Cold Half

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A 15km winter marathon swim on Hong Kong Island from Stanley Main Beach to Middle Island Beach

The “Cold Half”, modeled after Asia’s top extreme ocean swim, the Clean Half… except the water temp is more like a good “cool” channel crossing.  This is a perfect training ground for your next big swim.

This is a SOLO race only, or 2-person Relay.  If a relay, the change over cycle is mandated at every 30 minutes, or one change only at the 7.5km point.  You will depart from Stanley Main Beach on Hong Kong Island, and finish at Middle Island Beach.  A post-race BBQ, meal and awards will be held at Royal HK Yacht Club on Middle Island.


Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Race start: 10am
Start at Stanley Main Beach and finish at Middle Island Beach
Awards and After Event – Royal HK Yacht Club for BBQ and post-race meal and awards.

To offer a challenge to swimmers with different body types and motivations, there will be 2 categories:

  • “Nationally Ocean”
  • “Wetsuited and Buoyant”

This event is only for swimmers with confidence and dare. Advanced swimmers only please. Registration for The Cold Half is on a first come basis. SOLO entries will be limited to 30 ONLY in 2016. Deadline is January 16, 2016. There will be NO sign-up on the day.

Entry fee
Payment is in HK$. Real time GPS tracking devices and subscription inclusive.
$5,300 with a support motor boat
$2,800 with a support paddler
$1,800 if getting your own support paddler or boat. A kayak can be provided for an additional $400.
$5,800 with a support motor boat.
No additional cost for 2nd swimmer.
$2,800 with your own support boat.
$3,200 for “YAK” paddle/swim. NO inflatables allowed. Organizer can provide kayak if required. Wetsuit and 50/50 splits ONLY.
For overseas solo swimmers, if a motor boat is required, a spotter/feeder is required for an additional $600 appointed by the organizer.

Race director
Doug Woodring – DOUG@OCEANRECOV.ORG +852 90203949
Shu Pu – SHU@AVRA.CC +852 51993314

Organized by
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For info and registration requests, please contact Shu Pu at and send your race fee as per instructions.

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Cheque payable to “Douglas Woodring”. Please include name, email and phone # on the back of the cheque.  Mail the cheque along with your completed registration form to: AVRA c/o “The Cold Half”, #2210, Fullagar Industrial Building, 234 Aberdeen Main Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong.

For overseas swimmers, please contact for payment information.


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