The 7th Dublin Hong Kong Dragon Boat International Regatta was held on 9-10 September, with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) as the event's title sponsor for the second consecutive year.
The Regatta took place over two days at the Grand Canal Dock. Organised by the Irish Dragon Boat Association in conjunction with Plurabelle Paddlers and with the support of Waterways Ireland and Dublin City Council, it attracted around 960 participants and 48 teams and two to three thousand visitors each day.
Visitors could win prizes at the Hong Kong stall, and the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Academy performed twice on both days. Deputy Representative of HKETO, Brussels, Mr Sam Hui, presented the prizes at the end of day one.
Crowds were captivated by the skills of a new, talented professional rope skipping team from Hong Kong, whose members engaged with the public and showed them how to do the moves.
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) brought the team of eight, called S/L/A/S/H, over from Hong Kong to add extra excitement and a novel attraction to the dragon boat festival.
S/L/A/S/H's performers (Mr Man Ka Koy, Mr Mok Wai Ho, Mr Cheung Pak Kan, Mr Lau Pan Hei, Mr Law Kwan Ho, Ms Cheuk Ching Yi, Ms Ho Yin Ting and Ms Chan Hiu Lam) are award-winners in various categories in Asian and World Rope Skipping Championships, some having won World Champion titles. The team's performance routine, which in addition to rope skipping includes power movements, gymnastics and dancing, entranced young and old alike.
Visitors could get booklets and information about Hong Kong, including its many tourist attractions, at the Hong Kong booth and win souvenirs specially produced to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by answering simple questions about Hong Kong. They could also write and send colourful special edition postcards, showing dragon boat events in Hong Kong, to their friends and family.