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Race Around Hong Kong, from Anywhere on Earth, in the ATIR Global Erg Challenge

Combined Rowing Competition on Land and Sea Raises Funds to Address Plastic Pollution, Maintain Ocean Health

HONG KONG, 8 November, 2018 – For over 150 years, sailboats have been racing around Hong Kong Island, and for well over a century, rowers have been competing as well. For the first time, technology allows rowers and paddlers anywhere in the world to compete with the best rowers in Hong Kong via Erg machines and KinoMap video and mapping software.

The 45-kilometre 2018 ATIR Global Erg Challenge is organized by Ocean Recovery Alliance, an NGO focused on ocean protection, in collaboration with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Between the 17th and28th of November, rowers and paddlers around the world will be able to record times in the ATIR Global Erg Challenge, not only to compete against teams from other countries, but also to raise funds for the ocean, and protection and improvements in the waters we all love to recreate, train and compete in. Ocean Recovery Alliance operates programmes focused on maintaining the health of the ocean by reducing plastic pollution.

Racing in the 2018 ATIR Global Erg Challenge will be Erden Eruç, who made history by rowing and cycling 66,299 kilometres around the world alone and under his own power, and who says, “During my full circumnavigation of the earth via only human power, I came across an incredible amount of plastic pollution as I rowed across the ocean and kayaked along the shores of continents. These were just the visible and obvious bits. I will be rowing hard (solo) in the ATIR Global Erg Challenge 2018 to support Ocean Recovery Alliance as they work to remediate this large, complicated problem that mankind now faces.”

Race categories include Men’s, Women’s, Mixed, High School, University, Corporate, Open, Solo, 2s, 4s, 8s; or with paddle adapter – solo, 2-man, 6-man (outrigger), 10-man (dragon boat); and C2s. Competitors can record their times between November 17-28th, and using KinoMap, on race day, December 2nd, every team’s avatar will appear on the “live” results map, revealing the global competition winners. KinoMap technology allows competitors to view the actual course scenery as they row, experiencing the beautiful shoreline, amazing skylines and incredible waters of Hong Kong.

Prizes will be given for the top three fundraising teams – or solo rowers, and the funds raised will be used to help expand the outreach, education and engagement of Ocean Recovery Alliance’s Global Alert app, which allows people to report trash hotspots anywhere in the world’s waters or coastlines. Global Alert allows stakeholders in watersheds around the world to better manage and prevent trash from impacting their communities and environment.

“Healthy marine and coastal ecosystems are critical to life on earth and provide necessary services, including food security, resources for economic growth, recreation and tourism,” says Doug Woodring, founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance. “Sports are an amazing way to inspire protection and awareness of our waters and environment, as athletes who train and compete outdoors are more likely to want to share the values of protecting it. We are excited to be organizing the world’s first large scale on-and-off-the-water sporting event, in which people from any country can compete in a 45km race around Hong Kong to celebrate the ocean we all love.”

For more information and registration, please check out and the 2018 ATIR Global Erg Challenge Facebook page.