(Hong Kong, 1 Nov 2019) The 2019 World Rowing Coastal Championships presented by Dah Sing Bank (WRCC) kicked off today at the Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong with racing in the heats of Group A. The weather was perfect for the event as racing got underway in the warm sunshine and a small breeze. This is the first time for the coastal championships to be hosted in Asia and it has received a positive response with about 460 local and overseas rowers from 28 countries and regions competing at the Victoria Harbour this weekend, 1-3 November 2019.
There were seven events and nearly 200 rowers participated in the race today, including Hong Kong Rowing Team member Chiu Hin Chun and Chan Yuk Man who raced in the coastal men's double sculls. There was also last year's world champion in the women’s solo, Diana Dymenchenko from Ukraine and defending coastal champions in the women's coxed quadruple sculls from Russia.
There were three heats in the men’s double sculls event, with the first five teams of each heat all qualifying for the final on Sunday. Hong Kong’s Chiu Hin Chun and Chan Yuk Man finished first in Heat 3 in a time of 18:21:53, securing a place at the final on Sunday. The duo had just competed at the Asian Rowing Championships. They trained at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club before the tournament started.
“We could only compete on behalf of a sports club at the Asian Rowing Coastal Championships last year. This year racing as the Hong Kong Team in this World Championships is really fascinating! We paid extra effort to preparing for today’s race, so that we would not disappoint our local supporters. We developed our race strategy which included the assessment and forecast of the currents, wind directions, as well as the head wind,” saidChiu and Chan.
Chiu and Chan had a close fight with their Moroccan opponents during the initial stage, but they began to extend their lead as they rowed past the first buoy. The duo maintained their lead and crossed the finish line first.
Dymenchenko, who is the defending champion in the women’s solo, remained the focal point among the participating rowers on the first race day. She finished first in Heat 2 today with a time of 22:16:63 , and advanced to the final on Sunday.
“It was challenging to row in the Victoria Harbour for the first time because of the waves. Hong Kong’s climate is hotter than where I train, but the weather is not really affecting me, as I had competed in Asia five times already. I am rather confident in retaining my solo title, but, of course, we shall see how I perform over the next two days as well, because I will be participating the mixed double sculls tomorrow,” said Dymenchenko.
There will be 13 events scheduled tomorrow, including heats for Group B and the B-Finals. Hong Kong rowers Lee Ka Man and Lee Yuen Yin will compete in the women’s double sculls.
Here's how to follow the race online:
The provisional time table for the event and the entries for all races can be found on WRCC's website https://www.wrcc2019.com/en/schedule.html.
Livestream of the WRCC is available on www.worldrowing.com. Meanwhile, the Chinese version will be available on i-CABLE HD Sports 2 Channel (Channel 602), i-CABLE Sports 2 Channel (Channel 662) and i-CABLE mobile app will broadcast the races from 10:15am to 12:30pm, as well as 12:55pm to 4:00pm on 2 November, 2019. The broadcast schedule for 3 November, 2019 will be from 8:30am to 1:30pm, as well as from 2:25pm to 6:00pm.
The 2019 WRCC is recognised as an “M” Mark event, and that helps promote Hong Kong’s image as Asia’s sports hub. The “M” Mark awarded by the Major Sports Events Committee, symbolising intense, spectacular and signature event in the territory sports calendar.
Presented by Dah Sing Bank, the event is also supported by the RHKYC as the Venue & Delivery Partner and Lead-up & Legacy Partner, as well as The Tung Foundation as education programme sponsor. Other supporting partners include “Star” Ferry, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and the WWF.
Defending champion Diana Dymenchenko from Ukraine qualified 1st in today’s Coastal Women’s Solo and advanced to the Medal Race on Sunday.
Hong Kong’s Chiu Hin Chun and Chan Yuk Man finished 1st in Heat 3 of the Coastal Men’s Double Sculls.
Perfect weather to kick start the first day of racing at the WRCC.
About The World Rowing Federation (FISA)
The World Rowing Federation, FISA (from the French, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron) is the governing body of the sport of rowing. It is empowered by its 155 member National Rowing Federations, the National Olympic Committees and the International Olympic Committee to govern the sport of rowing.
FISA sets the rules and regulations for the practice of the sport, in all its forms including elite, para-rowing, coastal, masters and aspects of indoor rowing. FISA oversees sanctioned World Rowing events and provides advice and expertise for the organisation of rowing regattas. The Federation also works on coaching education and other matters relating to the sport and its development.
About Hong Kong China Rowing Association (HKCRA)
The Hong Kong China Rowing Association (HKCRA) was established in 1978 and is the governing body for the sport of rowing in Hong Kong. It is affiliated to the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, and to the Asian Rowing Federation (ARF) and World Rowing Federation (FISA).
The HKCRA operates two rowing centres adjoining the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin. They are Sha Tin Rowing Centre and Jockey Club Shek Mun Rowing Centre, located at Fo Tan and at Shek Mun respectively. Most Hong Kong rowing clubs are based at these two Centres for regular training and competition. Sha Tin Rowing Centre also serves as the official headquarters and administrative offices of the Association.
The HKCRA has entitled and organised different types of promotion and development programmes and activities including Youth Development Programme, Para-rowing Programme, Indoor Rowing for Schools Programme and Coastal rowing activities, aiming to expand the sport of rowing at community level for different people with the ultimate goal to achieve rowing for all.
About Dah Sing Bank
Dah Sing Bank, Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dah Sing Banking Group (HKG:2356) which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Founded in Hong Kong over 70 years ago, Dah Sing Bank has been providing quality banking products and services to our customers with a vision to be “The Local Bank with a Personal Touch”. Over the years, the Bank has been rigorous in delivering on our brand promise to grow with our customers in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and beyond – “Together We Progress and Prosper”. Building on our experience and solid foundation in the industry, the Bank’s scope of professional services now spans retail banking, private banking, business and commercial banking, with 45 branches operating throughout Hong Kong. Meanwhile, the Bank is also making significant investments in our digital banking capabilities to stay abreast with smart banking developments in Hong Kong and to support financial inclusion at large.
In addition to its Hong Kong banking operations, Dah Sing Bank also has wholly owned subsidiaries including Dah Sing Bank (China) Limited, Banco Commercial de Macau, and OK Finance Limited. It is also a strategic shareholder of Bank of Chongqing with a shareholding of about 15%.
About Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC)
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is one of the oldest and largest sports clubs in Hong Kong, with a rich, colourful history that spans 170 years of community and competitive sailing and rowing. The RHKYC provides training programmes for practitioners of all abilities and ages – both members and non-members – to nurture their development, produce elite athletes capable of competing at the highest levels, and contribute to the growth and popularity of these great pastimes. The Club also organises a full calendar of high-profile local and international race events, helping place Hong Kong firmly on the global sporting map.
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