The 2023 edition of the New World Harbour Race will take place on November 12, for which registrations will open at 10.30am on August 30. A maximum of 4,000 applications from the city, Mainland China and across the world will be accepted for the cross-harbour 2023 race, which is the largest participant quota in the event’s history.

The swim will begin at 7am, and participants will swim a 1 km distance between Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai and Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui. Swimmers can also choose to take part in one of two categories: the Racing Group and Leisure Group.

Racing Group participants must either have approved credentials or pass a time trial during which the fastest 100 male and 100 female swimmers will be eligible for the race. 

To decide the Leisure Group participation, lots will be drawn and a list of names of those who must compete in time trial will be announced at 11am on September 28. The time trials will take place on on October 8, 14, and 15, and the list of selected contestants will be announced at 11am on October 24. 

The race first started as the Hong Kong Cross-Harbour Swim in 1906, but was halted in 1978 because of the polluted waters in Victoria Harbour. It was revived in 2011 as the New World Harbour Race.

For more information about the 2023 New World Harbour Race, visit the event website.

Header image credits: New World Harbour Race via Facebook

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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