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 events@vrcpaddleclub.com or visit our dedicated Facebook page.

Some Impressions of the 2016 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series

Important information for the 2016 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.

Entry Fees

The 2016 Race Series Member annual fee remains at 700$.
If you are unsure about racing all year the entry fee is 100$ per entrant per race, or for OC6 50$ per paddler, however these entry fees only apply to the races that start and finish in Deepwater Bay.

As you will have seen from the race calendar some of the races are longer, or multi-leg and/or further afield. For each of these races there will likely need to be an additional race entry fee to cover the additional support boat costs and the post race events. As in the last 2 years, Race Series Members will get a discounted rate for these races for committing to the series for the year.

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 2016 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.

DOWNLOAD VRC Race Series Safety Guidelines (December 2015) Rev 2

DOWNLOAD 2016 VRC Race Series Waiver (December 2015)

DOWNLOAD 2016 VRC Race Series OC6 Waiver (Dec 2015)


VRC Race Series Schedule

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2016 Zolfo Cooper VRC Race Series – Volunteers Wall of Fame & Results

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2015 VRC Race Series – Volunteers Wall of Fame

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