a great trouble
for race management and lead to delay, so please be
6.2 Anyone opting for such "unofficial" boat ride are at
their own risk and should avoid overloading.
6.3 All pleasure boats to be moored at the designated race
area (including race course buffer zone) must first be
registered with the organizer and observe and follow
instructions delivered by race officials or the police.
Defiance of such instructions may lead to disqualification
of the respective team (s).
6.4 Since 2005, following the instructions of Marine
Department, the organizer strengthens control of water
surface and arranges its own official shuttle boats. Please
liaise with the organizer for tickets.
7.1 On the Race Day temporary First Aid post will be set up
at the Grand Stand. During official practice sessions in the
weekend in peak seasons (May & June), from 9am to 5pm, there
will be first aiders from St John’s Ambulance Assn on duty
at our Training Base. Teams can also use the government
first aid service at Stanley Main Beach.
7.2 It is the responsibility of the person or organization
making the entry to satisfy himself or itself that all crew
members are physically fit and are able to swim. The
organizer recommends wearing buoyancy aid or lift jackets at
all time. It is personal / team equipment, but the organizer
provides rental service.
7.3 Practice should be restricted to the official racing
area (i.e. 500m radius from the Stanley Main Beach). Race
course is about 270m long.
7.4 For safety reasons, all members of the team must be
familiar with the essence of the "Capsize Drill" (may opt
for different formats, e.g. call out numbers or memorize the
one sitting next to each one before setting off, and in case
of incidence each member should be accounted for as such ).
After sinking, all crew members must return to the shore and
all crew members line up right in front of the Judge Table /
Official Stand for Team Captain/ Manager to take roll call
to make sure everyone is accounted for. Then the team may
dismiss or carry on with the remaining race or practice only
when the team leader has reported to the "Beach Marshal
Table" that the whole team is safe.
(Please read IDBF Water Safety guidelines
7.5 The organizer take no responsibility for safety of any
personal belongings. Lockers can be booked from the
Please exercise self-restraint to keep the beach clean. Each
team manager should claim a garbage bag from the Enquiry
Booth and take care of cleanness of the team.
hiring resting marquee (tents), please contact the
secretariat in advance ( $2000 per day for a 3mx 3m
aluminum-alloy frame ). The team banner, flag, etc.
should be put inside the booth/ tent only for identification
purpose and should not exceed 8' x 2' in size. Otherwise a
fee of HK$3000 will be charged as for advertisements. (
also details below for promotional give-aways)
10.1 As it is in early Summer and wind and rain condition is
unpredictable, for safety reasons in undesirable conditions,
or under instruction of the police to finish it before dusk,
the race may, partially or otherwise, be terminated,
canceled, combined or shortened. No appeal or request for
refund will be entertained if such decision is made due to
such weather. (For practice sessions read also 4.4 of part
10.2 At 7:00 am, if the typhoon signal number 3, or other
signal even higher, is hoisted, or the red or black
rainstorm warning is announced by the observatory,
events will be postponed to 12:00noon with race schedule
streamlined. If the weather do not improve at 10am,
the whole event will be cancelled.
11.1 Team Managers and Team Captains should familiarize
themselves with this Information Pack, Race Rules and
details of the draw sheets as printed in the programme.
Important information should be shared with and conveyed to
members of the team. This information booklet should be
circulated in the team.
11.2 Most important messages will be post up in the Race
web page. The Secretariat is extremely busy. Once
information is dispatched by post, we will not entertain any
request of sending it again by e-mail, fax or otherwise.
11.3. On the event day, do NOT swamp the Umpires' Desk
with questions or irrelevant requests and hamper their work.
All enquiries should be directed to the Information Desk
[which is to be set up in front of the Official Stand].
12.1 The fastest 6 finalists in Plate and Cup Finals will
each receive a trophy (unless otherwise announced, such as
the Grand Final in which only the fastest 3 will obtain
Special arrangements for Class B Men's and Mixed races:
the fastest 3 of each heat in the first round will receive
small trophies right after the heat. However, there will not
be public announcement and teams should come up to claim
such small trophies.
12.2 To further enhance the lively atmosphere and your
enjoyment, we will again set trophies for the
"Most-Outstanding-Outfit Teams". Contestants for such must
parade at the beach in front of the Judge Table at lest
once, before 2:30pm. (see ceremonies )
12.3 Starting from 2005, a new trophy for “the best
teamwork of the year award” is introduced. Criteria of such
include all pre-race practices of the season.
Souvenirs & Promotional
13.1 T-shirts and other souvenirs can be found in our
special booth. T
13.2 Without prior permission from the organizer, no
teams or individuals are allow to sell or give out any
souvenirs, posters, leaflets or any form of giveaways in the
official area ( including the beach, warm-up area, car park,
booths, etc). No commercial or promotion activities are
allowed. Please liaise and seek prior approval from the
Organizer and all material must be sent to the Secretariat
for scrutiny at least 2 weeks in advance.
13.3 The organizer accepts order to produce team uniform or
souvenir shirts. Please contact the secretariat for details.
14.1 NO TEAM SHOULD MAKE PERSONAL ARRANGEMENT WITH THE
OFFICIAL STEERSMAN &/or TRAINER OR PAY THEM DIRECTLY and
bypass the proper booking procedure. It may cause
difficulties in accounting and other serious problems.
14.2 All pre-race payment must be settled at least one day
before the race.
14.3 Cheques for booking steersmen for the Race Day, as
well as the booking form, should arrive at the organizer at
least 2 weeks in advance. Please try your best to meet such
deadline so as to reduce workload of the Secretariat and
allow time to produce the scoreboard to show such status
(with asterisks) . Otherwise if such deadline cannot be met,
please spare the check but pay by CASH at the designated
steersman booking booth on the race day.
14.4 Each team must provide the team name in both Chinese
and English language, otherwise if it is decided by the
Organiser, no protest will be accepted. It is the
responsibility of the team to submit the team name correctly
together with the application form. The organizer bear no
responsibility and do not guarantee to translate and/ or
announce the team name correctly or elegantly to suit the
taste of the parties concerned. If the team concerned
request a change or rectification of team name after entry,
the administration cost of HK$500 must be officially paid to
the Secretariat first. If any member of the team found
harassing the commentator or other race officials regarding
such dispute, a warming (yellow card) will be issued to the
team (each time).
14.5 The “Team Confirmation Form” must be submitted to the
Secretariat at least 2 weeks prior to the Race.
15.1. Since 2009 there was no longer any differentiation and
categorizing of Men’s division into Chinese and Expat (Class
A or B ). However still only those in Men's class A will be
able to advance to the prestigious Overall Grand Finals (
i.e. the last 3 events of the day).
15.2. Class A is the Elite grade. All Class A Cup finalists
and the fastest 3 in the Plate Final in previous year in
both Chinese & Expat Men's Category should enter Class A. [
see attached chart ] However, the organiser allow
negotiation. First entry will be decided by actual team
15. 3. For Ladies' teams, all crew members except the
helmsman (steerer ) & drummer must be female, but for men's
races (open), there is no restriction for gender. There is
no limit (ceiling) for reserves, but "full list" of team
members should be submitted later as instructed.
4. To reduce to chance of sinking, the crew on each boat is
limited to 20, including 18 rowers, one steersman and a
drummer. And the average weight of the crew must not exceed
5. The Judge Panel may, in case of unfavourable weather and
sea conditions, announce it mandatory to lower the number of
rowers on each boat.
6. In mixed races there should be a minimum of 8 and a
maximum of 12 female paddlers on board during a race. Since
a mixed team is considered a team, crew members of the team
are not allowed to take part in another team.
7. To facilitate commentating, teams can send a description
of team profile of not more than 100 words to the
secretariat or commentator “by hand”.
B. Practice & Race
Due to risk of injury to competitors, damage to boats and
disruption to the racing progamme caused by inexperienced
steersman not holding a proper course, the Organiser has
introduced a system of testing and registering steersman.
Only a Registered one can steer the boat on the race day.
1.2 Each steersman can only steer for the team he/she is
registered for in that year as shown in the card. Starting from 2004, this rule also apply to practice
sessions, otherwise the steersman qualification and card
will be forfeited.
1.3 Any request of booking an official steersman on the
race day should be made direct at the special booth half an
hour before the race with a charge of HK$150 per race.
Please keep the receipt for verification.
1.4 To hire a steersman for practice sessions should pay
by cheque and send it to the Stanley Residents Association
steersman not steering the boat properly or competently and
cause collision regardless of his /her own mistake or caused
by effects of alcohol or drugs, will have his/her
registration and Steersman Identity Card suspended at once.
1.6 It is the responsibility of the steersman to tie up
the boa at the beach after practice. New candidates need to
demonstrate this skill in the assessment.
1.7 Starting from year 2001, a registered steersman need
to be on duty on each boat even during practice sessions.
avoid accident or unnecessary damages to dragon-boats, we
request your co-operation and self-restraint, during
practice and the race, to stop the boats immediately after
crossing the finishing line. Please DO NOT run them
ashore. Both rower and drummer should also always stay
alert in water and be prepared to "Hold the boat" any time
Please bring your own spare plastic bailer(s) as well as
spare drum-sticks. Both ends of the sticks must be made
blunt and round (in the shape of small hemisphere).
3.2 All equipment must be returned in good order promptly
4..1 Any team canceling the booked practice should inform
the organiser in advance and early, so as to allow for
arrangement of substitution and save resources.
4.2 Even in calm sea condition, practice should be
restricted to the official racing area (i.e. 500m radius
from the Main Beach)., so as to avoid accident and
difficulties in rescue and monitoring. (N.B. the shortest
distance from the Main Beach to the opposite beach in Shek O
is 2000m, the Shake Prevention Net is about 180 meters .)
4.3 Please be punctual. Any teams returning the boats
late, intentionally or otherwise, will need to pay a fine of
HK$500 on each occasion.
4.4 (a) In unfavorable weather condition (especially
strong easterly wind and thunder storm warning), please
phone the Association to confirm whether practice still goes
on. When the red flag is hoisted at our dragon boat training
base, all boats are required to return to shore and
practices are cancelled. (b) Since April 2010 our web site
is linked to a special page of the HK Observatory specially
set for water sports at Stanley Main Beach. Such web page is
renewed every 15 min in the daytime. Please make good use of
4.5 Practice will stop one week before the race day so as
to allow for repair and maintenance.
4.6 All teams should practice the "side-strokes" (refer to
4.7 Some unauthorized individuals have been found openly
and unscrupulously solicit for service at the beach during
our official practice hours. This causes annoyance to our
training teams. If such circumstances is encountered, please
inform the organizer or field-officers-in-charge for
immediate actions to be taken.
Team Manager / Captain of each team should report to the
"Beach Marshal Table" 15 minutes before his team's race.
Teams must load the dragon boats according to Race Schedule
as announced on the bulletin board and ( along the buffer
zone) get to the Start Line on time.
5.2 To minimize the chance of sinking in area of choppy
water, all boats must always stay in the official racing
area. Please use the 2 spare lanes to go out to starting
zone, and avoid going beyond the Starting Boat to turn ahead
(instead, all dragon boats should turn just before crossing
the Starting Boat and use back strokes to get in lane.)
5.3 To get into ready position, "side stokes" by athletes
on one side to move the boat sideways are sometimes much
more effective than relying only on the steersman. Besides,
such team action can also avoid turning the boats at the
rough sea of outer area and thus minimize the risk of
capsizing. Hence each crew should practice such maneuver.
5.4 To align the boat for ready position, ALL teams at the
starting line should have the drummer pick up and hold the
"Bow-rope" AND the steersman pick up and hold the
"Stern-rope". If your team is instructed to do so by the
Starter or other water umpires but fail to do so, it is
ground for disqualification. The bow-rope action has becomes
compulsory since l998. It actually [a] stabilize the boat at
the starting line where the sea is very rough; and [b] more
importantly, it greatly speed up the maneuver of aligning
the boats straight to its course. (See diagram)
5.5 It is the responsibility of each team captain to make
sure that each team member is familiar with the starting
All participants should demonstrate high level of
sportsmanship and should race in the best ability with high
respect to race officials
consideration of the tight schedule, no team should capsize
a boat deliberately.
6.3 Any team which has accumulated 2 warnings (yellow cards)
from the Judge Panel will be disqualified from that race.
This will be rendered in cases like conduct against
sportsmanship or fouling of rules, e.g. snapping the blade
of the paddle on water, intentional false start,
impoliteness to race officials, etc.
6.4 As a result of observation and debate over the years,
and our effort to make our Rules and Regulations more
closely in line with those of IDBF, from 2010 onward paddles
are allowed to stay in water as a “ready position and it is
no longer compulsory to ask the steersman to keep the blade
of the steering rudder in water during the race ( as long as
NO forward propelling force is created as such)
The organizer will refine the schedule according to the
final entry profile.
certain category adopts the accumulative points system as
race format, then it will be worked out as follows: ( n=
number of lanes )
Absentees ( DNS- Do not start ) or those who do not finish (DNF)
the race or disqualified (DQ) will gain zero. If two teams
get the same accumulative points, their position in the
chart will be decided by the result of their "last
encounter". If such method cannot solve the dispute, then
accumulated time of the heats may be a factor for the
decision of the Judge Panel whose decision will be final.
7.2 Boat allocation of the first round will be done by
random draws. But allocations in subsequent rounds are all determined
by finishing places in previous rounds. Please pay attention
to the Bulletin Board and "Draw Sheets" in the Programme for
details of the next round.
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