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The Hill Dickinson in Association with Laracy & Co Lamma 500

2015 Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival
26th April 2015


2015 Lamma 500 Souvenir Shirts

Lamma Dragon Boat Festival shirts

2015 Lamma 500 souvenir shirts
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The organisers of the The Hill Dickinson in Association with Laracy & Co Lamma 500 are delighted to announce that souvenir dragon boat shirts are now available at HK$ 250 each.

These beautifully designed shirts are made in a light Lycra material using the latest sublimation process in both Men’s and Women’s sizes. Click on the image for an enlarged view of both Men’s and Women’s shirts.

Size Chart

Download the order form.


The Lamma Dragons and Thirsty Horse are pleased to announce that they will again host the Hill Dickinson in Association with Laracy & Co., Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival at Tai Wan To Beach, Lamma Island, on Sunday 26th April 2015, from 09:00 to 18:00 hrs.

The Lamma Dragons have been a vibrant part of the Hong Kong local and international Dragon Boat community for more than 25 years, and we would be delighted if your club would like to participate in our Festival during this 2015 season.

For those of you who have attended our previous Lamma Festivals, thank you for your fantastic support and we hope that you will also attend this year.

The details are as follows:

  1. The venue will be the Tai Wan To Beach, Yung Shue Wan – the home of the Lamma Dragons and the Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club. Access to the boats is from the beach. For details of the race site, please visit the Location page.
  2. Competitions include:
    1. Men’s, Women’s and Mixed premier 500m races
    2. Men’s, Women’s and Mixed premier 1,000m races
    3. Junior Crew (aged 12-17) Mixed 10-person boat 250m races
    4. University and/or post-secondary education (PSE) teams
    All categories require a minimum of four team entries to compete. All crews are guaranteed at least three races on race day.
  3. The cost of entry is HK$ 3,750 for each crew entered. An early-bird fee entry fee of HK$3,500 is available to crews who register and pay by 28th February 2015; after 28th February all team entries will cost HK$3,750. Fees are waived for international (overseas) teams in recognition and appreciation of travel expenses. Junior Crews fees are HK$1,500 per crew.
  4. Registration will close on 12th April 2015. Crew entries are limited (the mixed division fills especially quickly) so please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
  5. Confirmation of your entry can only be made upon the receipt of your entry fee.
  6. Helmsmen are available on request for a fee of HK$450 for the full day’s racing. Marquees are also available for a rental fee of HK$450 for the full day.
  7. All equipment, including paddles, will be provided. However, paddlers are welcome to use their own paddles so long as they comply with IDBF specifications. Please review Lamma 500 race rules for further details.
  8. Finally, for the past eight years, the Laracy & Co. Lamma 500 has proudly supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Hong Kong. The foundation is a worthy local charity that grants wishes to HK children with life-threatening medical conditions. 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

At this year’s race, the Lamma Dragon Boat festival is providing:

  • 500 metres of deepwater (fast) international paddling
  • Race Programmes for participants (advertising space available)
  • Minimum of three races per team
  • Marquees available to all teams (HK$450 each for the day)
  • Helmsmen available for hire (HK$450 each for the day)
  • Food and Beverages
  • Toilets, showers and changing rooms
  • Computer-technology timing and scoring systems
  • Cup and medal award ceremony
  • Sunday evening beach party with music/entertainment
  • Free mooring space for junks along race course

So book us into your calendar now!

Please download the Invitation, Registration Form, Payment Form and Declaration & Waiver of Liability Form:

For more information, please contact:

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


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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