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7th June 2007

Arja, Sara, Gina, Josefina, Katie of the Lamma Dragons pose with the event flag and the Women’s Cup they hope to win on Sunday!

Organisers officially launch the HeliAds Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival 2007 over Hong Kong!

Organisers of the first HeliAds Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival 2007 officially launched the new community event today with a spectacular flight around Hong Kong in a Heliservices helicopter!

Fifty-five dragon boat teams from Hong Kong and overseas will compete in this first ever international dragon boat race to be held on Lamma Island, being staged on a full international 500-metre course at Tai Wan To Beach, Yung Shue Wan.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming over 1,000 competitors to the Lamma Festival, making it one of the largest dragon boat races in Hong Kong in only it’s first year!” said Tournament Director, Brad Tarr of promoters, Thirsty Horse.

“The competitive, international length of the course and the excellent reputation of the Lamma Dragons in dragon boat racing circles, plus the attractive community nature of the Festival means it’s going to be a fantastic tournament,” Mr Tarr continued.

The Lamma Festival has attracted a number of sponsors including Hongkong Electric and title sponsors HeliAds.

“The HeliAds Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival has attracted racers from across the Hong Kong community, from students to managing directors, housewives to pilots. HeliAds is proud to support this wonderful new sports tournament which we’re sure will grow in popularity into the future,” said Mr Gavin Neale, Director of HeliAds.

Racing gets underway on Tai Wan To Beach, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island from 9am on Sunday 10th June. Additional ferries have been arranged from Central Ferry Pier 4 to cater for paddlers and spectators.

In addition to Hong Kong dragon boat teams, several teams from the Dubai Flying Dragons club are flying into Hong Kong especially for the HeliAds Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival 2007.

“Overseas teams racing in Hong Kong is very unusual so we’re delighted that the guys from Dubai are making a big effort to compete in our Lamma tournament,” said Ms Gina Miller, Race Convenor.

The community spirit of the HeliAds Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival 2007 will benefit the fundraising of children’s charity, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Hong Kong, one of the key organisers of the Festival and the Official Charity.

“Make-A-Wish do incredible work in Hong Kong with needy children and deserve everyone’s support,’ said Tournament Director, Brad Tarr.

Spectators are welcome to come and enjoy the day on the scenic beach on Lamma and entry is free.

Sponsorship information for the 2008 Festival is available upon request.

Race Convenor Gina Miller over Hong Kong harbour

Lamma Dragons Arja and Sara take to the air for a change

Media contact:
Mark Burns, Event Director
Tel. +852 9636 5545 or e-mail


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