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Hong Kong Team SHK/Scallywag in Volvo Ocean Race

Brand Hong Kong (BrandHK) is delighted to be working with the Volvo Ocean Race team to stage a stopover of the race in Hong Kong for the first time. BrandHK is equally delighted to be a "crew" member of the Hong Kong team, Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, which is also the first Hong Kong boat to take part in the race.

Volvo Ocean Race: Coming to Hong Kong

The prestigious Volvo Ocean Race, one of the toughest sports events in the world, comes to Hong Kong for the first time in January 2018, with the Hong Kong stopover scheduled from 17 to 31 January.

It is also the first time in the 44-year history of the race that a team representing Hong Kong is taking part in Volvo Ocean Race, with Team SHK/Scallywag carrying Hong Kong's hopes during eight months of intense competition.

Race Festival/Village - HK Stopover

As one of the host cities for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, Hong Kong will stage a Race Festival from January 17-31 at Kai Tak Runway Park. Open to the public free of charge, the Race Festival will include sailing races and activities, concerts, entertainment, exhibitions, and corporate hospitality. Around 400 volunteers will be involved in running the event.

Race Festival Opening Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm (TBC)

The Scallywag Story

Team SHK/Scallywag is competing in their first Volvo Ocean Race with experienced skipper David Witt at the helm. Scallywag's story began in 2014 when Hong Kong businessman Lee Seng Huang, executive chairman of the investment and finance firm Sun Hung Kai & Co, bought the super-maxi formerly known as Ragamuffin from renowned Australian sailor Syd Fischer.

Named by Lee's then five-year-old daughter (after their first boat, a 55ft cruiser) Scallywag has enjoyed great success, including record-breaking performances in the 2016 Sydney-Hobart Race and the Hong Kong to Hainan Race. Scallywag also holds the Groupama Around New Caledonia race record.

The yacht has just undergone a major refit and is ready to take on the world's best yachts and crew in more iconic events.

For the Volvo Ocean Race, Lee has again teamed up with his trusted skipper David Witt to promote their shared vision of putting Hong Kong firmly on the international sailing map.

The Volvo Ocean Race represents the biggest challenge yet for the Scallywag team and her dedicated multinational crew of expert sailors.

The "Flying Dragon"

Powering its way across the ocean, Scallywag's Hong Kong connection is clear to see. Look out for her sails during the Volvo Ocean Race - they feature the image of a stylised "flying dragon" which represents Hong Kong's brand identity as Asia's world city.

The flying dragon - a mythical and powerful icon that links the city's historic past with its energetic modernity. The colourful ribbons extending from the dragon evoke versatility, diversity and dynamism.

The blue and green ribbons symbolise blue sky and a sustainable environment, while the red ribbon is a silhouette of Lion Rock - a local landmark representing the "can-do" spirit of Hong Kong people.

Join Hong Kong and Team SHK/Scallywag on this monumental adventure.

The Team

David Witt, Skipper Ben Piggott, Bowman Steve Hayles, Navigator
Luke Parkinson, Crew Member Annemieke Bes, Crew Member John Fisher, Crew Member
Tom Clout, Crew Member Alex Gough, Crew Member  

Supporting Organisation - Brand Hong Kong

BrandHK is a strategic communications programme to promote Hong Kong as "Asia's world city". BrandHK arose from the need to position Hong Kong as a top international city in following the establishment of Hong Kong as a Special Administrative Region in 1997.

Quick Links

Track Team Base SHK/Scallywag's progress:

More on the Hong Kong Stopover:

Team SHK/Scallywag website:

Volvo Ocean Race - Hong Kong Stopover & Race Festival website:

Read the SCMP Presented Channel article on Volvo Ocean Race (Nov 3)

View Scallywag's videos on BrandHK's Youtube channel.

Kai Tak Runway Park

Fact Sheets

Press Releases

Oct 22, 2017 Countdown begins to Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong
Oct 20, 2017 BrandHK on board with HK's SHK Scallywag for Volvo Ocean Race (with photo)
Oct 19, 2017 Witt and Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag chart a new future ahead of Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong
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