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At the Helm

24 The Regatta Ball 2011

8 Lipton Trophy 2011

27 On the Horizon 28 Sailing Office 29 Sailing Development and Training 32 Marine / Boatyard 33 Ship Shop 36 From the Galley 39 Billboard 40 Chinese Page 今日撮要 42 Flotsam and Jetsam

F e at u r e s 8

Liption Trophy 2011

10 ZOKE Around the Island Race 2011 14 ZOKE ATIR – Coastal Rowing and Outrigger Canoe Division 16 Hong Kong Rowing Championships 18 Dragon Class Champs 20 2011 Hong Kong Laser Championships 23 Escape from Hong Kong

Ro w i n g 22 Around Lamma Race

Spo r t s 26 Squash

Photo: Joyce Ravara China Coast Race Week 2011 Ahoy! Editor Suzanne Rayment Proof Reader Linda Davy Ahoy! Design Michelle Shek MYND Design Advertising or Editorial Enquiries contact Suzanne Rayment Tel: (852) 2792 6234 Fax: (852) 2792 9046 Articles for Ahoy! can be emailed to or left in the Ahoy! pigeon hole at Kellett Island. The Editor reserves the right to edit articles. All opinions expressed in this publication are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect the views of the General Committee of the RHKYC. Copies of the magazine are available at Reception at a cost of $25 and to view the e-version of the magazine (and back copies) go to the RHKYC website.


ZOKE Around the Island Race 2011

14 ZOKE ATIR – Coastal

Rowing and Outrigger Canoe Division


Hong Kong Rowing Championships



Chinese New Year Auspicious Dishes in the Bistro

26 January to 6 February Boston Lobster Promotion in the Compass Room 2 to 31 January (except 22 to 25 January)

Boston Lobster Promotion in the Compass Room

2 to 29 January

2 to 31 January (except 22 to 25 January)

Kellett Island Wine Fair

Curries at Middle Island and Shelter Cove 2 to 29 January HKSF Level 3 Sailing Course


3 Inama Wine Dinner in the Compass Room


C u rr i e s at Middle Island and Shelter Cove


Shelter Cove Wine Fair





Deadline for ordering Chinese New Year Puddings



R a c i n g Din g hy R a c i ng

Optimist Practice & Silver Squad Supervised Sailing Session Adult Beginner Sailing Course HKSF Level 3 Sailing Course

Sunday Youth Sailing Club Adult Beginner Sailing Course HKSF Level 3 Sailing Course


To m e s



C l a s s

Speaker Dinner with Tim Luard in the Compass Room


New Year’s Day Lunch Buffet in the Compass Room Double-boiled Soup, Snake Soup and Hot Pot Rice in the Bistro 1 to 21 January Rowing – Black Velvet Regatta



Class Racing Din g hy R a c i ng

Optimist Practice & Silver Squad Supervised Sailing Session Adult Beginner Sailing Course HKSF Level 3 Sailing Course

Sunday Youth Sailing Club Adult Beginner Sailing Course HKSF Level 3 Sailing Course



Class Racing



Lion Dance and Chinese New Year Fireworks

Chinese New Year Auspicious Dishes in the Bistro

Fireworks Set Dinner in the Compass Room

26 January to 6 February

20 Jazz, R&B and Dancing After Dark in the Bistro

21 C l a s s

Rowing – CNY Coastal Rowing Lunch

22 R a c i n g

Adult Beginner Sailing Course

Fireworks Buffet Dinner in the Bistro





Wines and Beer of the Month Franklin Tate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Margaret River

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Franklin Tate Cabernet Merlot 2010, Margaret River Lucky Beer




Double-boiled Soup, Snake Soup and Hot Pot Rice in the Bistro 1 to 21 January

Vice Patrons Jimmy Farquhar, Li Fook Hing, Bob Wilson Commodore Ambrose Lo Vice Commodore Joachim Isler Rear Commodore Sailing Russ Parker Rear Commodore Club Robert Stoneley Honorary Secretary Mark Whitehead Honorary Treasurer Andrew Taylor Rowing Captain Mark Welles C LASS SECRETARIES Rowing Secretary John Skinner Sailing Secretary Gaston Chan Big Boat Dragon Phyllis Chang Etchells John Breen Flying Fifteen Lucy Sutro Impala Dave Norton J/80 Dan Tullberg Dinghies David Early Sportsboats Mark Phillips Pandora Joseph Wong Ruffian Jarl Borthwick Sonata Sebastien Vong Youth Sailing Class Sofia Mascia SPORTS CONV ENO RS Bowling Convenor Virendra Anand Squash Convenor Francis Longuepee Golf Captain Adrian Pang Snooker Convenor James Stewart C LUB CONTACTS General Manager Mark Bovaird 2239 0300 Executive Secretary Polly Lee 2239 0301 Club Operations Manager Alfred Leung 2239 0338 Financial Controller Tim Gallagher 2239 0315 Membership Manager Tracy Leung 2239 0371 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 2239 0363 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 Boatyard Foreman Yip Man Tai 9125 9311 Food & Beverage Manager Shirley Tam 2239 0321 Executive Chef Barry Lim 2239 0347 Technical & Projects Manager Carton Lam 2239 0303 Human Resources Manager Susanna Chung 2239 0310 Ship Shop Manager David Ho 2239 0336 Assistant Marine Manager Joanne Ho 2239 0309 House Manager Lorence Leung 2239 0352

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

Commodore’s Message I hope you all had fabulous Christmas and New Year’s celebrations wherever you were in the world – I myself was here at Kellett Island for Christmas dinner and on New Year’s Eve when I fired the cannon to herald in the New Year. It is always such a wonderful atmosphere at the Club! With over 5,000 residents and 6,000 absent members, our Club is without doubt the largest yacht club in the world in terms of membership size. Running a club this size requires the art and science of balancing our members’ needs, which, according to our recent survey, can be quite polarised. We have over 40 nationalities spanning different ages; we have sailors, rowers, family and social members; even within sailing and rowing we have numerous classes and sections; and our three sites demand attention in different ways. Commodore Ambrose Lo Along with that we have a good composition of members on all our committees. I have been reinforcing the importance of balancing as part of our good corporate governance, and am pleased to see that our committees and management are all working along the same lines. In my last message, I did talk about our biggest race of the year, the Around The Island Race. But what I didn’t know until it happened was the fact that the race broke two records – the biggest fleet we’ve ever had and the fastest elapsed time for rowing. A 30-minute show was broadcast by Phoenix TV to millions around the world. Once again, I would like to thank ZOKE for their support and all participants, volunteers and Club staff who helped to make history. The ATIR is certainly a Hong Kong event that we should be proud of. It was also a noteworthy month for me in that I greeted a number of local and overseas visitors, one group being a delegation from China with 12 senior marine officials visiting our sites and operations. It was fruitful in terms of both exchange of experience and relationship building, and I would like to thank Roger Eastham and his team for their professional service. The Pedro Blanco Race was held over the weekend of 3-4 December, with six out of seven boats getting a finish. Conditions were better than in previous years with good wind and weather. Congratulations to Ambush for winning the Racing Division and to Clove Hitch for the Cruising Division. The Tomes Cup, the third pursuit race in the Top Dog Trophy Series, will be held in the harbour on 14 January. This event is open to all boats of the IRC Cruiser, Dragon, Etchells, Flying Fifteen, Impala, J/80, Pandora, Ruffian, Sonata and Sportsboat classes. Entry is by sign-on on the day. Boats from other classes may also be considered by the Race Committee on prior application. The ‘So You Want To Go Faster?’ seminar series is now underway. The next topic, ‘Pre-China Sea Race Prep’, will be held on 17 January. Nothing beats attending in person, but if you really can’t, we are recording these talks and posting them on the website. The RNZYS has invited the Club to enter a team into the Pacific Keelboat Challenge 2012 being held in New Zealand from 21 to 25 March. The NoR is available on the Club website and any expressions of interest should be sent to The sailing diary is very full in March, April and May and the Sailing Office will need members helping out with race management and safety – please can I ask you to do your bit by stepping forward and offering your services. We cannot run all of these events without you. The 2012 Rolex China Sea Race sees the China Sea Race celebrate its 50th anniversary, starting at 1210hrs on Wednesday 4 April in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong. The NoR is now up on the website. In what was probably one of the strongest performances in over a decade, the Club rowers dominated the local crews at the recent Hong Kong Rowing Championships, and gave the visiting international crews some good racing. Two first places were the highlight, with a number of minor placings showing the depth of the section this season. Jonny reports further on the Club’s successes within this issue. It is not only the adults having all the fun in the Rowing Section. Under the guidance of Toby, the junior squad has grown greatly. At the Hong Kong Youth Rowing Championships the Club was (Continued on page 6 ) January 2012 Ahoy!


General Manager’s Message

could be subject to a fine of $320. We appreciate your assistance in complying with this new regulation by switching off your engine.

Happy New Year to everyone, and welcome back if you have been overseas. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed all the festive events that the Club had to offer throughout the season.

Author of ‘Escape from Hong Kong’, Tim Luard, will be hosting a very interesting speaker dinner on 11 January. This event will appeal not only to military historians and those with a special interest in Hong Kong and China, but also to anyone who appreciates a good oldfashioned adventure story. We have already seen a great response to this event, so please book now to avoid disappointment. I am delighted to inform you that the Club has been awarded Club of the Year by the Hong Kong and China Rowing Association based on our overall results and participation in the races and championships held at Shatin over the past year. This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the efforts of the Rowing Committee in strengthening the depth of active rowers within the Club over the last few years.

One of the highlights for me was when we hosted children from the Red Cross Hospital School to come and decorate their own Chocolate Yule Log. It was indeed a privilege to be part of Mark Bovaird, General Manager this event and to see the looks on the children’s faces – they all had a great time. In addition to the decorating, they were treated to a fantastic talk about sailing by our Senior Sailing Instructor, Patrick Lam, and it was obvious from the number of questions they asked him that they were really listening, interested and fully engaged. At the end of the afternoon, they were all invited to decorate a huge gingerbread house which was then displayed in Reception until Boxing Day.

Mark Bovaird General Manager Please note that the lawn in front of the Clubhouse at Middle Island will be closed from 3 January to 2 March in order for re-planting to take place in time for the summer. (Continued from page 5 )

represented in three age divisions and had great success with a 1-2 finish in the U16 girls’ single scull. Watch for a full report in the next Ahoy!.

With the Christmas and New Year festivities barely over, it is only a couple of weeks now before we usher in the Chinese New Year of the Dragon. Please make sure you are familiar with the Club’s operating hours during the holiday – these can be found at the bottom of this page. We will be having the usual celebrations on the night of the fireworks so I hope to see you there.

Youth sailors and rowers are the core of our future. I am sure we can, and should, do more to create a stronger sense of belonging to the Club in our youth members. Lastly, I am now looking forward to celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Dragon with you all here at the Club. See you at the Lion Dance and Fireworks!

The new Motor Vehicle Idling (Fixed Penalty) Regulation came into effect on 15 December. For the sake of clarity, the law covers the driveways and car parks of Kellett Island and Shelter Cove. Drivers allowing their engines to idle for longer than three minutes while they are stationary







Ambrose Lo Commodore




Lunar New Year 2012 Club Operating Hours



The Day Preceding Lunar New Year



Lunar New Year’s Day



The Second Day of the Lunar New Year Lion Dance & Fireworks

The Third Day of the Lunar New Year




Club Operating Hours Compass Room Bistro & Snooker

Open 0800hrs-1800hrs Open for Lunch Closed at 1500hrs Open for Lunch Closed at 1500hrs


Open1400hrs-2200hrs Set Dinner 1800hrs-2230hrs


Closed Closed

(Reservations are required)

Buffet Dinner(s)

1st seating 1800hrs-2000hrs 2nd seating 2045hrs-2245hrs (Reservations are required)



Chart Room

Manned by staff up to 1800hrs and then by members up to 0100hrs Closed at 1800hrs

Bowling Alley

Closed at 1800hrs


Open Open 1430hrs-2230hrs


Waterside Play Area & Food Service Squash & Gym

Play Area Open No F&B Service Open

Play Area Open No F&B Service Open

Play Area Open No F&B Service Open

Play Area Open No F&B Service Open

Main Bar

Open 0800hrs-0100hrs (limited menu available)


Open 0800hrs-0100hrs (limited menu available)

Lawn Catering 1800hrs-2030hrs

Open 0800hrs-0000hrs (limited menu available)


(limited menu available)

Ship Shop

Open from 1100hrs-1500hrs




Middle Island




Open 0800hrs-2100hrs

Shelter Cove

Closed at 1800hrs

Manned by members

Manned by members

Open 1200hrs-2000hrs


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KI Sampan Service





MI Sampan Service





MI Rescue Boat Service



SC Sampan Service Crane and Boatboy Service


1100hrs-1700hrs 1100hrs-1700hrs 1100hrs-1700hrs No crane and boatboy service. If you wish to use your boat during this period you are required IN ADVANCE to inform staff/boatboys to put your boat in the water.


Ambush leads the fleet home

Lipton Trophy 2011 W o rds: Lin ds ay Ly o n s • Pho t o s : J o yc e R ava r a 54 boats signed on (and 55 arrived at the start line) for the first pursuit race of this season’s Top Dog Trophy Series, designed to find Hong Kong’s most successful helm over the course of the year.


ace Officer Brenda Davies scoured Victoria Harbour at mid-day to find some breeze, but with nothing on offer at the eastern marks, she was forced to use the 7kt northerly and a Hung Hom start to send the fleet off on Course 4. Although there were some ‘quiet’ patches, particularly at KB, the breeze finally started to build at around 1500hrs, and the faster boats with the later starts started edging their way though the fleet. It was quite some time before the Big Boats were able to pick off plucky Pandora, Solstice. However, at the target finish time, it was Ambush (Isler / Taylor) which took the gun in around 10kts of breeze, followed by Tristan Stewart’s Wicked, and Steve Bourne’s Magic 25, Merlin.

Etchells party on Dexter II 8 | January 2012


A raft of boats followed them in, and at a packed prizegiving, the Lipton Trophy was awarded to Joachim Isler and Drew Taylor.

Merlin chases down the fleet

Ishi gybes Pathffinder

Impala – J/80 contest

Footloose keeps ahead of the ‘fenceboats’

Red Kite II


1st – Ambush

Bandolero holds off Caviar

2nd – Wicked

3rd – Merlin

Big Boat


Isler / Taylor


Big Boat


Tristan Stewart


Magic 25


Steve Bourne


Big Boat

Dexter II

Jamie McWilliam

1st Big Boat



Mead / Godfrey

1st Day Boat



Henry Wong

1st Inshore Keelboat

Tchaikoffsky January 2012 Ahoy!


ZOKE Around The Island Race 2011 W o rds: Lin ds ay Lyo n s • Pho t o s : J o yc e R ava r a

Over 240 yachts took to Victoria Harbour on 20 November to participate in one of Hong Kong’s best loved and most inclusive sailing events. (At this point, we make our apologies to the paddlers and rowers, whose race is covered in full elsewhere in this edition.) While many of the boats were known competitors from Hong Kong’s racing scene, many more were simply there to join in the carnival atmosphere.


he ZOKE Around The Island Race double-line start sequence commenced at 0830hrs, with one-design boats on the inner start line, Cruisers and Beach Catamarans on the outer start line. The starts took a full hour and 20 minutes to complete in front of Kellett Island, with all boats following a 26nm clockwise circumnavigation of Hong Kong Island. In contrast to previous years, Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen enjoyed a steady 10kt north easterly, which held in the harbour throughout the starts, and continued to deliver, with a little swing, well into the afternoon, albeit with the well-documented vagaries of Lei Yue Mun Gap and Cyberport thrown in. 10 | January 2012


A large contingent of 50 volunteers operated a complicated and vital support network of safety boats and race management stations, with 1O1O once again supplying Blackberry communications to assist with this highly necessary function. This ensured that the RO was able to establish the progress of the head and tail of each class, and remain informed of wind strength all the way around Hong Kong Island. The sailors’ favourite stretch is always the run from Junk Bay past Shek O Rock and round Cape D’Aguilar – 10nm of spinnaker work in 10 to 13kts. This treat is usually tempered by the Cyberport Chasm, where easterly meets westerly… and disappears. This year was no

exception, although the wind gods managed to provide a couple of knots to keep most boats moving. Finding a good 10kts at Green Island at 1200hrs, Strompf-Jepsen made the bold move to allow the race to ‘go all the way’ for the first time since 2005 and was rewarded with the finish of over 220 starters.

Many of the boats which join this race are cruising yachts rather than racers, and it truly is a family day out, as well as a highly tactical and competitive race. Classic yacht Jadalinkir celebrated her first finish in many years after over 8h 30m of sailing, and the race team has yet to see a happier crew.

The Monday night prizegiving was a packed affair, with sailors in all classes recognised for their achievements on the water. RHKYC was disappointed not to welcome back ZOKE Chairman Mr Lui Rui Jin to present the prizes, however Race Officer Inge StrompfJepsen and RHKYC Commodore, Ambrose Lo, stepped into the breach.

In a nice touch of symmetry, Sam Chan’s FfreeFire 70 took line honours after 3h 47m of racing – but without her owner on board, as he was well on his way to taking the overall title on RHKATI handicap on his Flying 15, Noisy Forefather.

For the remainder of the afternoon, until cutoff time, boats big and small continued to file past the finish box at Kellett Island, before they found somewhere to park in the typhoon shelter and their crews headed to the Main Bar for well-earned refreshment.

Full results are available on the RHKYC website at ZokeAroundtheIslandRace.aspx

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ZOKE Around The Island Race 2011

Jarl Borthwick responds Noisy Forefather – crew collects on behalf of ZOKE silverware for Overall Winner, Overall ATI Monohull and 1st Flying Fifteen

Sam Chan – 1st Overall, 1st Monohull on ATI, 1st Flying Fifteen

FreeFire 70 – Line Honours

Red Kite II – 1st Big Boat IRC, 1st IRC 1.000 TO 1.079 and 5th Overall

Impala 1 – 1st Impala

Swedish Blue – 1st Etchells

Authority – 1st IRC Cruising

Sea Dog – Fastest Multihull elapsed and 1st F18

Mei Fei – 3rd Overall and 1st Dragon

111488 – Fastest Hobie elapsed, Overall Multihull and 1st Hobie 16

Sell Side Dream – 1st IRC 1.080 and above

Jasmine – 1st J/80

Sirrocco – 1st Bavaria and 1st HKPN 910 and below

Stanley – 1st 420 and winner of the Hayes-Morgan Trophy

Thea – 1st HKPN 911 to 980

Top 20 Boats on RHKATI Rating

Little Dragon – fastest Dinghy elapsed

Mind The Bumps – HKSOA Trophy

Solstice – 1st Pandora

French Fries – 4th Overall

Rhapsody – 1st Big Boat HKPN and 1st HKPN 1071 and above

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

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No One Else – 1st HKPN 981 to 1070 Ahoy!



Sam Chan Howard Williams K J Grebstad Takada Akira Anthony Root Jin Ogawa Chi Wai WAN Ping Yat LUK Mike Burrell David Chow Alan Tsang Razmilovic / Backe Wilcox Tam Edward Smith Tom Nunan Denis Martinet Sui Lun TSE Tom Sheppard Simon Powell Joe Nelson

FF15 FF15 Dragon FF15 IRC FF15 420 420 Impala FF15 Impala Etchells Impala Etchells Hobie 16 Etchells 420 FF15 IRC FF15

Top 10 Boats on Elapsed Time

Fox in Soxs – 1st IRC 0.999 and below

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Schannuleke – 1st Ruffian

Boat Name

Noisy Forefather Tchaikoffsky Mei Fei French Fries Red Kite II – Stanley Chicken Little Impala 1 Puff’N Stuff Boss Hogg Swedish Blue Rainbow Chaser Kung Fu Fighting – Marianne My Eye Tomffoolery Sell Side Dream Fatal Attraction

Suzanne Downes – Lady Godiva Trophy

Boat Name



FfreeFire Sea Dog Rum Tum Tugger The Black Pig – Tornado 2 Ambush Blondie IV Jasmine Gizmo

Russ Parker Hamish McNicol Peter Davies Mike Scantlebury TC Fung / Joseph Shieh YK Szeto Joachim Isler / Drew Taylor Helmuth Hennig / Simon Pickering James Branch Chris Fraser

IRC F18 F18 F18 F18 IRC IRC IRC F18 F18

ZOKE Around The Island Race 2011 Coastal Rowing and Outrigger Canoe Division

Men’s 2x winner


his year saw record entries in both categories of the Coastal Rowing and Outrigger Canoe Division of the Around the Island Race. The start line was busy with 19 canoes and six rowing boats. Alongside the familiar local crews were some visitors

OC6 racing at Kennedy Town

from Singapore and Japan, as well as some fresh faces from Hong Kong with first time entries (Stormys and the HK Sea School). Finishing just over 15 minutes clear of second place, the HK Island Paddle Club had a strong win over the Men’s OC6. The RHKYC Men’s 2x broke the record for that boat class on their way to taking the Carter Plate for fastest men’s rowing boat, just three minutes ahead of the RHKYC 4x crew. The Mixed Division was the biggest entry for the OC6s, and the strength of the competition really showed with a great tussle between

RHKYC ‘Yellow’ and the HK Outrigger Canoe Club ‘A’ crews. These crews were literally side by side for most of the race, but HKOCC had a great deal more experience on which to draw, and slipped away at the very end to take the win from RHKYC, with the Japanese Tigars crew only a few minutes back in third. The Mixed rowing was a new event for the HK Sea School and for the ATIR. With the help of some experienced RHKYC rowers, both crews set respectable first-round times for the distance. The Women’s Rowing Division had only one entry, but that boat managed to beat the previous fastest time by just under 10 minutes. The Women’s OC6 was a closely contested race, with HKIPC finishing strongly in the final stages to beat Lamma by three minutes.


Mixed OC6 winner

Results OC6 Women – (1) HKIPC 4:40.11, (2) Lamma 4:43.12, (3) Singapore 5:09.43 Mixed – (1) HKOCC 4:10.45, (2) RHKYC 4:12.45, (3) Japanese Tigars 4:18.17

Men’s OC6 winner

Men – (1) HKIPC ‘A’ 3:47.11, (2) Singapore 4:03.23, (3) HKIPC ‘B’ 4:11.48

Rowing Women – (1) RHKYC 4:42.24 *record time Mixed – (1) HK Sea School/RHKYC 5:29.04, (2) HK Sea School/RHKYC 5:49.34 Men – (1) RHKYC 2x 4:05.34, (2) RHKYC 4x 4:08.51, (3) Poly U 4x 7:14.00

RHKYC would like to offer its sincere thanks to sponsor ZOKE for its continued support of Hong Kong’s biggest sailing event. In addition, thanks go to CSL for continuing ‘1O1O’ technical support for the race’s Safety Communications. A race of this size could not function without the large team of volunteers upon which the Club is fortunate to depend and who willingly give up their day to ensure the safe conclusion of the event. Special thanks go to Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen, Safety Officer (Shore) Mike Westlake and Safety Officer (Water) Richard Knight, together with Stanley ARO Liz Dunn and Cyberport ARO Liz Hamerton. 14 | January 2012

Women’s OC6 winner

Women’s 2x winner

In addition, on the Safety side, thanks go to Austin, Tommy Chan, William Chan, Fung Chi Ming, Fung Kam Keung, Julien Hawthorne, Petra Horns, Fleur Iannazzo, Sue Kerr, Kwok Ka Ki, Sandra Lam, Jonathan Lamm, Sofia Mascia, Burkhard Soehngen, Martin Tornberg, Klaus Ullrich, Di Williams, Gareth Williams and Valarie Wilson Trower. The Club also thanks the Recorders for the day, Tina Atkinson, Clement Brunet-Moret, Glynis Green, Danny Lee, Ben Williams and Beth Wilson, together with the un-used Protest Committee of Nick Burns, David Chow, Mark Collins, Chris Meads, Keith Mowser, Tom Sheppard and Tristan Stewart.

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5-6 November 2011

The Men’s ‘B’ Eight fighting in the closing stages of the final

Hong Kong Rowing

Championships Wor ds: Jonn y C an t w e lll Photos: Pe rry Lo k, J o n n y C a n t w e ll

RHKYC rowers dominate the local entries to deliver the best overall results in more than a decade with two wins and many placings


he first day of racing on Saturday was mostly about finals qualification for the Open Men’s crews. Toby Dankbaar and Lui Kam Chi won their heat in the 2x convincingly and progressed direct to the ‘A’ final without the need to row in a repecharge. Both of the Men’s eights were comfortably in the top placings in each heat, both earning a berth in the Sunday final. The Men’s squad were in a very fast heat, but still managed third place to progress to the ‘A’ final. The small boats for the Masters’ Division were also raced on Saturday. Three rowers – David Ma, Koichi Ohira and Jonny Cantwell – raced the 1x across two age divisions. With

other rowers struggling to row both hard and straight at the same time, Jonny was able to get an early lead and take both ‘line honours’ and the ‘A’ age division (despite being older than that!). Steve Monick and Jonny also raced in the ‘C’ age division 2x, and again the RHKYC crew was able to get out to a strong early lead and take the win. Day two of racing started with another Masters’ win for the Club. The Masters’ eights is a category traditionally dominated by the older and more experienced RHKYC rowers, and this year was no different. The two Club crews pushed away from some younger university alumni opposition to score a 1-2 finish at the line.

Two horse race – the ladies challenge the Taiwanese crew 16 | January 2012


View from above

The ladies had their first medals at the regatta in the Women’s eight race. They managed to beat all the Hong Kong crews, but were unable to match the speed of a classy crew from Taiwan. It was a similar story for the Men’s 4-, as they had a great fight with a fast crew from Taiwan, but also had to settle for

Open Results First W4- A.Bidlake / F.Iannazzo / F.Zino / A.Page M2x C.Lui / T.Dankbaar

Second W8+ J.Schumacher / N.Kwan / J.James / C.Danaher / F.Iannazzo / F.Zino / A.Page / A.Bidlake / cox G.Meacham M4- A.Anderson / C.Clyne / R.Green / G.Moore M4x A.Anderson / J.Skinner / B.Wilder / A.Watt

Third M2x- Chi and Toby before their push

M8 A.Anderson / J.Skinner / G.Moore / A.Watt / P.Crinion / C.Clyne / B.Wilder / T.Dankbaar / cox H.Dunlop

Despite a last minute substitution, the M4- take second

W4- Winners – three in a row

W4x- a fine row from a scratch crew

Jonny takes three wins in Masters

The Men’s ‘A’ eight lead in the early stages

second place, well clear of the local crews. This situation repeated itself once more as the Men’s quad scull also had to be content with a second place behind a Taiwanese crew. One of the most remarkable results of the day was the Women’s coxless four scoring a ‘hattrick’. With a strong row, the crew managed to cross the line well clear of the other crews and take the win for the third time in as many years. The next event was also a great success for the Club. In the Men’s double scull Toby and Chi pushed away from 750m to earn a convincing win in the Men’s 2x.

In the final event of the day, two RHKYC crews raced in the ‘blue riband’ event, the Men’s Open eight. Having one crew make the final is a good performance, but this year such was the depth of the squad that we managed to enter two crews who were both able to make the final. The ‘A’ crew had a fast start and led the early stages of the race. However, the fitness of the Taiwanese and HK Squad crews showed, and the Club crew came in a close third. Staying with the field the entire way, the ‘B’ crew had an excellent row swinging through to take fifth.

Toby and Chi with the M2x trophies

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Dragon Class Champs W o rds: TA M NG U YEN • P ho t o s : g u y no w e ll


he annual Hong Kong Dragon Championship took place over the weekend of 5-6 November off Lamma Island where the competitors enjoyed nearperfect wind conditions with 10-12kts NE wind on Saturday increasing to 12-16kts on the Sunday. There was an all-time record participation with 17 boat entries and 55 crews, reflecting the strong growth of the Hong Kong Dragon fleet. With four new boats added in the past two years, the class is enjoying great momentum, and keeps attracting a number of new sailors.

With four races on Saturday, three races on Sunday and only one discard, every single race could make a difference. The fleet quickly found out that the left-hand side of the course was favoured, and that having a fast start at the correct end of the line (adjusted after each race) was the key competitive advantage, enabling them to go left in as much clean air as possible. The current was also an important factor, and a number of competitors overstood the port layline by a few boat lengths. Defending Champion Karl Grebstad, sailing his new boat D51, led the series after day one with a handy five-point lead ahead of his rival Tam Nguyen (D55) and 7 points ahead of Lowell Chang (D46). Counting discards, Phyllis Chang (D50) and Simon Chan (D8) were also in the running for the title. However, D51 went into Sunday’s first race rather too aggressively and was caught OCS. This damaged his points buffer, and with Tam Nguyen (D55) winning the first two races of the day it was all down to the last race for the championship. To retain the title, Grebstad and his crew had to place no lower than fourth in the last race. Knowing this, Tam Nguyen and his team elected to cover Grebstad and force them back down the fleet. While the championship top two boats D51 and D55 were dancing together around the back of the fleet, the battle for first place in the last race continued

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between husband and wife Phyllis Chang (D50) and Lowell Chang (D46). Phyllis stayed ahead of her husband to win the final race. However, Lowell won overall against his wife in the championship results with a third while Phyllis came in a close fourth. Tam’s cover of Karl turned out to be successful. He won the title by one point over Karl who ended up 6th in the last race while Tam could discard his 7th position. After a quick trip back to Middle Island in strengthening wind and chop conditions, the participants, families and sponsors enjoyed a casual hamburger dinner on Middle Island lawn before the prizegiving ceremony where Slam representative Jack Young handed out prizes to the first three overall winners. The success of the event was made possible by the strong support of the sponsors, Nepa Shipping, Slam, and Northrop & Johnson, and was extensively covered by a professional photographer (Guy Nowell) and a cameraman (Oliver Merz). Dragons sail all year long in Hong Kong out of RHKYC Shelter Cove, participate in team racing against other clubs (Asia Pacific Interport, European Interport) and a growing number participate in races on the International circuit. If you would like to join in as a crew, helm or owner, please contact – there are always boats in need of crew and fast boats available for sale!

2011 Hong Kong Laser Championships Words: Dom in ic H ardo o n , R ic h a r d K n i g h t • P ho t o s : R i c h a r d K ni ght

Winner Radial: Akira Sakai

Day 1

Winner Standard: Matheus Dellagnelo

Winner 4.7: Gerald Williams

RHKYC members who would like to charter a Club Laser for the that event please contact

Day 2


his year’s Laser Championships got off to a great start with some near perfect sailing weather. Setting the pace in the Standard fleet was top-ranked Brazil sailor Mattheus Dellagnello, who flew in the night before and still made it look easy! Also joining us this year were sailors from the Polish national team, with entries in both the Radial and 4.7 divisions. Racing was close in all fleets, and the blustery conditions made it a challenge of both physical and mental stamina. On day one Race Officer Paul Dalton got racing underway with a quick 30min race. The tide pushed the fleet up on the line, forcing a general recall and the pin end to be reset. For the next two races the course was extended to create a 35 to 40min race, and with a less 20 | January 2012


biased line the remaining races got off with only a small number of individual recalls. The formula was much the same for day two. Race Officer Cheung Mei Han set the sailors a similar length course to the previous day except for the second race the Standards opted for a double inner loop. This actually allowed the 4.7s to be restarted before the Radials finished, and also the Radials to be started again before the Standards finished.

Congratulations to winners Matheus Dellagnelo in the Standard fleet, Akira Sakai in the Radial fleet and Gerald Williams in the 4.7 fleet. Also thank you to all the volunteers on and off the water who helped make this event as successful as it was. On a special note, David Early will be moving back to Australia. We take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ – he no doubt raised the bar and made us all better in the process. David, we wish you and your family all the best, happy sailing, and hope to see you again soon!

With the fresh breeze there was close racing in all three classes with Mattheus showing the fleets excellent downwind speed. Long gone are the days when you could use the downwind leg to catch your breath! The next HKLCA event will be the Port Shelter Laser Regatta on 4 and 5 February 2012. Any Mattheus with David

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Around Lamma Race

8 October 2011

Words: Ben Smith • Photos: various

race! Unfortunately John had not taken his tape measure for a swim with him, and the canoe’s handling was not perfect in the rolling swells. Team Blue capsized five minutes later. With no-one left to race, Team Blue stormed home, laughing in the face of adversity, in a time of 2hrs 50min. Races like this are what real experience is made of. We are now beginning to look towards the Around the Island Race – for once, we have a choice of strong combinations to field. Other clubs are beginning to notice that strange things are happening down at Middle Island...

The ladies leap in ‘LeMans’ start style


he Outrigger Section entered three crews in the Around Lamma Race 2011, showing the depth of talent we now have (particularly compared with last year). The Around Lamma Race is arguably one of the most gruelling physical challenges afloat in the Hong Kong sports calendar. The course is elegant in its simplicity: set off from Tai Wan To (next to the power station) and keep going with Lamma Island on your right hand side until you can smell the barbecue back at Tai Wan To. No changes to crew allowed: just you, your crew mates and a

The ladies race to the beach

few energy gels. Just over 14 miles of pretty much all the water conditions Hong Kong can throw at you, and for those of us of that persuasion, making a real effort to get back quickly to watch the French knock the English out of the Rugby World Cup. Pain, with a side order of pain. The ladies (Page, Lacroix, Hengveld, Yik, Wilson and Wong) raced in the morning and had a good run finishing 6th in a time of 2.42 (21 minutes behind the winners IPC and ten seconds behind OCC). In the 22 | January 2012


afternoon RHKYC fielded two men’s crews, using the Club’s canoe and one borrowed from HKOCC. The ‘Yellow’ crew (Holmes, Modderman, Tam, Winterkorn, Smith and Pache) had a great start and was tussling for the lead with HKIPC’s top men’s boat until Yung Shue Wan, and in contact with them until we turned into the Lamma channel. The Yellow boat had a great run, using Pache’s steering expertise to catch some memorable surfing runs across the southern end of the island, and finished 7 minutes behind HKIPC in 2 hours and 13 minutes. The third placed crew was not in sight as we finished. The ‘Blue’ crew (Maynard, Bulbeck, O’Hara, Mowatt, Kamyar and McLennan) had an exciting race. They had a monumental battle with HKOCC for 7th place having used the first part of the course to get into paddling together (as ever, RHKYC was fielding crews that had never paddled in these configurations before). Fortunately David Bulbeck was able to use his military experience (and Gurkha fitness) to ensure before long all were marching in time and picking off targets in the distance. As the boats raced past Sham Wan (Turtle Beach) the canoe that our boys were in showed its loyalty to its club – the ama (outrigger) binding gave way, leaving Team Blue with very little to keep them upright. At this point John McLennan, demonstrating the flair for bodging things together that has made him one of the premier furniture retailers in Hong Kong, dived over the side into the four foot swells that buffeted the canoe and quickly lashed the wayward float back onto its outrigger using nothing more substantial than the tow rope and a balding ex-Gurkha. Team Blue were back in the

Team Blue

Team Blue

Team Blue making some ‘minor’ adjustments

Rowing Contacts Coach Asst. Coach Middle Island Co-ordinator Shatin Men’s Racing Shatin Women’s Racing

Rowing Section supported by

Tim Luard Dinner Talk on his book

Escape from

Hong Kong Admiral Chan Chak’s Christmas Day Dash, 1941

China. Luard describes how Admiral Chan had insisted on staying to help in the defence of Hong Kong, which he did by garnering local Chinese support, as well as dealing vigorously with enemy agents on the island. It was imperative that the escape of Chan Chak be effected due to Chinese Government request and his prize value to the Japanese. A plan was therefore developed to get the Admiral, together with others of importance, special knowledge or resistance training away from Hong Kong on the MTBs.

W o rds : K e n Bo r t h w i c k


n Christmas Day 1941, just over seventy years ago, the day that Hong Kong fell to the Japanese, a group comprising the senior Chinese political and military representative in Hong Kong, the one-legged Admiral Chan Chak, Royal Naval personnel, senior military officers and others escaped from Hong Kong on the five surviving motor torpedo boats (MTBs) of the 2nd MTB flotilla, and a tugboat. On 11 January 2012, former BBC correspondent Tim Luard (son-in-law of escapee and post-war RHKYC member, Colin McEwan) will give a dinner talk in the Compass Room on his new book, Escape from Hong Kong, subtitled Admiral Chan Chak’s Christmas Day Dash, 1941. Besides Tim’s wife Alison, it is anticipated that there will be several other descendants’ families at the talk, including Donald Chan, son of the Admiral, and Sheena and Tom Recaldin, daughter and grandson of David MacDougall, who was a good friend of the Admiral and became head of the civil administration of Hong Kong in 1945. Tim Luard was one of a group of descendants and their families in the Hong Kong Escape Re-enactment Organisation (HERO) which

staged a re-enactment of the escape two years ago on the 68th anniversary of the escape which I wrote about in the February 2010 Ahoy!. Tim’s book is the first book published on the escape. Although RHKYC gets only passing mention in the book, there was a close connection between the Club and the MTB. As described in Escape, almost all the young officers serving on the MTBs were members of the Hong Kong Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (HKRNVR). The HKRNVR was founded in the RHKYC in its former premises in Oil Street, North Point, and the Clubhouse was its first headquarters. Escape from Hong Kong in effect presents an account of some of our RHKYC wartime predecessors of 70 years ago, highlighting their experiences, sufferings and achievements. Escape from Hong Kong is a gripping story of Anglo-Chinese comradeship and effort against a common adversary at a tragic and critical period in Hong Kong’s and China’s history. At the time of Japan’s invasion of Hong Kong on 7 December 1941 (simultaneous with its attack on Pearl Harbour, British Malaya and the Philippines), Japan had already occupied a large part of

Lt. CJ Collingwood’s MTB. Collingwood sailed with RHKYC member and fellow MTB commander Ron Ashby on his gaff cutter (Collingwood collection from Escape from Hong Kong)

Tim Luard’s book tells of their escape into Free China and beyond, which was by no means a foregone conclusion as readers will discover. As Luard describes, it was Admiral Chan who determined the destination in China of the escaping MTBs. He also describes how the Admiral became the de facto leader from their arrival in what was then occupied Chinese territory. It was very much due to Admiral Chan’s contacts and resourcefulness that success was achieved, but I will leave it to the author and to his work to tell the story of this beacon of success in the dark chapter of the fall of Hong Kong. In securing the escape of Admiral Chan the British military authorities, his comrades in the escape, and the MTB crews fulfilled a commitment as well as a debt to Admiral Chan and the Chinese Government. This was further reciprocated by Admiral Chan and the Chinese people in their facilitating of the onward escape through China to Burma of those military personnel who did not remain to continue the fight in China. The escape provided a milestone of AngloChinese co-operation to build on as the war progressed to its successful conclusion. It also established a bond between the escapees and their descendants which continues to this day.

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Group of escapees including Admiral Chan and David MacDougall, who left first on the ship’s launch of HMS Cornflower, whose ship’s crest hangs in RHKYC Main Bar (Ross collection from Escape in Hong Kong)

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Andrew v Tutu

Elliot with world #11 Thierry Lincou

Wing Ding

Perfect kit for squash

On 14 November RHKYC competed in the Wing Ding Charity Squash Tournament, along with 13 other teams. This year the tournament raised $700,000 for Operation Santa Claus. There was some terrific squash played, with all teams in fancy dress, the highlight being world #11 and former HK Open winner Thierry Lincou playing in a tutu. RHKYC came 12th, so we achieved our prime objective of not collecting the wooden spoon (again!). Special mention goes to the Stewarts who, as always, did a marvellous job of organising the costumes in our allotted colour of silver – a sparkling hat, bow tie and tails that we complemented with white shorts and shirt. It was obviously appreciated by the judges as they gave us maximum kit points. The team consisted of: Adrian Pierse, Catherine Ho, Tom Burns, Richard Kendall, Angus Stewart, Paul Denham, Andrew Sullivan, Elliot Froidevaux, Jon Pipe and James Zhang

Masters’ Super Sixes The following Saturday we participated at the Masters’ Super Sixes, where six teams of six masters players compete over the course of an afternoon – fortunately, this time, without the fancy dress. We went in with a strong team consisting of Frank Achouch, Mansoor Tirmzi, Paul Denham, Andrew Sullivan, Francis Longuepee and Adrian Pierse. We had high hopes of not getting the wooden spoon, which we managed to achieve by instead being awarded a ‘humble pie’ for 26 | January 2012


Denzo, Mansoor and Adrian with 6’s organiser Mike Belbin

and Cam will be playing in A and Gareth and Adrian will be playing in B.

Adrian, happy he’s finished

finishing last. However it was a wonderful afternoon of squash and enjoyed by all (with the exception of Andrew who managed to injure his calf).

Internal League Group A: We have a new King ... Mansoor finished with 20 points having won all his matches. Congratulations! Frank van Kempen came second with 16 points, followed by Darren Jensen and Andrew Moore both with 14 points. Chris Kaye and Darren Sugden closed the group with 8 and 4 points respectively, mainly due to the fact that they did not play all their matches. In December, Frank VK, Mansoor and Chris will not be playing, but Sander Hollman and Francis Longuepee are coming back in A to make it competitive. Group B: Paul Dalton and Cam Alder were on top with 22 points each, followed by Angelo, Tom, Stephan and Keith. In December Paul

Group C: Gareth Williams took the first spot with 18 points... congrats to Adrian Pierse who took the second place. With 2, 5 and 6 points Naomi, Martin and Yannick rounded out the end of the group. The low scores mean that not enough matches were played to have a competitive group. In December, with Keith, Martin, Naomi, Yannick, Bob and Peter all competing in this group, let’s hope that they will complete all their matches. Group D: Good performance for Bob Ikin finishing with 20 points way ahead of anybody else in this group where only a few games were played. Jim Rice had a knee operation and we wish him a prompt recovery. For December I am just ‘praying’ that John, Andrew Cooper, William, Bruce and Raymond will be playing at least a few games.

Winter League Both the Div 10 and M3 teams have been active in November, and a full update will be given next month. Men and women interested in joining should contact

Bowling Your Club needs you! We are actively seeking to re-invigorate bowling within the Club and are trying to expand our pool of players irrespective of the level: • RHKYC Club League – The Club’s internal league will be kicking off again early in the New Year. While we already have a number of teams, it isn’t too late to sign up. You don’t need to be too experienced – while it can get competitive, the main thing is to have a fun night out with some friends and get to know some other Club members. Teams of 6 need to be drawn from a pool of up to 10 people. Matches take place once a month. Contact the Bowling Convenor at or ring Linda on 2239 0312. • Hong Kong Inter-Club Tenpin Bowling league – If you want to get one over on the likes of the HK Football Club, HK Country Club, HK Club, the LRC and Kowloon Tong Club, please get in touch. This is one of your few chances to represent the Yacht Club in matches against some of the other sports and social clubs in Hong Kong. Matches generally take place mid-week twice a

month and move between our lanes and those of the other participating clubs. Given people’s hectic travel, work and social schedules, while we always try to field our strongest possible side, we are always on the lookout for new team members. While we are generally one of the best teams, the standard varies considerably so don’t worry if you think you may not be good enough. You also don’t need to commit to all matches in the season – the dates are listed on the Club website and in the table below so simply let us know which dates you are available and we will try to slot you in. Contact Linda on 2239 0312 or email • Club Bowling nights – the Club bowling nights continue in 2012. These are a great and cheap way for people to practice bowling and meet some of the Club’s other bowlers. Approx $110 per head / night for lanes and shoes. • Bowling social events – throughout 2012 we will be introducing some new social events: fun bowling evenings, tournaments and dinners. Watch this space for more details – getting a strike will never have been as much fun! Date


Playing against

5 Jan 19 Jan 2 Feb 16 Feb 1 Mar 15 Mar 19 Apr 3 May 17 May

RHKYC H K Country Club RHKYC RHKYC Ladies’ Recreation Club RHKYC Kowloon Tong Club H K Football Club RHKYC

H K Football Club H K Country Club H K Club Kowloon Cricket Club Ladies’ Recreation Club H K Cricket Club Kowloon Tong Club H K Football Club H K Country Club

Art Classes at the Club Bring out your creative side in 2012 and join the Club’s art workshops presented by art teacher Roz Keep of Island Arts which provides members of the public with art and sketching ‘on location’ classes. Born in Hong Kong, Roz enjoys painting the unique Hong Kong landscapes and teaches a number of workshops to both young and older people who are keen to develop their talents. For years she taught at the YWCA and now runs an after-school painting club in the community where she has lived for many years. Roz is pleased to be able to offer her popular classes to members of RHKYC.

Parents and Tots Paint Together Tuesdays 7, 14, 21 and 28 February 1030hrs-1130hrs, Youth Club Room

Bring your toddler and produce fun and creative art projects together. Paintings will have Hong Kong themes, from butterflies to food. Children will learn how to handle painting materials with their parent’s help. Each session, or every two sessions, a complete picture will be attempted using large format paper, bright colours and non-toxic washable paint. $300 for parent and one child, $50 extra for each additional child.

Introduction to watercolour Painting for Beginners Thursdays 2, 9, 16, 23 February 1100hrs-1230hrs, Pat Loseby Room

This short course will provide you with an introduction to this very popular water-based medium. Light and versatile, watercolours are used with white or tinted papers to make flowing, transparent pools of colour glow with light from behind. You will learn all this and more in four introductory lessons with Roz. Naturally one can’t learn to paint in just four lessons, and we plan to hold more four-week sessions at the Club depending on demand. Outdoor sketching will also be on offer for groups who are keen to practice the techniques learned during this introductory course. Book for either class by emailing or ringing Linda on 2239 0312.

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Starter’s Box

F o r t h co min g Eve n t s for 20 12 Tomes Cup presented by Leica Class Regatta HKRNVR Nations’ Cup Coastal Race Rolex China Sea Race Middle Island Regatta Happy New Year and Kung Hei Fat Choi to you all for 2012 from the Sailing Office. This year will again be very busy with lots of races and regattas to suit all tastes. If you are planning to do the Rolex China Sea Race, please remember to get your boat preparation in early as the Boatyard will become very busy when spring arrives. RHKYC sail training is also very popular, and we are running as many courses as we can at the moment. Please book early in order to get the course or class you wish to take. There will also be the usual Safety at Sea, First Aid and Radio Courses prior to the Offshore Race. Please see the training pages on the website for details. Have a great Year of the Dragon!

14 January 11 - 12 February 10 March 11 March 17 - 18 March Starts 4 April 21 - 22 April

Sailing/Rowing Circular The Sailing Office puts this out every other Tuesday throughout the year regarding sailing and rowing events. Please contact Alex: if you want something to be included or if you are not receiving these emails and would like to. The circular is best viewed on your computer in HTML format due to the pictures included in the newsletter. For further details please contact Alex on 2239 0362 or via email:

For the latest information please visit our website:

Alex Johnston Sailing Manager

Rolex China Sea Race 2012 Documentation Deadlines & Timetable Date

Event / Information

March Mon 5 Rolex CSR 2012: Submission of Entry Form and Entry Fee. Crew Experience Form deadline. Submission of Liferaft Certificate(S). INMARSAT MMSI and EPIRB No. Sea Survival Certificates and First Aid/CPR Certificates. Fri 9 Submission of Safety Checklist and Safety Compliance Form/ Race Declaration. Mon 12 Late Entries Deadline. No refund after this date. Sat 17



1800hrs for all documentation.

Sun 18

Coastal Race Details TBA. NB: Not part of the Rolex CSR 2012 series but good opportunity to train crew and shake down boat, including testing SSB Radio and MOB drills. Coastal Race finishes.

Sat 24

Rugby Sevens

Sun 25

Rugby Sevens

Mon 26

Submission of HK Customs Bulk Clearance forms.



Fri 30


Deadline for IRC Certificates/change of rating. 1800hrs HKPN PIPS Declaration deadline. Final Ratings posted on Official Noticeboard, and end of protests on ratings. Submission of next-of-kin and immigration info. 1000hrs

Apr il Welcome Drinks – lawn at Kellett Island.


Tue 3

Immigration Clearance – Kellett Island. Skippers’ and Weather Briefing.

Wed 4 Sun 8

START OF RACE: Victoria Harbour Delayed start at Shek O if wind is light. Location Party – SBYC

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

Mon 9

Race officially ends.


Wed 18

Prizegiving at RHKYC – Compass Room.

1900hrs – drinks 1930hrs – awards

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presented by Leica Don’t forget the first event of 2012 and the second pursuit race of the Top Dog Series! A great opportunity to get back on the water after the festive season and get back in the groove. Sign up on the day in the Course Room at Kellett Island.

Class Regatta Another chance to race against other class boats in Shelter Cove. This will be the only major regatta in February before the very busy spring, so do not miss this opportunity. Please see the sailing pages on the website for all the details, including the entry form.

Photos: Guy Nowell

Mon 2

Tomes Cup

Skandia Sail Training in partnership with Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club


Sailing Development Manager Richard Knight 2239 0363 Performance Coach Nick Hollis 2812 7063 Centre Sailing Instructors Patrick Lam and Ting Chan 2812 7063 Sail Training Administrator Gloria Yeung 2239 0395

RHKYC Youth Sailing Pathway As reported last month the Skandia Youth Sail Training programme has been revised specifically to allow our sailors to develop their skills in Optimists further before moving on to bigger craft. We have introduced a new syllabus course, Step 4, that will focus on improving boat handling and tuning and include more racing skills.

Youth Sailing Training Scheme START SAILING 6 to 10yrs

Optimist Practice

Go Optimist

Silver Squad

Optimist Step 1

HKSF Level 1

Optimist Step 3 Optimist Step 4

HKSF Level 2

Go Sailing, Youth Sailing Club, Intro to Racing

HKSF Level 3

Intro to Lasers Racing Squads Optimist Laser 420 29er

420 & 29er Clinics RHKYC Assistant Instructor

Sharks Squads Update The RHKYC Cadet sailors were out in force at the ABC South Side Regatta. In the Optimist fleet there were five RHKYC sailors in the top 12 with Sophie Tulloch the first Shark in 5th, while Clara Krantz was 7th and Taylor Walshe 10th. Just behind them was Ferdinand Heldman in 11th and Scarlett Manzoni in 12th. Juliana Choi, Max and Tim Green all finished in the top 20. Most improved of the weekend was one of our new Sharks, James Davidson, who in one day finished 28th, 18th and then 8th. You can’t argue with that! In the doublehander fleet we had two 420s and two 29ers racing. If you have seen all the photos on the Club’s Facebook page then you will have noticed it was extremely exciting racing! In particular the 29ers were flying around the course and the improvement we saw was fantastic. The 29er sailors are targeting the 29er World Championships in Germany in July 2012 as their major event. A few more weekends like this and they will be well on their way to do well there! Our coaches are very proud of our sailors and it is fantastic to see them all moving up the ranks together.

11yrs up

Optimist Step 2

Optimists at South Side Regatta – RHKYC in the lead pack

If you would like more information on the Squads, contact Nick Hollis.

HKSF Level 4

HKSF Day Sailing

HKSF Racing Skills

29ers at South Side Regatta, Campbell and Sofia

Courses organised with Adult Programme

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Sailing Development and Training

2012 January to June Skandia Youth and Skandia Adult Sail Training Programmes are available online

Sailing Development and Training

So you want to go faster? Seminar Series N O T I C E B O AR D 訓 練 班 預 告 Application forms and more details click on ‘Training’ or email Youth Training available in Jan and Feb Practice Optimist and Silver Squad 7, 14 Jan, 4, 18 Feb Youth Sailing Club 8, 15 Jan, 5, 19 Feb

Four seminars have already been presented in November and December. If you missed these you can still watch them on the RHKYC YouTube page. For links visit

Rem aining Seminars Pre-China Sea Race Prep Rules Night Team Racing Practice Protest

17 January 2012 6 March 2012 13 March 2012 20 March 2012

FIS Half-Term Courses 27 Feb – 2 Mar Youth Easter Holiday Training Week One 2 – 6 April Week Two 9 – 13 April Adult Beginners Option One 7, 8, 14, 15, 28 Jan (resail 29 Jan) Option Two 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 Feb (resail 19 Feb) Option Three 25, 26 Feb, 10, 11, 17 Mar (resail 17 Mar) Adult Advanced HKSF Level 3 2, 7, 8, 14, 15 Jan (resail 28 Jan) HKSF Level 4 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 Feb (resail 19 Feb) Adult Supervised Sailing 7 Jan – Distance Sail 14 Jan – Boat handling 29 Jan – Intro to Laser 1 11 Feb – Spinnaker 12 Feb – Racing 26 Feb – Distance Sail RHKYC Cadet Sharks Optimist Squad FULL Optimist sailors aged 9 and up Laser Squad Laser sailors aged 13 and up Doublehander Squad 420 and 29er sailors aged 11 and up Dinghy Regattas on the Horizon 4 – 5 Feb HKLCA Port Shelter Champs 4 – 5 Feb 3rd Selection Trials for HKSF Youth Squads 11 – 12 Feb 4th Selection Trials for HKSF Youth Squads 3 – 4 Mar Interschool Regatta Shorebased Courses Courses planned for February to March 2012 First Aid and CPR Option 1 13, 15, 20, 22 Feb Option 2 12, 14, 29, 21 Mar Refresher 13, 20 Mar Radio Operators Long Range Operator 11, 12, 25, 26 Feb Exams 5 – 8 Mar HKSF Safety and Survival at Sea Course Spring 2012 – contact

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THEO FRANQUET How old are you? I am 14, turning 15 in early November. Where do you sail from now? I sail mainly at the RHKYC (I really like all the different boats we are using) but I also like to sail in Stanley with my dad at a public club. What boats have you sailed? I first started in Brittany, France, in an Optimist, and then I sailed a Hobie cat over a few summers when I was in Corsica. Then, when I moved to Hong Kong five years ago, I got my level 2 and then my level 3. This is when I started sailing Q’bas, Fevas, Laser 4.7, Laser 3000 and I even tried the 29er. Which is your all-time favourite? I like to sail single-handed on a Laser 4.7 and double-handed on a Laser 3000. What are you currently sailing? At the moment, I sail either a Feva or a Laser 3000. What is your best result? I have never participated in an official regatta, but I remember finishing 3rd in a race during the Cadet weekend. What is your sailing ambition for the future? One day I would really like to sail a bigger boat and travel around the world. What keeps you going when you have a bad day, week, month? Whenever I feel I had a bad moment, I really try to forget it by doing other things like sports with friends, watching a movie or reading (often comics). Who is your idol? Why? To be honest, I am not a fan of any sailor, but my idol would be Rodney Mullen. He is a very talented and famous skateboarder. I first heard about him when I started skateboarding. I have watched some of his videos and I am still amazed by the way he skates. Any advice for other young sailors? Sailing is all about having fun and challenging yourself. I would also advise them to try sailing in other countries during the holidays. Every place you sail in is memorable and has its own uniqueness.


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After 62 Years of Service We come of Age 62 years ago Lambert Brothers was founded in Hong Kong. Over the years the company has grown into a successful multi class insurance broker and more recently has been known as the Heath Lambert Group.


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With effect from the 9th May, the company’s 62nd anniversary in Hong Kong, the company will revert back to its former name of Lambert Brothers Insurance Brokers.

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We look forward to working with you Our address and contact numbers remain unchanged 1608 Asian House, 1 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong TEL (852) 28 777 777 FAX (852) 28 777 666 EMAIL

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to let readers know what’s in store for them Call Suzy Rayment on 2792 6234 or email for rates. Discount for members January 2012 Ahoy!

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dangerous to access if the northeast monsoon is blowing. Best for yachts (not surfers) in the summer months when sustained southerlies mean relatively calm water.

Photo: Guy Nowell

Things are clearly not what they used to be. Just a few years ago literature from the Hong Kong Tourism Board would have highlighted tourist spots such as the Peak, the night markets, shopping centres, restaurants, Stanley Market and of course themed attractions such as Ocean Park and latterly Disneyland.


hilst the Peak still heads the HKTB’s top five list, Victoria Harbour ranks number two, with the Outlying Islands coming in at four, and ‘The Hong Kong Global Geopark of China’ (better known to most as Double Haven, the Sai Kung Country Park and associated islands) ranking fifth. It would seem that HKTB are waking up to a fact that we sailors have known for many years, that Hong Kong is blessed with a spectacular harbour, some stunning stretches of coastline and a fascinating variety of islands and outlying villages. Almost 70% of Hong Kong’s landmass could be classified as being ‘rural’, with a massive 41% being zoned as Country Park. This is amongst the highest percentages of landmass given over to Country Park worldwide, and one of the great ironies of a city renowned for its urban lifestyle. There can be few places around the world that offer the sailor such a wide variety of cruising waters within such a compact area, and there is little doubt that whether just out for a day sail, a weekend away or an extended cruise of ten days or more, Hong Kong has a huge amount to offer. Here is just one suggested itinerary for a full week’s cruise on a modern 40’ to 50’ cruising yacht starting from Causeway Bay. Day 1 1000hrs – Depart Causeway Bay at a civilised hour – sail out to the Nine Pin group – 11nm – allow 2 – 2 ½ hours. Anchor for lunch. Mid afternoon – depart Nine Pins to Snake Bay (Tai Sze Wan). 7nm – allow 1 ½ hours. Anchor – swim – dinner on board. Day 2 1000hrs – Depart Snake Bay around to Double Haven. 21nm – allow 4 32 | January 2012


to 5 hours. Anchor at Sam A Wan in Double Haven, mid to late afternoon. Short walk ashore followed by dinner on board, or at the local village store in Sam A Tsuen. Day 3 1000hrs – Depart Sam A Wan to Tung Ping Chau. Distance 10nm – allow 2 hours. Anchor at Tung Ping Chau and go ashore to explore the island and have lunch. Depart Tung Ping Chau mid-afternoon for Tap Mun (Grass Island). Dinner ashore. If weather permits, remain at anchor at Tap Mun, or if a more sheltered anchorage is required, relocate two miles further south to Wong Shek. Day 4 0900hrs – Depart Tap Mun / Wong Shek to Tai Long Wan. If weather permits, anchor safely off either Sai Wan or Ham Tin beach for a swim. 9nm – allow 2 hours. Caution – the beaches of Tai Long Wan are exposed to the east and are normally

Lunch on board, or at the village store in Ham Tin if safe to get on to the beach. Depart mid-afternoon to Jade Bay or Shelter Cove. 12nm – allow 3 hours. Moorings are available for members in Jade Bay, and offer a respite from anchoring. Alternatively if a shower and a run ashore is more appealing, an overnight stay at Shelter Cove can make a nice change. Another option would be to head to Leung Sheung Wan and have dinner at one of the seafood restaurants located in the bay. Day 5 0900hrs – Depart Shelter Cove / Jade Bay / Leung Suen Wan to Po Toi. 16nm – allow 4 hours. Anchor at Po Toi and go ashore to enjoy the legendary seafood on offer. Depart Po Toi mid-afternoon to Middle Island. Pick up a guest mooring and pop ashore for a shower followed by a leisurely barbecue. Day 6 1000hrs – Depart Middle Island to the Soko Island Group. 18nm – Allow 4 – 5 hours. Arrive Sokos, mid-afternoon. Anchor – ashore to explore. Dinner on the beach. Day 7 1200hrs – Depart Sokos for Causeway Bay. 18nm – Allow 4-5 hours. It goes without saying that an itinerary such as this is weather dependant, and that the specific anchorages chosen will depend on the prevailing conditions. However, with so many interesting destinations to choose from it could be many years before the allure of cruising Hong Kong’s waters begins to fade – if, indeed, it ever does.



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Alltek Marine Camino-101 Class B AIS Approved by the BSH/CE/FCC/USCG, the AMEC CAMINO-101 Class B AIS Transponder sets new standards for quality, performance, and price. It delivers a versatile and high-quality AIS transponder that integrates easily with existing systems. It is an excellent choice for both recreational and professional use.

$5,400 Spibelt Small Personal Item Belt Sleek, expandable, secure and does not bounce. Can hold an iPod™, Blackberry™, cell, keys, up to five GU™ packs, and other small personal items. The SPIbelt does not bounce, ride or shift while you are running or doing other activities. The SPIbelt is great for athletic events, travelling, carrying diabetic supplies, and much more.

Para’Kito Mosquito Repellent Band Para’Kito™ is a natural product and doesn’t contain DEET or IR3535. The bands can be worn on the wrist or ankle, day and night, to repel mosquitoes. Long lasting, the Para’Kito™ pellets last for fifteen days and are waterproof, meaning that swimming, heavy rain or any contact with water will not affect the product’s efficiency.



$199 to 259

Yacht Club Gold-thread Blazer Badge

$8 each Yacht Club Post Cards


Call David in the Ship Shop on

2239 0336 or email:

Princetion Tec Shockwave LED Flashlight


Shockwave LED features Princeton Tec’s proprietary optics, three Maxbright LEDs, two light levels and LED heat regulation. Three 3W Maxbright LEDs pump out 400 lumens of pure brute power with two modes of illumination, high for super bright and low for extended battery life. The light output is calibrated for both close-range tasks and spotting at a distance. Impact-resistant and waterproof to 100 metres. Runs on eight C-size alkaline batteries (included) for up to 20 hours. Made in U.S.A.

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Jebsen & Co Ltd Unit 5, G/F, Aberdeen Marina Tower 8 Shum Wan Road Aberdeen, Hong Kong T: 3180 3183 F: 2805 6867 Contact:Olivier Decamps

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21/F Aon China Building 29 Queen’s Road Central Hong Kong Tommy Ho, Associate Director, Yacht Department T: 2862 4241 F: 2861 6487

Marine Products Sky International Room 703 Henan Building 90 Jaffe Road Wanchai, Hong Kong Contact: Gideon Mowser T: 2827 5876 F: 2827 7120 For all your Marine Leisure Needs, from Dinghies to Grand Prix Racing Yachts

Storm Force Marine Ltd

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North Sails Hong Kong Ltd G3-5, Pak Sha Wan Centre Sai Kung, Hong Kong T: 2327 8180 F: 2327 8160 Contact: Russ Parker M: 9457 3573 Contact: Steve Trebitsch M: 6385 0180 North Sails Asian Service Centre

Training Yachting Ventures Ltd

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Lambert Brothers Insurance Brokers (Hong Kong) Ltd

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Smooth Marine Equipment Ltd No 29C Shum Wan Road Po Chong Wan, Aberdeen Hong Kong T: 2580 8248 F: 2870 0263 Contact: May Chan

Racing Yacht Services Ltd Contact: Nigel Reeves M: 9768 6437 Contact: Dan Brennan M: 9122 6637 Sail Storage/Boat Preparation/ Running Rigging

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN REACHING THE BOATING COMMUNITY IN HONG KONG? ...then Ahoy! should be your choice. If you are interested please email or contact Suzy Rayment on 2792 6234 or 9680 3511

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Beer of the Month

Wines of the Month from Western Australia Franklin Tate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Margaret River

Lucky Beer

This wine is crispy and refreshing. Citrus with a touch of tropical fruit note.

Available in all F&B outlets at only $29 per bottle

Franklin Tate Cabernet Merlot 2010, Margaret River This wine shows blackcurrant, cassis and plum on the bouquet. Mediumbodied palate with a lovely juicy character to the back-palate and finish. Available in all F&B outlets at $225 per bottle

Chinese New Year Auspicious Dishes in the Bistro 26 January to 6 February

Begin the Chinese New Year with dishes that are traditionally said to bring you luck. A selection of special dishes will be served in the Bistro between 26 January and 6 February inclusive. Superior Crabmeat and Crab Roe Broth with Clams 全年順景 (鮑貝蟹皇羹) Steamed Garoupa Fillets with Conpoy and Dried Oyster Sauce 年年有餘 (瑤柱蠔豉鬆扒斑柳) Sautéed Scallops with Asparagus and Salmon Roe 金玉滿堂 (三文魚籽蘆筍炒帶子) Braised Sliced Top Shell with Abalone Sauce and Black Mushrooms 包羅萬有 (北菇鮑汁海螺片) Hong Kong ‘Under-the-bridge’ Style stir-fried Eggplants and Vegetables with Preserved Black Beans and Fried Garlic 黄金滿屋 (避風塘式炒茄子時蔬) Diced Pork Trotter, Water Chestnuts and Pine Nuts served in Lettuce Cups 橫財就手 (馬蹄崧子豬手粒生菜包) Stir-fried Prawns with Lotus Roots, Lily Bulbs and Broccoli 嘻哈大笑(蓮藕百合西蘭花炒蝦球) Steamed Chicken with Yunnan Ham, Bamboo Piths and Chinese Herbs 竹報平安 (雲腿竹笙杞子蒸雞)

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Boston Lobster Pro motio n in the Compass Room 2 to 31 January (except 22 to 25 January) App e t i s e r s

Lobster Sampler Lobster Soufflé, Smoked Salmon-wrapped Lobster, Lobster and Scallop Bruschetta

Lobster and Shrimp Cake, Diced Avocado, Shellfish Aioli Lobster and Portobello Mushroom Salad, Sun-dried Tomato Jus, Wonton Chip Lobster and Oysters Kilpatrick on Tomato Shells, Baby Spinach Main


Surf and Turf Char-grilled Half Lobster, Wagyu Beef Medallion and Gooseliver Sauce

Caribbean Lobster Paella Lobster Chunks, Shrimp, Chicken, Blue Mussels, Chorizo Sausages in Saffron Rice

Lobster and Clam Carbonara with Angel Hair, Herb and Bacon Cream Sauce Grilled Half Lobster and Marinated (Sustainable) Cod Fillet, Glazed Spring Vegetables, Lemongrass Soya Jus

For reservations, please call the Compass Room on 2239 0374.

Double-boiled Soup, Snake Soup and Hot Pot Rice in the Bistro 1 to 21 January

The popularity of this promotion sees it extended through to 21 January 2012. Don’t miss the chance to taste these dishes!

Double-boiled Soups / Snake Soup River Carp, Chinese Herbs 天麻川弓燉山斑魚

Inama Wine Dinner Tuesday 10 January – Compass Room

Producing classic wines from the Veneto in Italy is the Inama family’s vocation and passion. Giuseppe Inama, the estate’s founder, began to purchase small plots of vineyards in the heart of the Soave Classico region in the 1950s. At the time, few appreciated the area’s potential, but Giuseppe believed that he could make a wine capable of restoring Soave’s reputation by working with only top quality vineyards of old-vine Garganega (Soave’s original grape). Today Inama comprises 70 acres of vineyards in the heart of the Soave Classico, and Giuseppe’s son Stefano, who assumed control of winemaking in 1992, is considered a dynamic visionary of the region.

Spring Chicken Soup with Cordyceps Blossom 蟲草花燉春雞

Pork Shank, Corn, Chinese Yam 粟米淮山燉豬

Braised Snake Soup served with Lemon Leaves and Chrysanthemums 菊花三蛇羹

Pre-dinner Tasting Dinner Speaker Price

1930hrs 2000hrs Mr Stefano Inama, Owner and Winemaker Only $668 per person (or $628 per person per booking of 6 persons or more per table)

Pre-dinner Cocktail Inama Soave Classico DOC 2009

Menu and Wines Green Tomato stuffed with Lobster, Crabmeat and Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese, Apple and Pear Salsa Inama Soave Classico Vigneto Du Lot DOC 2009

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Hot Pot Rice Preserved Chinese Liver Sausage, Pork Sausage, Pork Meat and Duck Leg 臘味油鴨煲仔飯

Pork Patty, Salted Fish 鹹魚肉餅煲仔飯

Marinated Chicken, Conpoy, Black Mushrooms 北菇瑤柱滑雞煲仔飯

Sliced Garoupa, Dried Whitebaits, Fried Garlic 蒜香銀魚乾斑片煲仔飯

Sliced Marbled Beef, Enoki Mushrooms, XO Chilli Sauce XO醬金菇肥牛煲仔飯

Pork Spare Ribs, Preserved Vegetables

Roast Seabass Fillet, Asparagus and Parma Ham, Citrus and Olive Oil Dressing Inama Vulcaia Sauvignon IGT 2010

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Rosso Risotto with Chicken and Dried Cherries Inama Bradisismo IGT 2006

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Braised Beef Short Ribs on Portobello Mushroom, Parsnips and Carrots, Natural Jus Inama Oratorio San Lorenzo IGT 2006

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Bitter Dark Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta, Grenadine Sorbet, Silvery Caramel Nest Inama Carmenere Più IGT 2008

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Freshly Brewed Coffee or Gourmet Tea

欖菜排骨煲仔飯 January 2012 Ahoy!

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Curries at Middle Island and Shelter Cove 2 to 29 January Grilled (Sustainable) Salmon Fillet, Thai Green Curry Sauce, Steamed Rice 扒(環保)三文魚柳、泰式青咖喱汁、白飯 Indian Vegetarian Thali Vegetable Curry, Punjabi Potato Curry, Pilaf Rice 印式素菜薈萃 咖喱雜菜、印式咖喱馬鈴薯、印度飯 Vietnamese Style Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk, Sweet Potatoes, Baguette 越式椰汁咖喱雞、番薯、法式麵包 Japanese Style Udon with Pork Chop Curry 日式咖喱豬扒烏冬

Lion Dance and Chinese New Year Fireworks

Jazz, R&B and Dancing After Dark Friday 27 January in the Bistro

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

Tuesday 24 January

The Chinese New Year fireworks display will take place as usual on the second day of Lunar New Year. We will have the God of Wealth doing a walkabout in the Turning Circle at 1830hrs, a Lion Dance in the Turning Circle at 1900hrs, and the 23-minute fireworks display will start at 2000hrs.

Monthly Wine Fairs

Dinner will be served in various outlets. Information has been posted on the Club website, included in the weekly events email, and advertised on posters at all three Clubhouses.

Home-made Chinese New Year Puddings

Our very well received homemade Chinese New Year Puddings will be available between 9 and 22 January (18 January is the deadline for ordering). Selections are listed below and two different sizes of each will be available for you to choose from – the small size is 600gm and the large size is 1,200gm. Chinese Turnip Pudding 腊味蘿蔔糕 Sweetened Water-Chestnut Pudding 香甜馬蹄糕 Sweetened Glutinous Pudding 椰汁年糕 The order form can be downloaded from the website or obtained from any F&B outlet. Please return the completed forms to the F&B Office in person, fax to 2239 0341 or email Kindly allow at least 24 hours’ notice. All puddings ordered but not collected will be charged for. For any enquiries, please call Angie Chan in the F&B Office on 2239 0389. 38 | January 2012 Ahoy!

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 dining voucher to spend at our F&B outlets! This is 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! Wed 4 January 1830hrs-2030hrs in the Chart Room at Kellett Island Fri 6 January 1930hrs-2130hrs at Shelter Cove For reservations, please call Janice on 2239 0340 or email

Year End Dinner / Spring Dinner

It’s not too late for you to get together with your family or staff to welcome the Year of the Dragon. The Club has prepared several sumptuous Year End Dinner / Spring Dinner menus and value-for-money packages for you to choose from. Please contact our Banquet Experts on 2239 0339 / 2239 0327 or email

Meetings / Seminars Are you planning to have meetings, seminars or workshops? The Gun Room, Ward Room and Chart Room at Kellett Island are convenient venues for holding meetings or seminars. The Sedgwick Room, Minnitt Room and Tong Po Chau Room at Middle Island are ideal offsite locations for seminars or workshops. We have lots of packages ready to suit your requirements. For bookings and enquiries, please call the Banquet Office on 2239 0339 / 2239 0327 or email

NEW MEMBERS December 2011 ORDINARY MEMBERS Mrs Anna Flynn Mr Gary M Jessop Mr Andrew M Limond Mr Liu Yong Feng Mr David H K Ma Mr Anthony J McColough Ms Sarah M Searson Mr Julian M Stargardt Ms Amanda C Yik Ms Victoria Ashworth & Mr Douglas M Wolfson Mr & Mrs Chan Kin Lung Mr & Mrs Nicolas Y M Galmiche Mr & Mrs Li Qing Mr & Mrs Jason S H Tam Mr & Mrs David C Whitney Ms Bonnie P S Wong & Mr Carson Chan SHORT TERM MEMBERS Mr Francis R Dibben

FULL MEMBERS Mr Robert A Charnock-Smith Mr Philippe Gresinski Mr Kenny L K Mok Mr Eugene Y C Wong Ms Fiona M Woodhouse



Lowe Bingham & Matthews – Partner

CADET MEMBERS Francesca L H Chung Paul C M Galmiche Maud A M Galmiche Li Haolin Alice K Marriott Ella O’Connell Yau Yan Ki

Mr & Mrs Nicholas R Metson


HSBC – Manager Technical Services, Data Centre Infrastructure Mgt, DIPD

Mr & Mrs Chan Suen Tung Mr & Mrs Ian S Martin

HSBC – Head of Group Audit, ASP Morgan Stanley Asia Limited – Executive Director, Legal

ABSENT MEMBERS Mr Alessandro Fiascaris Miss Jeena Lee Mr Michael Poll Miss Simone L Wheeler Mr & Mrs Jacques Bertrand Mr & Mrs Kym W Evans Mr & Mrs Philip T Woodroffe Isabella L Campbell-Breeden

Ms Jane S Lah & Mr Raghav Maliah Chan Sin Ying Tiffany K K Chan Michael C F Choi Kwok Ho Lum Mikaela Kvan Derrick K L Lau Justin C H So Alvin H Y Tin Michelle Valentine Anna van der Zalm

RESIGNED MEMBERS Mr Shane T Izaks Mr Geoffrey P MacDonald Mr Tom K B W Gray Mr Wong Yu Yan

NEW Baby Nigel Reeves and Donna Healy are pleased to announce the birth of Patrick John HealyReeves on 30 August 2011 weighing seven pounds. Big sister Meg and the dogs are delighted with the new arrival.

Real Club Náutico de Barcelona

The Memorandum and Articles of Association of our Club state that one of the objectives for which the Club is established is to encourage boat and yacht sailing and rowing. It also imparts that the Membership Committee (being an elected committee) will be responsible for ensuring that a person seeking entrance is a fit and proper person to become a member of a particular category of membership. The current Membership Committee (‘MemCom’) was elected on 14 June this year, with its first meeting held during the first week of July. Co-incidentally, the General Committee decided in June that the Life, Full, Ordinary and Spouse membership total of the Club will stay at 3,600 and that this number will not be enlarged. Since then the ‘new’ MemCom has been working hard on introducing measures to enhance the transparency of the work of the MemCom. As a result we have rewritten the guidelines for admission of applicants for ordinary membership and have set up the order of priority for admission when the membership ceiling is reached and a waiting list has to be in place. To achieve this, MemCom had endeavoured to listen to the views of the non-elected candidates previously standing for election to the MemCom, take comments from the Commodore and the General Committee, and also ideas from some individual members of our Club. After rounds of discussion, a clear set of guidelines, criteria and the order of priority for admission for ordinary membership is now posted on the Club’s website, circulated in the weekly email to members and published in the Guidance Notes for application references - what the MemCom looks for in an application is made clear to both existing members and those interested in joining the Club.

History The Real Club Náutico of Barcelona is an entity with more than 125 years of history, created to serve its members both at sea and ashore. Currently the club is affiliated with several associations such as the Federació Catalana de Vela and the Federació Catalana de Motonáutica, and has agreements with other important clubs. The club is currently organising big races.

Sailing The most popular classes of boats sailed are: Cruisers and Classic Yacht. The club also runs a sailing school for hundreds of students each year. Facilities • 200 moorings • Restaurant and bar, catering for up to 110 persons

• 3 banquet rooms • 3 guest rooms • Free car parking

Real Club Náutico de Barcelona Muelle de España, S/N 08039, Barcelona, Spain Tel: (34) 93-221-6521 Fax: (34) 93-221-6253 Email:

I hope that with better clarity concerning what we are doing and what we are expecting from an applicant, more quality and genuine sailors and rowers will be recruited and admitted to the Club in the future. I wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all my fellow crew in the MemCom for their active and constructive participation. The time, thought and effort that we have shared in the past months have been valuable. May I wish all of you a very happy and a prosperous New Year! Leon Chan Chairman, Membership Committee



Jack D Wyke Evans Mitchell C Wyke Evans Thomas H Wyke Evans Daniel Hanemann Mark H P Lee Alice Marriott Marvin Y H Yeung

Vice Commodore Joachim Isler swaps burgees with Toni Guiu, Board Member of the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona January 2012 Ahoy!

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了半小時。我再一次多謝冠名贊助商 ─ 洲克的支持,還有所有參賽者、義









冠軍的表現尤其突出,其他名次之得獎選手表現都勢均力敵,Jonny 會在本






Roger Eastham 及他的團隊提供專業服務。

不僅成年選手享受到賽艇樂趣,在 Toby 的指導下,青年選手實力也大大提



大青針帆船賽」的船隊中,六隊完成了賽事。恭喜 Ambush 在Racing 組別


及 Clove Hitch 在 Cruising 組別獲勝。


「Top Dog 盃系列帆船賽」中的第三項目「Tomes 盃帆船賽」將於一月


十四日在海港舉行。這賽事提供予 IRC Cruiser,Dragon,Etchells,Flying


Fifteen,Impala,J/80,Pandora,Ruffian, Sonata and Sportsboat 組別公開





飲食快訊 祝各位新年快樂,並歡迎曾離港渡假的會員回港。希望大家渡過 非常愉快的聖誕節,並享受本會為你們安排的各項節日慶祝活動。

澳洲西部名釀 一月 Franklin Tate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Margaret River

對我來說,期中最難忘的節日慶祝活動是本會為紅十字會醫院學校舉 辦的「聖誕樹頭蛋糕裝飾」活動。我深感榮幸可以親身參與,並目睹 同學們掛在臉上歡欣的笑容 — 他們的確在本會渡過了愉快的時光。


Franklin Tate Cabernet Merlot 2010, Margaret River



除裝飾樹頭蛋糕外,我們的資深航海教練更為他們作航海介紹,從他 們的提問中,可知同學們確實用心聆聽講解,並從中產生對帆船運動

聖誕及新年過後,還有幾個星期便是農曆新年龍年的來臨。請留意本 總經理布馬克





Lucky Beer

及白沙灣停車場。駕駛在車輛停駛時不得讓汽車引擎空轉超過三分鐘,定額罰款為三百二十元。我 謹在此呼籲各駕駛依法守則,停車熄匙。 書藉「逃出香港」作者將於一月十一日在本會主持午餐講座。相信除軍事史學家外,一衆對香港及中 國內地老派歷險故事的愛好者也同樣深感興趣。至今反應非常熱烈,為免向隅,請及早訂座。



最後,我很高興向你們分享本會榮獲中國香港賽艇協會頒發「本年度最佳遊艇會」獎項,以表彰我們 在過去一年卓越的划艇成績,及積極參與在沙田舉行的各項比賽及錦標賽活動。這些優越的成就,全 歸功於划艇委員會在過去數年間努力不懈、盡心盡力推動及強化本會的划艇隊伍。

訓 練 班 預 告





煩請留意, 中 途 島 會 所 前 方 的 草 坪 將 於 一 月 三 日 至 三 月 二 日 關 閉 , 以便安排重新種植以迎接夏季的來臨。

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wine Delivery Order form January 2012

‘Try Before You Buy – No Obligation!’ All the wines listed below are featured at the monthly wine fairs at both Kellett Island and Shelter Cove. If you do enjoy the wines and wish to make a purchase, you can enjoy a 5% discount on these already low prices! Kellett Island Wine Fair – Wed 4 January in the Chart Room at Kellett Island from 1830hrs to 2030hrs, guests welcome. Shelter Cove Wine Fair – Fri 6 January at Shelter Cove from 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

White Wines


Franklin Tate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Margaret River – Western Australia (Wine of the month)






This wine is crispy and refreshing. Citrus with a touch of tropical fruit note.


Pear Tree Pinot Gris 2010 – Marlborough, New Zealand Floral aromas of white peach and honeysuckle with subtle pear. A luscious palate with lychee, honey and nectarine. A great acid balance with a lengthy finish.


Ant Moore Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – Marlborough, New Zealand Tropical island fruit, melon, guava, lemon, peach and passion fruit with Marlborough famous grassy freshness. A complex Sauvignon Blanc with fruit and secondary fermented characters and a long, clean finish.


Prinz Von Hessen Kabinett Riesling 2010 – Rheingau, Germany Good mix of a fleshy rhubarb flavour with more sleek and tangy citrus notes. Toasty notes with a hint of marmalade and river pebble minerality.


Ross Hill Chardonnay 2010 – Orange, NSW, Australia Harmonious and balanced, yet with intense fruit definition, this wine shows great complexity and finesse.

RED Wines


Franklin Tate Cabernet Merlot 2010, Margaret River – Western Australia (Wine of the month)


This wine shows blackcurrant, cassis and plum on the bouquet. Medium-bodied palate with a lovely juicy character to the back-palate and finish.


Pear Tree Pinot Noir 2009 – Marlborough, New Zealand Aromas of red berries, fresh fruit and wild herbs. Flavourful palate, complex, spicy with rounded tannins.


Cumulus Climbing Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – Orange, NSW, Australia Leafy red berry and light cedary oak strike a chord on the nose while the soft and generous palate is held with precision by the fine tannins and gentle oak influence.


Château Pérenne Cru Bourgeois Premières Côtes de Blaye 2005 – Bordeaux, France Fine cherry nose with emerging dark, dense, plummy aromas. Good concentration. The tannins are dry and powerful, a broad base to the fruitiness of this wine and it has a fresh, lasting finish.


Angus The Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – Barossa/McLaren Vale/Victoria, Australia Black berries and cassis aromas. A medium-bodied wine with good finish.


Paxton AAA Shiraz Grenache 2009 – McLaren Vale, Australia Sweet fragrant cherry ripe lift, savoury elements of roast lamb with rosemary and soft juicy cherries and chocolate, medium bodied and a savoury texture with good lingering flavours and soft tannins. Mineral-stony fruit character on the nose. Elegant, firm, tight core of round tannins with pepper, spice and black fruit berries.

Michel Picard Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2009 – Château de Chassagne Montrachet, Burgundy, France


Fruity nose with balanced red and black fruits. Frank attack, meaty wine with ripe red fruits aromas. Very fine tannins. • • • • •

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

Name (Please Print): Membership No.: Telephone No. (Home/ Office):


Delivery Address: Preferred Delivery Date: TIme: Signature:


FAX THIS FORM TO 2239 0341. FOR ENQUIRIES PLEASE CALL 2239 0340. • Deadline for Ordering: 31 January 2012 •

Pull out and fax back


Ross Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – Orange, NSW, Australia

Speakers’ Corner

Chart Room, Friday 10 February, 1900hrs All are welcome to attend a presentation by Miles Seddon, Business Development Manager for B&G, who provides regatta support at most Grand Prix sailing events including the Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup. We are delighted to have him at the Club to talk on the following topics: • Why do I need sailing instruments? • The Basics: Depth, Position, Speed and Heading • Smarter Sailing: Understanding sailing wind, the effects of wind shear and gradient, using laylines, sailing to VMG • An overview of more advanced instrument systems Booking is not necessary but an idea of numbers would assist us so please register your interest by emailing or ringing Linda on 2239 0312.

Kellett Golf Society Calling all Golfers to the Fore!! The Kellett Golf Society is looking for golfers to join the society, and also for those who are willing to get involved and work with the Convenor to organise local and overseas events. If you are interested, please email or ring Linda on 2239 0312.

Movie Night and Fancy Dress Competition! Middle Island, 18 February Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will be shown in the Sedgwick and Minnitt Rooms at 1830hrs All members welcome Come dressed as a Pirate of the Caribbean and enter our fancy dress competition! – entry only $25 To give us an idea of numbers please book by emailing or ringing Linda on 2239 0312.

The Ancient Mariners Return

The RHKYC Ancient Mariners started off life as a Veterans’ team in Trailwalker 2002 and competed through to 2008. Their heyday lasted for six years until 2007 during which time they were not only Veteran winners each year, but they also set new Veteran records a total of four times. During the whole period, the RHKYC supported the team by providing the ever-so-essential support van and associated paraphernalia. We must also not forget the famous energy food, which helped the team power their way along the 100kms of hilly terrain with 4,500 metres of ascent year after year. This was none other than high-energy protein-enriched chocolate brownie, which was made to perfection by the RHKYC chef from a very secret recipe. So what has happened to the Ancient Mariners since 2008 you will be wondering? Well, as well-honed athletes all substantially over 50, they know that physical inactivity is the key to hastening the ageing process. Your bones weaken, blood and lymph circulation slows down, tissue repairs take longer, and finally muscles weaken and become less elastic! The team members have not divulged all their secrets, but as ultramarathon runners, one little bit of sound advice they have taken on board came from a certain Marshall Ulrich, said to be the world’s greatest ultramarathon runner. He said that one of his secrets to his extraordinary career as an ultramarathon runner, adventure racer and mountaineer was to diversify. So too, the Ancient Mariners have diversified as a means to keep themselves motivated and thereby help fight off the aging process. Bob Whitehead has competed in ultra-mountain running events in New Zealand and adventure races in Scotland, while Antony Wood has focused his attention on outrigger and dragon boat racing. And the two Peters have been running on treadmills and pounding around tracks for 24 hours at a time. In the meantime, the clock hasn’t stopped ticking and the team members are all over sixty, which takes us back to the subject matter! The Ancient Mariners have returned, and recently completed Trailwalker 2011 as an over-60s team. Collectively, they were the oldest team that has ever entered, and have set an over-60s target time of 19hrs 19mins for others to chase. This has been done as an encouragement for all trailwalkers to continue to participate in the event and to raise money for the many poor and underprivileged people that Oxfam supports in China and elsewhere in Asia. Oxfam do a superb job of organising Trailwalker, and our team has pledged its own charitable contribution. If you are able to, please donate to Oxfam for this worthy cause. Go to the Trailwalker website, click on ‘Support Oxfam / Sponsor a Team’, enter Team No. 5028 and go to the team page. Please add your comments to the long list of flattering words already posted!

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