Race Information

 

Race Information

Date:
27th October 2019 (Sunday)
Time:
8:00 a.m.
Venue:
Wan Chai Golden Bauhinia Square Public Pier to
Tsim Sha Tsui Avenue of Stars
Entry Deadline:
21st August 2019 (Wednesday) 5:00 p.m.
(Postmark deadline for submission by mail. Late entries will not be entertained.)

A.  Categories & Events:

Racing Groups*

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Event No.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Distance

5km

Approximately 1 km

Group

International

Open

Youth

Masters# (A)

Masters# (B)

Age

14 or above

14 or above

12-16

17-34

35-49

Quota

50

100

100

100

100

Racing Groups*

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Event No.

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

Distance

Approximately 1 km

Group

Masters# (C)

Invitation

School**

University**

Age

50 or above

12 or above

14 or above

Quota

100

50

50

50

Leisure Groups

Men

Women

Event No.

17

18

Distance

Approximately 1 km

Age

12 or above

Quota

3,300

  • * Recommended for experienced and Elite swimmers
  • #All applicants of Masters Category must apply under the appropriate age group.
  • Age is calculated as at 31st December 2019 in ALL EVENTS.
  • Each person can only apply for one event only.

B.  Competition Eligibility:

i. Racing Groups:

1. International Category (5km):

Qualification:

  • Only accept the application submitted by National Swimming Federation (Maximum 2 men and 2 women from each National Team)
2. Open Category (Event No. 1 – 2):

Qualification:

  • Non-Hong Kong ID card holder and Hong Kong ID card holder; and
  • Aged 14 or above (age is calculated as at 31st December 2019); and
  • Physically Fit and Healthy; and
  • Duly-signed Declaration of Responsibility (Signed by parents for swimmers under 18 years of age); and/ or
  • Medical Certificate required for applicants aged 60 years or above (please refer to the application form); and
  • Attend Time Trial of “New World Harbour Race 2019”@; or
  • Fulfill one of the “Racing Groups Time Trial Exemptions” from below, selection may not duplicate:
    • Submit result of “New World Harbour Race 2018 – Racing Groups”; or
    • Submit the Time Trial record from “New World Harbour Race 2018” @; or
    • Qualified records obtained from any Swimming Pool – 1,500m Long Course swimming competitions organized or sanctioned by HKASA at swimming pool from between 1st April 2018 and 21st August 2019@; or
    • Proven ability to complete swimming distance of Long Course Swimming Pool – 1,500m from between 1st April 2018 and 21st August 2019@. Only proven time records endorsed by its National Swimming Association will be taken for considered (For Open Group, non-HKID Card Holder only).
All the records above will be taken into account. The fastest swimmers amongst all submitted time and/ or time trial records will be accepted (subject to HKASA’s final decision)

3.  Masters Category, Youth Category, School Category** and University Category** (Event No. 3 – 16)

Qualification:

  • Hong Kong ID card holder; and
  • Master Category, Youth Category & School Category: Aged 12 or above (age is calculated as at 31st December 2019)/ University Category: Aged 14 or above (age is calculated as at 31st December 2019); and
  • Physically Fit and Healthy; and
  • Duly-signed Declaration of Responsibility (Signed by parents for swimmers under 18 years of age); and/ or
  • Medical Certificate required for applicants aged 60 years or above (please refer to the application form); and
  • Attend Time Trial of “New World Harbour Race 2019” @; or
  • Fulfill one of the “Racing Groups Time Trial Exemptions” from below, selection may not duplicate:
    • Submit result of “New World Harbour Race 2018 – Racing Groups”; or
    • Submit the Time Trial record from “New World Harbour Race 2018” @; or
    • Qualified records obtained from any Swimming Pool – 1,500m Long Course swimming competitions organized or sanctioned by HKASA at swimming pool from between 1st April 2018 and 21st August 2019@.
All the records above will be taken into account. The fastest swimmers amongst all submitted time and time trial records will be accepted (subject to HKASA’s final decision).

**School Category

Each team is formed by TWO students (Two Boys or Two Girls) from each school (Maximum 1 team from each gender) and the total quota set as 25 teams. The group will be cancelled if less than 3 teams participate.

**University Category

Each team is formed by TWO students (Two Boys or Two Girls) from each University (Maximum 1 team from each gender) and the total quota set as 25 teams. The group will be cancelled if less than 3 teams participate.


For Open Category, Masters Category and Youth Category, Winners and Runner-ups from “New World Harbour Race 2018” are directly accepted. Quota of each gender group for the remaining applicants is then assigned on a pro rata basis^ among the qualified applicants. Applicants with the fastest record will be accepted.
  • ^Pro Rata Calculation:
  • For example, for Open Category – Group A (Age 17-34),
  • Qualified swimmers from Time Trial: 100 Men and 80 Women. 6 Winners and Runner-ups have been accepted as Priority Application. Available Quota is 94.
  • Gender Quota Calculation with rounding: –
  • Men: (100/180) x 94= 52.22
  • Women: (80/180) x 94= 41.77
  • Quota for Men is 52, quota for Women is 42.
  • Applicants who choose to apply with any records from the “Racing Groups Time Trial Exemptions” need to pay a HK$20 administration fee by crossed-cheque along with the application form.
  • Final Entrant List will be announced on 25th September 2019 (Wednesday) at 5:00p.m. Applicants who fail to enter the Racing Groups will NOT be allocated to the Leisure Groups. There is NO reserved list in these Racing Groups.
  • Each person can only apply for one event only.

ii. Leisure Groups:

Qualification:
    • Hong Kong ID card holder; and
    • Aged 12 or above (age is calculated as at 31st December 2019); and
    • Physically Fit and Healthy; and
    • Duly-signed Declaration of Responsibility (Signed by parents for swimmers under 18 years of age); and
    • Medical Certificate required for applicants aged 60 years or above (please refer to the application form); and
    • Complete swimming distance of 1,500m within 45 minutes in Time Trial of “New World Harbour Race 2019”; or
    • Fulfill one of the “Leisure Group Time Trial Exemptions” from below:
      • Submit the Time Trial record from “New World Harbour Race 2018”; or
      • Submit result of “New World Harbour Race 2018”; or
      • Successfully completed “2018/19 Hong Kong Open Water Swimming Competition Series Part 2 – 5km Event” on 6th January 2019; or
      • Successfully completed “2019/20 HK Marathon Swimming cum Open Water Swimming Competition Series Part 1 – 1.7km Event or 10km Event” on 12th May 2019; or
      • Qualified records obtained from any Swimming Pool – 1,500m Long Course swimming competitions organized or sanctioned by HKASA at swimming pool from between 1st April 2018 and 21st August 2019.
    • Quota of each gender group for the remaining applicants is then assigned on a pro rata basis among the qualified applicants.
    • Entrant list will be allotted by drawing if number of qualified applicants exceeds number of quota. Details of drawing will be posted on HKASA website (www.hkasa.org.hk) and New World Harbour Race website (www.hkharbourrace.com. The drawing procedure is open for public viewing.
  • Applicants who choose to apply with any records from the “Leisure Groups Time Trial Exemptions” need to pay a HK$20 administration fee by crossed-cheque along with the application form.
  • The drawing result of Final Entrant List and Reserved List% will be announced on 25th September 2019 (Wednesday) at 5:00p.m. on the HKASA website (www.hkasa.org.hk) and the New World Harbour Race website (www.hkharbourrace.com) without prior notification.
  • Each person can only apply for one event only.
%Reserved List will be announced after Race Kit Collection.

C.  Time Trial:

  • Applicants without proven records or did not participate in “New World Harbour Race 2018” must attend the Time Trial organized by HKASA and pay a Time-Trial fee of HK$120.

1) Racing Group Time Trial:
– Applicants must complete the 1,500m distance and HKASA will calculate the average speed@.

@Average Speed Calculation:
For example, swimmer finished the 1,500m time trial in 23 minutes,
Average Speed Calculation:-
23 minutes / 1,500m x 1,000m
= 15.33 minutes
Minutes: 15 + Second: 0.33*60
= 15:19.8
The result of 1,000m will be 15:19.8 minutes.
2) Leisure Group Time Trial:
– Swimmer must finished 1,500m time trial within 45 minutes.

The participation list of Time Trial will be announced on 28th August 2019 (Wednesday) at 5:00p.m. on the HKASA website (www.hkasa.org.hk) and New World Harbour Race website (www.hkharbourrace.com). Swimmers should attend the trial accordingly.

Information of Time Trial:

Venue & Date & Time – Racing Group
Venue Shing Mun Valley Swimming Pool Hong Kong Sports Institute Hong Kong Sports Institute
Date 07/09/2019 (Saturday) 08/09/2019 (Sunday) 15/09/2019 (Sunday)
Time 16:00-18:00 16:00-18:00 16:00-18:00
Venue & Date & Time – Leisure Group
Venue Shing Mun Valley Swimming Pool Hong Kong Sports Institute Hong Kong Sports Institute
Date 07/09/2019 (Saturday) 08/09/2019 (Sunday) 15/09/2019 (Sunday)
Time 10:00-16:00 10:00-16:00 10:00-16:00

Time Trial will be cancelled if Black Rainstorm Signal or Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above is hoisted at 8 a.m. that day. Registration will be closed 2 hours before Typhoon Signal No. 8 is hoisted during the time trial. For the latest information, please refer to the HKASA website (www.hkasa.org.hk) or the New World Harbour Race website (www.hkharbourrace.com).


Fee HK$120/ person
Format To finish 1,500m in 45 minutes.
Timeslot Swimmers will be scheduled for the test on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Swimmers must take the test within the assigned time slot, those fail to comply will not be entertained.
Time Trial result The Time Trial result will be announced on 18th September 2019 (Wednesday) at 5:00p.m. on the HKASA website (www.hkasa.org.hk) and the New World Harbour Race website (www.hkharbourrace.com).

D.  Collection of Race Kits:

Final entrants should collect the race kits at the scheduled time and location below and submit entry fee. Participation qualification will be forfeited if race kit is not collected on time. All fees, including entry fee, time trial fee and administration fee, will not be refunded under any circumstances.

Racing Group:

A race kit including a baggage bag, a race card, a swimmer’s guide, 3 electronic transponders (2 for wrist, 1 for ankle), a swim cap and a marker pen will be distributed to each participant.

Leisure Group:

A race kit including a baggage bag, a race card, a swimmer’s guide, 1 electronic transponder (for ankle), a swim cap, a marker pen and a tow float will be distributed to each participant.

On race day, participants must mark their race numbers on the left hand side of their back, both arms and back of their hands with the marker pen provided by HKASA (For details please refer to the swimmers’ guide).

Date & Time:

Racing Group:

Venue:

Kowloon Park Swimming Pool – Spectator stand (Marshall Room)

Date:

07/10/2019 (Monday)

08/10/2019 (Tuesday)

Time:

09:00 – 18:00

12:00 – 20:00

Leisure Group

Venue:

Kowloon Park Swimming Pool – Spectator stand (Marshall Room)

Date:

06/10/2019 (Sunday)

07/10/2019 (Monday)

08/10/2019 (Tuesday)

Time:

10:00 – 18:00

09:00 – 18:00

12:00 – 20:00

E.  Entry Fee:

HK$300 / entry

(Entry fee and Time Trial fee is non-refundable in any circumstances.)

F.  Awards:

Group Prizes

New World Harbour Race
Open Category
Individual Men & Women

Champion:

1st Runner-up:

2nd Runner-up:

Trophy, HK$5,000, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, HK$3,000, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, HK$2,000, Electronic Certificate

K11 Harbour Race
Youth Category
Aged 12 – 16
Individual Boys & Girls

Champion:

1st Runner-up:

2nd Runner-up:

Trophy, HK$5,000, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, HK$3,000, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, HK$2,000, Electronic Certificate

New World Harbour Race
Masters (A)
Aged 17 – 34
Individual Men & Women

Champion:

1st Runner-up:

2nd Runner-up:

Trophy, HK$5,000, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, HK$3,000, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, HK$2,000, Electronic Certificate

New World Harbour Race
Masters (B)
Aged 35 – 49
Individual Men & Women

Champion:

1st Runner-up:

2nd Runner-up:

Trophy, HK$5,000, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, HK$3,000, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, HK$2,000, Electronic Certificate

New World Harbour
Race Masters (C)
Aged 50 or above
Individual Men & Women

Champion:

1st Runner-up:

2nd Runner-up:

Trophy, HK$5,000, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, HK$3,000, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, HK$2,000, Electronic Certificate

New World Harbour Race
Invitation Cup
Individual Men & Women

Champion:

1st Runner-up:

2nd Runner-up:

Trophy, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, Electronic Certificate

New World Harbour Race
School Team
Boys & Girls

Champion:

1st Runner-up:

2nd Runner-up:

Trophy, Medal, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, Medal, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, Medal, Electronic Certificate

New World Harbour Race
“FTLife University Championship”
Team Men & Women

Champion:




1st Runner-up:




2nd Runner-up:

Trophy, Medal, Electronic Certificate, 2-month summer Internship at New World Development+, 1-year free Personal Accidental Plan by FTLife++

Trophy, Medal, Electronic Certificate, 1-month job shadowing at New World Development+, 1-year free Personal Accidental Insurance Policy by FTLife++

Trophy, Medal, Electronic Certificate, 3-week job shadowing at New World Development+, 1-year free Personal Accidental Insurance Policy by FTLife++

New World Harbour Race
“New World Springboard Championship” ##

Champion:

1st Runner-up:

2nd Runner-up:

Trophy, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, Electronic Certificate

New World Harbour Race
International Category
Individual Men & Women

Champion:

1st Runner-up:

2nd Runner-up:

4th Place:

5th Place:

6th Place:

7th Place:

8th Place:

9th Place:

10th Place:

Trophy, US$3,000, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, US$2,500, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, US$2,000, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, US$1,500, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, US$1,500, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, US$1,500, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, US$1,000, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, US$1,000, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, US$1,000, Electronic Certificate

Trophy, US$1,000, Electronic Certificate

New World Harbour Race
Leisure Group
Individual Men & Women

Electronic Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of race

Souvenir Medal will be awarded to the swimmers of Racing Group and Leisure Group upon Race Kit Collection

##For “New World Springboard Swimming Academy” students only
+For internship or job shadowing at New World Development, students will be assigned to OnBoard, a social enterprise that is empowered by New World Development to support Hong Kong Athlete on their post-retirement career development.
++For the Personal Accidental Plan, it will be subject to the usual course of underwriting.

G.  Swim Caps:

Every swimmer will be given a swim cap with a designated number.

H.  Electronic Transponders:

  1. 1) Racing Group

    Every swimmer will be given 3 electronic transponders (2 for wrist, 1 for ankle), they should be secured on wrist and ankle during the race for result recording. Wrist Electronic Transponders should be returned at the Wrist Electronic Transponders Return Center after the race. Participants will be charged for HKD$500 each of the device in case of losing or do not return the transponders.
    If participants did not pay the charge, HKASA reserves the right to forbid the swimmer to participate in the future Harbour Race.
    Ankle Electronic Transponder need not to be returned.

  2. 2) Leisure Group

    Every swimmer will be given 1 electronic transponder, which should be secured on ankle during the race for head counting. Ankle Electronic Transponder need not to be returned.

I.  Tow Float:

Every leisure group swimmer will be given a tow float with a designated number, which must be worn throughout the whole race.

J.  Storage of Personal Belongings:

Participants can store their personal belongings in the baggage bags (provided by HKASA during race kit collection) at the Personal Belongings Deposit Area in Starting Area and collect them at Baggage Claim Area in Finishing Area after the race. Participants shall write down their race numbers on the baggage bags BEFOREHAND. HKASA has no responsibility for any loss or damage to the personal belongings.

Any unclaimed personal belongings will be sent to HKASA office 30 minutes after the end of the race and will be stored temporarily for 7 days. All unclaimed personal belongings will be disposed thereafter.

K.  Venue Arrangement – Starting and Finishing Area:

  1. Participants should follow instructions from the race officials for a smooth operation.
  2. No changing facilities will be provided.
  3. Shower area is located at the Finishing Area for quick rinsing. Usage of shampoo or toiletries is prohibited.
  4. Towels, T-Shirt, Slippers and Bottled Water will be provided to swimmers after landing.
  5. Drink refills is available at Finishing Area. Please keep the bottles and cups for refill and deposit used containers into recycling bins.
  6. Only swimmers, officials and guests are allowed to enter the Starting Area.

L.  Result Announcement:

The list of award winners for Racing Groups will be posted on the notice board in the Finishing Area on the Race day, while the remaining results will be uploaded on the HKASA website (www.hkasa.org.hk) and New World Harbour Race website (www.hkharbourrace.com) thereafter. Certificate can be downloaded at the New World Harbour Race website (www.hkharbourrace.com).

M.  Reminders:

  1. Swimmers must wear apparels or put on labels provided by HKASA when attending media events or interviews.
  2. Winners and runner-ups must ONLY wear apparels provided by HKASA during the Award Ceremony.

N.  Rules and Regulations:

  1. Swimmer MUST present a valid Race Card issued by the HKASA at the Registration Counter. Should the swimmer did not complete the registration at the Registration Counter intentionally, HKASA reserves the right to forbid the swimmer to participate in the future Harbour Race.
    1. Racing Group: Swimmers who are unable to show their THREE electronic transponders, race cards, or their designated swim caps will not be allowed to race.
    2. Leisure Group: Swimmers who are unable to show their Ankle Electronic Transponder, race cards, their designated swim caps and tow floats will not be allowed to race.
  2. All electronic transponders, tow floats, race cards, and swim caps are non-transferable. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.
    1. Racing Group: During the race, racing group swimmers must wear swim caps, Wrist, Electronic Transponder chips and Ankle Electronic Transponder provided by HKASA throughout the whole swimming period. Those who fail to comply may be disqualified.
    2. Leisure Group: During the race, leisure group swimmers must wear swim caps, Ankle Electronic Transponder and tow floats provided by HKASA throughout the whole swimming period. Those who fail to comply will be asked to leave the water and be disqualified. Should the swimmer dispose the tow float intentionally, HKASA reserves the right to forbid the swimmer to participate in the future Harbour Race.
  3. All leisure group swimmers MUST swim inside the race course. Those swim outside the Race Course will be guided back to the course by canoes. Fail to comply will be requested to leave the water and may be disqualified.
  4. If swimmers require assistance from a lifeguard whilst in the water, please float on the back, hold tight the tow float with one hand, raise the other hand and call for help immediately.
  5. Racing Group Swimmer MUST return a pair of Wrist Electronic Transponders to the Wrist Electronic Transponders Return Center immediately after the race.
  6. To avoid overcrowding, swimmers should leave the pier as quickly as possible after landing.
  7. Any swimming activity in the harbour is prohibited after the Race.
  8. Swimmers must forfeit their right to participate in the Race and will be requested to leave water by officials if they were unable to reach Buoy 1 within 30 minutes or Finish the race within 50 minutes after the start of each event. Their results will be recorded as “DNF” (Did Not Finish).
  9. No swimmer is permitted to use any device that may be an aid to their speed or endurance such as fins and paddles. Nails should be trimmed and not sharp.
  10. Swimmers are not allowed to wear any jewelleries.
  11. The swimmers must wear only one swimsuit in one or two pieces. Swimwear for both men and women shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor shall extend below the ankle.
  12. HKASA has its sole discretion to reject any entry.
  13. HKASA has the final decision over all matters not stipulated here in the rules.

O.  Declaration of Responsibility:

Swimmers should be aware of the fact that open water swimming is a high risk aquatic sport. Swimmers must be aware of the wave and water condition, and consider their participation based on their swimming ability. HKASA will try its best to ensure the safety of all swimmers during the race. However, HKASA and its officials have no responsibility for any injuries and accidents incurred during the race.

Practice in open water prior to the race is highly recommended.

P.  Race Course:

Race Course

Q.  Inclement Weather Arrangement:

The Race will be cancelled for any of the following conditions:
  • Typhoon Signal No. 1 or above, hoisted before 6:00 a.m. on the race day; Or
  • Red/Black Rainstorm Signal; Or
  • Occurrence of red tide at the venue; Or
  • Any conditions unsuitable for staging the competition.

R.  Entry Procedures:

Applicants may apply the race via New World Harbour Race Website: (www.hkharbourrace.com) or submit the application to the HKASA office in person or by post.
If applicants choose to submit the application to HKASA office in person or by post, please prepare the following items:-

  1. A completed Individual Entry Form and proven records (if any).
  2. A photocopy of H.K. I.D. card / identification document / passport (For Open Group, non-HKID Card Holder only) .
  3. Duly-signed Declaration Form (Signed by parents for swimmers under 18 years of age)
  4. Medical Certificates (for applicants aged 60 or above-please refer to the application form)
  5. A passport-sized photograph (please write down the applicant’s name on the back of the photo)
  6. Time Trial Fees/ Entry Fees (to be paid upon collection of race kits) / Administration Fees – Crossed-cheque made payable to “HKASA” ONLY. Please write down the applicant’s name and contact number on the back of the cheque.
  7. By Mail: A self-addressed envelope with a stamp.Application without a self-addressed and stamped envelope will not be entertained.

Incomplete Application Forms, Declaration and Medical Certificates (for applicants aged 60 or above-please refer to the application form) or Incomplete information will not be accepted, and the fees paid will not be refunded. HKASA reserves the rights to amend the above information with or without notification and the authority for final interpretation.

Once the entry is accepted, entry fee is non-refundable & non-transferable under any circumstances. An acknowledgement email will be sent to the registered email address within 10 working days after HKASA has received the registration. If you do not receive the email within the stipulated time frame, please contact HKASA immediately.

Repeated entries will be counted as a single entry. The extra fee is non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another applicant nor other race.


HKASA office:
  • Tel. No.: 2572 8594/ 2572 8524 E-mail: hkasa@hkasa.org.hk
  • HKASA Office Address: Unit L, 9/F, MG Tower, 133 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon.
  • Office Hour: Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • New World Harbour Race Website: www.hkharbourrace.com