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2011 Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival
15th May 2011

Buzz Dragons, 2011 Open Men’s Cup Champions. See all photos of Prize Winners

Lamma Ladies, 2011 Women’s Cup Champions

2011 Race Results

Open Men’s Cup Champions

Buzz Dragons

Open Men’s Cup Runners-up

Tai Tam Tigers

Open Men’s Cup 2nd Runners-up

BGC Stormy Dragons

Women’s Cup Champions

Lamma Ladies

Women’s Cup Runners-up

HKIPC Ladies

Women’s Cup 2nd Runners-up

BGC Stormy Dragons

Mixed Cup Champions

Lamma Dragons Mixed

Mixed Cup Runners-up

BGC Stormy Dragons Mixed

Mixed Cup 2nd Runners-up

Buzz Dragon Mixed

Open Men’s Plate Champions


Open Women’s Plate Champions

Blue Sky Sports Club Ladies

Mixed Plate Champions

Cathay Pacific

1,000m Men’s Open Champions


1,000m Women’s Champions

BGC Stormy Dragons Ladies

1,000m Mixed Champions

BGC Stormy Dragons Mixed

Highlights of the Lamma 500 2011

Courtesy of Donna Foreman

14 May 2011: GB International Dragon Boater Derek Kyme Flies in to HK for the Laracy & Co Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival 2011

Derek ‘Del’ Kyme

Derek ‘Del’ Kyme

The former captain of the Lamma Dragons, who went on to become a international dragon boat paddler for Great Britain, Derek Kyme, has returned to Hong Kong to compete in the Laracy & Co Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival 2011 being staged on Sunday 15th May at Tai Wan To Beach, Lamma Island, Hong Kong.

Kyme, affectionately known as ‘Del’, skippered the Lamma Dragons men’s team to an unprecedented second place at the Stanley races in 2000. After leaving Hong Kong to return to the UK in 2003 he was selected for the Great Britain senior team and went on to represent his country around the world in three World Championships and three European Championships, most notably winning a gold medal in the 500m competition at the 2004 European Championships. Read the full Media Release...

10 May 2011: Forty-seven Teams Line Up for this Weekend’s 5th Laracy & Co Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival! Read the full Media Release...

23 March 2011: Record number of Women’s teams line up for the Laracy & Co Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival 2011. Read the full Media Release...

Welcoming all competitors to the fifth annual Laracy & Co Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival 2011!

Lamma 500 2011 poster

Lamma 500 2011 poster
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Time flies for one of the most-loved Dragon Boat Festivals in Hong Kong. This year, the Laracy & Co Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival is celebrating its fifth birthday, and expects more competitors, more excitement and more noise and celebration than ever before.

We’d like to welcome back Laracy & Co headlining the sponsorship again with their Title position. The Festival would be impossible to hold if it wasn’t for Damien Laracy and his dedicated team’s commitment to the event. Thanks!

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 Laracy & Co Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival 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 2010 Lamma 500 continued to show the event’s on-going popularity.

“We definitely had a great day! Since it was the first time for us at the Lamma 500 the day was perfect. We will come back next year again!” said Alex Kaymer of Team Lorely.

Tim Pottle, of the Southside Massive Dragon Boat team wrote in, “On behalf of the Southside Massive, I’d like to say a big “Thank you” and congratulations to you and all involved in putting on another great day at Lamma yesterday. The Lamma 500 remains a highlight of our paddling calendar, and we were all delighted to finally bring home some silverware from your event!”

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.


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