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CONTENTS POOPDECK 4 Calendar 5 At the Helm 25 Sailing Office 26 Sailing Development 28 Training 29 Ship Shop 30 Marine / Boatyard 34 From the Galley 38 Billboard 40 Chinese Page 今日撮要 42 Flotsam and Jetsam

F e at u r e s 8 10 14 17 19

Vice Patron – Li Fook Hing National Australia Bank Top Dog Trophy Series – Tomes Cup Inaugural Subic-Boracay Race and Boracay Cup BEAU GESTE at the 2011 Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race RHKYC Inter-Schools Sailing Festival

Ro w i n g 21 22

Verdant River Regatta 1 Outrigger Section: Finding Loving Homes for Stray Canoes Scullers – Ahead of the Pack Tokyo Marathon


National Australia Bank Top Dog Trophy Series – Tomes Cup

14 Inaugural

Subic-Boracay Race and Boracay Cup

Spo r t s 23 Squash 24 Bowling Photo: Guy Nowell

17 BEAU GESTE at the

2011 Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race

National Australia Bank Top Dog Trophy Series – Tomes Cup Ahoy! Editor Suzanne Rayment Proof Reader Linda Davy Ahoy! Design Michelle Shek MYND Design Advertising or Editorial Enquiries contact Suzanne Rayment Tel: (852) 2792 6234 Fax: (852) 2792 9046 Articles for Ahoy! can be emailed to or left in the Ahoy! pigeon hole at Kellett Island. The Editor reserves the right to edit articles. All opinions expressed in this publication are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect the views of the General Committee of the RHKYC. Copies of the magazine are available at Reception at a cost of $25 and to view the e-version of the magazine (and back copies) go to the RHKYC website.


Inter-Schools Sailing Festival





Saturday 23 April – Main Lawn

Easter Lunch Buffet and Egg Hunt Sunday 24 April – Compass Room

Sunday 24 April – Middle Island and Shelter Cove

Under 9 Go Optimist First Aid, CPR & AED Course Youth Go Sailing

Kellett Island Wine Fair Supervised Sailing Session Under 9 Go Optimist Youth Go Sailing First Aid, CPR & AED Refresher Course



Domaine Roux Père & Fils Wine Dinner in the Compass Room Under 9 Go Optimist Youth Go Sailing

Speaker’s Corner – Joop Litmaath Under 9 Go Optimist Youth Go Sailing



Under 9 Steps 1, 2, 3 and Go Optimist Youth and Teens Beginners Course Youth HKSF Level 1 and 2 Course Youth Go Sailing Youth HKSF Level 3 Course Youth High Performance Course

Under 9 Steps 1, 2, 3 and Go Optimist Youth and Teens Beginners Course Youth HKSF Level 1 and 2 Course Youth Go Sailing Youth HKSF Level 3 Course Youth High Performance Course

Under 9 Steps 1, 2, 3 and Go Optimist Youth and Teens Beginners Course Youth HKSF Level 1 and 2 Course Youth Go Sailing Youth HKSF Level 3 Course

Secretaries’ Week Luncheon in the Compass Room 26 to 29 April




Under 9 Steps 1, 2, 3 and Go Optimist Youth & Teens Beginners Course Youth HKSF Level 1 and 2 Course Youth Go Sailing Youth HKSF Level 3 Course Youth Introduction to Racing Course


13 San Fernando Race starts Under 9 Steps 1, 2, 3 and Go Optimist Youth and Teens Beginners Course Youth HKSF Level 1 and 2 Course Youth Go Sailing Youth HKSF Level 3 Course Youth High Performance Course


Speaker’s Corner – Doug Woodring Under 9 Steps 1, 2, 3 and Go Optimist Youth and Teens Beginners Course Youth HKSF Level 1 and 2 Course Youth Go Sailing Youth HKSF Level 3 Course Youth Introduction to Racing Course


Japanese Donburi in the Bistro

with selected items at Middle Island and Shelter Cove

1 to 30 April

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Mi ddle I slan d Regatta Class Racing Match Racing


Middle Island Big Day Out Under 9 Go Optimist First Aid, CPR & AED Course Youth Go Sailing


Rowing/Outrigger – Stanley to MI Race

Shelter Cove Wine Fair and Club Night

Easter BBQ Lunch Buffet and Egg Hunt



Japanese Donburi in the Bistro with selected items at Middle Island and Shelter Cove 1 to 30 April

Easter Activity for Children

Shellfish Temptation in the Compass Room 4 to 21 April Under 9 Go Optimist Youth Go Sailing First Aid, CPR & AED Refresher Course



Jazz, R&B and Dancing after Dark in the Bistro

Under 9 Go Optimist First Aid, CPR & AED Course Youth Go Sailing




Under 9 Steps 1, 2, 3 and Go Optimist Youth and Teens Beginners Course Youth HKSF Level 1 and 2 Course Youth Go Sailing Youth HKSF Level 3 Course Youth Introduction to Lasers Course

Under 9 Steps 1, 2, 3 and Go Optimist Youth and Teens Beginners Course Youth HKSF Level 1 and 2 Course Youth Go Sailing Youth HKSF Level 3 Course Youth Introduction to Lasers Course

Lapostolle Wine Dinner in the Compass Room

Jazz, R&B and Dancing after Dark in the Bistro Club Night at Shelter Cove


Under 9 Steps 1, 2, 3 and Go Optimist Youth and Teens Beginners Course Youth HKSF Level 1 and 2 Course Youth Go Sailing Youth HKSF Level 3 Course Youth Introduction to Racing Course


Dinghy Racing


Club Night at Shelter Cove Under 9 Go Optimist Youth Go Sailing

Under 9 Go Optimist Youth Go Sailing

HKRNVR Pursuit Race Under 9 Silver Squad

Club Night at Shelter Cove

Under 9 Go Optimist Youth Go Sailing



Under 9 Steps 1, 2, 3 and Go Optimist Youth and Teens Beginners Course Youth HKSF Level 1 and 2 Course Youth Go Sailing Youth HKSF Level 3 Course


Wine of the Month from


3 Nations’ Cup

Supervised Sailing Session Youth Sailing Club Rowing – Shing Mun 1 Regatta

9 M a t c h Class Racing

Rowing – Oxford and Cambridge Regatta (MI)

10 R a c i n g

Rowing – Head of the Bay (MI)



Class Racing

Easter Lunch Buffet and Egg Hunt in the Compass Room

Easter Activity for Children on the Main Lawn

Easter BBQ Lunch Buffet and Egg Hunt at Middle Island and Shelter Cove

23 Class Racing Match Racing

Rowing – Toda Regatta, Japan


24 Beer

of the Month

San Miguel Light

Shellfish Temptation

Bodegas Muñoz Legado Muñoz Chardonnay 2009 Bodegas Muñoz Legado Muñoz Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

in the Compass Room 4 to 21 April

Vice Patrons Jimmy Farquhar, Li Fook Hing, Bob Wilson Commodore Ambrose Lo Vice Commodore Joachim Isler Rear Commodore Sailing Russ Parker Rear Commodore Club Robert Stoneley Honorary Secretary Mark Whitehead Honorary Treasurer Andrew Taylor Rowing Captain Alex Bidlake CLASS SE CRETARIES Rowing Secretary Alice Page Sailing Secretary Gaston Chan Cruiser Simon Boyde Dragon Phyllis Chang Etchells John Breen Flying Fifteen Lucy Sutro Impala Francis Cheung J80 Dan Tullberg Laser/Dinghies Rick Bilby Magic 25/SBR Peter Backe Pandora Joseph Wong Ruffian Jarl Borthwick Sonata Sebastien Vong Youth Sailing Class Sofia Mascia SPORTS CO NV EN O RS Bowling Convenor Virendra Anand Squash Convenor Francis Longuepee Golf Captain Adrian Pang Snooker Convenor James Stewart CLU B CO NTA CTS General Manager Ray Parry 2239 0300 Executive Secretary Polly Lee 2239 0301 Club Operations Manager Alfred Leung 2239 0338 Financial Controller Tim Gallagher 2239 0315 Membership Manager Tracy Leung 2239 0371 Member Relations & Communications Manager Koko Mueller 2239 0342 Marine Services Manager Roger Eastham 2239 0308 Boatyard Manager Ian Mann 2239 0311 Sailing Manager Alex Johnston 2239 0362 Sailing Development Manager Richard Knight 2239 0363 Sponsorship & Promotions Manager Lindsay Lyons 2239 0391 Sail Training Manager Markus Wong 2812 7063 Assistant Sailing Manager Iris Yang 2239 0314 Rowing Manager Jonathan Cantwell 2239 0322 Boatyard Office Supervisor Connie Chan 2239 0304 Boatyard Foreman Yip Man Tai 9125 9311 Food & Beverage Manager Shirley Tam 2239 0321 Executive Chef Barry Lim 2239 0347 Technical & Projects Manager Carton Lam 2239 0303 Human Resources Manager Susanna Chung 2239 0310 Ship Shop Manager David Ho 2239 0336 Marine Co-ordinator Joanne Ho 2239 0309 House Manager Lorence Leung 2239 0352

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Kellett Island, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, SAR Kellett Island Tel: 2832 2817 Fax: 2572 5399 Middle Island Tel: 2812 7202 Shelter Cove Tel: 2792 2744

Commodore’s Message A common concern shared at all of the past ICOYC (International Council of Yacht Clubs) Commodores’ Forums was the increasing average age of membership and the loss of youth members in yacht clubs around the world. As Mark Fitzhardinge, Past Commodore of Royal Perth Yacht Club, said “… in many cases when former junior sailors do have the time and opportunity, they appear to be reluctant to resume sailing as a sport. These 25 to 30 year olds often see the clubs as the province of the older generation who have the capital to own and operate boats and therefore dominate the clubs. Providing easier access to sailing programmes through the use of club boats as well as providing more appropriate social opportunities has been a success story bringing former sailors back to yacht clubs and their sport…” Our Club faces the same concern but fortunately, I believe, we are on the right development track.

Commodore Ambrose Lo

We have had a number of youth-focused sailing and rowing events; I had a great time last month at the Inter-School Sailing Festival and I was honoured to have been asked to present some of the prizes. It really was a vibrant weekend both on and off the water and I look forward to seeing this event grow. Youth sailing was also at the forefront at Shelter Cove, where we hosted the latest Tri-Club Regatta with over 50 youth sailors on the water. The junior rowers have also featured this month with entries in the first ‘sprint’ regattas of the new season. The Club also co-owns several J/80s which are available for members of all ages on the Approved Helm List. Our Youth Sailing Class and Rowing Section have done well to keep our younger members active and interested. Social needs too are catered for; the newly formed Young Members Sub-Committee has initiated its first social event, “Celebrity Bartender and Pub Quiz”, and of course the Family Panel continues with its projects. With all these core sport and social events geared towards members in our various Child, Cadet and Junior membership categories, we are indeed doing well in attracting and retaining younger members. But never can we be complacent. To attract and retain young members has been, and will continue to be, one of my priorities for the benefits of the future of our Club. So if you have any initiatives that can make us do even better, please share with me or any member of our Sailing Development, Rowing, Youth Sailing, Family Panel or Young Members Sub-Committee. The Vice Commodore, together with some of our senior managers and me, attended the Harbour Business Forum’s (HBF) second Stakeholder Workshop. This was the second stage of the HBF’s Integrated Harbour Vision and Action Plan, which involves the justification of shortlisted programmes and projects that can enhance the harbour as an economic asset and a vital contribution to the quality of life in Hong Kong. Invited participants included stakeholders from government departments, the business community, NGOs and professionals interested in an integrated action plan for the enhancement of our harbour. As one of the major stakeholders, the Club has been actively involved. And we did well by sharing our vision and thoughts on preserving the vibrancy and diversity of Victoria Harbour. Our mission on this will continue. Back to our sailing scene. Last month in the Philippines, Sam Chan’s Ffreefire 52, Geoff Hill’s Strewth and Frank Pong’s Boracay (Jelik II) and Jelik 5 took part in the 200nm passage race from Subic Bay to Boracay with Ffreefire winning comfortably on corrected time. After that, Ffreefire, Boracay (Jelik II) and Jelik 5 took part in the Boracay Cup with Ffreefire again walking away with the trophy as well as that for the Boracay Cup Series. Applause also goes to Rockall III for winning IRC Division B at the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta in March. Racing with Chris Opielok were members Drew and Bal Taylor and Jan Brinkers. (Continued on page 6)

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General Manager’s Message

Ray Parry, General Manager

There is much on the calendar this month, the highlight of which is of course the San Fernando Race that starts on 20 April. On the social front, we have a new (and free!) ‘Speaker’s Corner’ series, and this month we will hear from Joop Litmaath on 13 April and Doug Woodring on 27 April. Easter is of course on the agenda, and we have two wine dinners this month – the Domaine Roux Père & Fils Wine Dinner on 12 April and the Lapostolle Wine Dinner on 28 April.

Many thanks to members for their actions over the past few months regarding idling car engines in the car park. The situation is much improved, and on the odd occasion where idling has been noticed by our attendants, a quiet word has been all that is necessary to remedy the matter. The renovation of the Bistro kitchen hit a bit of a bump in the road with the requirement of a little more work being requested by the Buildings Department. This has led to, what we hope at the time of writing will be, no more than a brief delay in beginning the project. We are now anticipating the closure of the Bistro from May until the end of July. Plans are well developed to move the Bistro operations to the poolside for this period. Menus will need to be somewhat limited, but the surroundings and ambience should help mitigate the regrettable disruption.

Our new neighbors in the typhoon shelter, China State, continue to work closely with us in ensuring that the Club’s interests are being looked after during the works in both the typhoon shelter and the former cargo handling basin. You may well have seen the large number of workers currently on site, particularly early in the mornings when monitoring and readings are being taken to ensure we remain structurally sound during the works. The current excavation of the car park (“Not again,” I hear you say!) is for the placement of deep level monitoring equipment. Please be assured all contract workers are registered and monitored whilst on Club premises. One matter that seems to be causing issues from time to time relates to the payment of members’ accounts. Every month we have a number of people who send their payments by post, mailed on the last day of the month (last month it was over 70). These obviously don’t get to us by the month end as required in the byelaws, and are liable to incur an administration fee. The byelaws do not provide for a grace period while cheques are delivered and processed. Whilst we endeavour to accommodate this as best we can, the byelaws clearly require settlement by month end and, if members elect to pay by cheque, they should allow at least three days for it to be received and processed. Better still, complete an AutoPay application form and forget about deadlines. Help us, and help yourselves! Enjoy your Easter holidays. Ray Parry General Manager

(Continued from page 5)

It is wonderful to see so many of our members taking part (and doing well) in all of these events. We are very keen to learn ahead of time of your plans so we can follow your progress. Please, get in touch with Koko ( and let her know what you are up to!

ensure we have good races and better relationships with our friends in both mainland China and Taiwan. The inaugural Taiwan Strait Race is coming up in May and I look forward to seeing your participation and support of our energetic members and staff who have put together this breakthrough event. It should be a fun and exciting race.

RHKYC was also pleased to work with Phoenix TV for the first time, in order to help bring the inaugural Phoenix Cup, featuring all of Hong Kong’s J/80s, live into the homes of millions of expatriates and Chinese around the world. We look forward to working with the Phoenix team again in the future.

On a final note, and some of you may already be aware, our General Manager Ray Parry will be leaving us in early June after four years of excellent contributions to the Club, due to personal reasons. During his time here, Ray has further strengthened the Club’s management team in order to serve our members better; has consistently exceeded our financial expectations; has put tremendous effort into various major projects including renovation of the swimming pool at Kellett Island and the reclamation at Middle Island; and has led our Club towards receiving a number of awards including the ‘Yacht Club of the Year Award’ in 2010. I am sure we all recognise Ray’s contributions, of which there are many more, and wish him all the best in the years to come. A global search to fill the vacancy is underway.

The inaugural Nations’ Cup is coming up on Sunday 10 April and to date, we have entries from Scotland, Ireland, England, Hong Kong, etc. I will be sailing too. If you have not yet put a team together, act now. Thanks to all members of the Race Committee and staff involved, the big event this month on the sailing calendar is of course the San Fernando Race which starts on 20 April. I would also like to extend my special gratitude to members of our China Events Sub-Committee who have been working really hard to 6 | April 2011


Easter is approaching and I wish you all a very happy Easter holiday. Ambrose Lo Commodore


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Vice Patron Li Fook Hing class does not exist any more, but there has recently been a resurgence in the Ruffian class owing to the hard work and enthusiasm of the officers of the Ruffian Association.” But one-design racing is not the only string to Fook Hing’s sailing bow, as he turned his hand to boat building and design in his first yacht, called Tru-Luv. This was a 30ft cruiser built by Regatta Yachts. The same yard, which was owned by him, also built his next yacht, Tru-Luv 2. “My first Tru-Luv was not very successful under the IOR rating as she was a very light boat with a big sail area, and therefore rarely won on corrected time. However, Tru-Luv 2 was a different matter; she was designed after I learned IOR measuring from Richard Hownam-Meek and became an official measurer myself. The yacht’s major success was Line Honours during her very first Macau race in the early 80s. The boat’s overall length was 32’ 2-5/8” and her IOR rating was only 22ft. As a result, Tru-Luv 2 was classed as a ½ tonner, and she performed very well on corrected time, winning a few prizes in the ABC regattas.”

Photo: Guy Nowell

Li has long been active on the community front, and received an OBE in 1987 for contributions to Education, Medical and Social Services. He has served on a number of school councils of Sheng Kung Hui (The Diocese of Hong Kong and Macao) and in recognition of his services to local education, in 1996 Sheng Kung Hui and the Hong Kong Government named a secondary school after him. He has also served as the Hon. Treasurer of the Diocese for 24 years and as a Trustee of St. John’s Cathedral for 15 years. In recognition of his valuable service

Li Fook Hing joined the Club on 7 October 1971 as a sailing member. The sea was already in his blood as his father owned a shipping line, and Li as a young man studied Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at MIT and the University of Michigan (USA). On returning to Hong Kong, he joined the Tai Koo Dockyard and spent 18 years building all manner of ships from tugs to the very biggest ships – 10,000 ton vessels – ever produced by the shipbuilding company, a subsidiary of Butterfield & Swire.

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wife bought me Victory 9 in 1975, and that is when I joined the Ruffian fleet.” According to Li, small boat racing was very active in the 70s and 80s, and in his own words, was “a lot a fun in those days. Ruffians also raced in the cruiser class and took part in a lot of Sunday races. I love one-design racing, and we used to have a lot more OD classes racing regularly. There was a big 505 fleet, along with the Sonatas, Ruffians, Flying 15s, Dragons, Impalas and Pandoras. The 505

Photo: Koko Mueller

In 1966, after his father’s death, Fook Hing moved from shipping to the securities and real estate business. This gave him time to pursue his interest in sailing. “I was introduced to the Club by Capt Cauvin, a senior member. I was always fascinated by sailing, and had always wanted to sail, but there was just no time when I was working in the dockyard.” In 1972, he took a beginners’ course at Middle Island, in those days conducted in Bosuns. “I continued sailing Bosuns until my

Photos: Guy Nowell

to the Church, Bishop Peter Kwong made him an honorary non-clerical canon of the Cathedral in 2006, the first and only nonclerical canon in the history of Hong Kong. He has also had a long and close relationship with Chung Chi College where he served on the board of Trustees until 2004 – a period of over 36 years. Under his leadership the college launched the Siu O Fung Shan Project which continuously generates revenue for the college, supports non-formal educational programmes, and provides new educational opportunities for its students. Li has also made donations in support of a number of scholarships for mainland students. On the medical side, Li has made significant contributions as a member of the Hospital Governing Committees for the Alice Ho Mui Ling Nethersole Hospital, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, and the United Christian Hospital. Fook Hing reflects that his father would be very pleased with his current position as a Club Vice Patron. “My father knew, and greatly respected, Noel Croucher who was also a Vice Patron of the RHKYC, and he would be happy to think I had followed in those footsteps. I have served on several

Club committees over the years, but I think the main contribution I have made to the Club is in trying to introduce local sailors to the sport of sailing.” Although Li’s wife and three children do not sail, they are very happy to see him out on the water, and continuing to sail Victory 9. “I am delighted to see the current resurgence of the Ruffian fleet – they are such easy boats to sail, and I have to say that there is still plenty of competition in this fleet. That’s what makes one design racing so very enjoyable!”

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W o r d s : L i n d say Ly o n s

In Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, 43 boats braved the chill, the rain and the infuriatingly light air to compete in Tomes Cup, the third constituent event of this season’s National Australia Bank Top Dog Trophy Series.


fter the first two events of this fourrace series to establish Hong Kong’s top keelboat helm for the 2010-2011 season, Squiffy, Swedish Blue and Noisy Forefather were leading the Top Dog table. RO Gareth Williams checked out the conditions and, finding a light northerly, set Course 4 with a Hung Hom start. The course took the fleet back and forth across Victoria Harbour, aiming for a target finish time of 1645hrs. In order to finish as close to the target time as possible, the courses provide an infinite loop 10 | April 2011


at the end; however, this was not required as the boats didn’t even get to see Gate Buoy on this slow, light wind afternoon. In what turned out to be more of a test of patience than a race, ten boats had already called it a day by the time Helmuth Hennig’s Blondie IV took the gun, 10 minutes before the target time, narrowly beating arch rival Ambush into second. A slow but steady procession of boats then followed, with the final finish recorded by Ken Borthwick on Brigand just seven minutes before the cut-off.

Cup P h o t o s : G u y Now ell

Blondie IV First Overall

Tomes Cup, Top Ten Boat Name Skipper 1 Blondie IV Helmuth Hennig 2 Ambush Joachim Isler / Drew Taylor 3 Capoeira Godfrey / Mead 4 Gambit Keith Mowser 5 Tornado Janet Lau 6 Squiffy Howard / Joe 7 Diva Deux Mark Yeadon 8 Marianne Denis Martinet 9 Rainbow Chaser Wilcox Tam 10 Gnu Frank Tsui National Australia Bank Top Dog Series, Top Ten

Ambush Second Overall

Capoeira Third Overall

At a well-attended prizegiving Mrs Darinka Stevic-Wages, Chief Operating Officer of NAB Asia, presented Blondie IV with the Tomes Cup, the highly covetable piece of silverware dating back to 1880. RHKYC would once again like to thank the ‘Volunteers’ who spent the afternoon on the water to ensure the smooth running of the Tomes Cup: RO Gareth Williams, ARO Lucy Sutro, Assistants Rob Charnock-Smith, Tom Callaghan, Michael Dafforn, Lowri Williams and friend. 12 | April 2011


Boat Name Skipper

1 Squiffy Howard Williams 2 Impala 1 Mike Burrell 3 Puff ‘N Stuff David Chow 4 Blondie IV Helmuth Hennig 5 Ambush Joachim Isler / Drew Taylor 6 Paddy B Herman Wong 7 Noisy Forefather Sam Chan 8 Capoeira Godfrey / Mead 9 Gambit K C Mowser 10 Moll Philip Bowring

Inaugural Subic-Boracay Race and Boracay Cup W o r d s : L ARS FREITA G • P h o t oS : J o yc e Rava r a After a failed attempt in 2010 and some last-minute re-organisation, the resurrection of the race to Boracay followed by an inshore regatta was finally announced in January. Not wanting to miss the expected excellent sailing conditions in Boracay at this time of year, RHKYC sailors jumped at the opportunity and sent a strong representation for the Racing Divisions, providing four (out of five) boats for the passage race and three (again, out of five) boats in the regatta. Namely Sam Chan’s latest Freefire, Geoff Hill’s Strewth (passage race only), and Frank Pong’s Boracay (Jelik 2) and Jelik 5 took on local opposition Ernesto Echauz’s Subic Centennial and Ray Ordoveza’s Karakoa (regatta only). In contrast, the Cruiser Racer and Cruising Divisions were all-local affairs.

Passage Race This year, the 200nm passage race started in Subic Bay instead of in Manila. And this time, boats had a choice of leaving Mindoro Island to the west (likely facing a formidable beat through the Verde passage and often extremely light winds at Dumali Point) or the east (for more of a reach during the night, but having to deal with the potentially considerable wind shadow of Mindoro and a beat to the finish). All forecasts suggested that the western option was the preferred choice and in the end all boats followed this traditional route. Racing got underway in beautiful conditions, if moderate winds, on Saturday morning. The downwind start resulted in some interesting encounters at the start line, with Jelik 5 under full kite squeezing through a gap between two cruising boats. Freefire coming to the line 14 | April 2011


on starboard also was faced with the same two boats under spinnaker, and on port. In the end all 15 boats got away fairly cleanly. As the Racing Class boats worked their way out of Subic Bay they found multiple holes and transition zones. In one two-minute sequence Jelik II/Boracay managed to blow up their kite, then sail close-hauled on port, and finally tack onto starboard – all without changing heading. Freefire initially proved adept at finding the holes and showing the rest of the fleet where (not) to go, but then expertly picked a nice path along the coast to jump the entire fleet and lead all boats south. It took until nightfall for the bigger Jelik II/ Boracay to catch up with Freefire, and both boats turned into the Verde passage and the anticipated 20-25kts on the nose almost at the same time. Following a slightly bumpy ride through the passage, the wind eased in the hours leading up to sunrise just as the leading boats turned for a light-air reach toward Dumali Point. Up to this point, it had been a race made for Frank Pong’s Jelik II/Boracay, with her 23-foot waterline advantage over the TP52s. However, as the wind started to build after

the morning, bringing exciting conditions in the shape of breeze in the low/mid 20kts range. Jelik 2/Boracay and FreeFire led the charge around the track in both races, with Freefire recording top speeds of over 21kts. Jelik 5 blew up a kite in the first race of the day and Subic Centennial ran over theirs in the second. In terms of results, Freefire continued their clean sheet with two more bullets, while Jelik 2/Boracay and Subic Centennial split a second and a third each. On Thursday it was time for another island race, but even before the racing got underway the Racing Division was reduced to three boats, as both Karakoa (keel damage from hitting the reef on the motor out to the race course, unfortunately ending their regatta) and Jelik 5 (mainsail batten issues) had to drop out. RO Jerry Rollins set an ambitious course, with a slightly fluky reach to the north past the white beach of Boracay and a beat through the gap with Carabao, but this time instead of turning the corner to round Carabao the beat continued all the way to a (small!) mark laid off Tablas Island. It was a race tailor-made for Jelik 2/Boracay and the big Reichel-Pugh duly led the fleet out and back home, but still could not break Freefire’s dominance on the scoreboard.

Dumali Point and as kites were being hoisted all around, it was Sam Chan’s Freefire that showed the best pace, eating into the advantage of the bigger boat, and pulling away from the competition. In fact, it took Freefire just a shade over three hours to cover the last 50nm to Boracay, finishing just 55 minutes behind Jelik II/Boracay on the water and securing a comfortable win on corrected time. Strewth was the next boat, 1½ hours later, and still in time to steal second place from Jelik II/Boracay. After that it was time for some waiting until the arrival of Jelik 5 and finally Subic Centennial. With a lunchtime arrival, and Monday a lay day, the crews settled in for a day (actually, a day and a half for the leading boats!) of life on the beach/at the bar, and a very merry prizegiving at the Fairways Golf Club on the Monday night.

Boracay Cu p Racing resumed on Tuesday with the same fleet in the Racing Division (except for local favorite Karakoa, helmed by her designer Alan Andrews, replacing Strewth), but the Cruiser Racer Division had shrunk to three 16 | April 2011


boats (Selma Star, Vivaldi, and Challenge). The organisers had chosen to start the regatta with an island course, allowing the crews to shake off the rust from the lay day. Presented with near perfect conditions of 20+ kts of breeze and glorious sunshine, RO Jerry Rollins selected an old favorite – a 30nm figure of eight course, starting to the west of Boracay for a reach north, a beat through the gap between Boracay and Carabao, a port rounding of Carabao, followed by a blast reach down the east side of Boracay, and the finish just after a nice run through the narrow gap between Boracay and Panay. Frank Pong on Boracay led from start to finish, but Freefire kept things close and again demonstrated remarkable pace finishing only 11 minutes behind the big boat and still inside 3 hours. Then there was a bit of a gap until the arrival of Jelik 5, Karakoa, and Subic Centennial (in that order). Results on corrected were Freefire a clear first, then Subic Centennial, and third Jelik 2/Boracay. Wednesday saw the start of the serious action with two windward-leeward races. A small rain front passed through the racecourse in

There were two more windward-leeward races scheduled for the final day of the regatta on Friday, but Freefire called it a day after the first race in which they tore their kite, finally letting somebody else win a race. Subic Centennial seized the opportunity with two firsts for the day and a second overall, in both cases beating Jelik 2/Boracay. However, Freefire had done enough already, adding the Boracay Cup to their win in the SubicBoracay passage race, and in the process capturing the Boracay Cup Series as well.

BEAU GESTE at the 2011 Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race Florida’s longest offshore race starts off Fort Lauderdale and sails 811 nm to Montego Bay on the northwest coast of Jamaica. This blue water classic has run every two years since 1961, with many famous yachts competing such as the early maxis, Condor and Kialoa.

In early February this year, the northeast of the United States was hit by very large winter storms. This pushed the southeast Trade Winds back into the Caribbean, and caused light winds over the southern Florida coast and the Bahamas. The Gulf Stream, a very powerful current, running north at 3kts or more, would play a major role in the first eight hours of the race. This current moves 30 million cubic metres of water every second, and we would be crossing it at 90°, which can cause all sorts of problems with navigation, wind and waves. Furthermore, the strong current mixed with warm water produces large thunderstorms that often appear with little or no warning. One of these thunderstorms did build up just after the start, and produced very good winds, allowing the three maxis to jump out to an early lead over the smaller boats. We reached the smooth waters of the Providence Channel before dark and then turned south past Great Isaac Island. For the next 24 hours it was upwind in light breezes, which was unusual for this area of the Bahamas. We decided to head east to find the trade winds – taking us off course and causing us to sail extra distance. After a long 24 hours sailing upwind we finally hit the Trades and cracked sheets towards Cuba.

Beau Geste at the start of the Pineapple Cup off Fort Lauderdale, FL

Words: Gavi n B rad y


We were closing in on the coast of Cuba at dusk. This was a critical point in the race. We had to turn 90 degrees at the eastern tip of Cuba and sail down the Windward Passage. Cuba has some very high mountain ranges, and they reach 1,000m in this area. There is not much vegetation around the end of the island, so this area gets very hot during the day, producing strong sea breezes. At night the wind shuts down as the land cools. Tactically, one should stay offshore at night. Rambler 100 went too far inland and got stuck 1nm or so off Guantanamo Bay for four hours, effectively ending their chances of winning the race. Genuine Risk and Beau

he race course takes the fleet east across the Gulf Stream and into the Providence Channel. Out through the other side of the Bahamas, and then south leaving Eleuthera Island and Long Island to starboard, and then on down to the eastern tip of Cuba. Around Cuba to starboard as far as the famous Guantanamo Bay, and then finish off with the traditional downwind leg across the Windward Passage into Montego Bay. The course record is 2d 10h, established by Titan in 2005. With modern maxis like Beau Geste and Rambler 100 (the former Speedboat) showing up for the 2011 race, the record should have been there for the taking – famous last words! No prize for spotting RHKYC’s favourite adopted son David Brooke, AKA Brookie april 2011 Ahoy!

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Geste sailed an extra 8nm, staying offshore, and delaying the turn west down the Windward Passage for as long as we could. This paid off when we both sailed past Rambler 100 which had been 60nm ahead of us just 12 hours earlier. It was very unusual that the southeast Trades did not kick in. This allowed large thunderstorms to build up off the coast of Haiti and Jamaica, causing lightning to light up the sky all night long. Early in the morning these storms headed out to sea, and it turned into a game of cat and mouse for Genuine Risk and Beau Geste as we weaved in and out of rain clouds on our way to the finish. One of these storms paid off for Genuine Risk (90’, 8’ beam, canting keel) vs. Beau Geste (80’, 15’ beam). They hit their sweet spot in this light air, and ran away from us over the last 230nm into Montego Bay.

Deckman LOG Route Beau Geste Race Tracker Route

Genuine Risk Race Tracker Route

Beau Geste Race Tracker Route

Rambler 100 Race Tracker Route

Christopher Columbus sailed down the Windward Passage for the first time in 1494 and called this area Golfo de Buen Tiempo – which means ‘fair weather gulf’. But for us it was one of those days when the wind never got above 8kts and we never got the chance to pass Genuine Risk again. Jamaica is a large island 145 miles long with large mountains running through the middle. Nearly 3 million people live on the island, and Montego Bay is the second-largest city. It reminded our crew of Subic as we sailed across the finish line, next to the airport in the dark. Beau Geste finished the race in 3d 8h to finish second in class and second overall. Skipper: Karl Kwok* Helm: Gavin Brady* Navigator: Matt Wachowicz Float & Boat Captain: Cameron Ward Mainsheet: David Blanchfield, Margaret Chan* Trim: Ryan Houston, Rob Salthouse Pit: Jamie Gale, Rodney Daniel Mast: David Brooke Bow: Kazuhiko Sofuku, Ed O’Conner, Chris Welsh, David Wood 15 *RHKYC members Shore: Reid Fleming, Christopher Poole 2

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26-27 February 2011

RHKYC Inter-Schools Sailing Festival Words: Ri char d Kn i g h t a n d S u e T u ll oc h • p h o t o s : k o k o m u e ll er


his year was the ninth year of the Inter-schools Regatta organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and once again it broke all records. A total of 148 sailors in 20 teams took part, including one school team from Macau. The teams were split into two divisions, RS Feva and RS Q’BA. A total of 98 races were sailed over two days consisting of a round-robin format before the petit and grand finals. Conditions on day one at Middle Island were without doubt some of the windiest this event has seen. Sailors from Renaissance College said, “We are not very experienced as a team, so it was difficult for us in some of the weather conditions, but it hasn’t put us off.” Rather than racing all four flights at the same time the Race Committee went for the conservative approach of reefing the Feva and Q’BA dinghies ashore, and also by running only one division at a time while the other was tied up at the pontoon. This gave the sailors more space as they sped around the race course and also allowed some of the Umpires to act as additional Safety Boats. There were plenty of capsizes but sailors from Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School like many others enjoyed the challenging

conditions and said ‘we loved the wind and the gusts’. With only seven races completed in two hours, the target of 56 by the end of day one wasn’t looking achievable. However, the Race Committee had faith in the forecast that it would ease off, so opted for an early lunch break. Within the hour the breeze had dropped to around 12kts and racing got underway again with all four flights racing on a rolling start, and from there on all races were kept short in order to catch up with the schedule. By 1430hrs the wind had dropped sufficiently that it was possible to shake out the reefs in the sails, and conditions were near ideal for the rest of the afternoon.

Sailors arrived on day two to contrasting light winds but signs were promising that there would still be enough breeze to complete the remaining 46 races. Sailors from Sha Tin College said, “The changing weather from gusts of wind on the first morning to more steady sailing on the second day made for interesting sailing.” It was Sha Tin College who would go onto finish top of the Feva Round Robin stage after winning a protest to have their race against South Island School re-sailed and which they consequently won. In the Q’BA Division Hong Kong Sea School lost their first race against the HK Schools Sailing Association who normally sail out of

Overnight leaders in the Feva Division were South Island School with six race wins out of six! The team said, “We worked well as a team, we were all talking to each other and sharing ideas and information all the time.” In the Q’BA Division it was Hong Kong Sea School leading, with five out of five wins, who said, “It’s much more fun than last year because we’ve got so much wind, but we feel under pressure to defend our title.” april 2011 Ahoy!

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Tai Mei Tuk in the New Territories. Sailors from that team commented that “it’s a great festival because you get a mix of ages and abilities in all the teams.” Tie-break rules had to be used to decide 16 of the 20 positions at the end of the round robin, so close was the competition. Island School went on to beat King George V School in the 3rd and 4th playoff in the Feva Division, while in the Q’BA Division West Island School got the better of Island School to finish 3rd. The Feva final was particularly close between Sha Tin College and South Island School but it was South Island that went on to take the Feva Division Championship with a 2 -0 win in a best of three race final. Hong Kong Sea School also won with a 2-0 result against HK Schools Sailing Association to take the Q’BA Division Championship. RHKYC Commodore Ambrose Lo and Peter Davies from the event sponsor Neil Pryde awarded the prizes to the first four teams in each Division in a prizegiving that took place on the RHKYC hardstanding shortly after the finals were completed. The weekend’s Race Officer, Andrew Moore, awarded the Fragrant Harbour prizes, fun prizes that support the great atmosphere at the event. The event has grown every year and this year was no exception. This can’t happen without the support of sponsors including Neil Pryde who provided the event rash vest for all the sailors. Tibet Spring Water provided free water all weekend. Prizes were also donated by RS Sailboats HK and Fragrant Harbour. Logistically, the event was only as big as it was because of the generous support of the Aberdeen Boat Club as well as all the volunteers who made up the Race Committee, Umpires and team leaders from the schools. It was a huge but extremely worthwhile effort from everyone involved and it is exciting to hear people already talking about next year!

Feva Division 1st South Island School 2nd Sha Tin College 3rd Island School 4th King George V School

Q’BA Division 1st Hong Kong Sea School 2nd Hong Kong Schools Sailing Association 3rd West Island School 4th Island School Event Website and Full Results

Final words from just a few of the 140 sailors that took part. 20 | April 2011


Feva Division Champions, South Island School

Q’BA Division Champions, Hong Kong Sea School

Kellett School ‘There was such a contrast of sailing conditions over the weekend, which made it great fun. My partner and I were less than 70 kilos combined so we struggled when it was gusty but flew when we were up! I’m enjoying my school friends getting a glimpse of my weekend world.’ King George V School ‘There were intense periods of extreme action mixed with short periods of calm. We really pulled together as a team and helped each other out.’ South Island School ‘The sailing was really competitive and such fun.’ Jockey-Club Tri-l College ‘It was my first time taking part in this festival and parts when it was really windy were very scary but exhilarating and fun. I would definitely take part again next year.’ Macau Anglican College ‘Our guys are quite light this year so they are having to use all their skill.’ ‘It’s great fun, we are enjoying the difference of weather.’ ‘It’s good to see sailors from different clubs and schools all crossing over.’ Island School ‘It’s an interesting festival because there is a wide spread of ages.’ ‘Everyone here is linked by school or sailing club, we’re all friends, or friends of friends once removed, which makes for strong teams and a great atmosphere.’ Canadian School ‘This is the first time our school has entered this festival – we’re pioneers.’ ‘It’s been brilliant to be part of this festival and next year we will be ready and fully prepared.’ ‘We’re sailing with friends and against friends which is awesome.’ ‘I’m enjoying sharing my weekend hobby with my friends from school.’ Chinese International School ‘If you’re ahead in team racing you keep looking behind, behind because you’re hopeful for your team mates, it’s about you all doing well together. It’s a lot of fun.’ German Swiss International School ‘It’s very good, we were here last year as well.’ ‘The weather is challenging but it makes it more interesting.’ ‘We will be here next year to compete again.’ Chai Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School ‘The wind, the food and the music made it a special weekend.’

Verdant River Regatta 1

6 March 2011

Words: Vulgar Boatman


erdant 1 was the first ‘sprint’ race for the season, and was the first chance for our Junior and Division 3 rowers to race in a side-by-side format. The Juniors were represented in the boys 1x and the women’s novice 1x. The junior event was in ‘fine’ sculls over a 1000m course. This would be only the third race start for Elliot Marples, and his second in the single. After some time spent aligning the crews in the wind, Elliot had a fast – but not completely straight – start. The time spent getting back on course cost him too much, and he was slow to build up to maximum power, so he had to be content with chasing the field all the way down the course. For the heats of the women’s novice race (500m in ‘tub’ boats) we had Agathe Marples

Agathe off to a quick start

appearing in her first ever race. Again the young field spent some time getting on to the line, but despite fears that the very young Agathe would be completely overshadowed by older rowers (she is only 11), she managed an incredibly quick and smooth start. Agathe took third place and secured a berth in the final. In the final, however, her lack of size and strength were more apparent and another quick start was not enough to keep up with the bigger girls (mostly 14-16 year olds). The Division 3 races saw the senior rowers tackle the 2000m distance. Mark Welles had a good outing to beat many younger rowers in the heats, but he was unable to match his placing in the final. The women’s double scull had two entries (Natalie/Margit, Pip/Sandra) who managed to ‘bookend’ the first-and-final

Tricky alignment for the Junior start

Agathe and Jonny

Elliot prepares

event. Dominating from the gun, Natalie and Margit managed to win by a clear margin. Pip and Sandra had a tougher job chasing the university crews who were much fitter on the day.

Wello pushes past the less experienced

Outrigger Section:

Finding loving homes for stray canoes Words: Ben Smith

South China have agreed that we can use the canoe (a number of them now have the good sense to paddle with RHKYC), so we decided to mount a daring mission to rescue the boat from a destiny of sitting and rotting into oblivion like numerous surfboards at Shek O. An advance party re-rigged it, and then we chose a weekend when the seas were relatively flat (but still very chilly) to see if she would float for long enough to get her back to Middle Island. Six stalwarts were chosen on the basis of who had life insurance, and off we set to round the feared Cape D’Aguilar in a strange boat, with unknown stability and structural integrity...

The Phoenix sets off on her last voyage around Cape D’Aguilar


espite the cold winter, the number of people paddling outrigger canoes has grown steadily in the last few months, and we have been looking at ways to expand our fleet. A group of paddlers known as South China Paddle Club have an OC6 canoe kept on the back beach at Shek O which they no longer use. Rumours have it that this boat was the first outrigger canoe imported into Hong Kong. She is so old (apparently) that her first paddlers sharpened their teeth before each outing.

We launched, she didn’t leak (as far as we could tell), she was a bit flexy, and pretty tippy. Off we went. We soon decided that a better approach would be to have one paddler sitting on the outrigger at all times, and we safely made it back to Middle Island in a respectable time arriving under a memorable sunset. The Phoenix has risen from the ashes and will now be re-rigged and set up to provide a useful capacity as a training boat. When we finish with her, it is likely she will get a berth next to the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. So if you see a boat with more repairs than original fibreglass, watch out: they’re battle scars. Don’t be rude – remember what happened to Captain Cook. The Pheonix does; she was probably there... april 2011 Ahoy!

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Scullers – Ahead of the Pack Head of the Shing Mun River (Sculling) Words: Vulgar Boatman

A view from a balcony in Ma On Shan


13 February 2011

place rower from LTRC, with George a few seconds further back in third place. Wello was second behind Japanese sculler Yoshida in the Masters division. By the time the women’s crews were heading out to the start line in Tolo Harbour, the weather was turning more unpleasant. The wind and rain had picked up, and the crews set off wearing all the spare kit they could muster. After a last minute exchange of boats, Alex Bidlake was able to beat the conditions and also a full field of HK squad rowers to win the 1x. The crews in the double scull (Natalie/ Fleur, Margit/Nikki) were not as fast as the winning crew from the HK squad, but they managed to beat home all the other boats to take second and third places respectively.

he second race of the HKCRA season is usually a chance for the small boats to test themselves against each other over an extended 5.5km course, and also to test themselves against the elements. This year was a perfect example, with the wind and rain arriving almost on cue, just after the start of the event. The men’s divisions were first to start and had the better conditions for the day. There were three Club combinations in the Open double scull (Ben/Allan, Henry/Mark, Alasdair/John) and the boys managed to dominate the 13 boat strong field by taking out three of the top four positions, including first. In the single scull we had two Open entries (Mark Williams and George Bridgewater) and one in the Masters division (Mark Welles). Mark Williams was a minute and a half clear of the second

A slightly soggy Rowing Captain

Alex collects her medal from Amity

Evergreen - Wello and Yoshida-san

27 February 2011

Most of the sailors at the Club already think that the rowers and paddlers are a bit crazy, so I can’t imagine what they will make of the four girls from the Rowing Section who took part in this year’s Tokyo Marathon. Two of the girls – Fleur and Yue Yan – have done a number of marathons, but it would be the first ever full race for Amy and Julia. The results were splendid, with Julia breaking the ‘magic’ 3:30 barrier and personal best times for Fleur Showing off their finisher’s medals and Yue Yan. at a well-deserved dinner Results: Julia Schumacher 3:29, Yue Yan Chan 3:42, Fleur Iannazzo 3:52, Amy Tung 4:56


Ben and Allan - powerful winners

George chases down the opposition

Tokyo Marathon

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MO1x 1 – Mark Williams, 23.28 2 – George Bridgewater, 25.33 MM1x 2 – Mark Welles, 27.53 MO2x 1 – Ben Wilder/Allan Watt, 22.20 3 – Alasdair Anderson/John Skinner, 23.05 4 – Henry Polkinghorne/Mark Stamper, 23.19 WO1x 1 – Alex Bidlake, 27.47 WO2x 2 – Natalie Kwan/Fleur Iannazzo, 25.09 3 – Margit Zwemer/Nikki Swift, 25.26

Mark on his way to win

Rowing Contacts Coach

Middle Island Co-ordinator

Shatin Men’s Racing Shatin Women’s Racing

The night before – preparation for the big day

Rowing Section supported by

On the other hand, RHKYC2 in Division 15 has seen its chances of a final series playoff evaporate with end-of-season injuries and travel commitments during the month of February. Words: Elliot Froidevaux


We welcomed Tom Gray to RHKYC2 as a new addition to the team. Tom was immediately thrown in the deep end on his first match, having to play the top ranked player in Division 15, despite being only ranked 8th in RHKYC2. Nevertheless, Tom and his fellow team mates (Angelo Iannazzo, Adrian Peirse and Martin Wilcox) who all shared the same fate, still enjoyed a good night of squash. RHKYC M has had an impressive return to winning ways in February, lining up three back-to-back victories and maintaining a comfortable point gap over the bottom two teams in the league, HK Club Blue and Bolton. So no silverware in the horizon, but RHKYC M is staying well clear of the wooden spoon.

MASTERS’ CHAMPIONS By the late 1980s Hong Kong squash had expanded rapidly, with many new courts and new, young teams which gradually relegated the Club stalwarts down the league order. One match day the squad assembled at the Bistro for a car-share to Yuen Long, which hit a massive downpour in Lai Chi Kok and delayed our arrival at the courts till after the opposition had given up and gone home – claiming a walkover in the process! Back at the Bistro by around 2030hrs we resolved over a drink or two that this was no way to waste an evening, and reminisced over the old days when the après-squash was as important as the game itself. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Club had courts in their new building, and were thinking of inviting social teams to matches there, rather than joining the SRA league with lots of youngsters. It was Chris Clarke, former UK national squash coach, who persuaded the SRA to start the over-40 Masters’ League, which was by then the fastest growing branch of squash – at least in the UK. The RHKYC, along with the HK Club and a few others who were located no further north than the Kowloon Cricket Club, joined the first Masters’ League, at which après-squash was (and still is) a mandatory element of the evening. ‘Who plays – pays’ became the rule for anyone who couldn’t stay after the game. This format suited Yachties very well – our opponents enjoyed visiting the unique Bistro surroundings, we laughed at the same old jokes every week, and by the 1989-

90 season we were top of the league. The historic winners’ photo shows (from left) David Connolly, Jeremy Miller, Rory Nicholas, Clive (the Scribe) Caldwell, Jim Dale, Richard Willsteed and Anthony MitchellHeggs. Missing from the photo are Lawrence Goldstein, David Smith and David November. The ladies (always welcome at home matches) are Lesley Willsteed, Theresita Caldwell, and Maureen Dale. One of the pyramid of trophies in the photo is now in the cabinet at the Squash Gallery. After that peak performance lots of fit youngsters – together with ladies – reached the ripe old age of 40, and Masters expanded to three divisions. But today’s team, organised by Adrian Peirse, enjoys the format as much as ever – and the Bistro stays busy. David Connolly

The Hong Kong League Division 10 is in its 7th month with well over 1,100 individual matches played, yet only five points separate 2nd place and 5th place in the standings. With three more weeks of play, and tough matches ahead for the top five teams, it is a real possibility that it will come down to the last match of the season to decide the top three teams to make the podium, and the top four teams to advance to the final series. Currently, NDSA are the runaway leaders with 93 points, followed by Kinetic2 with 75 points, HKFC10 with 74, RHKYC1 in 4th place with 73, and Police2 with 70 points rounding up the top five. A very exciting climax to what has been a very closely contested season!

The Internal League Congratulations to Sander Holman for continuing his domination of the Club’s internal league, winning all of his matches in February with relative ease. Frank Van Kempen finished second behind his fellow Dutchman, but will be sidelined for at least a month after pushing a little too hard when playing Sander and injuring himself in the process. Chris Kaye and Bob Ikin finished 1st and 2nd respectively in Section B and will be moving on to Section A to challenge for top spot. For those interested in joining the internal league, please contact Francis Longuepee at

Top Tip of the Month.

Squash is a great sport, but it has its dangers that need to be highlighted. A squash ball travels at speeds of well over 200kph. And when Jim Rice hits the ball, it is probably closer to 300kph. The general misconception is that the risk of eye injury is low – but, according to studies, there is a 25% probability that a player will suffer a significant eye injury in a playing career. If the ball comes in contact with your eye, it can cause irreparable damage including blindness. And yet this type of injury is totally avoidable – by wearing protective eyewear. So, don’t tempt fate, and remember to wear protective eyewear next time you play. Until next month, Good Squash! Men and women interested in joining should contact

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Virendra Anand

Bowling Convenor



ear members, while the Bowling League has had a good start in the HK Inter Club rounds we have been unable to kick start the Senior League due to clashes of dates with many bowlers being overseas for races, Christmas, and Chinese New Year. With all the festivities behind us we would now like to invite members, families and their friends to come and use the great facility the Club has on offer. Based on feedback from many experienced bowlers, we elected to start the new League season with six-person teams, but this did not help in getting people onto the lanes – or teams onto the entry lists. We have therefore decided to try a four-person team format and start the season. Many members find it a lot easier to commit four people per team, so we’re starting the season with this and aim to increase teams to ‘sixes’ based on attendance and feedback – if that is what members want. We now have four teams ‘ready to roll’, and will begin matches in midMarch. Hopefully, the Easter break will not have a major impact. For those with family and work commitments, or living far away, we encourage you to participate in the new proposed format as it will still put 12-16 people in the lanes from a social point of view, and the games will be kept tight – starting at 1930hrs and finishing by 2130hrs. We know many people have shied away citing 2300hr finishes as a reason for being unable to participate in the past. Please contact the Bowling Convenor via email ( or phone 9146 8684 and we can then start forming new teams for the season. So far we have four or five teams willing to start within the next two weeks, so we will begin with a match roster for March based on the feedback from interested parties. Proposed Schedule: Second Tuesday and/or Thursday of each month, 1930hrs-2130hrs. You don’t need to be an expert – you don’t even need experience! Just find a member or two to make up a team, and get started in the RHKYC Bowling League!

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RHKYC bowling team photo from the last HKICTB match on 10 March 2011 at the LRC

Starter’s Box

F or t h coming Ev ents 2-3 April Middle Island Regatta 9 April National Australia Bank Top Dog Trophy – HKRNVR Vase 10 April Inaugural Nations’ Cup 20 April San Fernando Race 7-8 May RHKYC Macau Race 14-15 May Spring Regatta 21 May Inaugural Taiwan Strait Race As spring arrives there is a host of sailing events to whet your appetite. The last pursuit race of the National Australia Bank Top Dog Trophy Series, the HKRNVR Vase, gets under way on 9 April, with the inaugural Nations’ Cup taking place the following day. Numerous teams, each representing their nation of origin or allegiance, will be competing in the harbour under RHKATI ratings. The month is rounded out by the San Fernando Race, ideal for those of you who are looking forward to an alternative Easter holiday.

San Fernando Race 2011 Preparations for boats entering this race will now be well underway. DON’T FORGET the Charity Dinner in aid of the orphanage in San Fernando, which will take place on Friday 15 April in the Compass Room. It’s all in a good cause!

San Fernando Race 2011 Documentation Deadlines and Timetable Ap ril

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Wed 13

Fri 15

Another new event, the Taiwan Strait Race, has also been included in the sailing calendar at short notice. This ‘Cat 1’ race from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung in Taiwan will be run over the weekend of 21-24 May. More details below.

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Alex Johnston

Wed 20

Sailing Manager


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Sun 24 Mon 25

9 April

Commemorating the contribution of the former Hong Kong Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, the final pursuit race in the National Australia Bank Top Dog Trophy Series starts in Victoria Harbour, and takes competitors out into the eastern approaches in accordance with the trophy’s deed of gift. As usual, sign-up is on the day in the Sailing Centre Course Room. Come down to the Club to watch the action and find out which boat and skipper is crowned Top Dog for this season. A big thank you once again to National Australia Bank for sponsoring the series.

Nations’ Cup 2011


Thurs 5

The Sailing Office puts this out every other Tuesday throughout the year regarding sailing and rowing events. Please contact Alex at: if you want something to be included or if you are not receiving these emails and would like to. The circular is best viewed in HTML format on your computer due to the pictures included in the newsletter.

For further details please contact Alex on 2239 0362 or via email: For the latest information please visit our website:

San Fernando Race Prizegiving – Compass Room, Kellett Island


1930hrs 1800hrs 1900hrs 1600hrs – 1900hrs: Pat Loseby Room 1830hrs: Chart Room 1210hrs 1630hrs


This new 350nm Category 1 offshore race from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, starts on Saturday 21 May. The race is followed by a three-day stand-alone inshore regatta in Dapeng Bay from 27 to 31 May, organised by the Taiwan Sailing Association. The NoR and Entry Form can be found at:

Taiwan Strait Race 2011 Documentation Deadlines and Timetable Ap ril

10 April

Sailing / Rowing Circular

Skippers and Weather Briefing START OF RACE: Victoria Harbour Delayed start at Shek O if wind is light Race Party – Cabana Resort, SFR Race officially ends

1800hrs for all documentation

Taiwan Strait Race 2011

Mon 11

A brand new sailing event, in which crews are formed according to their nation of origin or alliegance. The qualification criteria are very much open to interpretation as outlined in the NoR, but the emphasis of this sailing event is on fun and participation. All boats with an RHKATI rating are eligible to enter. The proposed course will take boats out the eastern end of Hong Kong harbour, around Beaufort Island, and back into the harbour to finish at the RHKYC Club Line. This will of course be followed by a prizegiving party bringing together the best attributes of each competing nation! Details are available at:

Late Entries DEADLINE. No refund after this date Submission of Safety Checklist and Safety Compliance Form/Race Declaration Submission of Next-of-kin and Immigration info DEADLINE for IRC Certificates / change of rating Ratings posted on Official Noticeboard Submission of Bulk Clearance forms Charity Dinner: San Fernando Orphanage – Compass Room End of protests on ratings Ratings posted on Official Noticeboard Welcome Drinks – lawn at Kellett Island Immigration Clearance – Kellett Island

Mon 18 M AY

Tues 3

TSR 2011: Submission of Entry Form and Entry Fee Crew Experience form DEADLINE Submission of Life raft Certificate and EPIRB No Sea Survival Certificates & First Aid / CPR Certificates Late Entry DEADLINE

Fri 20

Submission of Safety Checklist and Safety Compliance Form / Race Declaration HKPN PIPS Declaration DEADLINE DEADLINE for IRC Certificates / change of rating Submission of Next-of-kin and Immigration info End of protests on ratings Ratings posted on Official Notice Board TSR 2011 Welcome Party – lawn at Kellett Island Immigration Clearance – Kellett Island

Sat 21

START OF RACE: Victoria Harbour

Wed 11

Wed 18

Skippers and Weather Briefing

Delayed start at Shek O if wind is light Mon 25 Race officially ends Wed 27 – Dapeng Bay Regatta Sun 31 – organised by the Taiwan Sailing Association June

Thurs 9

TSR 2011 Prizegiving – lawn at Kellett Island



1900hrs 1600hrs – 1900hrs: Pat Loseby Room 1830hrs: Chart Room 1210hrs


For further details please contact Alex on 2239 0362 or via email: . For the latest information please visit our website: april 2011 Ahoy!

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Sailing Development

Youth Introduction to Racing Course 26-28 April

RHKYC Sharks Squads

Laser sailors aged 13 and up

This is a great way to start racing and get involved in the RHKYC Sharks squads. If you have completed your Level 2 or Step 3 course and already put in some practice hours, then you can join this course. You’ll cover the basics of the racing rules, tactics and racing boat handling to get yourself around a Club race course.

Doublehander Squad

Adult Race Coaching

Optimist Squad

Optimist sailors aged 9 and up

Laser Squad

Feva, Laser 3000 and 29er sailors aged 11 and up

Regattas on the Horizon Middle Island Regatta HKSF Festival of Sport Regatta Macau International Dinghy Regatta

If you are interested in dinghy race coaching in the singlehanded Laser or double handed RS400, please contact Richard so that you can be the first to receive the coaching schedule.

2-3 April at RHKYC MI 21-22 May at Port Shelter 11-12 June

Youth High Performance Course 18-20 April Applicants should hold the HKSF Level 3 certificate or equivalent experience before joining this course. If you are not sure ask a coach! Sailors will sail the RS Feva, Laser 3000 and 29er dinghies during this 3-day course. This is a course you can repeat many times over as the conditions on the water are never the same!

Q’BA Racing Course

Shorebased Courses Visit the RHKYC website or contact Richard for application forms

First Aid and CPR Courses NEW COURSES SCHEDULED Full Course Option D April 5, 7, 11 and 14 (1830hrs to 2130hrs) Full Course Option E May 3, 4, 16 and 17 (1830hrs to 2130hrs)

GMDSS Radio Operator Courses If you use an HF or VHF (including a handheld unit) radio then you should also have a licence! The RHKYC regularly runs both Short (VHF only) and Long (VHF and HF) Range Radio Operator Courses. Application forms are available on the website or contact Richard to receive one by email or fax. Next Long Range Course is planned for 4, 5, 18 and 19 June. Wayfarer 26 | April 2011



A Day in the Life of a Youth Sailor Words: Sophie and Sue Tulloch


t’s Saturday morning at 0800hrs and I wake to the happy thought that my bags are packed and it’s time to go sailing! Well, almost ready. From looking out the window I see it’s windy out there today – to be sure, I go outside and check. Yes, I confirm, it is indeed a windy day. Should make for some exciting sailing! Although I told my Mum my bag was packed and ready, it never seems right to get it ready until the actual day. I scoot around our home finding all the items I need for my bag whilst trying not to draw attention to myself. I always bring extra ‘warm wear’ as I’m quite small and get cold easily. I hear the call for breakfast and realise my stomach is grumbling as I dash to the kitchen; I apply sun cream whilst munching my way through Alpen, yoghurt and toast in record time, and grab a bag full of onboard snacks as well as some sarnies and drinks for the day’s sailing. We drive to the Club and start to rig. I give my boat a bit of a pat as she’s an old friend and it’s good to see her again. Now a briefing from our coach Nick Hollis; he’s very serious sometimes, but really good, and so enthusiastic and encouraging. He tells us, “This week we are going to concentrate on starts.” Nick talks us through the ‘How, Where and When’ and then demonstrates technique as we prepare to go on the water. We practice and practice, then stop for lunch and finish off with a friendly race that becomes quite competitive. Tired and happy we make our way to the shore, and wash and de-rig our boats before having a long hot shower in our fabulous new changing rooms. During the de-brief Nick talks us through the day, what we have learnt and when we applied it well, advising us whilst keeping the session interactive so that we can ask questions and have a chance to talk about the day’s exercise. I can hardly believe it’s the end of another day on the water, and I’ve had so much fun with my group of friends, it’s like seeing all your cousins at once every week. Home now, my dad’s here and I need to rinse and hang out my kit to dry, eat the yummy food my Mum has prepared, and get some sleep ready for tomorrow’s sailing. What’s my Mum saying? Ah yes, to get my bag ready and packed for tomorrow. “Yes, Mum”, I say with a half smile. “It’s packed”. But you know, it never seems right to get it ready until the actual day…

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How old are you? 17. What boats have you sailed? Optimist, Laser (4.7 and Radial), 29er. Which is your all time favourite? 29er is the most fun, but Lasers have the most exciting fleets. What are you currently sailing? 29er. What is your best result? 18th in the Australian Laser Championships. What is your most memorable race and why? The Tri-Club Regatta one year ago, we had 30-35kts of wind! What is your sailing ambition for the future? I don’t really think about that. What keeps you going when you have a bad day, week, month? I think of better days. Which countries have you sailed in? Germany, France, Thailand, Australia, Hong Kong. Who is your idol? Jochen Schümann, he won a gold medal in Pusan in 1996. Why? He was the first good sailor I ever heard of… and he comes from my home town!

Florrie Manzoni How old are you? 13. Which boats have you sailed? Optimist, Topper, Feva and Laser. Which is your all time favourite? Topper. What are you currently sailing? Laser. What is your best result? 1st (Topper). What is your most memorable race and why? Junior Week 2010 in Toppers because it was really windy and I did really well. What is your sailing ambition for the future? I want to become a sailing instructor at the RHKYC and one day sail around the world. What keeps you going when you have a bad day, week, month? When I have had a bad race I forget about it so I can still sail. If it is the first race in a day I eat lots of food and sing songs like ‘Don’t worry, be happy’! What countries have you sailed in? England, Hong Kong, Macau. Who is your idol? Ellen MacArthur.

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Skandia Sail Training in partnership with Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club April is a busy month for Youth Sailing Training. In addition to our scheduled Easter Holiday training (18-22 April and 25-29 April), we’ve just added two extra courses, 4-8 April and 11-15 April for Under 9s sailors and those who come back to Hong Kong from overseas study to enjoy their holidays. Every week in April will see Middle Island filled with young sailors! Please see the schedule below for training. We have already received lots of applications for the Easter training courses. Please book your place early to avoid disappointment.

Youth Sail Training, please click on Adult Sail Training, please click on Hiring Club Dinghies Our Laser Stratos fleet has now been retired – after 10 years of hard work and faithful service. Two new fleets have arrived at the Club – Wayfarers and the RS400s – and are ready for hire by RHKYC members. In order to hire these boats members must be on the Approved Helm List. Application forms are available from the website. We have already offered a number of rigging sessions to members who would like to transfer from the Stratos Approved Helm List to the Wayfarer or RS400 List. The rigging session normally takes less than an hour, but please let us know in advance when you would like to do it so that we can confirm if we have staff available, especially at weekends. Approved Helms List Application, simply click on our website : Please send your email enquiry/application to our Senior Instructor Patrick Lam at

Wayfarers New Club Dinghy Approved Helms List application: Ten Wayfarers dinghies are located at Middle Island; six of them for training/cruising (Restricted class) and four of them with Spinnaker (Advanced class). Experienced dinghy sailor members, or members who were ‘approved’ for our former Wanderer and Stratos dinghies (both Restricted and Advanced classes) may apply for AHL in Wayfarers. Advanced sailors please let us know your experience with spinnakers.

Rigging Sessions (April): Sundays at 1000hrs at Middle Island hardstanding 10 April / 17 April RS400 new Club dinghy Approved Helms List application: Four new RS400 dinghies delivered to Middle Island in October 2010. Qualifications for chartering the RS 400: (1) HKSF Level 3 completion or experienced sailor equivalent to HKSF Level 3 or experience sailing similar type of boat and (2) must take “RS 400 assessment” on the dates below. RS400 assessment dates: 16 April To attend an assessment, please complete and return the Supervised Sailing Form (together with the AHL application) to the Sailing Office. Charge for members is $440 for a whole day (including lunch) and $300 for a half day (no lunch). Please click below for Supervised Sailing Application Form: If you want to arrange a weekday Rigging Session for Wayfarers or RS400 assessment, please contact our Senior Instructor, Patrick Lam : 28 | April 2011


Adult Beginner course Option Two

Reminder to RHKYC members (both Youth and Adult) concerning priority in booking sail training: To take advantage of membership priority, please apply for the course(s) more than one month before the relevant course starts. The next Youth Sail Training will be nearly the whole month of April, please see the schedule below and book the course early. Application forms and more details available at Click on “Training Courses” Please contact Markus Wong if you are interested in any of our training courses.

N otice B oard 訓 練 班 預 告 Y OUT H S A I L IN G 青 少 年 組 Youth Training (extra weeks) 4-8 April and 11-15 April 2011 (Monday-Friday) Courses running during ‘extra weeks’ Under 9s: Go Optimist Youth Go Sailing: Optimist, RS Q’BA, RS FEVA, Laser Youth Easter Holiday Training 18-22 April and 25-29 April 2011 (Monday-Friday) Courses running during Easter Under 9s: Steps 1, 2, 3 and Go Optimist Youth and Teens Beginners HKSF Levels 1 and 2 Improver: HKSF Level 3 Go Sailing: Optimist, RS Q’BA, RS FEVA, Laser High Performance Saturday sessions Under 9s (am) Silver Squad (pm) Sunday afternoon sessions Youth Sailing Club (am) Youth Sailing Club (pm)

A D U LT S A I L IN G 成 人 組 Adult Beginners Weekend Option Four 8, 15, 21, 22, 28 May Re-sail 29 May 2011 Option Five 2, 3, 11, 12 and 13 May Re-sail 6 May 2011 (Weekdays) Option Six 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 June Re-sail 19 June 2011 Supervised Sailing 6 April Distance Sails (Wednesday) 10 April Intro to Laser 1 4 May Distance Sails (Wednesday) 22 May Spinnakers 29 May Distance Sails

Application forms and more details 報名及查詢詳情,可瀏覽網址: click on 按 “Training Courses” Markus Wong


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SeaPack Crew Self-Hydrating Seawater Desalination Pouch

Lewmar EVO Alloy Winch 45ST Lewmars EVO™ Winch range is an evolution from the renowned Ocean winch. Lewmar has extended the successful EVO™ range to include size 15 to 80, suitable for use on boats up to 80 feet. Featuring all of the benefits of the EVO™, including conventional or Fast Fit stud fixing and tool-free servicing. (For a limited period only Lewmar is offering a FREE One Touch winch handle with every EVO winch purchased).


The SeaPack Crew uses the SeaPack technology to provide emergency hydration fluids from saltwater sources, but is a self-hydrating one-time-use pouch. The package comes with three pouches that include a tether to secure the product to a life raft. The pouches are portable, compact and will produce a drink in as little as eight hours.



Single T2 Block 29mm to 57mm

Harken’s Carbo T2™ is the first block with no fasteners, rivets, or other metal parts to add weight. Its composite structure makes T2 the lightest soft-attach block Harken has ever designed. Applied industrial design and new branding give this patent-pending block a hot new look that appeals to racing sailors both young, and young at heart.






FTO Extreme Angel “r” System

More than enough organisational capacity to please the tidiest angler. Main compartment presents utility boxes at a 15 degree angle for ease of access. Integrated, expandable rear pocket.

Musto BR2 Offshore Jacket and Trousers Re-styled for 2011, BR2 provides the best possible levels of protection, durability and breathability aside from the Gore-Tex products.


Polymarine SureSealXXX 75ml SureSealXXX can be used on: Inflatable Boats and Rib Tubes, Wet Suits, Dry Suits, Waders, Boat Fenders, Tents and Awnings, Sails, Diving and Skiing Equipment, Foul Weather Gear, Flotation Vests, Footwear, Inflatable Toys, Vinyl Upholstery and thousands more items.



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Fibreglass has come to be the generic term used in the marine industry for composites but you may be surprised to know that there is nothing new about the use of Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites. Genghis Khan conquered most of Eurasia in the early thirteenth century aided by the use of natural polymer and natural fibre composite bows. Several composite bows were also found in the tomb of Tutankhamen, who died in 1324 BC. The natural polymer used in these ancient bows was a glue made from animal hide or gelatin made from the swim bladders of fish. The fibres used consisted of animal sinew, horn and wood, the polymer and fibre being combined to make a composite structure.


n its most basic form, a composite material is one which is composed of at least two elements working together to produce material whose properties differ from the properties of those elements on their own. Composite structures incorporating polymers remained in the shadow of metals until the 1960s when mass production techniques allowed for the manufacture of synthetic polymers (resins) made from hydrocarbons. These synthetic polymers could then be combined with mass produced fibres to produce the so-called “fibreglass” structures with which we are so familiar today. In this month’s article we will put aside the fibres of fibreglass and look at the characteristics of the various polymers used in the manufacture of fibreglass. The polymers used in the marine industry for the production of boats are thermosetting and of two families, unsaturated polyester resin and epoxy. There are a great number of sub-groups to these two families and you may have heard the pros and cons of different types bandied around in yacht club bars.

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Unsaturated Polyester Resin There is a whole range of polyesters made from different acids, glycols and monomers, all having varying properties. The three main groups of unsaturated polyester resin are: • Orthophthalic (Ortho) • Isophthalic (Iso) • Bisphenol-A modified or Vinylester.

Orthophthalic polyester resin Orthophthalic polyester resin is the standard economic resin used by industry as a general purpose resin, but is not suited to the marine industry due to its shrinkage and low resistance to water and chemical attack.

Isophthalic polyester resin Isophthalic polyester resin is the preferred material in the marine industry as it has superior water resistance to that of orthophthalic polyester resin. It is also much cheaper than vinyl ester and epoxy. Most gel coats are made of isophthalic resin.

Vinylester resin Vinylester resin is an unsaturated polyester resin with bisphenol A additives. The bisphenol A changes the structure of the chains of molecules making them longer with less “ester groups” and “reactive sites”.

Vinylester Ahoy!

Matrix structure Imagine isophthalic polyester resin being made up of short string-like molecules with a multiple of “reactive sites” consisting of mainly carbon atoms floating in a liquid of “styrene” molecules. When a catalyst is added, a chain reaction starts. This chain reaction causes the styrene to bond to the reactive sites of the short string-like molecules. The end result is the isophthalic resin looking somewhat like a Rubik’s cube making a “matrix” or structure that is quite brittle. With vinylester resin, the strings only have “reactive sites” at each end for the styrene to bond to. This gives the matrix a more flexible structure. However the main benefit of vinylester really comes from the reduction of the “ester groups” in the molecules. Without going into the chemistry, it is these ester groups in the matrix reacting with waters that lead to “osmosis”. While not being completely impervious to water, the potential for ingress is greatly reduced.

Controlling the chain reaction

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The most important consideration when using polyester resins is controlling the speed of the reaction. If left, the resin will slowly react on its own accord over time. This reaction may take months or years to run its course. The reaction can be sped up with the use of heat, catalysts and promoters.


However, too much of any of these variables can speed up the reaction too much which in turn generates large amounts of heat and in extreme cases can lead to the mixture actually catching on fire.


Epoxy Resins The large family of epoxy resins represents some of the highest performance resins around. Epoxies generally out-perform other resin types in terms of mechanical properties and resistance to environmental degradation. As a laminating resin their increased adhesive properties and resistance to water degradation make them ideal for use in boat building, though cost and safety concerns make them less popular with mass production builders. Epoxy also has the disadvantage of not being compatible with a gel coat finish, further limiting its suitability in mass production. Epoxies are widely used as a primary construction material for high-performance boats or as a secondary application to sheath a hull or replace water-degraded polyester resins and gel coats. Epoxy resins are formed from a long chain molecular structure similar to vinylester with reactive sites at either end. In the epoxy resin, however, these reactive sites are formed by epoxy groups instead of ester groups. The absence of ester groups means that the epoxy resin has particularly good water resistance. If you would like to learn more about Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites and their repair, we will be running a course in the Boatyard in the near future. Please email with expressions of interest.




























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Marine Products Storm Force Marine Ltd 1204 Dominion Centre 43-59 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong Contact: Simon Boyde T: 2866 0114 Hong Kong’s prime distributor of goods to the leisure marine industry

Sky International

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Wine of the Month from


Beer of the Month

Bodegas Muñoz Legado Muñoz Chardonnay 2009 Fresh fruit aromas with notes of creamy butter and toast, along with a grassy and herbal scent. On the palate, nice fruit with a touch of stewed pear and mineral.

Bodegas Muñoz Legado Muñoz Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Intense nose of blackberries, plums and minerals. On the palate, plenty of fresh fruit, cherry and plum, well balanced structure with soft tannins. Available in all F&B outlets at $180 per bottle.

Easter Activity for Children Saturday 23 April – Main Lawn | 1100hrs to 1200hrs A fun event for children that must not be missed. They will really let their creativity and imagination go when decorating a chocolate Easter Egg with a selection of edible goodies and icing! Only $185 per child/decorating kit.

Easter Lunch Buffet and Egg Hunt

San Miguel Light (330ml) Available in all F&B outlets at only $24 per bottle.

Japanese Donburi in the Bistro

with selected items at Middle Island and Shelter Cove 1 to 30 April 2011

Donburi is a Japanese “rice bowl dish” consisting of fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients simmered together and served over rice. Donburi meals are served in oversized rice bowls also called donburi.

Sunday 24 April – 1200hrs to 1430hrs Compass Room Celebrate the joy of Easter with your family and enjoy a sumptuous food selection from our special Easter Buffet Lunch. In addition, there will be an Egg Hunt and children’s entertainers on hand to keep the kids happy. $298 for adults and $218 for children (age 3-11).

Easter BBQ Lunch Buffet and Egg Hunt Sunday 24 April – 1200hrs to 1430hrs Middle Island and Shelter Cove Enjoy a more relaxed and informal Easter BBQ Lunch Buffet from 1200hrs to 1430hrs. The children will also be able to take part in an Egg Hunt and meet the Easter Bunny. $248 for adults and $188 for children (age 3-11). Book with Angie Chan in F&B Office by email to or phone 2239 0389.

Monthly Wine Fairs Your attendance at our wine fairs does not place you under any obligation whatsoever to purchase wines. Really, it is a free wine tasting with no obligation – marvellous! The $50 ‘entry fee’ is returned to you in the form of a $50 dining voucher to spend at our F&B outlets! The wine fairs are a great opportunity for you to taste wines and learn more about them. And, if you do wish to purchase wines on the evening, you can enjoy a 5% discount on the already low prices! Friday 1 April

1930hrs to 2130hrs at Shelter Cove

Wednesday 6 April

1830hrs to 2030hrs at Kellett Island

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M en u Gyudon 牛丼 Beef on Rice Unadon 燒鰻魚丼 Barbecued Eel on Rice Oyakodon 滑蛋雞丼 Chicken, Egg on Rice Katsudon 滑蛋吉列豬扒丼 Deep-fried Pork Cutlet, Egg on Rice Teriyaki Sake Don 照燒三文魚丼 Grilled Salmon on Rice Yasai Shiitake Don 雜菜鮮菇丼 Assorted Vegetables, Mushrooms on Rice All Donburi are served with Miso Soup, Japanese Salad, Pickles and Kimchee Sauce-marinated Pea Sprouts

Domaine Roux Père & Fils W i ne D i n ner Tuesday 12 April – Compass Room

Being one of the biggest producers in Côte-d’Or, Burgundy, Domaine Roux has a very strong quality image. Each year, their wines are rewarded by the very best magazines and wine guides worldwide. The Roux family has been based in the village of Saint-Aubin for many generations, with a history dating back to 1885. They combine both breadth of portfolio and depth of volume with commercial savvy and high wine values. The domaine owns vineyards in most of the main appellations, all the way up to Grand Cru. Whilst particular strengths include St. Aubin, Pommard and Corton Charlemagne, they also produce wines in Rully, Santenay, Chassagne, Puligny, Meursault, Beaune, Mercurey, Aloxe, Chambolle, Vougeot and Gevrey. Robert Parker refers to them as “very talented winemakers”. They often win awards and distinctions for their fine wines, and most recently, they have been awarded the ’Best Value‘ award from Decanter Magazine for the Chambolle-Musigny Villages and the Premier Cru, “les Charmes”, has been awarded a fantastic five stars. Pre-dinner Tasting Dinner Price Speaker Reservations

1930hrs 2000hrs $798 per person (or $748 per person for booking of 8 persons or more per table)

Mr Xavier Badinard Director of Asia Oceania and East of Europe, Domaine Roux Père & Fils

Call Janice Yip in F&B Office on 2239 0340 or email

Pre-Dinner Tasting Domaine Roux Bourgogne Chardonnay, Les Murelles 2009

Menu and Wines Gratin of Pearl Oysters with Bacon, Onion and Gruyere, Creamy Spinach Domaine Roux Chablis 2009




Pan-seared Foie Gras, Apple and Pear Chutney, Marinated Berry and Fig Salad

Domaine Roux Meursault 2008




Oven-baked Boneless Quail stuffed with Button Mushrooms, Natural Jus Domaine Roux Gevrey Chambertin 2008










Slow-cooked Beef Striploin, Baby Vegetables, Red Wine Reduction Domaine Roux Hospices de Beaune 1er Cru, Cuvée Rousseau-Deslandes 2002 (limited quantity) French Cheese Platter Charolais, Brie de Meaux, Tomme de Savoie, Quince Paste, Red Grape Compote Domaine Roux Corton Grand Cru Les Renardes 2006 (limited quantity) Freshly Brewed Coffee or Gourmet Tea

Shellfish Temptation in the Compass Room 4-21 April

Appe t ise rs Gratin of Oysters with Bacon, Gruyere and Creamy Baby Spinach Baked Escargots on Button Mushrooms, Garlic and Herb Butter Char-grilled Cajun Razor Clams, Vegetable and Herb Salsa Deep-fried Prawn Spring Rolls, Romaine Heart Salad, Capsicum Mayonnaise

M a in C o urs es Angel Hair cooked with Cockles, Plum Tomatoes and Herbs Grilled Half Boston Lobster Tail and King Prawn, Crustacean and Lemon Vinaigrette Sautéed French Mussels, Steamed Crabmeat-stuffed Zucchini Flower Seared Scallops and Conpoy, Celeriac Root Purée, Morel Jus-marinated Sliced Abalone For reservations, please call the Compass Room on 2239 0374

Secretaries’ Week Luncheon in the Compass Room 26 to 29 April

To show your appreciation to your secretary, why not treat her/him to a delicious Light Lunch Buffet in the Compass Room? And you can opt to open a bottle of Champagne to thank them for their hard work for the past year! Please call the Compass Room on 2239 0374 for reservations. april 2011 Ahoy!

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Jazz, R&B and Dancing Fridays 8 and 29 April in the Bistro Come down to the Bistro for some late night jazz with Larry Hammond and the Soul Preacher between 2200hrs and 0100hrs. Head on down for some sweet sounds, and join in the fun. First-come-first-served seating and a simple bar menu will be available. No bookings necessary. For enquiries, please call the Bistro on 2239 0348.

L a p o s t o lle W i n e D i n n er Thursday 28 April – Compass Room

Lapostolle French in Essence – Chilean by Birth Lapostolle was founded by the Marnier-Lapostolle family in Chile in 1994, by Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet. The Marnier-Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur, Grand Marnier, are known for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has also been involved in winemaking for generations. In creating Lapostolle, the family has pursued the same uncompromising approach to quality that made Grand Marnier a worldwide success. It has achieved a great deal over the past 10 years, and the innovation and commitment to quality that have been present throughout continue to define the winery and all those who are involved with the production of its wines. Lapostolle is an example of the results that can be achieved through the marriage of French know-how and the perfect vine-growing conditions to be found in Chile. Michel Rolland’s winemaking skills and reputation for excellence have made him a renowned consultant in Bordeaux and throughout the world. Lapostolle is fortunate to have retained him exclusively in Chile. Often described as “the new Emili Peynaud of Bordeaux”, Michel shows his commitment in every sip of Lapostolle. He was asked to make the best wines possible and was provided with some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Carmenere vines in the Colchagua Valley with which to do so. Pre-dinner Tasting Dinner Price Speaker Reservations

Wedding Parties If you have just become engaged or are about to… Congratulations! Our Banquet Team has plenty of experience in organising engagement parties and wedding celebrations. Come and have a chat about how to make your dream party come true. Please contact our Banquet Office on 2239 / 2239 0339 or email

A bottle of Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2008 and two magnum bottles of Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2007 will be featured as lucky draw prizes!

Pre-dinner Tasting Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc 2010


Waterside Parties Our Waterside is open for party booking from Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays). You can host various parties there in the sunshine or under the stars whilst enjoying a fantastic view of the harbour. Call our Banquet Experts on 2239 0327 / 2239 0339 now or email to make your reservation or enquiry.

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1930hrs 2000hrs $698 per person (or $648 per person for booking of 8 persons or more per table) Mr Julien Berthelot, Lapostolle Asia Pacific Area Manager Call Janice Yip in F&B Office on 2239 0340 or email

Menu and Wines Marinated Yellow Tail in Preserved Berries, Pear and Micro Greens, Herb and Caviar Crème Fraiche, Melba Toasts Lapostolle Chardonnay Cuvée Alexandre 2008 * * * Roasted Suckling Pig Salad, Marinated Plum and Apricot Lapostolle Merlot Cuvée Alexandre 2007 *** Seared Honey and Coriander Supreme of Duck, Spice and Onion Risotto Cake, Carrot and Ginger Sauce Lapostolle Merlot Cuvée Alexandre 1997 (jeroboam bottle) (limited quantity) *** Rack of Baby Lamb, Glazed Spring Vegetables, Potato and Pumpkin Mash, Porcini Jus Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2008 (limited quantity) *** Orange Carpaccio, Chocolate and Nutty Crunch Cookie Ice-cream Grand Marnier Cuvée du Cent Cinquantenaire *** Freshly Brewed Coffee or Gourmet Tea


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March 2011

ORDINARY MEMBERS Mrs Maya McIntosh Mrs Julieta B Wheare


SHORT TERM MEMBERS Mr & Mrs Johan Kahlmeter

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Nassau Yacht Club “NYC” History Nassau Yacht Club was founded on 9 September

1931 to promote yacht building and yacht racing, and to provide marina facilities for the enjoyment of members. A family oriented Member’s Club with extensive facilities overlooking the eastern part of Nassau harbour and Montagu Bay, NYC actively promotes sailing and boating and particularly junior sailing. The NYC became the country’s first National Yachting Authority in 1952. NYC co-founded the Miami-Nassau Ocean Race in 1934 and in 1965 helped establish the Southern Ocean Racing Conference, which took over management of this event.


NYC is home for the Bahamas Sailing Association, the country’s MNA and the BSA which runs a yearly programme open to all juniors, members of NYC and non-members. Usually hosting one international regatta a year (ie 2008 5.5 Worlds, 2009 Sunfish Worlds, 2010 Star Western Hemisphere) and national or local Opti, Laser and Sunfish regattas all year round except for December and January.

Facilities • 3 wet docks for a maximum of 60 boats, up to 45 feet • Dry dock for a maximum of 25 boats up to 28 feet • A 3-ton hoist for use by boat owners • Restaurants and Bars • Function Rooms • Outdoor Swimming Pool • Car Park Nassau Yacht Club “NYC” East Bay Street, PO Box N-752, Nassau, Bahamas Web Site: Email: Tel: (1) 242-393-5132 Fax: (1) 242-393-8084 38 | April 2011


Ms Karen L Everett & Mr Darryl A Tidman JP Morgan Chase Bank NA

RESIGNED MEMBERS Mr Lee Ching Mr Thierry G Dana – Vice President Mr Peter J Rawlings Mr & Mrs Mai Phuc Quang Mr & Mrs Adrian Y C Au Otis Elevator Company (HK) Ltd Mr & Mrs Pierre-Emmanuel – Area Director, HK & Taiwan J M G Buet Mr & Mrs Jun Sato Mr & Mrs Eric F H Chan Orix Asia Limited – Director Ms Ho Sau Lin & Mr & Mrs Jonathan R Vanica Mr Lai Yip Ling Goldman Sachs (Asia) Finance Mr & Mrs Daniel Y C Ng – Finance, Managing Director Mr & Mrs Kazunori Okimoto ABSENT MEMBERS Mr & Mrs Pascal S J Petri Mr Lim Kwok Zu Mr & Mrs Michael D Wood Mr Laurence Mead Ines Bauerle Mr Stephen Mitchell Natalie Chong Mr Charles W Smith Allegra M T Jackson Mr & Mrs Jean-Pierre Jasmin A Kay Baudoux Jacqueline J M Lai Mr & Mrs Erik O Söderlind Alexia Petri Mr & Mrs Jefferson Ines Petri P Vanderwolk Ari Rogers Mrs Helen Wrigglesworth Samantha E Whiffin & Mr Thomas Wriggleworth Peter Söderlind

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ENGAGEMENT The engagement is announced in Hong Kong between Joshua, son of Mr & Mrs Michael Green and Madeleine, daughter of Mr & Mrs Peter Thompson.

Chichester Yacht Club

Royal Victoria Yacht Club

History The Club was founded in about 1935 for sailing dinghies. Soon after that ‘Birdham’ Yacht Club (no longer existing) served the moorings and berths which are now the marina. CYC ceased to operate in the lead up to and during the second world war, re-forming in about 1946. The club continued, acquiring first a small building and then re-developing with a new building on the same site, up until about 1967, when a project was undertaken which would completely change the concept of the little dinghy sailing club. By the late 1980s the building was simply not big enough to cater for its fast expanding membership and so a proper restaurant and bar were built onto the 1960’s building in 1992. Subsequently the 1960’s building was demolished and a Phase 1&2 development took place in 2006 with a new sailing dinghy area, bigger changing rooms, restaurant extension and first floor function room with balcony overlooking the water. The club was incorporated in 1975.

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Sailing Members are generally allocated into one of the three

sections: Yacht, Dinghy or Motor, each making up roughly 1/3 of the club. The Yacht & Motor sections have an extensive ‘cruising in company’ programme running most weekends in the season and some weekdays. Cruises are typically in the Solent, along the South Coast and across the Channel. The Dinghy section has around 260 boats in the dinghy park. Racing takes place all year round, the winter ‘Snowflake’, November to March, attracting 70 boats. The most popular classes are Laser 2000, Laser, Solo with RS 200, 400 & 600. CYC is a RYA Recognised Training Centre and a Volvo Champion Club.


• Visitors’ moorings and two marinas close by the club • Boatyard services • Restaurants & Bars • Changing Rooms • Function Rooms Chichester Yacht Club Chichester Marina, Birdham, Chichester West Sussex PO20 7EJ, U K Web Site: Email: Tel: (44) 0-1243-512-918 Fax: (44) 0-1243-512-627

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Kellett Island, Causeway Bay Hong Kong Dear Commodore and Members, The Royal Victoria Yacht Club takes pleasure in extending reciprocal privileges to your Club for the 2011 season. We are pleased to offer your members two nights’ free moorage at our facility in Cadboro Bay (the charges for subsequent nights are posted on our website; extended moorage is subject to availability). 15 amp electrical service is CD$3 per day. Wifi access is available at no charge. Your members are permitted to use this reciprocal club up to four nights monthly to a maximum of 14 days per year. A full description of our amenities, transportation, and nearby shopping is available on our website: Please note that no reciprocal moorage is available during the following 2011 events: • 29-30 April (RVYC Opening Day) • 28-30 May, US Memorial Day Weekend (Swiftsure International Yacht Race) • 9-10 September (Easter Seals Regatta). We look forward to welcoming your members to Victoria. Your truly, Larry Ross Reciprocals Manager

Royal Victoria Yacht Club 3475 Ripon Road Victoria British Columbia Canada V8R 6H1 Web Site: Tel: 250-592-2441 Fax: 250-370-2286

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會長通訊 在過去幾次的國際帆船俱樂部協會 ICOYC (International Council of Yacht Clubs) 之會長論壇中,其中一個備受關注的議題是全世界遊艇會會員平均年 齡上升,以及年青會員的流失。皇家柏斯遊艇會 (Royal Perth Yacht Club) 前 會長 Mark Fitzhardinge 提到:「…很多情況下,許多前年青帆船運動員,待 年長時即使再有時間和機會,他們都似乎不大情願繼續帆船運動。對這群二 十五至三十歲的年青人來說,遊艇會是被一群具備資金、擁有自己船隻而年 紀比較成熟的人所支配。如果能更方便地提供會所船隻讓大家參與各類帆船 活動,及舉辦更多元化的社交活動,相信遊艇會及帆船運動可以繼續得到這 批前帆船手的支持…」 雖然本會也遇到同樣問題,幸運地,我們在這方面是朝著正確軌道發展的。 我們有很多帆船及划艇活動是以青少年為重點的;在上一個月舉辦的「校際 帆船節」,我有幸被邀請頒發一些獎項。那個週末無論在海上或是在岸上, 都充滿生氣,我十分期望此項活動可以繼續發展。白沙灣方面,我們亦同樣 照顧到年青選手們,在剛舉辦的「聯會帆船賽」,便吸引了超過五十名年青 選手參加。划艇方面,年青划艇手會在本月參加賽季的第一個短距離賽。會 所亦有一些共同擁有的J/80船隻,可供在舵手名單上任何年齡之會員使用。 我們的帆船部及划艇部都努力務求使我們的年青會員更活躍並投入活動。除 了一連串的海上活動外,我們亦照顧到在社交方面的需要:新成立的青年 會員附屬委員會便舉辦了第一次的社交活動「名人酒保和智力考驗之夜」 (Celebrity Bartender and Pub Quiz Night)。家庭附屬委員會亦正在計劃及籌備 其他的項目。相信藉著這些體育及社交活動,能夠顧及所有兒童、學生及青 少年會員的需要,從而吸引並挽留年青會員的支持。 但我們決不能自滿。為確保會所的長遠發展和利益,吸引並挽留年青會員仍 然是我要優先處理的事項。如果大家有什麼提議能令我們在這方面做得更好 的話,請聯絡本人或我們的帆船發展部、划艇部、青少年帆船部、家庭附屬 委員會或青年會員附屬委員會。 副會長、幾位資深經理及本人出席了海港商界論壇的第二次持份者研討會。 這是海港商界論壇的維港願景及計劃之第二階段,內容包括講解候選活動及 計劃可怎樣提升港口的經濟效能,和改善市民生活質素的重要性。參與代表 包括政府部門、商業機構、非牟利團體及對維港願景及計劃有興趣的專業人 士。作為其中一個主要持份者,香港遊艇會積極參與討論,並提交了我們對 保存維多利亞港的朝氣及多元特色的意見及藍圖。我們會努力地把這個使命 延續下去。 帆船賽事方面,上月在菲律賓,會友陳永燊 (Sam Chan) 及其 “Ffreefire 52號”, Geoff Hill 及其 “Strewth號” 和龐輝 (Frank Pong) 及其 “Boracay號” (“Jelik II 號 ”) 和“Jelik 5號” 參加了一個由蘇碧灣至長灘島,全長二百海浬的賽事,經核實

修正時間,最後由 “Ffreefire號” 得到冠軍。 隨後,“Ffreefire號”、“Boracay號 ” (“Jelik II號 ”) 和 “Jelik 5號” 參加了「長灘島杯賽」,而 “Ffreefire號 ” 更梅開二度奪冠,並獲得賽事 系列獎座。 恭喜會友 Chris Opielok,Drew 和 Bal Taylor 和 Jan Brinkers 以 “Rockall III號” 出賽三月舉 行的「Audi 悉尼港口帆船賽」(Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta),並在國際讓分賽第二組別 (IRC Division B) 中奪得冠軍。 很高興看到眾多會友參加以上各項賽事並 獲取佳績。我們十分關注各位會友的參賽 動向,如果大家有什麼大計,不妨預先跟 聯絡。


香港遊艇會非常榮幸能與鳳凰衛視合作首屆「鳳凰杯」(Phoenix Cup)。全港 J/80船隻的比賽盛況,將會現場直播到數以百萬計來自世界各地的海外華人 家中。我們期待將來再次與鳳凰衛視的團隊合作。 首屆「民族杯賽」(Nations’ Cup) 將會在四月十日舉行。截至目前為止,我們 已經收到由蘇格蘭、愛爾蘭、英國及香港等隊伍參加,而我也會參賽呢。如 果你還未有組隊參賽,請馬上行動。 多謝各位賽事委員會成員及所有工作人員的支持及努力,本月份的重點賽事 為四月二十日舉行的「聖法蘭度帆船大賽」(San Fernando Race)。 我希望以此機會,多謝中國事務附屬委員會各委員,致力與中國及台灣建立 友好關係,確保各賽事可以順利舉行。首屆「臺灣海峽帆船賽」定於五月舉 行。為對我們一群充滿活力的會員及員工成功籌辦此賽事表示支持,希望各 會友踴躍參與。相信賽事一定非常精彩。 最後,相信有些會友均已得悉,我們的總經理帕里雷先生基於個人理由,將 會在六月上旬離任。帕里雷先生在職本會四年間,進一步強化了整個管理團 隊,為會員提供更優質的服務;在財政方面,表現更持續地超越我們的預 期;他亦為我們近年幾個重要項目作出巨大貢獻:包括吉列島游泳池翻新工 程及中途島的填海工程。在他的領導下,香港遊艇會更奪得2010最佳遊艇 會之榮譽。帕里雷先生在本會貢獻良多,深受各方認同,在此祝願他一帆風 順。我們正環球尋覓最佳人選,以填補此空缺。 復活節將至,我在此祝大家有一個愉快的復活節假期。


飲食快訊 這個月份的節目非常精彩。不得不提的是在四月二十日開始的「聖 法蘭度帆船大賽」(San Fernando Race)。在社交方面,我們最新 推出的「講者尊區」系列,在四月十三日和二十七日,分別邀請了 Joop Litmaath 和 Doug Woodring 跟大家分享他們不同的經驗,費 用全免。除了一連串精彩的復活節節目外,我們還安排了兩個美酒 佳餚晚宴:分別是四月十二日的 Domaine Roux Père & Fils 美酒佳 餚晚宴及四月二十八日的 Lapostolle 美酒佳餚晚宴。

西班牙名釀四月 Bodegas Muñoz Legado Muñoz Chardonnay 2009 Bodegas Muñoz Legado Muñoz Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

多謝各位會員在過去幾個月以來,支持停車場的停車熄匙環保行 動,而停車熄匙的情況已得到明顯改善。雖然偶爾還有違規情況出 現,但在本會服務員的提醒下,大家都馬上響應,非常合作。 由於屋宇署要求更多有關 Bistro 廚房更新工程計劃的資料,所以此 計劃將會有所延誤。希望在執筆之際,一切順利,計劃再沒有受阻 延吧。我們預計 Bistro 將會在五月至七月底關閉,在此期間,我們 總經理 Ray Parry 會安排 Bistro 暫時移師至池畔,繼續為大家提供餐飲服務。雖然只能 提供有限的菜單,但池畔四周舒適的環境及和諧的氣氛定能緩和不足。 我們在避風塘的新「鄰居」,中國建築工程(香港有限公司)繼續和我們緊密合作,務求在避風塘及 前貨物起卸區工程期間對我們做成的影響減至最少。最近,會員可能發現很多工程人員在會所範圍內 工作,尤其在早上時間,其實他們是在收集數據,用作分析用途,以確保會所在整個工程期間的結構 安全。而停車場的挖掘工程也是為了這個原因。我們會登記並監督所有在會所內工作的工程人員。 以下希望提出有關會員每月付款的問題。 每個月,為數不少的會員都在每月的最後一天才把付款支票寄出。由於郵遞需時,這些付款都未能根 據本會附例上之要求在月底前繳妥,一般情況下,我們會收取過期付款行政費。本會附例亦沒有提供 郵遞及處理寬限期。如果會員選擇繼續以郵寄支票付款的話,敬請預留最少三天的郵遞及處理時間。 當然,最好還是採用自動轉帳服務付款。 祝各位有一個愉快的復活節假期。 40 | April 2011



四月啤酒推介 San Miguel Light 每瓶售價30元


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wine Delivery Order form April 2011 ‘Try Before You Buy – No Obligation!’ All the wines listed below are featured at the monthly wine fairs at both Kellett Island and Shelter Cove. If you do enjoy the wines and wish to make a purchase, you can enjoy a 5% discount on these already low prices! Shelter Cove Wine Fair – Fri 1 April at Shelter Cove from 1930hrs to 2130hrs, guests welcome. Kellett Island Wine Fair – Wed 6 April at Kellett Island from 1830hrs to 2030hrs, guests welcome. Wine Fair entry is only $50 per person which includes the sampling of all the wines on the list, complimentary canapés and a $50 dining voucher which can be used in F&B outlets within two months. Another way to look at it is that you’re attending these wine fairs free of charge! See the website for further details. Book now with Janice Yip in F&B Office on 2239 0340 or email

White Wines





Bodega Muñoz Legado Muñoz Chardonnay 2009, Castilla – Spain (Wine of the month) Fresh fruit aromas with notes of creamy butter and toast, along with a grassy and herbal scent. On the palate, nice fruit with a touch of stewed pear and mineral.


Cantina Beato Bartolomeo Pinot Grigio Superiore, San Giorgio 2009, Breganze – Italy Intense tropical fruit characteristics and hints of yeast and crusty bread on the nose. Mouth-filling with minerals and fresh acidity, intense fruit with well balanced structure.


Lobster Reef Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough – New Zealand The bouquet displays fresh lime juice and gooseberry with salt and mineral highlights while the palate is tightly structured with bright, lime-zest notes.


Ktima Lantides Estate, ‘G. Silver’ Mantinia Lantides 2009 – Greece Aromas of fresh nettle and gooseberry with a light tropical overtone. Palate is intensely flavoured with a fine acid sustaining a lively finish.


Arlewood Chardonnay, Forest Grove Estate 2009, Margaret River – Australia Aromas of tropical fruit, pineapple, melon, peach and apricot. Citrus and similar tropical fruit flavours on the palate and a long lingering finish.


Maior de Mendoza Albariño ‘Fulget’ 2009, Rías Baixas – Spain Aromatic and elegant nose, showing notes of mineral, stone and white flowers. The mouth is full and voluminous with good acidic structure supporting the aromas on the finish.

Red Wines Bodega Muñoz Legado Muñoz Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Castilla – Spain (Wine of the month)


Intense nose of blackberries, plums and minerals. On the palate, plenty of fresh fruit, cherry and plum, well balanced structure with soft tannins.


Glenelly Merlot ‘The Glass Collection’ 2009, Stellenbosch – South Africa Expressive aromas of fresh mulberry with a hint of violets and earthy characters. Dark berries with cedar wood on the palate, soft fine tannin finish.


Ktima Lantides Estate, ‘G. Gold’ Nemea Lantides 2007 – Greece Bouquet of plum, mineral and a touch of spices. Plenty of red fruit and earthy tones, elegant style, finish with round supple tannins.


Luis Cañas Crianza 2007, Rioja – Spain Bouquet of raspberries and cherries with hints of spices, minerals and vanilla notes. Complex and elegant on the palate with soft and balanced tannins, superb sensation of red berry fruit. Classic blackcurrant and cassis on the nose, with hints of mineral and earthiness. The palate is generous and approachable offering blackcurrant and plummy characters, a firm acid backbone, fine tannins and a dry savoury structure.


Cable Station Road Pinot Noir 2009, Marlborough – New Zealand Aromas of ripe plum integrate well with subtle spicy oak. On the palate the flavours abound. Prune and black cherry with cassis again integrate with the subtle spicy oak and fine tannins. • • • • •

All wines are delivered to your designated address by the supplier and are subject to availability of stock. All orders will be accepted on a case basis (12 bottles) only. Mixed cases will be accepted. The cost of the wines will be charged to members’ accounts. Free delivery to Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories (excluding outlying islands, Lantau Island, Tung Chung and Discovery Bay). Delivery is available every weekday except Public Holidays.

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Moulin d’Issan 2007, Bordeaux Supérieur – France

Pool Bai San As is usual practice when we open the pool for the season, a Bai San was held to ensure good Feng Shui for the facility. Pictured is General Manager Ray Parry doing the honours.

Speaker’s Corner – April

Rock on, Rockall! Absent member and Commodore’s Cup legend Chris Opielok has recently moved to Australia. His Corby 36, Rockall III, was entered in the recent Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta, which was hosted by the Middle Harbour Yacht Club, 5-6 March 2011. Drew and Bal Taylor, and absent member Jan Brinkers, along with Mark Elkington, Peter Fletcher, Patrick Langley and Fraser Johnson joined Opie for the two-day event. The regatta drew 321 boats across 23 divisions. Competitors enjoyed up to 20kts of breeze on day one but light and gusty conditions on day two. Rockall III sailed to victory in IRC Class B.

This new series of speaker events will take place in the Chart Room, starting at 1900hrs and ending around 2030hrs. There is no entry fee to attend any of these talks, but we do ask you to book to help us in our planning. Please email indicating which event you would like to attend and how many in your group. Wednesday 13 April

RHKYC Member – Joop Litmaath Author, Entrepeneur and Jazz Musician

A member of the Club for 34 years, piano-playing entrepreneur Joop shares his acute observations on economics, politics, sports and society in general in Hong Kong in his second book, ‘The Flying Dutchman of Hong Kong’, which chronicles his half century in Hong Kong. Joop possesses a keen mind and a great sense of humour and “as the reader will find, hardly anything of interest that has happened in Hong Kong in the past half century has escaped the keen blue eye of Joop Litmaath – truly an observer extraordinaire of life and times in Hong Kong.” Joop looks forward to regaling you with his stories. RHKYC Firefighters – Denny, Alex, Tim, Ian and Koko


RHKYC Member – Doug Woodring

Another squad of RHKYC Firefighters has been ‘branded’. Denny, Tim, Alex, Koko and Ian recently went through the Hong Kong Fire Service Department’s 2-day Basic Fire Fighting Course at the Fire Services Training School in Pat Heung, New Territories, in March. Everyone enjoyed the course, although the boys would have welcomed the opportunity to play with more fire! The course is a mixture of theory and practical sessions – most memorable was being able to witness first-hand the behaviour of a backdraught. Going up and down hills wearing breathing apparatus is not on our Top 10 list of fun things to do.

The Boys – Alex and Ian get serious 42 | April 2011


Wednesday 27 April

Co-Founder, Project Kaisei Plastic = Fuel!

Doug’s lastest initiative was the Hong Kong Plastic Challenge 2011 in which he organised a boat trip to see Hong Kong’s pink dolphins. The catch? The boat was powered by a fuel that no one had used before – plastic! The public was invited to collect plastic which Project Kaisei then shredded and liquefied and turned into diesel fuel. To learn more about this innovative science experience, and other Project Kaisei initiatives, come and meet Doug.

Coming in May – Nury Vittachi