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2017 International Dragon Boat Festival
7th May 2017


The Lamma Dragons and Thirsty Horse are delighted to announce that they will host the Eleventh Annual Lamma 500 International Dragon Boat Festival at Tai Wan To Beach, Lamma Island, on Sunday 7th May 2016, from 09:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Following the races we encourage everyone to join us to celebrate the day at our beach-side after party, or head into Yung Shue Wan Village for dinner and festive drinks to mark the day.

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 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 boat 500m races
    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$ 4,000 for each crew entered. An early-bird fee entry fee of HK$3,750 is available to crews who register and pay by Friday 3rd February 2017; after 3rd February all team entries will cost HK$4,000. Race fees are waived for international (overseas) teams in recognition and appreciation of travel expenses. Junior Crews fees are HK$2,000 per crew (there is no early bird fee for Junior Crews.
  4. Final Registration is closed after 21st April 2017. Please note: Crew entries are limited (the mixed division fills especially quickly), so please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, as some entries are bound to be full long before 21st April.
  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$500 for the full day’s racing. Marquees are also available for a rental fee of HK$500 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 ten years, the 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$500 each for the day)
  • Helmsmen available for hire (HK$500 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

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


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
(click image to enlarge) See more photos of Lamma

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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