ZOLFO COOPER VRC Race Series
Surf-ski, outrigger canoeing and SUP races for the Hong Kong paddling community
It started as an initiative from a small group of Paddlers on HK Island, to compete against each other on a fixed course with the goal of posting a good time that enabled the coaches and captains to select crews based on another performance metric. The interest in participation in the Series has grown constantly, and the last couple of years has seen a rapid rise in participation. We are now proud to be able to say that the VRC Race Series is comfortably the largest local OC1 and Surfski Race in Hong Kong with a record of over 80 boats on the start line. This year, for the first time, we have also opened the race to OC6 crews who may not have easy access to a small boat within transportation distance of Deepwater Bay, which has proven to be another great success.
“The VRC Race Series is comfortably the largest local OC1 and Surfski Race in Hong Kong.”
The Race takes place every month hosting the classic distance of 7.5km as well as long distance runs, relay events, SUP and short course competitions. At each race we try to have a number of prizes, ranging from unknown “hot-spot” prizes such as the third boat of any category past a certain point, to the winning prizes for coming in the top two or three of your division. At certain “blue-riband” events we also host barbecues and parties for the participants, a great chance for the wider paddling community to socialise and interact. These are normally held at the Deepwater Bay clubhouse, but we have been found to take over a bar in Shek O depending on where the Race Series has taken us!
In the months of August and September, the Race Series teams up with our two larger OC race events, the Rookie Rumble in early August, and the Southside Challenge usually held in early September.
If you are interested in watching or participating in the VRC Race Series, or would like to have more information on the event in general feel free to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our dedicated Facebook page.
Some Impressions of the 2017 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series
Important information for the 2017 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series
Registration - general
There are additional data fields that will allow us, entry numbers permitting at each race and through the year, to include age groups as well as club related scoring at certain races. Please include the club you paddle for if applicable.
Registration - multi-paddler craft
The team data field is only to be used for multi-paddler craft.
If you are entering the OC6, OC2, Ski double, Rower 2, or Rower 4 categories please select team in the “Who are you registering” field and in the team data field include the craft and paddler names using the following format: category name & name For Rower4 please enter Rower4 cox’s or crew captain’s name. For OC6 please enter OC6 club name crew number, e.g. OC6 VRC 1.
For DOB please enter the youngest paddler in the team in case we get enough entries for age groups.
Ensure that you select the matching category after you have selected the distance.
The 2017 Race Series Member (RSM) annual fee is 800$.
For the 6 standard races that start and finish in Deepwater Bay, the individual race entry fee is 150$ per entrant per race and 50$ per paddler for OC6s.
Race Series Members will get discounted entry fees for the 3 red RS downwind events and the green events (see race calendar), which are typically longer and further afield, for committing to the series for the year.
Please note that post-race event and boat transportation fees are excluded.
So, if you are planning on racing only 4 out of 6 of the standard races in DWB to qualify for the Division B annual awards, you should pay as you go. If you are planning on racing 5 or 6 standard races and still being in Division B, but want to train and try 1 of the red RS downwind events you’re probably on the fence, and if you’re are capable of racing Division A and want to go for the full monty because you’re keen like that, being a RSM is a bargain.
VRC Race Series – Google group
If you would like to be added to the group please click on the following link https://groups.google.com/d/forum/vrc-race-series
The race calendar has been uploaded to the group site or can be found here
Waiver and Safety Guidelines
The 2017 versions can be downloaded below. Please read the safety guidelines, and please print, read, and complete the annual waiver in advance. This will expedite the registration process.
Safety is our first priority. The mandatory requirements for leashes and PFDs are in place from the first race.
VRC Race Series Schedule
2017 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series - Volunteers Wall of Fame & Results
|Zolfo Cooper VRC Race 05||Erwann, Angela, Lina, Jen, Alice, Carissa, Noelle, Eric||Race Results|
|4th Hong Kong Costal Relay||YC, Charlie P, Charlie Ng, Erik, Angela, Jen , Alannah, Heather, Harkin, Alice, Tats, Noelle and DJ Wavey||Race Results|
|Zolfo Cooper VRC Race 04||Shaun, Alex, Nick, Olivia, Arnie|
|2017 St Patrick's Day Downwind||Benny, Shaun A, Jen, Barbara, Aliette, Lena, Christian, Gary, Imei, Alice, Lee W, Martha, Julie D, and Steve T.||Race Results|
|Zolfo Cooper VRC Race 03||Nick, Niall and YC, Puss, Benny, James, Christian, Imei, Karen, Alannah, Alice, Jennie, Beck, Julia, Olivia, Eric, Franck, Steve and Paddy and to those who volunteered and helped with registration, race timing, photography, drones and iPad magic||Race Results|
|Zolfo Cooper VRC Race 02 - Valentine's Day His & Hers Race||Ingrid, Imei, Karen, Alannah, Bao Anh and Adidas, Nick, Riitta, Tatjana, Noelle and Benny||Race Results|
|Zolfo Cooper VRC Race 01||Bruce, Lina, Karen, Winnie, Beck, Alana, Geoff and Niall, and Yacht Club for the support boat.||Race Results|
|Zolfo Cooper VRC Christmas Burnoff Race||Jen, Bruce, Lina, Arnie, Harkin, Iona and Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club||Race Results|
2016 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series - Volunteers Wall of Fame & Results
|Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series – FINAL STANDINGS||Thanks to all for making the Series 2016 happen!||FINAL STANDINGS|
|Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series – Race 11 (PFS II)||Jen, Imei, Bruce, Nick and Mark from YC, Benny, Doan, Jeremy, Christian, Puss, Stephen A, Eva, BaoAnh, Elena, Tim, Arnie, Gary, Tats, Barbara, Aliette and Noelle||Race Results|
|Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series – Race 10 (PFS I)||Imei, Florence, Erwann, Jennie, Julie and George, Benny, Alex, Shaun, Scott and Robert, and, of course, Eric||Race Results|
|Zolfo Cooper VRC Series Race 09||Jen, Imei, Mark W, Rebecca, Melody, Imei, Carlos, Jeremy, Benny, Peter A, Iona, Steve P, Jakki, Franck T, Angela, Alice, Tats, Vlad, Lina, Doan, Pradeesh, Jack Seymour, Tim F, Nick B, Jen, Alex, Julie, Christian, Wavey||Race Results|
|Zolfo Cooper VRC Series Race 08||Imei, Florence, Bruce, Tatjana, Martha, Lyn, Puss, RHKYC for support boat, Nick Crabb, Steve Taylor||Race Results|
|Zolfo Cooper VRC Series Race 07b||Alex, Lindsay, Jenn A, Ingrid, Martha, Tatjana, Marion, Chris||Race Results|
|Zolfo Cooper VRC Series Race 07a||Lance, Christian, Michael, Pascale, Jean-Louis and Nick C||Race Results|
|Zolfo Cooper VRC Series Race 06b||Imei, Alex, Penny, Fraser, Benny, ChrisP, Jon A, Jenn A, Ingrid, Tatjana, Doan, Tim F, Tim K, George B||Race Results|
|Zolfo Cooper VRC Series Race 06a||Dmitry, Christian, Wavey, Lyn's kids and friend - Jess, Eme and Antoinette||Race Results|
|VRC HK Coastal Relay||Imei, Lee W, Nicole QK, Olivia, AndyC, Charlie, Rebecca, Erwann, Tatjana, Franck, Benny and Puss||Race Results|
|VRC Series Race 05||Imei, Lee W, Iwona, Barney, Mark F, Christian G, Sylvie, Jean, Benny, Robert S, Shaun, and Eric for flying||Race Results|
|VRC Series Race 04||Imei, Alice, Olivia, Heather, Harkin, Benny, George L, Nicole QK, Vlad, Stephen A, Eric||Race Results|
|VRC Series Race 03||Imei, Tatjana, Martha, Winnie, Becky, Ben, Scott, George, Margaret, John, Jess||Race Results|
|VRC Series Race 02||Imei, Bettina, Ingrid, Julia, Collin, Jo, Vlad, Rebecca, Tatjana and Olivia||Race Results|
|VRC Series Race 01||Imei, Ingrid, Kira, Jon A, Lee, Collin, Olivia, and Stephen A||Race Results|
|VRC Christmas Burnoff Race||Imei, Alice, Olivia, and Adam||Race Results|
2015 VRC Race Series - Volunteers Wall of Fame
|VRC Christmas Burnoff Race||Imei, James and Shu|
|VRC Series Race 1||Imei, Irina and Xen|
|VRC Series Race 2 - Valentine's Day His & Hers Race||Imei, Christian and Nick|
|VRC Series Race 3||Imei, Elita, Katie and Becky|
|VRC Series Race 4||Imei, Lee W, Stephane, Ed, Alex and Craig|
|VRC Series Race 5||Martha, Liz, Sarah, Tim, George, Angelica and Robert|
|VRC HK Coastal Relay||Imei, Steve P, Angelica, Bruno, Gary, Irina, Eugene, Jo and Dmitry|
|VRC Series Race 6||Imei, Jane, John and Alex, and Anna, Jane H and Megan|
|VRC Series Race 7 - 4 July weekend||Imei, Irina, Dmitry, Stephane, Jakki, Arthur and Glen.|
|VRC Series Race 8 & Deepwater Bay Rumble||Scott, Imei, Lee W, Lyn F, Christian G, Clare Baldwin's parents, Ward and Nicky QK|
|VRC Series Race 9 & Southside Challenge||Laura, Tatjana, Ed, Alice, Nick, Jess, Andy C, Franck, Jo, Irina, Eugene, Tim, Sarah, Martha, Dmitry, Matt and Adam|
|VRC Series 10 (Pray for Surf I)||Alice, Imei, Brad, Eugene, Sylvie, Jess, Alex, Irina, Christian and Steve P|
|VRC Series 11 (Pray for Surf II)|
& Series Awards
|Alice, Imei, Irina, Sarah, Icy, Tatjana, Lee W, Wavey, John Mac, Sylvie, Ed P, Bao Anh, Alice, Sarah Carter, Alena, Bruce, Dmitry, Alex, Marion, Vlad, Erwann, John M and Olivia|