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The KPMG Lamma 500

2016 International Dragon Boat Festival
1st May 2016

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The 2016 Race Schedule will be updated during the day as results of the earlier heats become available to give you race and lane numbers for the second heats and the finals.


29 March 2016: KPMG to headline sponsor the 10th annual Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival Read the full Media Release...


The Lamma Dragons and Thirsty Horse are delighted to announce that they will host the Tenth Annual Lamma 500 International Dragon Boat Festival at Tai Wan To Beach, Lamma Island, on Sunday, 1st May 2016, from 09:00 to 18:00 hrs.

In celebration of our 10th year, we encourage everyone to join us for a brilliant day’s racing, at a beach-side after party following the races, or head into Yung Shue Wan Village for dinner and festive drinks to mark the day. Enjoy music and drinks beachside, or food in the village: Monday is a holiday!

If you would like to be involved in supporting the Lamma 500 with sponsorship ideas, please contact Brad Tarr at

The details of this year’s event are on the Team Entry page.

See the List of Teams Entered

Download Full Race Progression for 500m & 1,000m

Download the Captain's Information Pack, including an explanation of the Tournament Race Progression and 500-metre and 1,000-metre Race Procedure.

Download Beach Map showing the location of team marquees.

Please note: Food and drink will be available for sale at the beach. Crews are also recommended to bring their own snacks and food for the event, or pick some food and drink in the village on the way to the beach.

Water is available at the water filling station. Please note: we are not providing individual bottles of water, therefore all crew members are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles. We will have Lamma 500 water bottles on sale on the day, but in limited supply ($30 each). Water filling is – of course – free!

Toilets, change rooms and showers will all be available for competitors.

Please remember: there will be a beach party (with music and food and drink) after the event. Please stay and celebrate the day with us. The last ferry leaves Lamma at 11:30pm, so that leaves you plenty of time to relax before you need to head home.


An Introduction to Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong – The Official Charity of the Event

Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong aims to assist children with life-threatening medical conditions in realising their wishes, and to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong began its service in 1989, then registered as a non-profit charity organisation in Hong Kong in 1998, and also became a member of Make-A-Wish® International, headquartered in the United States. As of December 2013, we have granted wishes to near 1,500 children. Within many of the received wish applications, there were children hoping to be able to travel overseas, get a dream item or to meet with their favourite idol. These wishes became a memorable experience to them. We will continue to assist those children most in need and making their wishes come true, giving them supports and strength to overcome difficulties and fight against their illnesses.

Should you or your team be interested in donating to a charity this year, please download the donation form, or visit the Make A Wish Foundation website


Staged on Lamma Island’s Tai Wan To Beach, near Yung Shue Wan, the race best-known by its short handle, ‘The Lamma 500’ for its International-race standard 500-metre course length, is a celebration of Hong Kong’s Dragon Boat history. Staffed and supported by the Lamma Island Fishermen’s Recreation and Sports Association, The Hill Dickinson in Association with Laracy & Co Lamma 500 blends the history of Lamma’s sea-faring community with the present-day competition of local Hong Kong teams and international guest competitors.

Tai Wan To pano

Tai Wan To Beach, Lamma Island, with Mount Stenhouse in the distance
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The Lamma 500 is one of the most challenging and competitive races on the Hong Kong dragon boat calendar. It offers a deep, fast-water course, set against the incredible backdrop of one of the territory’s highest peaks, Mount Stenhouse, and the dramatic industrial landscape of the Hong Kong Electric Company.

In 2009, The Lamma 500 initiated its 1,000-metre experimental fun race. Initially, teams were nervous of ‘blowing up’ on the course, since dragon boaters usually train for a maximum 500-metre event. The 1,000-metre course offers a staggered start between boats that race to overtake one another around a single-lane.

Despite some nail-biting by team captains, most teams participated in the 1,000-metre race and it has subsequently become one of the best-loved races of the day, now offering first-place trophies for Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed team champions.

Response from participants of the 2012 Lamma 500 continued to show the event’s on-going popularity.

“On behalf of Team DNA, Dragons of North America, we would like to thank Brad and Gina and the rest of the Lamma Dragons for putting on such an amazing race! The level of competition and the organization of the race was top notch!!! We really didn’t know what to expect, especially after the wonderful week we spent in Boracay, but many of my paddlers came up to me after the event and told me that if they had to choose one race, they would choose Lamma Island over Boracay! I’m not sure if it was the race venue, the organizers, the competition, or the fact that we got a full dose of the Lamma Dragons, but you guys rocked!!! Maybe it was all the champagne we drank while dancing on the beach! Thanks again and I hope we can do this again next year!!! Paddle As One!!!!”
Berman Ng (Team DNA, Dragons of North America)

“On behalf of SMUGz I’d like to thank you and the Lamma 500 team for another great day out. Your event continues to improve each year, and is still the best-run race day that we attend. The trophies this year were fantastic – I just wish we’d won more of them.”
Tim Pottle (Southside Massive Urban Gorillaz)

“Everyone loved the shirts and what’s more, the team loved the day yesterday!!! Though we got thrashed, we all had an amazing time out with gorgeous weather, great tent location, and fun music!! Thanks for organising yet another successful Lamma 500!”
Heather (Canadian International School of Hong Kong – Flying Canucks)

The Make A Wish Foundation children’s charity is the Official Charity of The Lamma 500 and will be organizing activities during the event to raise funds for their activities.

The Lamma 500 offers food and refreshment stands, showers and changing facilities for competitors, and plentiful clean, dry toilet facilities from Toi Toi for competitors and spectators. Entry for spectators is free.

I say, hasn’t Ascot become so passé, my dear?
The Lamma 500 is definitely the event to be seen at these days.

For more information, please contact:

Brad Tarr at
or call (+852) 9824-4577

Gina Miller (Team Coordinator) at
or call (+852) 9121-3648


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