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Calendar Commodore’s Message General Manager’s Message Kellett Island Development

China Coast Race Week Mount Gay Welcome Party St. Regis China Coast Regatta – Back to its best! Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race in Association with VinaCapital Vågspel – A letter from one owner to another First Time to the Philippines

Foshan Dragon Boat Rowing Furniture Speaker’s Corner – Guin Batten

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The First Nansha Rally Cruising with a Twist of History CUHK Sailing Club Champion of Champions Starter’s Box Hebe Haven Yacht Club 24-hour Race Sailing Development | Training

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Vice Patrons Jimmy Farquhar, Li Fook Hing, Bob Wilson; Commodore Joachim Isler; Vice Commodore Mark Whitehead; Rear Commodore Sailing Anthony Day; Rear Commodore Club Robert Stoneley; Honorary Secretary Charlie Manzoni; Honorary Treasurer George Li; Rowing Captain Alice Page. For other Club contact details please refer to the Club Directory on page 55. Advertising or Editorial Enquiries contact RHKYC PR Department at or 2239 0307 or 2239 0312 Ahoy! Design Michelle Shek MYND Design Articles for Ahoy! can be emailed to or left in the Ahoy! pigeon hole at Kellett Island. The Club 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 and to view the e-version of the magazine (and back copies) go to the RHKYC website.




Christmas Light Lunch Buffet




Wines and Beer of the Month

in the Compass Room

Domaine Ventenac La Cuvée de Carole Chardonnay 2012 – Cabardès, France

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Château Ventenac La Réserve de Jeanne 2011 – Cabardès, France

Lucky Draw in the Main Bar


Kellett Island Wine Fair Lucky Draw in the Main Bar Optimist Gold Squad



Lucky Draw in the Main Bar


Lucky Draw in the Main Bar Deadline for ordering Christmas Food and Goodies

16 Lucky Draw in the Main Bar Go Optimist Youth 420 & 29er Clinics Go Sailing Youth Introduction to Laser

23 Optimist Steps 1,2,3 and 4, Go Optimist Youth Beginner HKSF Levels 1,2 and 3 Youth Keelboat

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Shelter Cove Wine Fair Lucky Draw in the Main Bar Optimist Practice



Lucky Draw in the Main Bar Optimist Gold Squad Il Coro Presents a Glowing Christmas




San Miguel Pale Pilsen

9 to 24 December


Lucky Draw in the Main Bar Optimist Steps 1 and 2 Optimist Gold Squad


Christmas Day Buffet Lunch on the Main Lawn Set Lunch and Dinner in the Compass Room

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner in the Compass Room Set Dinner in the Bistro Buffet Dinner and Dance at Middle Island Optimist Steps 1,2,3 and 4, Go Optimist Youth Beginner HKSF Levels 1,2 and 3 Youth Keelboat

New Year’s DAY Breakfast in the Bistro Buffet Lunch in the Compass Room


P edr o B lanc o R ace C lass R acing Adult Beginners

Children’s Gingerbread Tree Decorating on the Main Lawn Adult Beginners Sailing Course Platu Skipper course Optimist Practice Optimist Silver Squad Optimist Gold Squad 3 Peaks Race (Outrigger) Middle Island Masters Regatta Rowing Section Christmas Party


19 C lass R acing Boxing Day Buffet Lunch in the Compass Room

20 Optimist Steps 1,2,3 and 4, Go Optimist Youth Beginner HKSF Levels 1,2 and 3 Youth Keelboat



Double-boiled Soup Snake Soup and Clay Pot Rice


C lass R acing Adult Beginners Sailing Course Supervised Sailing Session Platu Skipper course Introduction to Small Keelboat Optimist Silver Squad Youth Sailing Club Optimist Gold Squad Optimist Steps 1 and 2

C lass R acing D inghy R acing

Supervised Sailing Session Platu Skipper course Introduction to Small Keelboat Go Optimist Youth 420 & 29er Clinics Go Sailing



21 C lass R acing Optimist Steps 1,2,3 and 4, Go Optimist Youth Beginner HKSF Levels 1,2 and 3 Youth Keelboat

22 Optimist Steps 1,2,3 and 4, Go Optimist Youth Beginner HKSF Levels 1,2 and 3 Youth Keelboat

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Sailing Course J/80 Crew Course Platu Skipper course Optimist Silver Squad Youth Sailing Club Optimist Gold Squad Optimist Steps 1 and 2

Children’s Christmas Party in the Compass Room Carol Singing at Shelter Cove Adult Beginners Sailing Course Platu Skipper course Optimist Practice Optimist Silver Squad

Adult Beginners Sailing Course Platu Skipper course Youth 420 & 29er Clinics



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Christmas Eve Set Dinner in the Compass Room Buffet Dinner in the Bistro BBQ Buffet Dinner on the Main Lawn Carol Singing at the Turning Circle Go Optimist Youth 420 & 29er Clinics Go Sailing Youth Introduction to Laser


6 Lucky Draw in the Main Bar Optimist Gold Squad


SUN Double-boiled Soup, Snake Soup and Clay Pot Rice in the Bistro 1 December to 19 January Fondues at Middle Island and Shelter Cove 1 to 30 December J/80 Crew Course Platu Skipper course Optimist Silver Squad Youth Sailing Club Optimist Steps 1 and 2 Optimist Gold Squad

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Commodore’s Message Congratulations to Foof for winning both the Flying Fifteen Nationals and the Worlds.

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Congratulations also to the winners for both the Lipton Trophy and the Tommy Bahama Around Middle Island Race held on 9 November, and the Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race, on 10 November. It is particularily pleasing to see young sailors do so well in the ‘main’ event! At the Annual General Meeting I awarded the Tom Larmour Young Sailor of the Year Award jointly to Calum Gregor and Scarlett Manzoni, and the Tom Larmour Most Promising Young Sailor of the Year Award to Julian Fung. My congratulations go to all three. We were very proud to host the 8th ICOYC Commodores’ Forum over the week of 11 to 15 November. This was one of the largest forums, with over 80 participants from 29 different yacht clubs from 17 different countries. The various discussions held during the week were very interesting and fruitful and lessons learned will be shared with all relevant Club committees. On behalf of the Club I would like to thank the working group, led by Ambrose Lo, for all their efforts in making this such a successful Forum. Commodore Joachim Isler

會長約翰 伊詩禮

The Club has had an exceptionally busy October and November with so many regular and additional events and acitivities on and off the water. The last few months have been some of the most challenging to our management and staff in all departments. All events have been a tremendous success which is the result of their enormous efforts and tireless hard work. I would like to thank all members of staff in each department for putting the Club ahead of themselves in such a commendable manner! Coming up very soon is the Pedro Blanco Race over the weekend of 7 and 8 December, and I hope many of you will participate. The Rowing Section will be looking forward to a rest after the very busy lead up to both the Around the Island Race and also the Hong Kong Rowing Championships, both held on the same weekend this year. Their ‘off season’ (only a month long for some!) will start with the Middle Island Masters Regatta, closely followed by their section Christmas Party. We have a number of festive events coming up in December and if you are staying in Hong Kong I hope you will take full advantage of everything the Club has to offer.

恭喜“ Foof 號”勇奪「Flying Fifteen 級別香港及世界錦標賽」兩項賽事的冠軍。 恭喜於十一月九日舉行的「Lipton 盃帆船賽」、「Tommy Bahama 中途島環島賽」和十一月十日舉行的「Tommy Bahama 香港環島帆船大賽」的所有得獎者。非常高興見到眾多年青選手參與這項大型賽事! 十分高興於會員週年大會中頒發「Tom Larmour 最佳青少年帆船運動員」給予 Calum Gregor 和 Scarlett Manzoni,和「Tom Larmour 最佳進步青少年運動員」給予 Julian Fung。恭喜三位年青運動員。 香港遊艇會十分榮幸於十一月十一至十五日主辦第八屆「國際帆船俱樂部協會 會長論壇」。這個論壇吸引到 來自十七個國家、二十九個會所超過八十位代表出席。論壇中討論了不少有趣及精彩的議題並從各方經驗中學 習,當中內容將會與各有關會所分享。我希望藉此機會代表本會感謝由盧浩然先生帶領的工作小組所付出的 努力使論壇得以成功舉行。 會所於十月和十一月份非常繁 忙,除了定期舉 辦的活動,還 加入了不少新的節目。在過去幾個月,對 會所的 管理層和各部門同事都是一大考驗,幸好得到大家的支持,各項活動不但能夠順利完成,並獲得高度評價。 在此,我衷心感謝所有員工無私地為會所付出,為會員提供一流的服務。 即將上演的「大青針帆船賽」於十二月七至八日舉行,希望 大家踴躍參加。 划艇方面,隨著於同一個週末舉行的「香港環島大賽」和「香港划艇錦標賽」完結,大家可以暫時休息一會。 不過對一些選手來說,他們的休息時間只有一個月,就是由「中途島大師賽」完結後開始至划艇部的聖誕派對 結束。 相信大家都漸漸感受到濃厚的節日氣氛,如果你留在香港的話,請不要錯過會所於聖誕節前後為各位準備一 連串的精彩節目。





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General Manager’s Message

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We have successfully negotiated our way through an extremely busy November, with the Flying Fifteen Worlds, the Lipton Trophy, the Tommy Bahama Around Middle Island Race and Around the Island Race, and a number of Class Championships. Plus of course we hosted the 8 th ICOYC Commodores’ Forum and hosted over 80 visitors from 29 different yacht clubs and 17 different countries. My thanks go to all volunteer members, and members of staff, who put in so much time and effort to ensure all these events ran smoothly. We also had a number of social events during the month including a Fine Spirit Dinner and Thanksgiving Dinner, pottery painting and of course the Regatta Ball. Coming up in December we have the children’s gingerbread tree decorating on the Main Lawn on 7 December, and their Christmas party on 14 December. For adults and children we have carol singing at Shelter Cove on 14 December and at Kellett Island on Christmas Eve. Plus, this year we also have the choir Il Coro performing their Christmas repertoire at Kellett Island on 11 December.

General Manager Mark Bovaird


Through the Charity Foundation the Club is once again collecting new toys for the Hong Kong Red Cross Hospital School which supports sick children and adolescents in 18 hospitals across Hong Kong. If you would like to contribute, please leave your new toy(s) in Reception – wrapped and clearly labelled indicating whether the toy is suitable for a boy or a girl and for what age. Please have your toy(s) delivered by 19 December so the children can enjoy them for Christmas. We also have our Letters to Santa programme, which runs until 11 December, and for only $100 Santa will hand-write replies to letters from your children. This year the $100 will be donated to the RHKYC Charity Foundation. Full details of all events are in the Christmas brochure which accompanied last month’s Ahoy!. Remember to book early! I wish all members a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and look forward to seeing you around the Club.

繁忙的十一月終於過去,除了「Flying Fifteen 級別世界錦標賽」、「Lipton 盃帆船賽」、「Tommy Bahama 中途島環島賽」和「Tommy Bahama 香港環島帆船大賽」外,還有其他級別錦標賽。此外我們主辦了第八屆 國際帆船俱樂部協會會長論壇」,論壇吸引到來自十七個國家、二十九個會所超過八十位代表出席。感謝各位 義務會員、會員和同事所付出的努力使論壇得以順利舉行。 社交活動方面同樣精彩,有「優質名酒晚宴」、「感恩節晚宴」、「陶瓷彩繪活動」和週年舞會。 十二月七日於 Main Lawn 舉行專為小朋友而設的「粉飾薑餅樹活動」,十四日有「兒童聖誕派對」,同一日晚 上於白沙灣和於平安夜在吉列島均有老少佳宜的「聖誕詩歌詠唱」。今年我們再次邀請到 Il Coro 歌詠團於 十二月十一日在吉列島為我們表演「聖誕詩歌詠唱」。 透過香港遊艇會慈善基金,今年我們再次收集新玩具捐贈予紅十字會醫院學校的兒童,該校的宗旨是支援香 港十八間醫院的病童和青少年。如希望參與這個有意義的活動,請把玩具包裝,註明合適使用年齡和性別,於 十二月十九日前送到接待處。「給聖誕老人的信」截止日期為十二月十一日,只需一百元,聖誕老人會親筆回覆 小朋友的信,活動收益將撥捐香港遊艇會慈善基金。 聖誕節活動的詳細資料可參閱隨上一期 Ahoy! 送出的小冊子。為免錯過連串精彩活動,請從速報名。 祝大家有一個愉快的聖誕及新年,在會所見。



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Kellett Island Development C

or two weeks straddling the end of October and early November, members walking along the colonnade next to the small lawn heading into our main Clubhouse will have seen a series of notices detailing draft proposals for the interior design and landscaping of the Kellett Island Development project. These notices, along with two member forums and information posted on the Club’s website, are part of the ongoing member consultation process the General Committee is undertaking to try and ensure that members are given an opportunity at every step of the development process to provide input into the designs. While unable to incorporate all of the suggestions raised, the intention is to include as many as possible.

(KIDWG) was broken up into a number of more focused groupings:


• The Kellett Island Development Steering Group (KIDSG), co-chaired by Mark Whitehead (Vice Commodore) and Rob Stoneley (Rear Commodore-Club). Reporting to and making recommendations about the project to the General Committee, the steering group is tasked with overseeing the overall direction of the project.


With space in Ahoy! being too short to provide a detailed description of the design proposals, members are encouraged to review them on the Club’s website if they haven’t had a chance to do so yet. For the record though, it is probably useful to give a bit more detail about the process we have undergone since the last member forums in June 2013 which provided architectural plans and associated financial costing and cash flow. That consultation process generated a lot of positive feedback as well as some insightful comments and suggestions that have been incorporated into the project to the extent possible. The process also marked a change in project phases as we moved from master plan to detailed design.

• The Project Design Working Group, chaired by Robert Stoneley (Rear Commodore-Club) and made up of a number of General Committee members and others previously connected with the KIDWG. Reporting to the KIDSG, this working group is responsible for working with the project manager and consultants as they develop detailed designs for the project.

The first step in this detailed design phase was to identify a consultant to work with. Following a tender process involving seven interior design companies, in July Jepsen Design were appointed as Interior Designer for all areas of the Master Plan. Then in August, following a tender process involving four Project Management companies, Gleeds were appointed as the Club’s Project Manager for the remainder of the project. Last but not least, Urbis Limited was selected from a group of Landscape Designers to be our Consultants. With the project team now in place, General Committee then decided to restructure the overall governance of the project in order to ensure clearer lines of responsibility. As a result the Kellett Island Development Working Group



• The Project Finance Working Group, chaired by George Li (Honorary Treasurer) and made up of a number of FinCom members. Reporting to FinCom, this working group is responsible for reviewing and evaluating all possible funding options to ensure that an affordable and robust package of measures is available to finance the entire project.

• The Project Construction Working Group, chaired by John Woo (General Committee member and past Rear Commodore). Reporting to the KIDSG, as we move from design into construction this working group will be composed of former KIDWG members together with representatives of GenCom and other Club members who have appropriate construction/engineering/project management experience. This might appear to be a lot of extra committees but, in creating this new structure, it is intended that members can provide input into the areas of the project where they have expertise and knowledge, while we also ensure continuity with the team responsible for the Kellett Island development project’s master planning process. The names of all those involved are detailed on the Club’s website. Members who have any questions or concerns are encouraged to approach any of them or else to send an email to one of the dedicated project email addresses:,,, or






China Coast Race Week

Feature | St. Regis China Coast Regatta

Mount Gay Welcome Party W ords: Lindsay Lyons | P hotos: Gu y N owell


ith St. Regis China Coast Regatta starting on a Saturday this year, instead of the traditional Friday kick-off, the Mount Gay Welcome Drinks were a perfect way to start the weekend and welcome all competitors, including several overseas crews. Brief speeches were made by Regatta Chairman Russ Parker and Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race Chairman Geoff Hill, before competitors were left to get reacquainted with old mates and meet new ones.

W ords: Lindsay Lyons | P hotos: Gu y N owell


fter two years of unseasonally quiet conditions, the 2013 St. Regis China Coast Regatta got off to a promising start in a consistent 10 to 12kts of easterly breeze, sunshine and low humidity, with a new race format to try and keep the entire fleet happy for three days. In spite of the previous evening’s libations at the Mount Gay Welcome Drinks, all 44 of the entrants made the start line with the prospect of one long islands course for the day. Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen had already taken the precaution of pre-grouping the islands courses and, once the committee boat was out of the lee of Middle Island, the decision was made to go for a Beaufort start. IRC Racer 0 was first off at 1100hrs, on a course taking in 28nm of Hong Kong’s beautiful and surprisingly rugged coastline including South Nine Pin, Bluff and Steep islands. Racer 1 and 2, together with IRC Premier, were both set a slightly shorter 21nm course around South Nine Pin and Waglan islands, while IRC Cruiser and HKPN were given a 17nm course involving Waglan Island.



Feature | St. Regis China Coast Regatta

St. Regis China Coast Regatta Back to its best! By the time Syd Fisher’s Ragamuffin 90 was coming in to take the gun for Racer 0, the breeze had stiffened to 12kts and the committee boat settled in for a comfortable couple of hours monitoring a procession of boats finishing on the run. Notable finishes included OneSails Racing (Ray Roberts) and fellow TP52 FreeFire which opted to take opposite courses around Beaufort coming in to the finish. It was Roberts, taking the southerly route, who bested the Hong Kong TP on the water and on corrected time, ultimately winning the race on corrected time.

This year’s regatta welcomed several new faces with boats and crews predominantly based in China, and it was pleasing to see return visitor Lighthorse take IRC Premier on corrected time. HKPN featured an entry list of 10, the strongest showing for some time with Bavaria 34 Pepper & Salt taking the islands race on corrected time, with Hanse 400 Darling taking the gun.

In Racer 1, KER40 Signal 8 did the double on the water and on corrected time, pushing Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake into second. Elektra and Walawala 2 finished two seconds apart on the water, and seem set for a great weekend’s duelling.

Day 2, UK Sailmakers day, was scheduled to offer two windward/ leeward races and an islands course for the IRC Racers, and one race around the cans followed by an islands course for Premier, Cruiser and HKPN. With a steady 15kt north-easterly from early in the day, Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen decided to set three laps for Racer 0 and two laps for the other divisions, with Racer 1 and Premier also going to the outer windward mark, 1.3nm from the start.

Another like-for-like duel was taking place in Racer 2, with China-based Seawolf edging out fellow Archambault 40 Sell Side Dream on the water to take the gun, however it was the smaller Archambault 35 Red Kite II which claimed the day prize on IRC corrected time.

With the wind gusting to 20kts and a strong tide running, the fleet was circumspect about their starts, with not one X-flag raised all day. The stonger breeze took its toll, with Ragamuffin 90, Hua An and Avant Garde retiring and Cave Canem heading back in to Middle Island with a broken DECEMBER 2013 AHOY! |


Feature | St. Regis China Coast Regatta forestay. The sailmakers were kept busy, with several very large shredded spinnakers in evidence in Racer 0, and the boatyard geared up to work an all-nighter on broken steering, damaged hulls and rigging problems. With IRC Racer 0, 1 and 2 having finished their first windward/leeward, Stromp-Jepsen elected to give them a quick start for their second race while DRO Sofia Mascia continued finishing the Cruiser and HKPN fleets – a little tough on OneSails Racing, which had taken a fishing expedition around the leeward mark, finishing 20 minutes behind FreeFire. The remaining fleets were re-started on their islands course once ready, with Premier embarking on a 19nm trip to TCS2 and Beaufort, and the Cruiser and HKPN fleets being set an 11nm course around Beaufort and Castle Rock, leading into a downwind finish at Round Island. By the time those three starts were done, the IRC Racers were coming in for their second finish of the day, Seawolf taking the gun for IRC Racer 2, just ahead of Mojito, and Red Kite II correcting out to yet another win under IRC. The third race of the Racers’ day was started as soon as possible, with the RO conscious that the other fleets would soon be rounding Beaufort and approaching Round Island for a finish. Racer 0 was sent on a 19nm jaunt to Waglan and TCS2, while Racer 1 took in Fury Rocks and Racer 2 was given an 11nm course around Beaufort and Castle Rock. By the end of the second day, Ray Robert’s OneSails Racing was heading up the table for IRC Racer 1, with Signal 8 doing the same in



Racer 2. Red Kite II was sitting pretty with a row of 1s in Racer 3 while Lighthorse was leading with a clean sheet in IRC Premier, with Red Eye and Pepper & Salt doing the same in IRC Cruising and HKPN. In spite of their exertions on the water, the sailors had no problem at all in entering the spirit of the Heineken Dock Party once back off the water at Middle Island! The third and final day of the St. Regis China Coast Regatta was a full-on, 20-24kt, two-stugeron day with white horses, tidal swell and everything else that makes this one of the region’s top three-day sailing regattas. All divisions were scheduled to complete a windward/leeward followed by an islands course, and the RO got matters underway bang on schedule with IRC Racer 0 at 1030hrs. In the absence of Ragamuffin 90 it was left to Jelik to take line honours, but the battle royal was between the two TP52s – Ray Roberts’ OneSails Racing (on 6 points going in to today) and Sam Chan’s FreeFire (on 8). Although Chan finished exactly one minute ahead of Roberts on the water after three laps, the Australian boat took first on corrected time. Meanwhile in Racer 1, Paul Winkelmann’s new HH42, Island Fling, took the gun 8 seconds ahead of Marcel Liedts’ Elektra, but had to concede first place on IRC and A40 Seawolf took the gun for Racer 2, only to be nudged into second by Red Kite II on corrected time. Redeye kept up her perfect record in Cruiser Division, while Moonblue 2 took the gun for IRC Premier, and finally took first on corrected time ahead of Lighthorse, and Pepper & Salt also kept up her dominance of HKPN.


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Feature | St. Regis China Coast Regatta While DRO Sofia Mascia was finishing Cruiser and HKPN, StrompfJepsen decided not to keep the racers hanging around and promptly set them off on their final race, an islands course around Beaufort and beyond of 21nm for Racer 0, 17nm for Racer 1 and 16nm for Racer 2. It was then the turn of the Premier and Cruiser Divisions to embark on their final race, with Premier on a 17nm course and an 11nm route for Cruiser. The final start of the regatta for HKPN went smoothly then race management was heartily relieved to lift the anchor and head for more sheltered waters at the finish line near Round Island. The conditions were perfect for sailing, but also came with challenges, as many boats found out as they experienced gear failure of one sort or another. Ambush radioed in to report that she had lost her steering, but was able to fix a tiller and motor back to Kellett Island, while Signal 8 carried out an impromptu double-man-overboard drill which probably cost them the regatta. The three guns given to the first three boats to reach the finish line, having completed different courses, were a testament to the RO’s course setting skills. Redeye was first boat home, completing a perfect score for the regatta in Cruiser Division and discarding a 1 in the process, while Seawolf claimed yet another gun, followed by Jelik in Racer 0.

OneSails Racing left that division title in no doubt as she coasted home just 20 seconds ahead of FreeFire to take first on corrected and the IRC Racer 0 title by 4 points. Seawolf was delighted to win her race on IRC, however had to be content with 2nd overall in Racer 2, behind Red Kite II, who claimed the IRC Racer 2 title for the fourth successive year. Island Fling again showed her speed on the water to take the gun for Racer 1, however Elektra finished two minutes ahead of arch–rival Walawala 2 to take the regatta title for Racer 1 by 1 point. Moonblue 2 took her second double for the day, however Shawn Kang’s Lighthorse edged the Warwick out by one point to take her first-ever China Coast Regatta title for Premier Division. Barracuda, one of the China entries, took the gun in HKPN, much to their delight, however Pepper & Salt claimed the win on HKPN, and completed a perfect regatta, also discarding a first. All-in-all there was a great buzz in the bar back at Kellett Island, with sun-burned, wind-burned, grizzled sailors claiming it was the best China Coast Regatta they could remember in years. A packed poolside prizegiving gave everyone the chance to applaud their rivals, before the tale-telling went on long into the night.

The Club would like to thank its sponsors, in particular Title Sponsor St. Regis and partners IP Global and GAC Pindar, for helping make the 2013 St. Regis China Coast Regatta a great success. The Club is also grateful to Mount Gay as Official Regatta Rum and Heineken as Official Regatta Beer for helping make the parties go with a swing, and also thanks day sponsor UK Sailmakers and official media partners Prestige, and Yachtstyle for their continued support.

The Club would like to thank the China Coast Race Week race committee consisting of Russ Parker (Chairman – China Coast Regatta), Geoff Hill (Chairman – Hong Kong to Vietnam Race), Nigel Reeves (Chief Scrutineer), Jamie McWilliam and Mark Phillips for giving up their time to help plan and execute China Coast Race Week 2013. In addition, the Club is indebted to Inge Strompf-Jepsen (Race Officer), Sofia Mascia (Deputy RO), Lucy Sutro (ARO), John Breen (Mark Layer and ARO) and Ralph Wainer (AML) for organising great racing over the course of the St. Regis China Coast Regatta. Thanks also to Simon Boyde (Race Officer) and Louise Connolly (Deputy RO) for setting a perfect Harbour Start for the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race.



St. Regis China Coast Regatta Overall Prizegiving Photos: Gu y N owell

Feature | St. Regis China Coast Regatta Left to right from top left: Akuna – 2nd HKPN; Pepper & Salt – 1st HKPN; Cave Canem – 3rd Cruiser; Ex Libris – 2nd Cruiser; Redeye – 1st Cruiser; Clove Hitch – 3rd Premier; Moonblue 2 – 2nd Premier ; Lighthorse – 1st Premier; Mojito – 3rd Racer 2; Sea Wolf – 2nd Racer 2; Red Kite II – 1st Racer 2; EFG Bank Mandrake – 3rd Racer 1; Signal 8 – 2nd Racer 1; Elektra – 1st Racer 1; Jelik – 3rd Racer 0; FreeFire – 2nd Racer 0; One Sails Racing – 1st Racer 0



St. Regis China Coast Regatta – Overall Results IRC RACER 0 Sail No.

Boat Name

AUS8898 OneSails Racing HKG2283 FreeFire HKG600 Jelik IVB8888 Ragamuffin 90 IRC RACER 1 Boat Name

HKG2291 Elektra HKG2300 Signal 8 HKG2282 EFG Bank Mandrake SIN2008 Walawala2 HKG2208 Ambush HKG2248 Island Fling AUS555 kukuKERchu HKG2108 Orient Express HKG2201 HuaAn IRC RACER 2 Sail No.

Boat Name

HKG2093 Red Kite II HKG2183 Seawolf HKG1281 Mojito HKG2298 Sell Side Dream HKG1995 Talkinghead HKG1378 Vixen CHN55009 Gao Xin Sheng HKG1832 Dexter II HKG1822 Rampage HKG2119 Andiamo HKG2234 Lady Butterfly HKG2138 Stella HKG2047 Avant Garde HKG2186 Goddess IRC PREMIER Sail No.

Boat Name

HKG2333 Lighthorse CAY8888 Moonblue 2 HKG2211 Clove Hitch HKG2360 Sea Monkey IRC CRUISER


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Ray Roberts Sam Chan Frank Pong Syd Fischer

1 2 -3 4

1 -3 2 (5.0 DNS)

-3 1 2 5.0 DNC

1 2 3 5.0 DNC

1 2 3 5.0 DNC

1 2 3 5.0 DNC

8 12 16 29

5 9 13 24



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GTS 43 KER 40 Mills 40 Sydney GTS 43 Mills 41 HH42 Ker40 X-41 MC38

Marcel Liedts Hanning/ Jacobs/ Kendall/ Nick Burns/Fred Kinmonth Steve Manning Isler/ Taylor Paul F. Winkelmann David Ross Andy Lam Luo Peinan / Li Qing

4 1 2 3 6 -8 -7 5 9

-6 1 3 -5 2 4 7 -8 (10.0 DNF)

3 5 2 1 6 4 7 8 10.0 DNC

1 2 -5 4 3 7 6 8 9

1 2 3 4 7 5 6 8 9

1 -6 2 3 (10.0 DNF) 5 4 7 8

16 17 17 20 34 33 37 44 55

10 11 12 15 24 25 30 36 45



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Archambault 35 A40 J111 ARC 40 Sydney 36 X 35 First 40.7 Archambault A35 Tripp 40 Archambault A35 First 34.7 SYDNEY38 ARC 40 First 34.7

Anthony Root WILLIAM Simon Blore Simon Powell Tonny CHUNG Peter McCaffery China Cup Lowell Chang Denis Ma Lai Ka Fai JC Broyelle ROLAND BUSER Joshua Cole Maiyo Hood

1 2 -9 3 4 5 8 11 7 -12 -10 6 14 -13

1 -6 4 3 -9 5 8 2 -12 11 10 7 (15.0 DNF) 13

1 2 3 -6 5 7 9 4 11 8 10 (15.0 DNC) 13 12

1 2 3 4 6 5 7 8 11 10 9 15.0 DNC 12 13

1 3 2 4.5 4.5 -10 6 (15.0 DNC) 7 9 8 15.0 DNC 11 12

-2 1 4 6 3 5 (15.0 DNS) 15.0 DNC 9 7 10 15.0 DNC 8 11

7 16 25 26.5 31.5 37 53 55 57 57 57 73 73 74

5 10 16 20.5 22.5 27 38 40 45 45 47 58 58 61



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Beneteau 50 Custom 64 Bavaria 55 Sense 50

Shawn Kang Peter Churchouse Alex Yu Emmanuel Pitsillis

1 -2 -3 -4

1 2 3 4

1 2 3 4

-2 1 3 4

2 1 3 4

7 8 15 20

5 6 12 16

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HKG280 HKG2173 HKG1092 HKPN

Redeye Ex Libris Cave Canem

J145C Xc38 First 42

Paul Leese Eric Doguet Simon Boyde

-1 -3 2

1 2 (4.0 DNF)

1 2 4.0 DNC

1 2 4.0 DNC

1 2 4.0 DNC

5 11 18

4 8 14

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Boat Name



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HKG2092 HKG2215 HKG2107 HKG1698 2356 HKG2117 HKG2318 HKG1010 HKG1632 HKG2369

Pepper & Salt Akuna Darling No One Else Barracuda AYA TT DEA II HeartBeat Wan Zhu Hao

Bavaria 34 Jeanneau 39DS Hanse 400 J35 Sense 42 Pogo 10.50 First 40.7 30ft Sloop Bermuda 52 Oceanis 45

Rex Tan/ Eric Choi Malcolm Waters Dean Chisholm W H NG Shanghe Investment Co. Philippe COTILLON Highway Int’l Co. Patrick Lam Dennis and Maria Dakin Li QuBo

-1 3 2 5 (11.0 DNS) -8 4 (11.0 DNF) 6 7

1 3 5 2 4 8 7 6 (11.0 DNC) (11.0 RET)

1 3 (11.0 RET) (11.0 RET) 4 6 5 2 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNF

1 3 2 4 11.0 DNF 5 (11.0 DNC) 11.0 DNS 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC

1 -4 5 3 2 6 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC

5 16 25 25 32 33 38 41 50 51

4 12 14 14 21 25 27 30 39 40


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Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race W ords: Lindsay Lyons | P hotos: Gu y N owell

Feature | Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race


record 17 boats were entered in the 2013 Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race including six overseas competitors made up of two maxis, two TP52s, a Ker 40 and a Sydney GTS 43. Race Officer Simon Boyde had been out on the water early and, finding 8 to 10kts at the Club start line with stronger breeze through Victoria Harbour to the east, had no hesitation in confirming that the race would start in front of the Club at Kellett Island for the first time in its history. This in itself ensured that whoever won line honours, in whatever time, would be setting a new race record. At 1330hrs the start gun was fired by Rita Lee, General Marketing Manager for Audi Hong Kong, and the race was underway. Ragamuffin 90 got a great start, along with Lucky and Red Kite II who was closest to the favoured committee boat end of the line. Chivas contrived to be around four minutes late for the start, but quickly clawed back the



difference on the way out of the harbour before breaking a main sheet as she endeavoured to catch Ragamuffin 90. ‘Rags led through Lei Yue Mun gap on the north shore while FreeFire and Lucky stuck to the south, seeming to catch more consistent breeze. Once out of the gap and past Junk Bay, the boats prepared to hoist and by Cape D’Aguilar had their spinnakers flying. kukuKERchu looked very good on IRC handicap, however the race has a reputation for testing hardware to the limit, so there was plenty of scope for drama to unfold over the course of the race.

and returning to Hong Kong after three fruitless hours spent trying to fix a steering problem. Then in the early hours of Friday a distress call was received via satphone from Steve Manning, reporting that Walawala 2 had lost its rudder and was taking on water but advising that there were no injuries to the 10 crew. The yacht’s EPIRB was activated and the Club immediately confirmed the yacht’s position with MRCC who activated a rescue plan involving Hong Kong GFS.

Hong Kong Observatory were forecasting Force 8 for the first 24 hours of the race in the northern race areas, making it likely that Ragamuffin 90 could maintain her early VMG of around 20kts, giving her an ETA of around 0100hrs (HKT) on day 3.

According to Manning the crew had run through the boat’s emergency evacuation plan both the night before and immediately prior to the start of the race and, having spent two hours bailing to try and control the water ingress, skipper and crew took to the life raft and GFS deployed both a helicopter and a fixed wing aircraft to locate them.

Overnight during the first 24 hours, Avant Garde was the first casualty of the race, retiring

Krampus was identified as being the closest race yacht to Walawala 2 and was directed to

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her position, and, on seeing Walawala’s flares, located the crew and transferred them from the liferaft before GFS arrived at the scene. Given the distance of 130nm offshore and the limits on operational flying time at the scene, only 8 of the 10 crew were able to be winched aboard safely and Krampus made the decision to retire and return to Hong Kong. As this drama was unfolding, Yellowbrick tracking was showing that EFG Bank Mandrake had also turned back for Hong Kong in the early hours and was making steady progress. It later transpired that she had some water ingress around the rudder and, rather than continue to a destination with no lift-out facilities, skipper and crew had agreed that the best option was to retire. Conditions eased up slightly at this point, with Hong Kong Observatory predicting force 6 to 7 for the first 500nm, softening to force 5 to 6 for the final stretch into Nha Trang in Vietnam.

Ragamuffin 90 was the first to experience the lighter winds, dropping from a VMG of 20kts to around 13kts, with just over 60% of the race completed.

Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race and setting a new monohull race record of 42h 41m 20 – just 4 minutes and 21 seconds ahead of the existing record.

The projected finish times extrapolated from the Yellowbrick tracking data fluctuated wildly along with the conditions, so it was hard to ascertain if the Dubois 90 still had Skandia’s 2004 record time of 42h 45m 41s in her sights. It wasn’t even a ‘given’ that she would claim line honours, as OneSails Racing and MACH2 were not far behind her in distance terms and there was still the prospect of better breeze filling in from the back of the fleet. The competition on IRC handicap was red hot, with the rankings lead switching amongst Signal 8, kukuKERchu, OneSails Racing, Lucky, Island Fling and Red Kite II at various stages in the race.

Barely deviating from the rhumb line on the 656nm from Hong Kong, Fischer’s boat averaged just under 16kts for the race, with top speeds of around 22kts on the first night. Benefiting from the consistent wind pattern and in particular a great breeze to take them in to the finish line, Fischer was delighted to not only take line honours, but also break the record, saying “It was a good race”, crediting the win to “good crew and a good boat… we did it by four minutes”.

On day 3 at 08:11:20 Hong Kong time, Syd Fischer’s Dubois 90 coasted over the Nha Trang finish line, claiming line honours for the

Ragamuffin 90 crew member and Race Chairman Geoff Hill enthused, “It was very exciting, quicker than I thought it was going to be, but it had all the elements that you would expect from this race .. very heavy conditions first day, lighter conditions second day and DECEMBER 2013 AHOY! |


Feature | Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race then a very good finish. I’m proud to be on a boat that can pick up line honours and a new record – it’s all about teamwork, and Syd has put together a very good team on Ragamuffin.” Ludde Ingvall on Chivas finished around 7 hours later, explaining that they had lost a spinnaker overboard “and from then on pretty much sailed with a jib, which is not ideal downwind”. Ingvall went on to say that the race was “one of the absolute best, most exciting downwind races in the world… we won last time, we didn’t this time, which probably means we’ll be back again!” Meanwhile, the competition for IRC Overall continued on the water, with the three TP52s Lucky, FreeFire and OneSails Racing sitting pretty at the top of the table and due to reach Nha Trang later that afternoon. Lucky travelled all the way from America to take part in the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam

Race and ensured she left Asia with at least one piece of silverware, having won IRC Racer 0 Division on IRC handicap, pushing fellow TP52, OneSails Racing (which finished 1h 12m behind Bryon Ehrhart’s boat), into second place on corrected time. FreeFire finished just under an hour behind Ray Roberts and team, however with a much higher IRC rating had to settle for third place in Racer 0. With MACH2 , the only HKPN multihull, finishing just before Chivas the finishes for IRC Racer 0 and HKPN were completed. The next boat due to arrive was Island Fling which finished just after midnight, reporting a top boat speed of 27kts, “to the jubilation of the watch” and an average of 18 to 19kts for the race. In the event, Island Fling had built up enough of an advantage to take Racer 1 on IRC, with kukuKERchu finishing second ahead of Signal 8. On the dock, David Ross reported having “an awesome race… but I

wish we didn’t blow up so many spinnakers, we had people sewing, sticking and gluing all night!” Red Kite II was the smallest boat in the fleet, but not the last to finish as she came in ahead of Surfdude, Sell Side Dream and Sea Monkey taking the IRC Racer 2 title in the process. The Altitude Bar at Sheraton Nha Trang was the fabulous location for the location prizegiving, generously sponsored by Chivas and attended by Robin King Austin, CEO and Executive Director of the VinaCapital Foundation, and Alvin Lai of Chivas together with local dignitaries from Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa People’s Committee and Khanh Hoa Tourism, Sport and Cultural Administration. Back in Hong Kong a formal prizegiving was held to hand out the perpetual silverware, together with the awards for China Coast Race Week Overall.

The Club would like to thank Title Sponsor Audi, together with Associate Sponsor VinaCapital, for their support of this event. In addition, the Club would like to thank partners GAC Pindar and IP Global for their support, together with Media Partners Yachtstyle, Prestige and



China Coast Race Week Prizegiving Photos: Koko Mueller

China Coast Race Week 2013 – Overall Results Rank SailNo.

Boat Name

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IRC Racer Division 1 1 AUS8898 OneSails Racing 2 HKG2283 FreeFire 3 IVB8888 Ragamuffin 90 IRC Racer DIVISION 1 1 HKG2300 Signal 8 2 HKG2248 Island Fling 3 AUS555 kukuKERchu IRC Racer DIVISION 2 1 HKG2093 Red Kite II 2 HKG2298 Sell Side Dream IRC Premier DIVISION 1 HKG2360 Sea Monkey



TP52 Ray Roberts TP52 Sam Chan Dubois 90 Syd Fischer Ker40 HH42 Ker40

Hanning/ Jacobs/ Kendall/McWilliam Paul F. Winkelmann David Ross

A 35 A 40

Anthony Root Simon Powell

Sense 50 Emmanuel Pitsillis

Left to right: China Coast Race Week Overall – Signal 8 – 1st Racer 1; China Coast Race Week – Red Kite II – Overall 1st Racer 2; China Coast Race Week Overall – Sea Monkey – 1st IRC Premier

Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race Prizegiving Photos: Koko Mueller

Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race in Association with VinaCapital – Results Sail No.

Boat Name

IRC Racer Division 1 USA52152 Lucky AUS8898 OneSails Racing HKG2283 FreeFire IVB8888 Ragamuffin 90 AUS1111 Chivas IRC Racer Division 1 HKG2248 Island Fling AUS555 kukuKERchu HKG2300 Signal 8 HKG1345 Surfdude HKG2282 EFG Bank Mandrake HKG2159 Krampus SIN 2008 Walawala 2 IRC Racer DIVISION 2 HKG2093 Red Kite II HKG2298 Sell Side Dream HKG2047 Avant Garde IRC Premier DIVISION HKG2360 Sea Monkey HKPN DIVISION HKG2102 MACH2

Owner / Skipper


Elapsed Time

Corrected Time

Bryon Ehrhart Ray Roberts Sam Chan Syd Fischer Ludde Ingvall

1.359 1.353 1.371 1.791 1.730

50:22:44 51:34:34 52:21:04 42:41:20 49:52:21

68:27:54 69:46:57 71:46:24 76:27:21 86:16:46

Paul Winkelmann David Ross Hanning/Jacobs/ Kendall/ McWilliam/ Pender Steve Ho Fred Kinmonth Niccolo Manno Steve Manning

1.224 1.195 1.188 1.208 1.139 1.104 1.178

58:32:34 60:49:41 62:01:49 78:54:57 DNF DNF DNF

71:39:23 72:41:22 73:41:31 95:19:49

Anthony Root Simon Powell Chin Yew Seah

1.029 1.095 1.093

77:00:37 80:20:33 DNF

79:14:37 87:58:30

Emmanuel Pitsilis




Raphael Blot




Left to right from top left: FreeFire – 3rd IRC Racer 0; kukuKERchu – 2nd IRC Racer 1; Ragamuffin 90 – Line Honours; Sea Monkey – 1st IRC Premier; Krampus – Outstanding Seamanship Award; Red Kite II – 1st IRC Racer 2; Sell Side Dream – 2nd IRC Racer 2; Signal 8 – 3rd IRC Racer 1; MACH2 – 1st HKPN



W ords: M ark Jack


s a long-term lover of wooden vessels, earlier this year I decided the time had come to replace our rather tired Sonata moored at Middle Island with a more elegant traditional wooden vessel, even if this would be somewhat less practical.

Feature | Vågspel – A letter from one owner to another

I was intent on identifying a traditional vessel with a relatively large cockpit which would be suitable for family day sailing and which would fit in a shipping container. I decided on the Scandinavian Folkboat design which I had long admired, and set about trying to purchase a vessel in Sweden through our associated container terminal CTF in Stockholm.


Torbjörn Persson, Operations Director, managed to secure Vågspel for us, in simply stunning condition for a largely un-restored 59-year-old vessel. She had been owned by one family from new, and their account of the history of this much-loved vessel, shipped with albums of photos and much personal material, was so moving that I thought other members would be interested in the story...

A letter from one owner to another

W ords: Ellinor H jertsson

t really feels like a fairytale with a happy-everafter ending! Though I feel a bit sad to be separated from something that has been a part of my life, there is a time for everything. A boat should be used and we haven’t used her for the last couple of years. But I am happy to leave her to you; a family who will use her, continue to take care of her and which has an interest in her history and as you wrote ‘she will be cared for in the tradition of your family’. This makes me very happy. In 1929 when my father, Gösta Hjertsson, was 14 years old, he joined the Swedish navy and spent the first three years sailing as a ‘cabin boy’ – a young man in training to become a sailor. He mostly sailed training ships such as the fully-rigged ship HMS af Chapman. Every year they made longer trips, and in 1931 my father sailed to Madeira and the USA. He continued working for the navy for six more years, mostly on board destroyers. In the navy he got trained as a coppersmith and became a specialist in soldering, which he later trained others in. After these nine years in the navy, he went ashore and started working as a civilian for the Swedish military with technical surveillance of radar equipment. He also constructed waveguides for radars which he put together at different military areas in the archipelago around the Swedish coast. I remember as a child that when he travelled to these areas, we the family weren’t allowed to know where he was working.



Whilst my parents always had a sailing boat, a cruiser, they dreamed of a larger boat. My father was a very careful man who never took any risks; he was very handy and thought of a lot of practical details for such a boat – a boat that would become known as Vågspel. There was a lot of correspondence between the boatyard and my father and a lot of changes were made until at last Vågspel was delivered during the fall of 1954 at Pålnäsviken, Saltsjöbaden. On 3 August 1954, she was registered with the Swedish Sailing Federation under the number S 415 and her class certificate was awarded on 29 September that same year.

Her delivery by train all the way to the bay where she remained until 2013 was a big event and 59 years later, the transportation of Vågspel in a container to Hong Kong is as big of an event in the marina as it was then. She was given the name Vågspel because of its two meanings in Swedish – it’s not easy to translate this but I will give it a try. When you hear Vågspel the first thing you think of is when the sound of the waves plays against the outside of the boat. The other is that it was an economic adventure for my parents when they ordered her because they couldn’t really afford her.

Feature | Vågspel – A letter from one owner to another

My father has done a lot to the boat, he changed the portside sheet winch to go anticlockwise so that the jib sheet runs easier, he cast the mushroom anchor, made two storage boxes for the keelson (there used to be a logger under the front one), navigation lights that can be mounted on the bollard at the stem, as well as the air vents behind it, the table with stand in the cabin, name plates, all the mast fittings, the block to the mainsail, the sheet track, the last motor bracket, the key to the boat plug, keyrings to the boat keys, he also sewed a lot of things for example the sack for the anchor, cover for the mainsail and the cockpit. In 1967 my father replaced the boat’s keel plank, I hope that’s the right word in English, anyway it’s the plank that goes from stem to stern. A boatyard made the model, but he did the rest by himself. At the same time he replaced the keel bolts with the rustless type. The bathing ladder was made by a friend of my father’s and the cradle was custom-made by another friend. The deck was green at the beginning, but was later changed to dark grey by my father and then green again but I think the original was a lighter green. After scraping clean the canvas on deck the last winter we couldn’t find anybody who was willing to mix the right colour for us, so we mixed it on our own with black into the white. We didn’t remove the paint from the canvas on top of the cabin. Before varnishing the mahogany parts we always treated them first with mahogany stain. Where cracks had opened up during the winter we filled them with sheep fat (tallow) before launching the boat. I met my partner Leif Ekberg in 1992 on a RoRo ship, M/V Flipper, which transported paper between Finland, Germany and France. He was a regular and I was a stand-in and we were both able seamen. In 1993 I bought Vågspel from my father. During the first two years, Leif and I sailed

the entire summer long but then the children arrived; Nathalie in 1994 and Jacqueline in 1998, and Leif began to study, so we didn’t have as much time to sail. To put new canvas on deck we hired some boat builders. The rest of the renovations were carried out by Leif. Ryhls Boatyard has been closed down for many years; we went by ten years ago to see the place where she was built and sad to say it was deserted and dilapidated.

Today, there is an attempt by three men to restore the boatyard. They are very interested in information about the boats that were built there and I have given them some information about Vågspel, including copies of the rating certificate for them to put on their website. They know that you are the new owner and if you want to keep on giving them information and documentation on Vågspel, I am positive that they will be very happy and appreciate it very much.



Feature | First Time to the Philippines

First Time to the Philippines W ords: G R A H A M B OY D | PH OTO S: A NNE M A CL E A N

This article was originally written for the annual cruising log competition of the Clyde Cruising Club (UK), in which it won a top award. “South China Sea in February?” I asked the old hands at the Kellett Island bar, many of whom have made multiple crossings to the Philippines. After much sucking of teeth and shaking of heads I was advised: “It’s cold, wet, windy, and the seas are short and very big, but... it’s all on the beam, you’ve got the right boat and, well you’re from Scotland so you’ll be fine!” Clearly, we had to go.

ula is a 53ft Amel Super Maraumu Ketch built in 1995. She was shipped to Hong Kong from Dumbarton in the West of Scotland in Jan 2011, and is now berthed at Kellett Island. Our plan was to split the delivery trips to and from the Philippines, from our annual holiday, a formula that worked very well for us back in Europe. Clearly a strong crew would be needed, particularly for the passage south in February. Experienced friends from Scotland, Dave and Helen Holden, flew out to join me and a friend from work, Louis McQuade. Anne, my wife, elected to be our ‘weather router’ ashore given the stories of the South China Sea in February. The week before we left I did a trip to Manila. From six miles up in the plane the seas were just white.....the whole way...what on earth had we let ourselves in for?



We departed Kellett Island bound for Subic Bay at around 2400hrs on 5 February. It was flat calm. After negotiating the shipping channels and a few fog patches south of Hong Kong, as dawn broke, the sun came out and the breeze filled in at F4 from the east, we were off on a cracking close fetch, just perfect ketch weather. And so it stayed, with the odd interlude of calm and engine, for the next 3½ days. I’ll never listen to bar talk again! After a week back at work in Hong Kong it was time for the annual holiday to start. This time it was just Anne and me on our own. After provisioning with the help of our temporary boat boy in Subic, we set off on our 3½ week adventure. The aim was to head south and east along the Luzon and Mindoro coasts towards Busuanga at the north end of Palawan.

Reliable north-east trade winds would make this very pleasant sailing. The first two days were picture perfect, 15-20kt breezes, 8kt boat speed, 28C, and sun. We had a delightful time exploring the Nasugbu coast just to the south of Manila Bay. Unfortunately this was not to last as a, somewhat energetic and unseasonal, tropical depression was forecast to track across the south of the Philippines. As the depression approached we were heading for Puerto Galera. We had been warned that the wind always accelerates down the Verde Passage. We were fully prepared for this, but not the 35 to 40kts and gathering clouds that greeted us as we headed towards the passage. A change of plan was clearly required; this was after all meant to be a holiday. Puerto Galera would have to wait. We bore off heading south towards Cape Calavite and the wind continued to rise. By now (with the exception of the temperature) all around had a distinctly ‘Scottish’ feel to it. The gusts rushed down the cloud

From top: Sula S Quay; Sula Philippines route

After 36 hours the storm finally blew through. We upped anchors and continued south in a flat calm to the beautiful island of Pandan. This is a private conservation island with its own reef and many resident green turtles. The friendly dive resort owner allowed us to use his mooring, which after a quick snorkel I was more than happy with. The massive green turtles swam round the boat all day, snorting as they came up for air, and were more than happy when you joined them for a swim. The island has an on-going hatchling project to try to protect the species which is under threat. A very pleasant evening was spent ashore eating at the dive resort and enjoying our first genuine tropical island.

The pleasant resort hotel, El Rio Y Mar, offers yachts full use of all facilities: free moorings, discounted meals ashore, showers and pool etc... As there was some maintenance to complete we stayed a couple of days and enjoyed swimming in fresh water. The next week or so was spent pottering around the beautiful coast line of Busuanga, and its surrounding islands. The contrasts of scenery, from the towering cliffs of Coron Island and Tsangat nature reserve, to the stunning deserted sand spit islands of South Quay and Maltatayoc, were quite extraordinary. Each day was spent picking our way through the coral to a picture-perfect lunch stop and snorkelling in the crystal clear water. At night we chose

From Pandan it is only 25nm south-west to Apo Reef, the second largest contiguous coral reef in the world, and the largest atoll-like reef in the Philippines. The snorkelling was superb: dolphins, reef sharks and endless huge shoals of fish etc… but it was the anchorage that put us furthest from our comfort zone in the whole trip. Around Apo Island itself there are plenty moorings for the amazingly few dive boats that actually come here given its world-class reputation. These were all untenable due to the swell and tide. If we were going to sleep we would need to go inside the reef. This was easy in navigation terms, and shelter from the swell was provided by the protection of the reef. Anchored in 30m with all of our 100m of chain hanging off the bow, the unsettling part was: no land in sight and no more chain in the locker! It was a glorious moonlit night and even when the wind piped up to 25kts for an hour or two the catenary effect of all that chain did its job and Sula held fast. After a night sleeping under the stars on deck we headed off in the dinghy to explore the reef itself. Just amazing snorkelling, but it was looking back at the tiny dot of Sula anchored ‘in the middle of the ocean’ that I found hardest to get my head around. A further 40nm to the south-west brought us to Maricaban on the north coast of Busuanga.

beautifully sheltered anchorages, and watched stunning sunsets whilst sipping ice cold G and Ts. This was most definitely what we had come for. We had our one provisioning stop for fresh vegetables on the trip with two nights at Coron town and the skipper got a fine hair cut for the princely sum of HK$12 (very appealing to a Scotsman). The hustle and bustle of this growing town was lots of fun after the isolation of the previous couple of weeks. All too soon it was time to start the trip back north. We had only scratched the surface of this amazing and huge cruising ground stretching many hundreds of miles to the south-west. The trip back to Subic revisited Maricaban and Pandan Island for another fix of those beautiful turtles, followed by an 80-mile day (including another good blow crossing the Calavite passage this time in bright sunshine) en-route to port Tilic in the Lubang Islands. This is a windy area with scenery not unlike that of Scotland, but the anchorage was well-sheltered behind the reef even if all the navigation buoys on the chart, showing the way in, had long since disappeared in typhoons. Ashore the next day, we thought buying a few items at the village store might support the local community, however given the difficulty of getting supplies to these islands, I think the locals would have preferred it if we’d not bothered. Another fantastic 60 mile reach in 20kts of breeze had us back at Subic Bay and the trip was over…..almost. Three weeks later we headed back down to Subic for a further week of ‘holiday’ with experienced sailing friends, Club members James and Susan Oliver, as crew. After three glorious days cruising north from Subic Bay to the beautiful island of Hermana Mayor, we set off for the 500nm crossing to Hong Kong. As they say there is ‘no free lunch’. After four hours of motoring in a flat calm, the wind rapidly kicked in from the north-north-east at a steady 25 to 30kts true, gusting quite a bit more, the short sharp breaking seas for which the South China Sea is famous soon built up and that’s the way it remained for the next three days. From time to time waves would break into the cockpit (we now know the drains are fantastic) and Graham and James who share the same 11 April birthday had their first dry one (in alcoholic terms) for many years! It was four very tired sailors who celebrated with Champagne at Kellett Island at 0800hrs on 13 April, but the true star of this show had been Sula, she had taken it all in her stride perfectly, averaging 7kts for the passage with very little input from the crew.

From top: Lubang Islands; Illultuk Bay; Maltatayoc Island; Apo Island

Will we return? Absolutely yes!! DECEMBER 2013 AHOY! |


Feature | First Time to the Philippines

enshrined mountains topping at 45kts true. Sula was reefed down to a tiny scrap of each sail, powering along beautifully balanced, looking after her increasingly-concerned crew impeccably. After rejecting two of the three possible anchorages south of Cape Calavite, due to their hopelessly exposed nature, we finally dropped anchor after 75nm, 100m off the town of Mumbarao. As the wind was a steady 40kts the fortress anchor went down too. This was most definitely not what we had come for! We consoled ourselves with the fact we were safe (nearest obstacle down-wind: Vietnam 700nm away) if not comfortable.

The First Nansha Rally – Cruising with a Twist of History Sailing

W ords: A collaboration between A mbrose Lo | Simon S oo / Chin Yew Seah (of Calamansi) | L au Ming B all (of Free Wind) Photos: G aston Chan

Above: CIQ ferry terminal; below: Departure

With more than sufficient demand from the Club’s cruising big boats to organise rallies to marinas within easy reach, the China Sailing Sub-Committee had a look around at the possibilities and had talks with various marinas before finally settling on Nansha as the destination for the first of what is hoped to be many rallies.

he first Nansha Rally, jointly organised by the Club and our new friends at Nansha Marina, started on Saturday 12 October with six yachts – Free Wind, Xanadu, Dolphin 6, Diamond Queen and Calamansi, plus a motorboat, Victorious - making an early morning start for a leisurely trip up the Pearl River Delta. Some of the boats made the trip under sail whilst others motored. The view towards the Pearl River Delta was beautiful; with the Tsing Ma bridge already buzzing with traffic as we passed, and the towns of Tuen Mun and the Gold Coast slowly waking up to the sound and noise of what a city should be. Yet onboard Calamansi, there was the calm and beautiful rhythm of the water moving past her hull. Further into the journey we passed by many dredging boats that were digging for sand from the Delta which would eventually be transported upstream to feed the ever-hungry construction sites of the industrial hub of Guangzhou.



We finally reached Nansha just after lunch, and as we neared, we came upon a fort which served to guard the entrance to Guangzhou more than a century ago where, during the First Opium War, it was the scene of one

of the fiercest naval battles ever fought in China; one that was to leave a lasting scar on the history of the Chinese. This was also the war that transformed Hong Kong from a sleepy backwater fishing village to the financial

mega-city it is today. It was quite something for all of us to view this fort of such historical significance.

We were then guided by VHF 350m upriver towards the Nansha Marina which is a modern marina like that at Hong Kong’s Gold Coast with beautiful pontoons and as there was a boat show being hosted that week, there were a lot of boats. After the great service at CIQ, we were even more surprised when the staff of Nansha Marina greeted us with cold beers at the dock! That really was the icing on the cake, we loved it! Not only that, but the Nansha Marina had water, power and a big shower room for us all to use and they even laid on free

We were invited to a BBQ dinner at the clubhouse where we also enjoyed a live Filipino band and, as the drinks kept flowing, we all had a great time. Many of the staff there were from overseas and we exchanged sailing ‘war stories’, and the band provided backup for anyone wanting to show off their singing skills. The next day, a Lay Day, the marina organised a complimentary day trip to nearby historical sites of interest whilst some sailors stayed by the pool where the crew of Diamond Queen reported the presence of sunbathing Brazilian models! That night ‘happy hour’ was put on for us by our hosts and we had a skippers’ briefing where it became apparent that everyone wanted to have a race home so we asked the marina to provide a start line after CIQ. We also had a few cut-off points and a finish point on the sea chart, and we had a race back!

The next day the wind was blowing force 4, with a strong tide with us. Diamond Queen and Free Wind were the most aggressive as they wanted to cap a perfect weekend with a win, however they paid the price, as the tide got them to the line before the start and they were called OCS. An upwind slog against tide back to re-start did not work well for them. On board Calamansi we were more conservative and got a great start; the wind was great until the Shenzhen Airport where the mountain range made the winds die down, although we still had the tide which was bringing us out. Xanadu persisted and they finished first on HKPN and Dolphin 6 came in with Line Honours. The rest of us wanted to get back early and so when the wind died, we retired. All of us felt that it was a great weekend with all the pleasant surprises along the way and most important of all, we had a great time! Everyone said for sure we need to do it again.

Left to right: Checking our temperature; Plotting race course; Happy hour

CUHK Sailing Club W ords: Cheung K a Wai, K atherine – Founding P resident

niversity is not only a tertiary education institution; it is also the cradle for dreams. I had never thought of founding a society or club at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, however, I am very proud of the CUHK Sailing Club that my friends and I founded earlier this year. Sailing is great, but it only ‘came’ to me when I was in year one in the form of Chin Yew Seah, Chairman of the Club’s China Sailing SubCommittee, who approached CUHK on behalf of the Club to look for students to set up a sailing club. I wasn’t sure at first if I could lead a team given that I had no experience in sailing myself but the Club was very supportive. Chin Yew, Richard Knight and many boat owners have been very helpful. They have arranged several experience days for us and we have now had a taste of what sailing is all about. Apart from that they have been

training our members as crew and providing us with lots of advice. My committee and I really appreciate all of the support they have given us. For the first year, we recruited 50 members and aroused many students’ interest in sailing. Now, everyone can sail and we hope to encourage more active participation. The joy of sailing can’t be described, we hope more students can get involved and sail together. I must admit that it was hard for me to gather a group of students to form the committee. The main obstacle was most of my friends couldn’t sail either but in the end I prevailed and I think it’s thanks to the draw of sailing which brought us together. Many enthusiastic sailors have put in a lot of effort to support us. I am very confident that we can achieve great success this year. Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who helped to found CUHK Sailing Club. DECEMBER 2013 AHOY! |



CIQ was at the ferry terminal and the last of the boats arrived by 1500hrs. Surprisingly the process of immigration was smooth and quick (a pleasant change after recent experiences at Shenzhen China Cup).

transportation for those of us who had booked accommodation at the nearby hotel.

Champion of Champions W ords and photos: Gu y Breare y

Sailing he Champion of Champions once again proved a highlight on a packed Club calendar. The competition pits the class champions and representatives from the major classes against each other in the same boats to find the Club’s best of the best. The multidisciplinary format tested the teams in both fleet racing and matching over two days of close competition. The first day was held at Middle island and after six close races and some tight scores Sam Sakai and Herman Wong were front runners from each pool with the following teams and classes reaching the second phase, the match racing. Anthony Root Sam Sakai Wilhelm Christensson Mike Huang Tam Nguyen Steve Bourne Herman Wong Andrew Moore

Big Boats Sports Boats Cadet Etchells Dragons J/80 Impala J/80

The match racing was originally planned for the Sunday after the fleet racing, but like many things in Hong Kong, it was rudely interrupted by Typhoon Usagi. 6 October saw the rescheduled showdown at Middle Island. A beautiful day greeted the teams with a light northerly gradient. The course was set between Middle Island and Round Island providing the teams with plenty to think about! As the morning of quarter-finals progressed the match racing got more and more intense



with Sam Sakai, Mike Huang, Steve Bourne and Andrew Moore progressing to the semis. The competing sea breeze and gradient kept sailors and race management on their toes, Race Officer Chin Yew Seah and team did a great job moving the course to chase the zephyrs. In semi-final 1 Sam Sakai (sports boats) defeated Andrew Moore 2-0 to progress. Meanwhile the other semi went down to the wire with Mike Huang (Etchells) just sneaking past Steve Bourne after some close battles. With the sun setting, the final proved to be a yoyo affair with Sam’s team proving masters of match race starting and Mike’s team showing blistering downwind speed. Sam’s team held their nerve to win the final 2-0 and take home the Champions of Champions trophy.

Match racing is a rapidly growing part of our sport. Sailors worldwide are realising that match racing, boat-on-boat skills, are a key part of any fleet racer’s armoury. This trend has been accelerated recently by the introduction of the medal race to Olympic sailing. Medals are now often decided with a head-to-head race and many of the Olympic stars and hopefuls around the world are working hard to improve their match racing skill set. Combined with the unprecedented excitement generated in San Francisco this summer, let’s hope this trend continues. The Club’s 1O1O 4G match racing sessions will be run on Saturday mornings throughout the year culminating in the nationals and international later in the season. If you are keen to have a go check out the calendar and sign up!

Starter’s Box

December 2013

Forthcoming Events YMSC Po Toi Challenge

1 December

Pedro Blanco Race

7 and 8 December

t i d e s



0155 0.9 0835 1.7 1315 1.2 1941 2.4


0342 0.6 1032 1.5 1412 1.3 2106 2.4


0240 0.7 0929 1.7 1356 1.2 2020 2.6


0419 0.5 1106 1.5 1442 1.3 2135 2.4

season. In addition I would like to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers who



0325 0.5 1022 1.7 1436 1.2 2105 2.7


0453 0.5 1136 1.5 1510 1.3 2201 2.3

have assisted this year with all the events – it is greatly appreciated.


0411 0.4 1116 1.7 1518 1.2 2153 2.7


0526 0.6 1206 1.5 1541 1.3 2210 2.3


0457 0.4 1211 1.7 1602 1.3 2243 2.7


0558 0.6 1240 1.5 1618 1.3 2214 2.2




0544 0.4 1306 1.7 1650 1.3 2333 2.6

0631 0.7 1322 1.5 1704 1.3 2242 2.1


0633 0.5 1402 1.7 1743 1.4


0707 0.7 1411 1.6 1800 1.4 2314 2.0


0024 2.4 0723 0.6 1459 1.7 1841 1.4

24 tue

0744 0.8 1501 1.6 1903 1.4 2350 1.8


0122 2.2 0815 0.8 1557 1.8 1953 1.4


0824 0.9 1548 1.7 2021 1.4


0245 1.9 0907 0.9 1655 1.9 2144 1.4


0041 1.6 0908 1.0 1633 1.8 2214 1.4

11 wed

0420 1.7 1000 1.0 1748 2.0 2321 1.3

27 fri

0425 1.5 0957 1.0 1713 1.9 2342 1.2


0543 1.6 1051 1.1 1832 2.1


0603 1.4 1049 1.1 1752 2.1


0034 1.1 0658 1.5 1140 1.2 1909 2.2


0053 1.0 0730 1.4 1142 1.1 1831 2.2


0131 0.9 0808 1.5 1224 1.2 1941 2.3


0147 0.7 0837 1.5 1233 1.2 1913 2.4


0219 0.8 0909 1.5 1304 1.2 2010 2.3


0234 0.5 0933 1.5 1325 1.1 2001 2.5


0302 0.7 0955 1.5 1340 1.3 2038 2.4

The Sailing Office had another extremely busy month in November with the Flying Fifteen World Championships, the Lipton Trophy and the Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race. I hope all who took part in the various events enjoyed them and congratulations to all who did well. On behalf of the Sailing Office have a very Merry Christmas and festive season. I know that some of you will be glad of the rest after a very busy start to the sailing

Alex Johnston Sailing Manager





Major Races and Regattas – Winter


Pedro Blanco Race The last offshore race of the year prior to the busy festive season is run under ISAF Category Three around the famous Pedro Blanco rock, 100nm east of Hong Kong in mainland waters. This will be a great race for crew to gain some experience before the Rolex China Sea Race in April. Any boat which has not participated in one of the Club’s offshore races this year (San Fernando Race or the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race) will be required to be inspected to ISAF Offshore Category Three Standard prior to the start of the race: Please contact Alex in the Sailing Office for further details. All boats are required to submit a Next Of Kin form for safety reasons before the start of this race. This information is passed to the Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (HKMRCC) and the Government Flying Service (GFS) before the start of all the Club’s offshore races. The Notice of Race and Entry form are available on the sailing pages of the website.






Sailing/Rowing Circular The Sailing Office puts this out every other Tuesday throughout the year regarding sailing and rowing events. Please contact Lindsay 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 this newsletter. For further details please contact Alex on 2239 0362 or email For the latest information please visit our website:



















During the afternoon the team sailed well and were inside the top 8 overall with their Feva team. Throughout the evening the wind dropped steadily. By 1900hrs there was barely any left and the sailing was going…well, fairly slowly!

As the sun came up more of the team started to reappear from their dens and with a full team back in play it was game on again. Before too long Nick reappeared and relieved me of my duties.

Hebe Haven Yacht Club 24-hour Race W ords: Rob Partridge

he 10 annual 24-hour Charity Dinghy Race held by Hebe Haven Yacht Club (HHYC) was the first time I have coached the Sharks Racing Squad at an event since I arrived in Hong Kong in late September. th

Beforehand I could tell that this was going to be a good event by how excited the sailors were. From the day I arrived I’ve been hearing talk of this famous ’24-hour race,’ so I was as keen as the sailors were for the day to eventually come around. We arrived early on the Saturday morning to allow ourselves plenty of time to prepare to defend the title that the Sharks won last year. This year we had three entries, a Laser 2000 for the bigger and older sailors, an RS Feva for the smaller sailors and also a Laser Pico. The race is a simple square course, which weaves its way through the many moored yachts in Shelter Cove. Racing began in nice winds of around 8kts with Performance Coach Nick Hollis opting to take on the first shift of managing the team. During this time I was enjoying the atmosphere, meeting lots of parents and other coaches I hadn’t met before, and sampling the different food and souvenir stands on offer. Whilst walking around I found there was a great atmosphere. All the teams were lined up on the pontoon with their small marquees which reminded me of Formula 1 pit-stop garages, with everyone cheering on their team as their boats passed by, lapping roughly every 15 minutes. Early on we were in contention for the win, but I had to keep reminding our team that it’s a marathon and not a sprint! A few hours in our Pico was winning by 10 seconds and our other teams were also in contention. At this stage I went for a late afternoon nap before I took over for the night shift.

The wind improved with the sunlight and eventually boats were looking as if they were racing around the track rather than drifting.

The Sharks were currently in 2nd overall and 1st Laser 2000. Sadly the Pico team had to retire for a few hours overnight, but from a four-hour gap of no sailing they didn’t lose much and were still 3rd in their class! They promptly started again in the early morning to try and claw back their previous lead. As it came down to the final hours, our team was chasing ABC in the leading boat hard. The ABC team was sailing well and fast and had some great and experienced sailors in the team. Our much younger Feva team was super keen to show ABC we meant business and chased hard throughout the last few hours. They closed the time gap down well and put on a great amount of pressure. In the Laser 2000s we were in 1st place and the team was sailing well – that was until a member of our team whilst sailing for their school overtook our Shark team boat! – he’ll be given press-ups for eternity for that! By the final whistle we had finished 2nd in the Laser 2000 class and 1st in the Feva Class. The Feva chased ABC hard but sadly didn’t quite get them (they were very close!). The Feva finished a fantastic 2nd place and although we didn’t win, it was an excellent show by our younger sailors. I’d like to finish this article by saying a big thank you to all the sailors for their efforts and all the parents for their support, in particular Susan Man, Maria Tullberg, Simon and Swanny Fung for helping me during the early hours as I struggled to stay awake. Also a big thanks to Sam Chan and Russ Parker for providing FreeFire as the team base. Although we didn’t manage to defend our title there’s one thing you can be sure of – we will be back again next year to take it back! From top clockwise: Some of the remaining hardcore crew! The Sharks Prize Haul; From left, Thibault, Julian, Emil, Dolf and James DECEMBER 2013 AHOY! |


Sailing | Hebe Haven Yacht Club 24-hour Race 2013

Photo: Susan Man

The wind continued to drop off until around 2200hrs by which time it couldn’t possibly get any less. It was a really tough night shift for all the sailors, with the temperature being cold (for Hong Kong) and having no wind. The laps were now taking up to an hour and a half which made keeping to our team rota difficult and meant that sailors had to be more flexible in when they were able to get on the water for their shifts. During the early hours there was a handful of the team who were dedicated enough to keep going through the night, some of whom sailed for up to six hours at a time. They were Alex Llewellyn, Emma Fung, Abbey Hammond, Julian Fung and Calum Gregor, with Calum putting in a great performance by getting the Feva around the course on average twice as quickly as any other boat on the water!

What to Wear Sailing in the Cooler Weather Sailing As the Hong Kong winter sets in sailors need to be better prepared to protect themselves from the cooler weather whilst dinghy sailing. It is all relative though and those sailors recently arriving from Europe will be wondering what all the fuss is about! At this time of year the air temperature rarely reaches as low as single digits and will typically hover in the teens. The wind direction will also give you a hint if it is going to be cold. A forecast northerly wind normally means you need to wrap up warm! On our side is the fact that the sea temperature is generally higher than the air temperature so it feels relativily warmer to be in the water than being wet and out of it. Therefore windchill is the enemy and the best way to keep warm is to cover up with windproof clothing and wear a hat! Layering is often the key to success and so it is not just one piece of magic clothing that will do the job but rather a combination of several. Hat It used to be thought that you would lose up to 70% of your body heat through your head if it wasn’t covered although studies in recent

years show that level to be more like 10%, which is almost in proportion as your head is about 7% to 9% of your body’s surface. However, it is agreed that if you leave your head uncovered the rate of cooling is much faster. Therefore, it is still an excellent idea to keep that warm hat on your head! Wetsuits These are great items of clothing for keeping the body warm, but as their name suggests they work best when they are wet so are best suited to dinghy sailing or windsurfing and less so to yacht racing. Wetsuits work by trapping a layer of water between your skin and the material. Your own body heat warms up the water and that in turn adds another isulating layer. We often see children wearing wetsuits that are too big and are not a snug fit therefore they are not able to function

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Adult Keelboat Courses

Shorebased Courses

Christmas 22 to 24 Dec (Go Optimist, Go Laser) 27 to 31 Dec (Most courses available) 3 to 5 Jan (Go Optimist, Go Laser)

Intro to Keelboats 15 and 22 Dec Beneteau Skipper Course 14 Dec (1500hrs to 1700hrs), 15, 21 and 22 Dec (Option S4)

PVOCC Course Part A (Master) Dates: 4, 5 and 6 Dec 2013 Part B (Engineer) Dates: 9, 10, and 11 Dec 2013 Time: 1900hrs to 2215hrs Location: RHKYC, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Adult Beginners Option 7 7, 8, 14, 15 and 21 Dec

Adult Supervised Sailing 15 Dec 22 Dec

Singlehanded Laser Distance Sail

RHKYC Cadet Sharks Weekly Training Download the calendar for your smart device. More details on the webpage below. More details contact Dinghy Regattas on the Horizon 30 Nov and 1 Dec ABC South Side Regatta 7 and 8 Dec HKODA Optimist Nationals

Sail Training Partnership with Nutcase Helmets We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Nutcase Helmets. These helmets have ‘funky’ new designs and will be used during our sailing courses. We also have different designs available for sale at the mini-Ship Shop on the ground floor at Middle Island for those sailors who would like to have their own helmet.



as designed. There are options for short or long (arm and leg length) wetsuits. In Hong Kong you will get a lot more wear out of a ‘shortie’ (short arms and legs) and you can wear a good jacket and trousers on top when it is colder. However, skiff sailors often wear long legs to give extra knee protection as their boats tend to be covered with grip tape that is much like sandpaper!

Trousers Most dinghy sailors will wear a wetsuit and those who are serious about it will have a long leg wetsuit for the winter but if you are just starting off or only have a shortie wetsuit you can keep yourself that bit warmer with a pair of waterproof trousers. If you are sailing a yacht then you would want to go for a decent pair as you are trying to keep the water out but on a dinghy you have to expect to get wet so you don’t need to spend as much, they should just be windproof. If you are sailing a dinghy be prepared to get a few rips or holes in them as there are a few things on a dinghy to get them snagged on as you move around the boat to keep that perfect boat trim and balance! Boots/Shoes A good dinghy boot will also keep your feet warm as they are often made of the same wetsuit type material. Dinghy sailing boots that go up past your ankle are good for hiking dinghies as they provide an extra layer of padding on your toe strap, while sailors who are on the trapeze may prefer the shoe type to give more flexibility. If you are prone to getting cold feet it is possible to buy wetsuit socks for another layer

Gloves Similar to boots, it is possible to purchase winter gloves, although probably not worth the investment given the few weeks of really cold weather we get here. An option for when the temperature does fall to single digits, that I have seen work successfully in Scotland (where people sail even when it is snowing!), is to layer your gloves. First wear a thin cotton or thermal glove, then (this is where it gets a bit wild) a good fitting washing-up glove (as they are waterproof) with some elecrtical tape around the wrists to keep most of the water out (but not so tight that it reduces blood circulation as that would be counter-productive!) and then finally your normal sailing glove (preferably long fingers) on top! After explaining this to a sailor in Hong Kong a few years ago I’ve seen this method be followed with good results. Keep a spare jacket on the coach boat For those sailors who are racing on a cold day another great idea is to have a big warm jacket (that you don’t mind getting wet) that you can wear on top of your sailing kit between races. While you are racing you should be working the boat hard enough to still break a sweat but those 10, 20 or 30 minutes waiting between races can be the coldest of the day. Put a spare jacket on the coach boat (clearly labelled with your name) so that you can pick it up from the coach between races! Summary of what to pack Essential additional clothing for cooler days • Warm hat • Windproof jacket and trousers • Wetsuit (short or long) if sailing a dinghy • Spare jacket for the coach boat (for regattas) And the sun still shines in the winter so don’t forget your sunscreen!

October Half Term This year we had another busy week of sail training with over 70 sailors in one week including 18 sailors at Step 3. It was a windy week that followed directly on from the China Coast Regatta weekend so it was challenging for some of our younger sailors but all good experience for them. Our thanks to all the instructors and assistants who helped to make this another successful week.

Sailing Development And Training Contacts Sailing Development Manager Richard Knight 2812 7303 General Enquiries Ms Gloria Yeung 28127063 Senior Keelboat Instructor Patrick Lam 2812 7303 Senior Sailing Instructors Ting Chan and Phoebe Tang 2812 7303 Performance Coach Nick Hollis and Rob Partridge 2812 7303 DECEMBER 2013 AHOY! |



Spray top Wetsuits on their own aren’t good windbreakers although the materials used now on the top-end wetsuits are getting very good at that. Therefore most dinghy sailors will almost always have a spray top with them to lock out the wind! There are many different brands to choose from and most of the good ones will have some kind of seal (often rubberised with velcro to tighten) around your neck, wrists and waist to keep the worst of the water shooting inside. There are also other types of warm tops available that combine a bit of wetsuit material with a nice soft warm layer on the inside. Once you start layering these all together you can create a very warm outfit!

of warmth or if your boot is slightly too big (passed down from an older sibling!) to get that wetsuit material working efficiently. In Hong Kong you might need to go to a diving shop to buy these, or order them online from a colder country!

Middle Island Open Day – Parent and Child Race Sailing

Despite being a busy day of sail training and coaching we put our adult courses on hold for the day on 5 October to be able to offer joy rides in the Wayfarers and also the very first parent and child race. The rules for the race were kept simple: • Sign-up was on the day. • 1300hrs – race start. • Minimum 2, maximum 4 on each boat. • One of the crew MUST be on the approved helm list. • One of the crew MUST be the parent of at least one of the others. • The race was planned to last from 30 minutes to an hour depending on conditions. • A prizegiving was held immediately after the race.

We had a total of seven teams compete and the race course involved a pontoon start, reach to the first mark (America’s Cup style), a run downwind to a buoy at the entrance of the Middle Island Channel, a windward / leeward lap in front of the Club and then back upwind to finish back at the pontoon again. With no on-the-water jury and the race sailed very much in the spirit it was intended there were a lot of happy sailors back on the pontoon at the end of the race. Just for the record, the top three were: 1st Team Robinson 2nd Team Taylor 3rd Team Austin

RYA Powerboat Level 2 and Safety Boat Courses Earlier this year the Club was approved as an RYA Powerboat School and in October we ran our first Powerboat Level 2 and Safety Boat courses aimed at those volunteers helping with the Flying Fifteen Worlds. Our next phase is to target those members who are on already on the Club’s approved RIB driver list and get everyone to complete at least the Level 2 course. Those who have already joined the course will tell you that it is a very valuable weekend course and introduces best practices for different manoeuvres including close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man-overboard recovery and collision regulations.



This is not a substitute for the Hong Kong Pleasure Vessel Operator Certificate of Competence (as this will be a pre-requisite to the RYA Level 2 course) but it is a largely practical course conducted in the Club’s 5.8m Tornado RIBs. The next courses are scheduled for January and will take place on a regular basis from then onwards. Those who are on the Club’s RIB driver list will be contacted directly but if you are interested in joining the Level 2 course please contact Gloria to have your name added to the interest list. The RYA Safety Boat course is a more advanced course and covers skills for drivers of escort craft, safety boats, coach boats, and racing and training activities. These courses will also be offered in 2014.

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KGV School Sailing Week In early October we welcomed 21 students and 3 teachers from KGV for a week of sailing as part of their Challenge Week. On the first two days the group went keelboat sailing on the J/80s and we sailed from Middle Island around the western side of Hong Kong Island to finish the day at Kellett Island. On day two we completed the circumnavigation of Hong Kong Island in a clockwise direction back to Middle Island and included a stop for lunch at Joss House Bay and a visit to the Tin Hau Temple there. For days three to five the sailors were in dinghies and split into groups depending on their past experience. For the majority that meant sailing Q’ba dinghies and covering the HKSF Level 1 syllabus, while others were trying out different types of dinghies with some racing practice thrown in. It was a great week for all the sailors, teachers and instructors. In November we also welcomed West Island School for a four-day programme which was tailored slightly differently to suit their objectives. If your school or company would like a specially tailored sailing programme please feel free to contact us.


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January to June Programmes Adults The programmes are now available online. In addition to the monthly adult beginner courses we have scheduled some special courses to coincide with the Easter youth courses so that you can learn at the same time as your children! In early 2014 we also have Level 3 and 4 courses scheduled. These cover the skills required to sail in moderate winds and will include sailing different types of dinghies including the Wayfarer, Lasers and RS400. Please check the entry requirements in the HKSF log book as one season of log sailing hours is required between Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4. Youth We have once again scheduled beginner courses for the weekends but please note that places are limited. The Easter courses will take place over two weeks but due to the Hong Kong Race Week International Dinghy Regatta they will take place from the Saturday to Wednesday before Easter and the Tuesday to Sunday after Easter which is a change from the normal Monday to Friday. We have also continued our youth keelboat courses and will be running a course over the Easter Holidays. Please note, as with all courses, Club members have priority when booking up to one month before the first date of the course. Please book early to avoid missing out. DECEMBER 2013 AHOY! |



Foshan Dragon Boat W ords: gianni aprea | P hotos: team members

he Club’s men’s dragon boat team ended the 2013 race season by venturing into China to compete in the Foshan International Longzhou Open Tournament that was held on 2 and 3 November. Though the team was missing a number of regular paddlers who were preparing for the ATIR, we battled hard and recorded our best 200 and 500-metre race times to date. Unfortunately the competition that included top teams from countries such as Singapore, Russia, Taiwan, China and many others proved to be too much for our quilt work squad. Overall it was a very well-run event by the local Foshan Government in conjunction with Champion Dragon Boats, a very enjoyable weekend, and a great way to wrap up our season. We are looking forward to a return visit next year with our full men’s and women’s teams!

Dragon Boat Season 2014 Rowing Contacts

Rowing Manager Elite Rowing Coach Asst. Coach Middle Island Co-ordinator Shatin Men’s Racing Shatin Women’s Racing 42


Speaking of next year…the expectations for the team are very high given the success of the 2013 campaign. The dragon boat programme for 2014 will not only include a return to a number of our annual race venues, but will also have the team compete in new race events both throughout Hong Kong and internationally. This, in addition to our continued commitment to work with the Club’s Charity Foundation to raise funds for Room to Read and just have fun in general, will make for a memorable year. Training will begin at Middle Island on 4 January. Please contact Gianni Aprea ( if you are interested in joining us. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome!

Speaker’s Corner – Guin Batten W ords: M artin Re y nolds


n Saturday 26 October the Club was privileged to host Guin Batten, an accomplished rower and ambassador for the sport in all its many forms. Guin is currently Chair of the Rowing for All Commission of the International Rowing Federation (FISA) and is responsible for developing coastal rowing. She is also a Steward of the Henley Royal Regatta.

Rowing Furniture The ideal Christmas gift? If you are searching for the perfect gift for the rower who has everything, then perhaps we have the answer here. One of the Club’s old racing boats, the Victoria, has been converted into a number of beautiful and functional items of furniture. We have a tall bookshelf and also two low coffee tables. Each piece contains a great deal of skilled work and the price for the bookshelf is set at $10,000 and the coffee tables are $7,000 each. The proceeds will support charitable activities. There are still sections of this boat remaining, so we can custom-make something to fit your needs. Contact the Rowing Manager.

Her talk covered the whole spectrum of her varied and hugely successful sporting career – from cross-country running to being a medallist in the Sydney Olympics. This was the first GB women’s crew to win an Olympic rowing medal. She narrated her story with a backdrop of stunning pictures, videos and stories ranging from rowing across the English Channel in an Olympic scull to rowing the 60km Zero Degree Channel in the Maldives. All of this made for an interesting and enthralling evening. In her FISA role she is spearheading the worldwide development and promotion of coastal rowing and Guin will have a major influence on any decision to award the Club the 2018 World Coastal Rowing Championships. After her talk members were given some great hints and ideas on how to approach this event whilst plying her with copious quantities of wine and paella in the Bistro. Thanks to Linda Davy for organising the event and Brian Henderson for hosting the evening.

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he American TP52 Lucky sailed from Florida to Hong Kong to take part in the 2013 Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. Lucky is on a world tour taking in many of the major and classic yacht races. She took part in the 2013 Transpac Race from Los Angeles to Hawaii and then sailed on to Guam, Subic and Hong Kong. Lucky arrived at the Club late in the evening on Thursday 10 October. First thing Friday the crew was in my office wanting to know when the safety scrutineer could inspect their yacht for the Vietnam Race. When I went down to the dock I found a yacht that was in perfect race-ready condition. I commented on how impressed I was considering the extreme distance the yacht had sailed to get to Hong Kong. The crew responded, “This is what the owner expects and requires”. On Tuesday 16 October as the race crews carried out final preparations to their yachts the dock was a mad scramble of preparation. At 1600hrs the crew of Lucky was scrubbing the decks and then left for the day. On another yacht the crew worked until 0230hrs. I went to Vietnam to assist Alex Johnston with the management of the race finish. As every yacht finished the race I went on board and assisted with guiding the yachts to the



anchorage area, staying with most of them until they were safely anchored.

boats rudely demanded beer and cigarettes immediately after finishing.

With some of the yachts the crew only needed to drop the mainsail and flake the sails that were on deck. Their interiors were relatively orderly and dry. The crews were reasonably fresh. The crew diligently packed up the yacht and no-one touched the beer until the boat was anchored and completely packed away.

The happiest and most fresh crews were the last few yachts to finish. Sell Side Dream definitely took the prize for Happiest Yacht, while Surfdude and Red Kite 2 showed that they clearly enjoyed their ocean passage and had a genuine camaraderie.

On Ragamuffin 90 the owner and sailing master talked quietly in the back of the boat while the crew with no clear instructions nor discussion went about their various tasks, including two crew members going aloft to carry out a detailed rig inspection. On Island Fling the crew established a production line removing battens from sails which they then folded and bricked and placed in an ever-increasing pile in the aft corner of the cockpit. I don’t think I have ever seen so many sails on a 42-footer. They did however need to get the instructions out to work out how to assemble a Fortress anchor. With other yachts the crews were dragging multiple soaking wet sails from down below before they could even find the anchor. They were cursing and swearing and generally extremely irritable with each other. Two

The state of all the yachts and their crew at the finish clearly matched the quality of the ‘Approach’ towards the pre-race preparation I had observed on the dock in Hong Kong. From watching the crew of Lucky I experienced an ‘Approach’ towards ocean yacht racing significantly more professional than I have ever previously observed. It was clear that the ‘Culture’ of this ‘Approach’ is directly driven from the top by the expectations and requirements of the owner who was rewarded with a solid win in the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. I look forward to learning more from the Lucky Team when they return for the 2014 China Sea Race.

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Books Club member Gianni Mok has kindly donated copies of her published books to the Club and all sales proceeds will go to the ‘Judy Nip Scholarship Memorial Fund’. Interested parties please go to Reception. 會員莫仲平女士,慷慨捐出已簽名她的作品《生命的護照》、《告別人間 旅》及《思念的轉變》,其中收益將撥歸「聶何慕羚紀念獎學基金」,可於 接待處選購。


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Squash W ords: Paul D enham | Photos: Liz Chak

Other Sports Left to right: The trophy winners; Adrian accepting the wooden spoon from Francis

Annual Handicap Tournament

The trophies were presented during a buffet dinner by the poolside that was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Angus for providing the tunes.

Twenty-two players turned up on the Friday night to do battle in the annual Club handicap tournament. Each player was given a handicap from -8 to +11. They were then split into four pools and had to play the other members of their pool in a single game to 21. The winners of each pool then went into the Cup Tournament, second the Plate and third the Bowl while the remainder got to play off to avoid the wooden spoon which took place on the Saturday. The Saturday matches were knock-out and first to 25 and after some furious games we were left with the following results: Results Winner

Cup Plate Bowl Wooden Spoon


Romain Chatte Paul Denham Angus Stewart Raymond Wu Bruno Van Der Schueren Richard Kendall ‘Winner’ Adrian Pierse (who, to be fair, was battling with injury)

Div 10 It was a slow start to the season for the Div 10 team, going down 1-4 to the Hong Kong Football Club and then 0-5 to FC5. However there were five 5-set matches in those two fixtures and we lost all five, indicating that we weren’t too far away. The next two weeks saw an improved performance with a 3-2 victory over Head Sha Tin and a 5-0 win over Banbils (the oldest team in the Hong Kong squash league). Div 15 We have had a solid start to the season with a 3-2 record. We’ve had wins against KCC (3-2), Chaps (4-1) and HKFC Ladies (3-2) while going down to Hong Kong Fire Services (1-4) and HKFC Men (1-4). Masters 3 The M3 team has had an undefeated start to the season, winning the first four matches. The wins have come against USRC (4-1), China Alpha (4-1), LRC (3-2) and Zoma (3-2). Zoma in particular was a big win

as they had proved our nemesis last year, beating us narrowly four times, including the play-offs. Peter ‘The Anchor’ Cheung made the difference this time, securing the win with guile against a younger and vibrant opponent.

Internal League Box A: Frank Eggman finished on top this month, winning all his three games for 15 points. Bruno Van Der Schueren came second with 12. Unfortunately Jai Mehta was injured at the start of the month and didn’t play any games. Box B: Angus Stewart finished on top with three wins for 15 points and will find himself back in A. He was closely followed by Darren Sugden on 13 who will also head to A.

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Kellett Golf Society – November Match Report W ords: Patrick Sherriff

It was a cracking day for a game of golf and a return to the north course. Early tees with some of our regular players. It was nice to see a couple of new faces: Stephen Bradley and Mark Galloway.

The first flight got away with David Leung protesting his new handicap that he was dealt by our very own Andy Capper, Andrew Wong. After a few holes, with joints and muscles warmed up, some excellent golf was played.

Photo: Patrick Sherriff

There was, however, an interesting moment or two. There was a snake in the grass! See photo. Nobody went looking for balls after this sighting. The shot of the day came from David Leung on the signature 14th par 3. His tee shot was very short and was in danger of getting wet but got the ultimate member’s bounce off the rocks with the ball ending up in the green side bunker. We played for best Stapleford, and were there some good scores! Well done to all.

Date for your diary: 2 December, north course. Late morning start followed by dinner at Shelter Cove. Results Hole 9 Hole 11 Hole 14 Hole 15 Hole 17 Runner-up Winner

Longest drive Nearest the pin Nearest the pin Nearest the pin in 2 shots Longest drive David Leung Patrick Sherriff

Patrick Sherriff Andrew Wong Patrick Sherriff Patrick Sherriff Stephen Bradley 31 Stapleford points 32 Stapleford points

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Shelter Cove Christmas Carols 1830hrs, Saturday 14 December

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Free for members, $70 for each guest NEW! – Transport available from Kellett Island For details see the website or email

Kellett Island Christmas Carols 1700hrs, Tuesday 24 December Free for members, $70 for each guest

Il Coro presents A Glowing Christmas! Wednesday 11 December | Chart Room, 1930hrs $200 per person inclusive of three standard drinks Il Coro, a four-part choir with a superb blend of male and female voices, last performed at the Club in September 2012 and now returns with a delightful repertoire of classic, modern and jazz Christmas songs. Make sure of your seat by booking online now, emailing or calling 2239 0312.

Letters to Santa

Yoga and Pilates Starting on 8 January, Pilates classes will be held from 0930hrs to 1030hrs on Wednesday mornings. Booking is essential. Yoga classes will be held on Thursday mornings from 0730hrs to 0830hrs. For further details of these events and to book please visit the website or email

Have your child (big or small!) send a letter to Santa Claus and they will receive a personalised, handwritten letter back! Letters may be left in the special letter boxes which are at Kellett Island Reception, and the Clubhouses at Shelter Cove and Middle Island. Or they can be posted to Santa at the Club, addressed to ‘Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong’, then with ‘(for Santa Claus)’ written underneath. Your child will receive a handwritten response by post at your home address. Only $100 per child with proceeds going to the RHKYC Charity Foundation. The deadline for letters to reach the Club is Wednesday 11 December to guarantee a response by Christmas. If you are late, letters can be left at Reception for your child to come in and collect. For further details, please email

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Fondues Middle Island and Shelter Cove | 1 to 30 December

Swiss Cheese Fondue Gruyere and Emmenthal simmered with White Wine, Kirsch and Garlic, served with French Bread

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Poolside Parties Have you experienced a Poolside party under the moon and stars? The Poolside is highly recommended as it is a fabulous venue for excellent outdoor parties! After this month, you will have to wait until March since the Pool will be closed for annual maintenance throughout January and February. Please call our Banquet Team now on 2239 0339 / 2239 0327 or email to book!

Year End Dinner / Spring Dinner The Year of the Horse will arrive in late January. Why not celebrate this special occasion by gathering with your friends, family, colleagues and business partners, and treating them to a grand meal specially prepared to wish them a prosperous new year!? Give us a ring on 2239 0339 / 2239 0327 or email for bookings and enquiries. We have lots of value-for money packages for you to choose from. DECEMBER 2013 AHOY! |


Christmas Light Lunch Buffet Compass Room | 9 to 24 December

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From 9 to 24 December, Monday to Saturday, a Christmas-themed light lunch buffet will be served in the Compass Room at only $225 per person. A nice selection of cold appetisers including sashimi and an assorted seafood platter will be available on the buffet stations. Turkey will of course be one of the main course options. And a series of such festive desserts as Christmas Puddings, Yule Logs and Mince Pies will be supplied too. For reservations and enquiries, please call the Compass Room on 2239 0374. Don’t be late as the Compass Room will fill up quickly during the festive season.

Christmas and New Year Programmes The F&B Department has lined up a number of exciting Christmas and New Year activities for you and your family to enjoy during the festive season. Please refer to the Christmas brochure enclosed with this Ahoy! or visit the website

Christmas Hampers Don’t forget to share the joy of the festive season by sending a luxury hamper to your loved one, friends, relatives or business partners. Hampers can either be picked up at the Club by you or directly delivered to the recipients by our staff! The order form can be found within the enclosed Christmas and New Year Programme 2013 or can be downloaded from the Club’s website. Please return your completed forms to the F&B Office or fax to 2239 0341. Place an order now! Please call Angie Chan in the F&B Office on 2239 0389 for ordering or enquiries.

Christmas and New Year – Private Parties Have you organised your Christmas or New Year Party yet? Now is the time! Please call our Banquet Experts on 2239 0339 / 2239 0327 or email for assistance in arranging a perfect and memorable celebration!

Wines and Beer of the Month Domaine Ventenac La Cuvée de Carole Chardonnay 2012 – Cabardès, France Minerality and focus with aromatic complexity and balanced structure on the palate. Exotic fruits, honey and slightly toasted notes demonstrate the style of this Chardonnay. Château Ventenac La Réserve de Jeanne 2011 – Cabardès, France The Chateau Ventenac Reserve delivers intense aromas of red fruits heightened by spicier scents. Available in all F&B outlets at $245 per bottle. San Miguel Pale Pilsen (320ml) Available in all F&B outlets at only $26 per bottle.

Monthly Wine Fairs Did you know? Your attendance at our wine fairs does not place you under any obligation whatsoever to purchase wines. It is also basically a free wine tasting with no obligation – marvellous! The $50 ‘entry fee’ is returned to you in the form of a $50 dinner voucher to spend at any F&B outlet! Many members are catching on to this and inviting groups of friends to enjoy the twohour wine tasting and then using the F&B vouchers to offset a meal another day within two months! 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! Kellett Island, Wednesday 4 December, 1830hrs to 2030hrs Shelter Cove, Friday 6 December, 1930hrs to 2130hrs For reservations, please call Angie Chan in the F&B Office on 2239 0389 or email



Wine Dinners We will soon be bidding farewell to 2013 and during the year we have shared many happy moments with members, guests and winery representatives, as you can see from these photos.

The F&B team has already lined up a series of good value wine dinners for you in 2014 so please do come and join them! Please check the Club’s website, Ahoy! and posters around the Club for details.

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Wine Delivery Order Form – December 2013 ‘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.

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If you do enjoy the wines and wish to make a purchase, you can enjoy a 5% discount on these already low prices! Kellett Island Wine Fair – Chart Room, Wednesday 4 December, 1830hrs to 2030hrs, guests welcome. Shelter Cove Wine Fair – Shelter Cove Clubhouse, Friday 6 December, 1930hrs to 2130hrs, 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 the F&B Office on 2239 0340 or email Promotional Offer (Please tick the box below for your qualified order): • A FREE Thermoelectric Wine Cooler for 21 to 24 bottles (retail value $3,400) will be offered with every purchase of 60 bottles of wine. • A FREE Menu Wine Breather Carafe (retail value $880) will be offered with every purchase of 36 bottles of wine. • A FREE Power Bank External Charger (retail value $329) will be offered with every purchase of 24 bottles of wine. * Redemption of above items is subject to stock availability. You may only apply one offer at a time to a qualifying order.


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Cattier Brut Icône N.V. – Champagne, France

Generous and fruity in style. Offers plenty of fresh apple, pear and lemon flavours subtly accenting the aftertaste with lingering notes of almond and vanilla.




White Wines Domaine Ventenac La Cuvée de Carole Chardonnay 2012 – Cabardès, France (wine of the month)


Quinta de Chocapalha Arinto 2010 – Estremadura, Portugal


Ten Rocks Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – Marlborough, New Zealand


Château de Pizay Beaujolais Blanc 2011 – Burgundy, France


Post House Stamp of Chenin 2012 – Stellenbosch, South Africa


Balthasar Ress Hattenheim Schützenhaus Riesling Kabinett 2012– Rheingau, Germany


Six Foot Six Chardonnay 2010 – Geelong, Australia


Minerality and focus with aromatic complexity and balanced structure on the palate. Exotic fruits, honey and slightly toasted notes demonstrate the style of this Chardonnay. Very fresh and aromatic nose with citric and tropical fruit notes. On the mouth it is fresh, with fine intensity and good length. Fresh cut grass, passion fruit and citrus. The palate has fresh acidity, great concentration and lovely length. Bold flavours of gooseberry and freshly cut herbs are nicely matched by underlying minerality. Very intense on the nose plus releases aromas of white flowers and hawthorn with a final basswood. Nice freshness with intense aromas. A solid core of fig and quince fruit laced with ginger, cardamom and brioche notes. Floral and mineral hints on the finish adding length and dimension. On the nose, apple and pear show up front with some floral notes pushing through. Ripe lemon and green apple tart on the palate. It is smooth, fresh and vibrant in the finish. Lifts into the senses, fresh and crisp. Citrus and melons, citrus rind and a light mineral edge, long and lean. Both vibrant and restrained with length and complexity, the back palate offers subtle complexities. The palate is led by delicate melons and citrus zest, a mineral freshness long and lean in harmony with back palate butterscotch and cashews.

RED Wines Château Ventenac La Réserve de Jeanne 2011 – Cabardès, France (wine of the month)


Quinta de Chocapalha Red 2008 – Estremadura, Portugal


Six Foot Six Pinot Noir 2011 – Geelong, Australia


Maurice Michel Bourgogne Pinot Noir Les Grands Charmeaux 2011 – Burgundy, France


La Motte Millennium 2010 – Francshoek Valley, South Africa


Sobon Estate Rocky Top Zinfandel 2011 – Amado County, USA


Château Tour Canon 2011 – Bordeaux, France


The Chateau Ventenac Reserve delivers intense aromas of red fruits heightened by spicier scents.

Softly textured and opening round. This wine has some backbone with air and is fresh with lingering flavours, earthiness in the finish. Enticing, perfumed aromas of fresh plums, dark and maraschino cherries in league with a tamarind-led savoury complexity and a violet petal or two. A refreshing acidity details the varietal characters on the palate. The cherry, plum and spice flavours are supported by soft tannins in a structure.

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This wine offers discrete berries. On the palate, it is light and single-layered with soft tannins.

Dominated by earthy flavours and spice on the nose with beetroot and cinnamon aromas followed by dried marjoram herb notes. The palate has dusty tannins and the body is muscular with rich and juicy consistency. The aromas are reminiscent of ripe blackberries, cherries and cocoa.

Aroma of ripe rich fruit with silky tannins wrapped in the mouth. Unique flavour of fruity and spicy senses. • • • • •

All wines are delivered to your designated address by the supplier and are subject to availability of stock. Mixed cases accepted. Order 12 or more bottles to enjoy free delivery service. For lesser quantities, orders can be collected from the Main Bar. 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 (subject to delivery schedule).

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FAX THIS FORM TO 2239 0341. FOR ENQUIRIES PLEASE CALL 2239 0340. • Deadline for Ordering: 31 December 2013 •



Bowling Convenor Simon Boyde Golf Convenor David Leung Snooker Convenor Don Day Squash Convenor Francis Longuepee


General Manager Mark Bovaird 2239 0300 Executive Secretary Polly Lee 2239 0301 Club Operations Manager Michael Wong 2239 0338 Financial Controller Tim Gallagher 2239 0315 Membership Manager Tracy Leung 2239 0371 PR & Communications Manager Koko Mueller 2239 0342 Member Relations & Communications Manager Linda Davy 2239 0312 Corporate and International Partnerships Manager Torrey Dorsey 2832 2817 Marine Services Manager Roger Eastham 2239 0308 Boatyard Manager Simon Pickering 2239 0311 Sailing Manager Alex Johnston 2239 0362 Training and Development Manager Richard Knight 2812 7063 Race and Regatta Promotion Lindsay Lyons 2239 0391 Sail Training Administrator Gloria Yeung 2239 0395 Assistant Sailing Manager Iris Yang 2239 0314 Rowing Manager Jonathan Cantwell 2239 0322 Boatyard Office Manager Connie Chan 2239 0304 Food & Beverage Manager Shirley Tam 2239 0321 Technical & Projects Manager Carton Lam 2239 0303 Human Resources Manager Susanna Chung 2239 0310 Ship Shop Manager David Ho 2239 0336 Assistant Marine Manager Joanne Ho 2239 0309 House Manager Lorence Leung 2239 0352

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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 www.facebook/rhkycsharks

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Membership Movement ORDINARY MEMBERS Mr Solomon C T Fong Ms Niamh M Furey Ms Margaret R Johnson Mrs Brit Martin Mr Ben Shum Mr Cem Yurdum Dr & Mrs Stephen W Bailey Mr & Mrs Jonathan C Larsen SHORT TERM MEMBERS Mr Mark Ridgway FULL MEMBERS Mr Simon P Powell JUNIOR MEMBERS Mr David F P W E Boerner Miss Dana E C Bruce Miss Kristina K Hennig Mr Yau Chun Hin

CADET MEMBERS Owen R Bailey Amelia M Campbell-Breeden James A Ferguson Tahi J Flu Branson Fok Kwok Chi Ho Sidney Jones Zachary K Larsen Maximilian P Manley Thomas M Marinko Benedict C Parnell Giselle Pe Alison J Wong Jonathan A Wong Hillary Woo CADET MEMBERS SPONSORED BY A MEMBER Kyle J Wang


INDIVIDUAL DEBENTURE MEMBERS Mr Lee Siu Hang Mr & Mrs Thomas W K Chan Mr & Mrs Benjamin C Y Fok Mr Neil A S Harvey & Ms Luciana K E Palmisano Ms Angela Y K Hui & Mr Chan Wang Kei Mrs Amme T H Lee & Mr Arctic C Y Lee Ms Ji Xiaowei & Mr Zhao Mingyue Mr & Mrs Vincent W S Lai Mr & Mrs Yeh Ying Chi CORPORATE NOMINEE SUBSCRIBERS Ms Chung Suk Wai & Mr Richard Mun Richemont Asia Pacific Limited – Chief Legal Counsel – Asia Pacific

ABSENT MEMBERS Mr Wilson T K Lee Miss Joyce T K Wong Mr & Mrs P James Buckley Mr & Mrs Stanley K W Lau Ms Rosalie Lennard & Mr Tim Murphy Mr & Mrs Brandon I Sedloff Tinny Chan Freya Maclean-Boyd Robyn Houghton Lau Hon Hei RESIGNED MEMBERS Mr Charles W Allen Mr Andrew J Coleman Mr Lawrence Y Y Hung Mr Hans T E Ringstrom Mrs Tin Tin Saing Mr Martin T T Yu Shawn Kwan Valerie Kwan Jennifer Pugh William Pugh Sonja Traubeck

Real Club Náutico Valencia History The Real Club Náutico Valencia was established in 1903 as a private association for the promotion of sports culture and activities with the sea as a medium. After nearly 80 years with the Port of Valencia, the Club moved to its current location, near the mouth of River Turia and only ten minutes from the city centre. Facilities • Mooring – 1,100 with 205 available for visitors • Restaurants and bars • Meeting rooms • Outdoor Olympic pool and children’s pool • Sports facilities, ie sports court, tennis courts, squash, golf course, etc • Car parking Sailing The Club has more than 400 sailing boats, race office, school fishing, sailing accredited school and the most popular classes of boats sailed at the Club are ORC, IRC, Single and Laser. The Club’s sailing involvement includes: participating three times in America as Spanish Cup Challenger, 15 years organisation of the Queen Trophy (XV HM The Queen) NEB-IRC, World Organisation of ISAF Classes, TP52, international teams training base. Since 1998, the Club DeportivaMunicipal Foundation has collaborated with the City of Valencia to promote sailing among children through training. In 2000, they were awarded the Royal Order of Sporting Merit – the highest honour afforded sport to sport by the Spanish State. Camino del Canal 91, 46024 Valencia, Spain Tel: (34) 963-679-011 Email:

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Rowing Secretary Michael Shasha Sailing Secretary John Breen Big Boat Simon Blore Dinghies Swanson Chan Dragon Phyllis Chang Etchells Ronan Collins Flying Fifteen David Bone Impala Dave Norton J/80 Ben Bulmer Match Racing Seah Chin Yew Pandora Joseph Wong Ruffian Oliver Cully Sportsboats Mark Phillips Youth Sailing Class Sofia Mascia

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LIGHTBOUND – Ethan welcomed his sister Caterina McCurdy Lightbound into the family on 14 September in Hong Kong and is a proud big brother.

LIGHTBOUND – Drake and his sister Arabella are delighted to announce the birth of their brother, Jonty Christopher Lightbound, born on 26 October in Hong Kong.

Obituary John Paul Beukema – 1937-2013 Passed away on 6 October 2013 at Queen Mary Hospital. He had struggled with cancer in the last year and eventually was overcome by it. He had spent much of the last year travelling throughout Asia with his wife ‘Mila’ and family.

Commodore Joachim Isler swaps burgees with Manuel Montanchez and Javier de Tomás, members of the Real Club Náutico Valencia


Mr Beukema spent his childhood in the United States but little time thereafter. Shortly after graduating from law school, he moved to France where he lived for 13 years and then to Hong Kong where he lived for over 30 years; the most recent years on Lamma Island. John Beukema was an avid sailor and member of the Club for 22 years. He learned to sail on the Charles River in Boston but then moved on to larger boats in the waters of the Atlantic and Mediterranean. A particular highlight was a trans-Atlantic crossing in 1978 on Backgammon with his wife, his five-year-old son and a crew member while navigating by sextant. In Hong Kong, he raced Ragamuffin in the Ruffian class and crewed aboard DTS. He raced in various Macau races and South China Sea races. He leaves behind his wife, Manuela ‘Mila’ Catungal, his daughter Catherine Beukema-Siu, his son Richard Beukema, and four grandchildren aged 8 months to 13 years old.

New Fee Notice By order of the General Committee, the following fees will be increased as from 1 January 2014: Car Parking Annual Fee – 7-day car parking label Annual Fee – 5-day car parking label Annual Fee – Motorcycle Annual Fee – 5-day Shelter Cove car parking label Hourly rates (for Kellett Island only) After 50 hours free car parking per calendar month Maximum hourly charge per calendar month Minimum Food and Beverage charge





$2,500 $1,750 $310 $1,000

$2,750 $1,925 $340 $1,100









Mari Hui, Senior Bar Captain, retired recently after 29 years with the Club. A farewell party on 25 October was well-attended by members and staff. Commodore Joachim Isler presented Mari with a farewell gift. General Manager Mark Bovaird and Past Commodore Vic Locke also presented Mari with a book in which members had written their personal greetings.


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Ahoy! December 2013  
Ahoy! December 2013  

magazine of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club