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CONTENTS POOPDECK 4 Calendar 6 At the Helm 34 The Regatta Ball 2012 36 On the Horizon 38 Sailing Office 44 Marine / Boatyard 45 Ship Shop 48 From the Galley 52 Billboard 54 Chinese Page 今日撮要 56 Flotsam and Jetsam


RHKYC Lipton Trophy – Presented by INFINITI

F e at u r es 10 RHKYC Lipton Trophy – Presented by INFINITI 12 Tommy Bahama Around The Island Race 2012 16 Around the Island for Etchells 18 Tommy Bahama Around The Island Race – Coastal Rowing and Outrigger Division 20 Po Toi Challenge 22 2012 Hong Kong Laser Championships 24 Flying Fifteen World Championships 26 Dragons Transpacific Interport 28 34th Hong Kong Open Rowing Championships 40 29er Nationals 2012 42 South Side Regatta 2012

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ATIR Caps Superb RHKYC Season for the Outriggers The Agony and the Ecstasy – Coastal Rowing at the ATIR

Tommy Bahama 12 Around The Island Race 2012

S po r t s


37 Squash Photo : Guy Nowell

Around the Island for Etchells

Tommy Bahama Around The Island Race 2012 Advertising or Editorial Enquiries contact RHKYC PR Department at or 2239 0307 or 2239 0312 Ahoy! Design Michelle Shek MYND Design Articles for Ahoy! can be emailed to or left in the Ahoy! pigeon hole at Kellett Island. The Club reserves the right to edit articles. All opinions expressed in this publication are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect the views of the General Committee of the RHKYC. Copies of the magazine are available at Reception at a cost of $25 and to view the e-version of the magazine (and back copies) go to the RHKYC website.


Tommy Bahama Around The Island Race Coastal Rowing and Outrigger Division





January FRI

Wines and Beer of the Month

Boston Lobster




at Middle Island and Shelter Cove

Doña Paula Estate Chardonnay 2009 – Mendoza Doña Paula Estate Malbec 2011 – Mendoza

P r omot io n n the Compass Room

2 to 31 January Moretti Double-boiled Soup, Snake Soup and Hot Pot Rice in the Bistro 1 to 31 January

New Year’s Day Lunch Buffet in the Compass Room Rowing – Black Velvet Regatta


Boston Lobster Promotion in the Compass Room Curries at Middle Island and Shelter Cove 2 to 31 January Kellett Island Wine Fair Optimist Steps 1,2,3 and 4 Go Optimist Youth Beginners HKSF Levels 1,2 and 3 Go Sailing and Intro to Lasers


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Optimist Steps 1,2,3 and 4 Go Optimist Youth Beginners HKSF Levels 1,2 and 3 Go Sailing and Intro to Lasers

2 to 31 January

Shelter Cove Wine Fair Go Optimist Youth Beginners HKSF Levels 1,2 and 3 Go Sailing Shelter Cove Wine Fair



Optimist Steps 1,2,3 and 4 Go Optimist Youth Beginners HKSF Levels 1,2 and 3 Go Sailing Class Racing Dragon Boat training starts


Tomes Cup Match Racing



Dom Pérignon Champagne Dinner in the Compass Room

Adult Beginners Sailing Course Adult HKSF Level 3 Adult Supervised Sailing Session Optimist Practice and Silver




Class Racing Match Racing


Optimist Steps 1,2,3 and 4 Go Optimist Youth Beginners HKSF Levels 1,2 and 3 Go Sailing Adult Supervised Sailing Session


Adult Beginners Sailing Course Adult HKSF Level 3


Optimist Practice and Silver Class Racing Match Racing


Class Racing Dinghy Racing


13 Adult Beginners Sailing Course Adult HKSF Level 3 Adult Supervised Sailing Session Gold Squad and Youth Sailing Club Class Racing Rowing – HK Coastal Rowing Championships


D r a g o n I n t e r po r t C l a ss R a c i n g

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

21 Dra gon In te rp ort

22 Rare Traits – Book-Reading in the Chart Room



Bodegas Garcia Figuero Wine Dinner in the Compass Room


Adult Beginners Sailing Course Adult HKSF Level 3 Adult Supervised Sailing Session Optimist Practice and Silver

Adult HKSF Level 4 Rowing – Shing Mun Sculling Head


Double-boiled Soup Snake Soup and Hot Pot Rice in the Bistro

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1 to 31 January

Vice Patrons Jimmy Farquhar, Li Fook Hing, Bob Wilson Commodore Joachim Isler Vice Commodore Mark Whitehead Rear Commodore Sailing Russ Parker Rear Commodore Club Robert Stoneley Honorary Secretary Charlie Manzoni Honorary Treasurer Drew Taylor Rowing Captain Mark Welles CLASS S ECRETARI E S Rowing Secretary John Skinner Sailing Secretary Gaston Chan Big Boat Nick Southward Dragon Phyllis Chang Etchells Ronan Collins Flying Fifteen Lucy Sutro Impala Dave Norton J/80 Ben Bulmer Dinghies Swanson Chan Sportsboats Mark Phillips Pandora Joseph Wong Ruffian Jarl Borthwick Youth Sailing Class Sofia Mascia SPORTS CONV E N O R S Bowling Convenor Virendra Anand Squash Convenor Francis Longuepee Golf Captain Adrian Pang Snooker Convenor James Stewart CLUB CONTACT S 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 Food & Beverage Manager Shirley Tam 2239 0321 Technical & Projects Manager Carton Lam 2239 0303 Human Resources Manager Susanna Chung 2239 0310 Ship Shop Manager David Ho 2239 0336 Assistant Marine Manager Joanne Ho 2239 0309 House Manager Lorence Leung 2239 0352

Commodore’s Message Happy New Year to everyone and if you have been away during the festive period, welcome back! Thankfully I made it back in time to have the honour of firing the cannon at midnight on New Year’s Eve, which welcomed in what I hope will be another highly successful year for our Club, and one full of active participation in our core sports by you, the members. Just before Christmas we held the inaugural RHKYC Charity Foundation dinner. The evening was a great success and we raised in excess of $500,000. My thanks to everyone concerned who contributed to this fantastic effort. The last big race of 2012, the Pedro Blanco race, took place in early December with 12 boats taking part in what were very windy conditions. On Ambush my thoughts were with those intending to do the Hobart (as in: why?!). However a tough 50 mile upwind beat into heavy seas was rewarded with a magnificent run back to Hong Kong. Congratulations to the Commodore Joachim Isler co-owners and crew of Peninsula Signal 8 for winning. Congratulations also to Frank Pong on Jelik, who finished 1st in IRC at the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, to Bill Lo who finished 1st in the Cruising Division, and to all podium finishers. Coming up on 12 January is Tomes Cup, the third race in the Top Dog Trophy series. Currently Ambush is leading the series with Peninsula Signal 8 in 2nd place and Flying Fifteen Tchaikoffsky in 3rd place. The pursuit races are always competitive and fun all the way to the line so it will be interesting to see if and how the overall situation changes in the remaining races. On the rowing front, there was an exciting end to the season for many of the Rowing Section members. Both the outriggers and coastal rowers set new records in the ATIR, while the juniors had their largest entry in the Hong Kong Youth and Schools Championships in November. On 20 January Middle Island will host the inaugural Hong Kong Coastal Rowing Championships. A strong field of entries is expected and there should be some exciting races to watch. Good luck to all the RHKYC teams who will be competing. As usual our sailing calendar is packed full for the next few months. All the regattas require volunteers to help both on and off the water, so please do help by fulfilling any race management duty you are allocated, or by finding a substitute if you cannot be available. And if you can offer to help at any other time as well this would be much appreciated by your fellow sailors. January also sees the next phase in our race management training programme, so please do contact the Sailing Office if you would like to be considered for these courses or for any future phase of the training programme. I look forward to seeing you on the water and at the Club! Joachim Isler Commodore

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 6 | January 2013


Thank you to volunteers from the Sharks sailing squad who did a fantastic job selling raffle tickets at last month’s inaugural RHKYC Charity Foundation Dinner – here they are shown with their Certificates of Appreciation, presented by the Foundation’s Chairman, Ambrose Lo. Sharks from left to right – Sophie Tulloch, Florrie Manzoni, Ferdinand Heldman, Lilly Manzoni, Isabel Tulloch and Sofia Mascia

General Manager’s Message I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, enjoying everything the Club had to offer, and now that it has finally arrived, I would like to take this opportunity to wish to all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. In early December we were again honoured to have children from the Red Cross Hospital School visit the Club. They were given an informative and interesting talk, together with a practical demonstration Mark Bovaird, General Manager on sailing an Optimist, by Patrick Lam, after which they decorated their own chocolate cake and then all helped decorate a large gingerbread house which was later put on display in Reception. The obvious enjoyment that the children gained from the day made it all worthwhile and set everyone in the right frame of mind for the festive season to come. As we all know Christmas is a time for giving and I am delighted to announce that the Club was able to help out charities, through our own Charity Foundation, by various programmes – the Letters to Santa, the sale of Regatta Ball tickets, our Christmas shop and the Foundation launch dinner itself which was held on 15 December. The total amount raised will be announced in the February Ahoy! and in the meantime our grateful thanks go to all the members, guests and sponsors who contributed to this worthy cause. The Charity Foundation will now be able to establish sustainable programmes that will help us to teach, develop and give access to the sports of sailing and rowing to the less privileged within the community of Hong Kong and to help old mariners who have fallen on hard times. If you were not able to attend on the night but would still like to make a direct donation, please do send your cheques, made payable to the We hope you had a Merry Christmas and we wish you a Happy New Year!

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Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Charity Foundation Limited, or simply email us asking for an amount to be added to your next monthly account. Either way the Foundation will issue you with a formal charity receipt. Following the dinner a number of members asked how they might volunteer to get involved at future activities. If you would like to join them and lend your assistance, in whatever capacity, please do let us know by emailing and we will certainly be back in contact with you. As part of the Club’s commitment to achieving the best Race Management possible for our events, January will see the second visit to the Club of Robert Lamb, a highly experienced Professional Race Officer. The schedule this time will focus on practical race management, as well as introducing more members to the Level 1 race management course. In addition, for the first time, we will be running a Mark Laying course in which our coxswains and members will be able to participate. Looking slightly further ahead the Chinese New Year of the Snake will be here next month. I hope to see you on the night of the fireworks, 11 February, when as usual we will have a lion dance and visit from the God of Wealth. Hopefully this year the weather will be kinder to us and the full ceremony will be able to take place outdoors with the iconic Hong Kong skyline as a backdrop. February will also see the beginning of the next phase of the refurbishment of the Middle Island Clubhouse. As with all these works it is not possible to complete it without some disruption to facilities. The works are being carefully planned in such a way as to minimise the disruption as much as possible, so please bear with us during these essential improvement works. Full details will appear in the February magazine and will be posted on the noticeboards at each Clubhouse. I look forward to seeing you around the Club. Mark Bovaird General Manager

RHKYC Lipton Trophy Presented by INFINITI

The first pursuit race of the sailing year took place in an average 8 to 10kts of easterly breeze in the eastern end of Victoria Harbour. Race Officer Gareth Williams was unimpressed with conditions when he went out to check at noon, but for once the wind gods were smiling and 58 entrants enjoyed consistent breeze on a beautiful afternoon, rarely seen in Hong Kong sailing.

W o rd s : L i nd s ay Lyo n s • I m a g e s : G u y N owell


ourse six was selected, leading competitors to Tai Koo Shing twice, before entering two small triangles and a repeating Dock Buoy / Gate Buoy loop to engineer a finish as close to the 1630hrs target time as possible. Williams was under strict orders not to finish the fleet too early! The idea of the pursuit race is deceptively simple – slow boats start first, then there are staggered starts for all the other boats winding up with the fastest-rated boat. In 10 | January 2013


theory, at the target time, if all boats are equally well (or otherwise) sailed, the fast boats pursue and catch the slower boats and they should all finish together. Fortunately for the RO and his team, the variety of sailing in Hong Kong is a little broader and from 16:28:30hrs when the Isler / Taylor-owned Ambush took the gun, a steady procession of boats from all classes crossed the line, culminating in Impala Shikari around 45 minutes later.

The silverware was awarded immediately after the race by Carl Bayliss and Sam Komatsu from presenting sponsor INFINITI, with prize apparel from SLAM, washed down with Veuve Cliquot Champagne. The winners are already off to a good start for the 2012-2013 Top Dog Trophy Series, for which the overall winner receives a five day Sunsail Charter.

Results (Top 10) Name of Boat



Ambush Peninsula Signal 8 Easy Tiger Red Kite II Gunga Din Noisy Forefather Mind The Bumps Tchaikoffsky Sell Side Dream Salona 41

Big Boats Big Boats Etchells Big Boats Etchells Flying 15 Etchells Flying 15 Big Boats Big Boats

Isler / Taylor Jamie McWilliam Marty Kaye Anthony Root Nick Burns Mead / Atkinson Mark Whitehead Howard / Sheridan Simon Powell Simy Wong

Category 1 Offshore Races - 2013 to 2014 San Fernando Race - Starts Wednesday 27 March 2013 Hong Kong to Vietnam Race - Starts Thursday 17 October 2013 Rolex China Sea Race - Starts Wednesday 16 April 2014 Plan ahead with the 2013-2014 outline calendar for RHKYC Racing

Tommy Bahama Around The

Jelik takes Line Honours as F18 cleans up on handicap Words: Lindsay Lyons • Race Images: Guy Nowell • Prizegiving Images: Jeffrey Lai It was the proverbial ‘game of two halves’, as 235 boats of all shapes and sizes gathered in Victoria Harbour for the start of the 2012 Tommy Bahama Around The Island Race. With everything on the water from a standard Laser to classic yacht Rona, the clear conditions made for a photographer’s dream. 7kts of breeze prevailed for the first starts at 0830hrs, getting the Pandora and HKPN 1 fleets clear away, but the breeze then dropped to less than 2kts for the later starts, leaving a flotilla of boats drifting gently towards Lei Yue Mun on the tide.


hankfully the breeze filled in through the morning, giving the fleet a lift through the notorious Lei Yue Mun gap and round through Junk Bay to Shek O and Cape D’Aguilar. The Around The Island Race is highly tactical and a boat’s light wind sailing technique possibly influences its result

more than any other skill. This was the case once again, however the parking point this year was Bluff Head to Stanley, while the usual hole at Cyberport enjoyed 15 to 20kts of northerly, with the breeze holding to carry the boats around Green Island and into the western harbour approaches.

The lead boat on the water was, unsurprisingly, Frank Pong’s 72’ Jelik, which reached the Green Island Mark around 30 minutes ahead of Sam Chan’s TP52 Freefire. Based on extensive preparation using previous years’ results and given the conditions for the last third of the race, PRO Inge Strompf-Jepsen

80 year old Ms Fung Hung Yuen took this photo whilst looking out for her grandson, Joshua Ma, sailing on Rampage 12 | January 2013


Island Race 2012

made the decision to allow the boats to go “all the way” and Jelik took Line Honours at RHKYC Kellett Island after 3 hours and 43 minutes, with Freefire following her home just under 25 minutes later. In all, 184 boats recorded a finish at Kellett Island before enjoying a well–earned beer, while several more boats crossed the line just outside the 1700hrs cut off. The Around The Island Race is not about who has the biggest and fastest boat, with overall results being calculated on an RHKATI handicap, developed using data including years of RHKYC pursuit racing results. After correction, and some judicious retirements from boats observed missing one or other of the compulsory gates, the results showed that Alexandra Nitsch, on an F18 with no name, was destined to lift the La Cigale Trophy at the prizegiving, together with the Lady Godiva Trophy for top female helm, the North 22 Trophy for fastest Multihull elapsed,

the F18 trophy and the Multihull trophy. Not a bad haul for a day’s sailing! Spare a thought, though, for Howard Williams on Flying Fifteen Tchaikoffsky who finished second overall… for the third consecutive year. Next year Howard... next year…. On the Monday after the race, the Club’s biggest, longest and best prizegiving took place at the poolside at Kellett Island, kicking off with a parade of models showcasing Tommy Bahama’s latest collection of swim and leisurewear, soon to be available at their new Hong Kong store. Inge StrompfJepsen presented the Class prizes, while Sam Komatsu and Carl Bayliss of INFINITI presented the special prizes for first youth sailor, fastest dayboat, fastest dinghy and first Bavaria. Raymond de Malherbe and Brian Pearce of Tommy Bahama then took to the stage to award the silverware (and a lot of glassware!) to the top six boats. Many thanks to our sponsors for their patience!

A huge thank you to the volunteers who gave up their sailing to run the race management and safety operations so vital to the race. Principal Race Officer – Inge Strompf-Jepsen, Cyberport Race Officer – Lucy Sutro, Stanley Race Officer – Liz Dunn, assisted by Tina Atkinson, Clement Brunet Moret, Glynis Green, Angela Lefknecht, Perry Lok, Karina Trebbien, Di Williams, Di’s Mum and Dad and Beth Wilson. On-Shore Safety Officer – Mike Westlake, On-Water Safety Officer – Richard Knight, Roger’s Rottweilers – Roger Eastham, assisted by Malcolm Brocklebank, Tommy Chan, Rob Charnock Smith, Dennis Cheung, Hazel Choy, Mary Henderson, Petra Horns, Fleur Iannazzo, Carl Krokstade, Ben Lau, Gina Littlefair, Ivy Mak, Sofia Mascia, John Mayow, Janet Pride, Ada Tang, Neville Towell, Klaus Ullrich, Ralph Wainer, Ashley Wilkins, Ben Williams, Gareth Williams, Valerie Wilson Trower, Elsie Wong, Kenneth Yuen and Austin. RHKYC would like to thank 1O1O 4G for supplying and setting up 25 Blackberry handsets to assist with smooth safety communications on and off the water. January 2013 Ahoy!

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Tommy Bahama Around The Island Race

1st IRC Div 3

1st ATI Overall, Overall Multihull, Fastest Multihull Elapsed, Lady Godiva Trophy and 1st F18

1st Sonata

1st Pandora

1st Etchells

1st 470

2nd ATI Overall, ATI Monohull Overall and 1st Flying Fifteen


3rd ATI Overall, 1st IRC Overall, Fastest Monohull Elapsed and 1st IRC Div 0

1st Dragon

1st Impala

1st IRC Cruising

1st IRC Div 2

1st Ruffian

1st HKPN Div 3

1st HKPN Div 4

1st HKPN Div 2

1st IRC Div 1 and HKSOA Trophy

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1st J/80

1st Dart 18

1st 420 and Hayes Morgan Trophy for 1st Youth Sailor


1st Magic 25 and Fastest Dayboat Elapsed

1st Hobie 16 and Fastest Hobie Elapsed

1st HKPN 1, 1st Bavaria and 1st HKPN Overall

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Around the Island for Etchells Words: John Bre e n

From left to right: Inge Strompf-Jepsen, Jane Van Heel, Ailsa Angus and Jenny Cooper


his year’s Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race was one of the bestattended and certainly most highly sponsored race on Hong Kong’s yachting calendar. Nine Etchells entered the race which is an average number as many in our class also campaign big boats. The result was certainly notable for the Hong Kong fleet, because for the first time in living memory the Etchells class was won by the all-female crew of Vivien Peters, Ailsa Angus, Jane Van Heel and Jenny Cooper campaigning Jimmy Farquhar’s Etchells 3x11. The ladies are no strangers to Etchells with Vivien having taken Lady Godiva (first lady helm) in 2009 and Ailsa has crewed in past Etchells Worlds. They were nevertheless up against some very keen and competent

opposition, not least Warwick Downes, who raced with Nick Burns on his Etchells Gunga Din – the sure favourites overloaded with experience. Both were fresh from the Etchells Class Championships but could not match their recent form for this race. Marty Kaye, making a welcome return to the fleet after a break, sailing Easy Tiger with co-owner Simon Watson, also lost to the ladies. Richard Kendall with Suzanne Godfrey sailing Capoeira, also Class Championships contenders, were also on the water. The event is famously fickle, and usually starts again at Stanley Peninsula and again at Green Island. This year did not disappoint. The fleet hit very light conditions at Stanley before the Stanley Gate. The call was to stay in under the Stanley cliffs or go out to capture

the new breeze earlier. Having decided to tack out (as other fleet members did) to the far side of Beaufort Channel, the ladies found they were trapped several times by other cruisers drifting in the light conditions. Never giving up, they remained focused and capitalised on any small puff that came their way. When the afternoon sea breeze finally came in, they were in pole position and led through Stanley Gate. Stretching out their lead up Lamma Channel they maintained their position down the harbour and were first Etchells at the dock. There were congratulations on the dock for the victors, not least from boat owner Jimmy Farquhar, who had earlier finished the race on Orient Express. The ladies came in 15th place overall for the race.

The full Etchells results for the 2012 Around the Island Race were: Place

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Boat Name

Sail No.







O/A Place

3 x 11 Gunga Din Sailbad The Sinner Easy Tiger Capoeira IBU Double Shot

HKG787 HKG1245 HKG760 HKG884 HKG1046 HKG606 HKG402

Van Heel / Peters / Cooper / Angus Burns / Downes Decamps Marty Kaye / Watson / Norton Kendall / Godfrey Lee Kearns / Reed

0.946 0.946 0.946 0.946 0.946 0.946 0.946

09:05:00 09:05:00 09:05:00 09:05:00 09:05:00 09:05:00 09:05:00

15:21:50 15:27:46 15:50:52 15:51:50 15:53:26 15:53:52 15:55:40

06:16:50 06:22:46 06:45:52 06:46:50 06:48:26 06:48:52 06:50:40

05:56:29 06:02:06 06:23:57 06:24:52 06:26:23 06:26:47 06:28:29

14 21 73 77 82 84 86

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Tommy Bahama Around The Island Race Coastal Rowing and Outrigger Division Words: Jonathan Cantwell • Canoe Photo: Roger Holmes • Prizegiving Photos: Ian Newland Good weather conditions and new boats provided the key ingredients in a remarkable event where records were broken – some smashed – in every division.


he Hong Kong outrigger clubs have been investing heavily in new lightweight ‘unlimited’ 6-man canoes, and the dividend on this investment was quite clear at the end of the race. The RHKYC mixed team managed to take over 23 minutes off the record, while the HK Outrigger Canoe Club women reduced that record by an astonishing 27 minutes. The men’s record also fell to the Victoria Recreation Club, but only by 30 seconds. One can’t help but wonder exactly how good the previous record holders were to do so well in the much heavier older boats!

The coastal rowing record also tumbled with a strong crew from Germany (comprising absent member Kai Ramming) breaking the 4-hour barrier for the first time. The previous best for the coastal 2x was 4h 5m, the previous best ATIR time (in a coastal 4x) was 4h 3m and the previous best overall for any around HK time trial was 4h 1m set back in 1992 in a coxed four. The new mark is over 17 minutes quicker. The overall standard of the men’s rowing this year was also demonstrated by the next two crews across the line also defeating the old record by a considerable margin.

Men’s first

Mixed Coastal Rowing 4x University of Hong Kong | 4h 12m 52s Men’s Coastal Rowing 2x Carter Plate Row Club Favorite Hammonia, Hamburg | 3h 43m 56s NEW EVENT RECORD (previous 4h 5m 42s in 2011) NEW OVERALL RECORD (all rowing classes, previous 4h 1m in 1992) Mixed OC6 Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club | 3h 46m 39m NEW RECORD (previous 4h 8m 45s in 2010) Women’s OC6 Hong Kong Outrigger Canoe Club | 4h 1m 52s NEW RECORD (previous 4h 29m 10s in 2009) Men’s OC6 Victoria Recreation Club | 3h 30m 42s NEW RECORD (previous 3h 31m in 2006)

Women’s first

Rowing 4x first

Men’s rowing first

Men’s rowing change 18 | January 2013



M2x second

Wooden spoon

Men’s second


s 37

s 38

s 41

s 42

s 44

s 60

Photo: Jo Apat

Po Toi Challenge Words: Kate H o dso n an d Jame s K i n l o c h

24 November saw the second Po Toi Challenge take over 60 ‘newbies’ allocated to ten boats on a short race starting at Round Island and finishing at Po Toi. For those who aren’t familiar with the event, it is an initiative from the Young Members Sub-Committee (YMSC) aimed at getting young members more active in the Club’s big boat scene; introducing aspiring sailors to racing and connecting them with some of Hong Kong’s established boat owners, skippers and crew.


eople are often asking us how they can get involved in sailing in Hong Kong – not always easy if you don’t know an owner or lack experience. This race is designed to give that opportunity to members and non-members alike – as long as they are keen to experience the buzz of racing on big boats and willing to work hard as part of a crew. Whilst for some it may just have been a question of whetting their appetites and showing them what a great sport this is, for the slightly more experienced this is a fantastic opportunity to meet skippers and potentially work their way 20 | January 2013


onto a crew list. Whatever the motivation or level of experience, it was a great day out for all and we have received countless emails of thanks and encouragement from both skippers and crew. Applying on-line via the Club’s website, participants were allocated to skippers across the ten competing boats. The skippers, by entering the race, had agreed to take a certain number of new crew in addition to some of their more regular crew. The fleet comprised Ahyoka, Ambush, Diamond Queen, Ffreefire, Redeye, Red Kite II, Peninsula Signal 8, Thea,

Wonderwall and Xiphias. To the owners and skippers – we cannot thank you enough for supporting this event. It simply would not be possible without you! With the north-east monsoon in full swing it was a breezy day and certainly proved for an exciting sail. At the end of the race everyone crammed into the Ming Kee Restaurant at Po Toi; the ‘newbies’ a-buzz from their experiences and the veterans enjoying mixing with an enthusiastic and extremely grateful crew. We had changed the format of the prizegiving for this race so that one newbie from each boat was awarded a prize for their efforts on the day (as nominated by the skippers). Special thanks to Torrey Dorsey, the Club’s Corporate and International Partnerships Manager, for putting together these prizes for us. Red Kite II awarded their prize to Simon Melton for his efforts on main and he

Photo: David Lamb

Photo: Olivia Lennox-King Left: (L-R) Wonderwall’s skipper James Kinloch and owner, David Harari with the Sam Kelly Trophy; Right: Surely the youngest sailor that day, Ollie Lamb, aged 4, trimming the genoa on Thea

was promptly invited back the following day for the Waglan race (time to see how the professionals do it!). Another success story, George Lewis, won his place to sail Diamond Queen back from Subic Bay following the South China Sea race after taking part on the last Po Toi Challenge. Prior to 2012 he had had no experience sailing but has since completed his competent crew and was back to take part in the event again in November. We are also informed that Thea has recruited two of the participants to join their crew list and we’ve received numerous enquiries about sailing courses from people feeling motivated to get more involved. One important introduction to the race was the addition of the Sam Kelly Trophy, a new trophy for first place on corrected time, named in loving memory of Sam Kelly who tragically passed away in 2012 and who had been a passionate and much-loved member of the Club as well as being a founding member of the YMSC.

A new Oceanis 45, Wonderwall (owned by David Harari and skippered by James Kinloch) had the honour of winning the trophy. Thea took second place and had the youngest crew member on board (see photo of Ollie Lamb, aged four, trimming the genoa). The cruise back to the moorings was equally as valuable with the new sailors given the opportunity to try out helming and other roles (although some journeys were more eventful than others, with Wonderwall rescuing the crew from a capsized and rudderless Wayfarer). Once again the feedback for this race has been overwhelmingly positive and we are excited about incorporating suggestions into the next event in 2013. We now have a budget for marine support and so you can expect to see a start boat and a new course for the next Po Toi Challenge – date soon to be announced – so watch this space!

Sam Kelly Memorial Fund Following the tragic death of our young member, Sam Kelly, in July 2012, her father Shane Kelly, also a long-term member of the RHKYC, made a significant contribution to allow the Club to establish a Memorial Fund in her name. The objectives of the Fund are as follows: • To promote active participation in the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club by its young members, specifically anyone aged 18-35 years. • To present the Sam Kelly Memorial Award for Young Members for any young member who has made an outstanding contribution to the Club. • To present the Sam Kelly Trophy to the winners of the Young Members Race to Po Toi. The General Committee are empowered to manage the Fund with a view to achieving the approved objectives.

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2012 Hong Kong Laser Championships WORDS: DOMINICK HARDOON • P HOTOS : MICHE L E FE L DER Day 1 The course was set in Stanley Bay where relentlessly strong wind greeted more than 40 Laser sailors. With the breeze in the high teens building into the twenties later in the afternoon, competitors faced some gruelling battles as they fought their way up and down the course. Race three was a test of nerve and stamina as each sailor reached the top mark and bore away onto a screaming reach then run. With little margin for error and a twitchy boat, the focus for many was simply not to capsize. Day 2

The decision was made to lay the course in a slightly tamer Repulse Bay. The AP flag went up ashore until the wind settled down late morning. Once again the safety team had a perimeter laid out to catch anyone drifting past the course, but they ended up having a quiet day. Already accustomed to high winds from the day before, most looked to be in total control as some of the stronger gusts crashed down through the course. There were only one or two capsizes early on as sailors shook off some fatigue from the day before.

Congratulations to Winners 1st Radial – Isamu Sakai 2nd Radial – Akira Sakai 3rd Radial – James Johnston 1st Radial Jr. – James Johnston 2nd Radial Jr. – Gerald Williams 3rd Radial Jr. – Rohinton Vachha 1st 4.7 – Vincent Luk 2nd 4.7 – Riley Cameron 3rd 4.7 – Antonio Franco

Everyone had to shift gears and settle into a slower pace for the final race as the wind began to drop, nonetheless it was probably one of the few times light wind has been so welcome. Thanks to Dion’s quick starts and perfectly laid courses, all races were completed just before the wind faded to zero.

The next HKLCA event will be the 2013 Hebe Haven Open Regatta: 26 and 27 January. Any RHKYC members who would like to charter a Club Laser for the event please contact

Many thanks to RO Robert Brashear (Day 1), RO Dion Houghton (Day 2), the safety team, and all the volunteers!

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Antonio Franco (left)

Gerald Williams

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Flying Fifteen World Championships Coming Soon to a Racetrack Near You W or d s : L u c y S u t r o It all began in Melbourne in January 2009 when the small RHKYC contingent attending the Flying Fifteen World Championships at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in Port Philip Bay were approached to see if Hong Kong would be interested in hosting the event after next, in 2013. Later that evening, after several glasses of delicious South Australian wine, it was universally agreed by the team that Hong Kong should indeed volunteer to host the Flying Fifteen World Championships. For those of us who had only attended one Championships before, there then ensued a long learning process. The first step was to formally bid for the event. This should have been reasonably straightforward, but the process became more interesting when we found out that we had competition in the form of a fledgling Flying Fifteen fleet in Mauritius, which had vocal support from one or two senior sailors in the UK. In the end, after many months of emails, the charms of Hong Kong prevailed, and 18 months after the idea was first mooted, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club was formally confirmed as the host of the Flying Fifteen Worlds in 2013. It was at this point that the small team, who had volunteered (or been volunteered) to act as the committee, congratulated themselves on the successful bid – innocently unaware of the challenges ahead of them. Luckily, help was at hand in the form of the shared ideas (and war stories) from the 24 | January 2013


ever-helpful RHKYC Sailing Office and also from the teams at Hayling Island Sailing Club (organisers of the Flying Fifteen Worlds in 2011) and at the South of Perth Yacht Club (organisers of the 50th Anniversary Flying Fifteen Australian Nationals). So the Hong Kong team that competed at the Hayling Worlds in July 2011 went armed with smart shirts (designed by the RHKYC’s own Jonny Cantwell), a presentation to woo the Flying Fifteen sailors competing there and plenty of questions to ask. Copious notes were made covering all aspects of the event from the number of volunteers, to the layout of measurement sheds, to launching times and from that various wish lists were constructed – interestingly the request for a massage at the end of a long cold day’s sailing was very high up on most competitors’ wish lists. Another year on and the team has grown in size and in experience and, although the ‘to do’ list remains rather dauntingly long, there is also now a satisfying list of ‘to dos’ that have been done. These include building the website (, finding the Race Officer for the event (the inimitable Jerry Rollin), the international jury (at the moment to be led by Tom Sheppard), scoping out the social events, calculating the costs of the event and working out where at Middle Island sails can be measured and boats weighed. Last, but by no means least, the Notice of Race has been drafted, emailed round the world several times and should be ready for publishing, along with the Entry Form, early in the new year – so come early January 2013

the Flying Fifteen World Championships will be formally open for business! The event will take place in two parts later this year – the Hong Kong Nationals from 28 to 31 October and the World Championships from 2 to 8 November. Both events will be based at Middle Island with the racing taking place off Lamma, and the maximum number of entrants will be limited to 85 boats. As the host country, Hong Kong has the right to enter at least 10 competitors; although if the event is declared an open event (ie if not all 85 places are taken up) then the number of Hong Kong contestants will then be able to increase. So, plans are well under way and we are thoroughly looking forward to RHKYC hosting its first World Championships in 16 years. Finally, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone at the Club who has been such a great help to get us to this stage.

Volunteers Needed! Hong Kong Nationals – 28 to 31 October World Championships – 2 to 8 November To make this World Championships work well, and to make RHKYC proud, we will need volunteers. With an event of this size the people who volunteer to help are a key part of the success. So like the London Olympics this summer we are looking for ‘games makers’ – or in our case ‘worlds makers’. If you would like to help out – be it for one day or for the whole event – then please contact us at

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Transpacific In terport W o rds: L a u r e nc e M c D o na l d Pho t o s: E rika M cD o n a l d a nd A nd r e a s B r E c hb u h l Shortly after acquiring D37 from Karl Grebstad and Rick Herbst, we received an invitation to join the RHKYC team for the Transpacific Interport in Sydney. As we were new to the fleet, my wife Erika and I thought it would be a good way to get to know the other Hong Kong Dragon sailors as well as using it as a valid excuse for a holiday! We therefore found ourselves travelling from Hong Kong to Sydney with seven other sailors to take up the challenge from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron to compete for the Transpacific Interport trophy.

days. The Interport started with a training day on the Wednesday, followed by two round-robins on the Thursday and Friday with the finals taking place on the Sunday, as the Saturday had been set aside as the lay day. Sydney Harbour proved to be a fantastic setting with the racing taking place in the area between Kirribilli Point and South Head, all within sight of the majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge.


he Transpacific Interport is a long-running annual (sometimes semi-annual) contest between Dragon sailors from the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Kansai Yacht Club (Osaka, Japan), and the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. The event had an added special significance for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron as it coincided with their Sesquicentenary (150th year anniversary)! Whilst the racing is always highly competitive, the event is nevertheless very much a socialoriented one and the RSYS did not disappoint, delivering excellent hospitality over the five 26 | January 2013


The Dragons used for the Interport were a mix of Petticrows and Ridgeways, generously provided by the RSYS fleet. All the boats were equipped with a working main and genoa with each team bringing their own spinnakers. RHKYC’s original team had consisted of three crews plus additional sailors; however there were a number of cancellations on short notice. This was disappointing for those who

could not attend, especially Tam Nguyen, who deserves special thanks for putting in a lot of work to arrange the event. Fortunately, Andreas Brechbuhl stepped up and took the lead for the team in Sydney, and Olly Fried, an ex-Hong Kong Dragon sailor now living in Sydney, took the opportunity to sail with members of his former fleet. In addition some very good sailors from the RSYS fleet helped make up the numbers for the three teams: Lowell Chang, Larry McDonald and Olly Fried; Phyllis Chang, Andreas Brechbul and ‘Terrific’ Roger of RSYS; and Karl Grebstad, Jozef Roels and Cecile Bele. Practice day Wednesday 9 October

Two boats took the opportunity to train on the Wednesday afternoon and enjoyed 10-12kts of wind in the harbour. This was followed by the competitors’ briefing where the main focus was safety as, like Hong Kong, Sydney harbour has a large number of high speed ferries and commercial traffic. The weather was also a hot topic as up to 50-60kts had been forecast for the Friday! Therefore, the teams agreed to sail as many races as possible on the Thursday to ensure the finals could be completed on the Sunday. After the briefing all the teams attended the Flag Raising Ceremony and Commodore’s Cocktail Party. Nick Hogg of the RSYS Dragon fleet and the main organiser of the Interport gave the opening remarks at the cocktail party.

teams retired for the day. We all reconvened that evening for a social event which was a pleasant harbour cruise to the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club, situated on Felix Bay with Lady Martin’s Beach directly in front of the clubhouse. The evening was much enjoyed by everyone with the highlight being of course ‘dinner on the barbie’. Final race day Sunday 13 October

Going in to final race day the RHKYC team was determined to take the lead. After the remaining round-robin races had been sailed we ended up tied with the RSYS for first place. Three knock-out races were scheduled for the finals and after some very tight (considering the boats were ‘loaners’) and exciting racing RSYS eventually emerged victorious. The RSYS team had two Olympic medalists and multiple national champions on the helms so the RHKYC team was not too disheartened with a well-deserved second place! Third place went to Kansai Yacht Club with the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club finishing in fourth. A formal dinner and lowering of the club flags marked the end of an enjoyable and successful Transpacific Interport. To honour the occasion of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Sesquicentenary, gifts were also presented by the four clubs.

The next stop for the Transpacific Interport will be Japan in one to two years. In the nottoo-distant future, the RHKYC Dragon fleet is looking forward to hosting the European Interport in January 2013 which will see the RHKYC competing against the Royal Yacht Squadron, the Royal Danish Yacht Club and the Arcachon Yacht Club!

First race day Thursday 10 October

In stark contrast to Friday’s forecast, there was little or no wind on Thursday morning and the AP was hoisted. The wind began to fill in later in the morning and there was just enough to allow the first race to start at around 1300hrs. Although the course had been kept short the first race was abandoned as boats failed to complete the race within the allowed time. This was an unfortunate start for the RHKYC team as we had been in the lead! Nevertheless, the wind continued to fill in throughout the afternoon and an additional four races were completed in 12-15kts wind which left only one more race to complete the 2nd round robin. Twelve Dragons (three per team) were used with six boats racing at any one time. In each race it took approximately 30 minutes to complete the windward-leeward courses. Second race day Friday 11 October

Unfortunately the initial forecast for Friday turned out to be partially true with 15kts in the morning that quickly strengthened to over 30kts. The decision to hoist the AP over A had to be made around 1130hrs and the January 2013 Ahoy!

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3 to 4 November 2012

34th Hong Kong Open Rowing Championships Words: Jonat h an C an t w e ll • P ho t o s : HKCRA a nd m e m b e r s This season has seen a great improvement in the skill level across the crews at Shatin. Instead of one or two very fast rowers or crews, we were able to enter many boats with a consistent strength. The reward for this was shown in the many Division 2 medals won by the Club. These basically show the best of the non-national squad crews and the ‘wins’ cap off a great season for the Club.

Men’s Quad Scull – Alan, John, Toby and Oliver M4- Div2 winner


he strong overall season for the Club’s Shatin-based rowers was evident in the overall depth of the crews entered in the Hong Kong Championships. Despite not emulating recent years and winning an event overall, there were many more crews in finals earning placings or Division 2 medals. Day 1 of the regatta was, for most crews, all about setting themselves up for the A Finals on the Sunday. Most crews managed to progress to the final and at the same time get in some valuable tactical experience and a good look at the competition.

M8 Div2 winner Men’s 4- in the final

Also racing on Day 1 were the small boats for the Masters. Traditionally a division dominated by the Club, however this year the Japanese scullers provided some very handy competition to prevent us making a clean sweep of the trophies. The second day of racing was a busy one for the Club with so many crews facing strong A Finals. The top end of the field was made up of crews full of current and recent members of the Hong Kong National Team and also strong crews from overseas (also national level). For both the men and women of the Club, this top-end competition would prove to be too strong. All crews performed well, but could not quite match the power of these top athletes.

W2x Div2 winner

Results Men’s Masters First: 8+, 2x, 1x Men’s Open M4x Fourth in A Final M4- Fourth in A Final, Div2 Gold M8+ Third in B Final M8+ Fourth in A Final, Div2 Gold Women’s Masters First: 2x Women’s Open W1x; 5th and 6th W2x, Second in A Final, Div2 Gold W4x Fourth in A Final, Div2 Gold W4- Second in A Final, Div2 Gold Women’s 4- at the dock 28 | January 2013


The Club rowers together after the prizegiving

W4x Div2 winner

Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race Caps Superb RHKYC Season for the Outriggers Words: Jean-Francois Tremblay • Photos: Various members


hen I excitedly told my friend Marc St-Laurent, a former captain of the sailing Dragon Class, that I would compete in an outrigger canoe for the Around the Island Race (ATIR), his expression became pained. “It’s a very long race,” he said sombrely, “I feel sorry for you.” As it turned out, the RHKYC Outrigger crews sprinted around the 46km course on 11 November as if it were a fun thing we practice after brunch every Sunday afternoon. It was a big year for us. In a race that saw several records broken, RHKYC set a new best time in the mixed crew category. We had three crews this year, compared with two last year. And I personally had a blast in the men’s crew despite the stress of being the only rookie aboard. For outrigger canoeists, ATIR is a race with sea changes. Each 6-person boat has a total crew of nine or ten, with the ‘spares’ sitting in a powerboat that provides support to each team. Every 20 minutes or so, the crew members who are resting in the powerboat jump into the sea in front of the canoe to relieve some of the crew members. The relieved paddlers then swim to the powerboat to drink water and suck on energy gels. Because everyone gets a break of at least 20 minutes every hour, it’s possible for the crew members in the canoe to maintain a furious rate of paddling for the duration of the race. 32 | January 2013


Other than being a thrilling boat race, the ATIR event represents a considerable feat of logistics for the Club. The race itself requires marshals and support boats staffed by volunteers. Making the event extra special requires a sponsor, so we need to thank Tommy Bahama for helping to add those extra touches this year. And cooking a BBQ for 150 ravenous paddlers immediately after the race is another challenge of its own, requiring an army of volunteers. “I smell like cooked meat,” commented an exhausted Gillian Taylor, a member of the RHKYC outrigger section, who spent several hours on BBQ duty in the hot sun with other smoky volunteers. The post-race party proceeded without a hitch.

RHKYC’s star team this year was a mixed crew. Setting out on Tin Hau, the Club’s new high-performance OC6, the RHKYC top-ranked men and women placed first in this category against six other boats. Our team’s time of 3h 46m 39s was the 4th best time overall this year. Most impressive, the

time beat by roughly 22 minutes the previous mixed crew record established in 2009 by Hong Kong Outrigger Canoe Club. The second-place mixed crew this year was from Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club who completed ATIR in a time of 4h 10m 49s using a more traditional and heavier boat. Also in a heavier boat, RHKYC’s second mixed crew achieved an outstanding third place in a time of 4h 20m 10s. Victoria Recreation Club A crew won the men’s category by charging through the water in a high performance canoe similar to RHKYC’s Tin Hau to complete the course in a time of 3h 30m 42s. VRC A men’s performance beat by a few seconds a previous record set in 2006 by Team Hawaii.

Unlike last year when it only had two mixed crews, RHKYC also had a men’s crew this year, which performed commendably well. For the men’s crew, ATIR 2012 consisted of a frustrating chase of VRC Men’s B crew who completed the race one minute ahead of our exhausted crew. With a time of 3h 53m 33s, RHKYC Men completed the course 6th out of nine. This may not sound all that great, but in 2011, only one boat in the entire race had achieved a time below four hours. “This is the second best time ever for RHKYC,” noted Jeffrey Winterkorn, a member of the RHKYC Men’s team. The best-ever RHKYC time had been recorded earlier that same day. For paddlers in the RHKYC Outrigger Section, ATIR 2012 – our main event of the racing calendar – provided further proof of how much the section has progressed in 2012. We had three crews in the race this year, and they all did well. The Club added several well-attended new weekly training sessions to accommodate the rapidly growing pool of race-ready paddlers that can be drawn upon for events, in Hong Kong or abroad. All that training is paying off. Our results speak for themselves.

The Agony and the Ecstasy Coastal Rowing at the Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race 11 November 2012

Words: Vulgar Boatman Photos: members


t was a mixed result this year for the coastal rowing crews at the Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race. Overall you might say it was a great success, but there were a few special and peculiar events for crews that made the results either agonising or a cause for great ecstasy. The Mixed 4x entry from the RHKYC ‘Flying Social’ crew fell clearly into the ‘agony’ section. Despite the newly-repaired boat performing well the day before, something deep inside the boat was not quite right. The crew began to struggle by Kellett Island and by the halfway point at Shau Kei Wan it was clear that the boat was failing. The exchange crew for the second half had barely warmed up before the boat ‘went down’. Luckily the support boat was right there, but the safe outcome was not enough to provide complete consolation to a very disappointed crew. In the Men’s 2x, the ecstasy of smashing records was also tinged with some agony for the other crews. The top three boats all beat the previous records (for the event, the boat type and also for any around Hong Kong time trial), but only the fastest crew are able to celebrate freely. The combination of Kai Ramming (absent RHKYC member) and Daniel Makowski from RC Favorite Hammonia, Hamburg were able to take over 17 minutes off the previous best time, leaving both the RHKYC crews with mixed results – both also under the old record by almost 10 minutes, but neither winning the Carter Plate.

Rowing Contacts rowing manager Asst. Coach Middle Island Co-ordinator

Shatin Men’s Racing

Shatin Women’s Racing

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On 17 November the Club was invaded by extra-terrestrial life forms, plus some humans, who all proceeded to drink, eat, dance and generally make merry until the small hours. Those who avoided being beamed up by the mothership were still here for the 0700hrs photo.

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Thank you to Indigo for the sofas and armchairs

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Scuba Diving

Rare Traits

Words: Don Day

In 2012 the Club started a new water-sports activity: scuba diving. The first course was a Discover Scuba Dive course – a short theory session and a ‘try dive’ in the pool so that members could see if scuba diving was for them. The pool at Kellett Island is perfect as it has a shallow and a deep part. We focused on a core set of skills and used the rest of the time to experience being underwater – everyone loved it! Breathing underwater, feeling weightless and experiencing a new environment was great and everyone was completely relaxed. Afterwards all students, from as young as 10, proudly received a certificate and all wanted to continue. Busy school, work and racing schedules only made that possible for some this year, but the rest are eager to go next year! For the full PADI Open Water Diver course there is more work involved. Students watch a DVD and go through the manual to get a good grasp of the basic theory of scuba diving. We met twice more for knowledge review (and an exam!) and had two more sessions in the pool. Despite this being early in the morning all were very eager to get wet and complete all skills to learn neutral buoyancy, how to react in an emergency and how to fix problems underwater. Well-prepared, we then went out to Sai Kung and entered the real world of diving – open water. We spent 4 dives next to well-known Sharp Island to redo the skills in the ocean – but also to see coral, sea stars, clown anemone fish (aka Nemo), file fish and crabs. The students got more and more confident being underwater and throughout the course progressed rapidly to focus on pointing out things they saw to their buddies and simply enjoying being underwater. Hong Kong may only have limited visibility when compared to other Asian destinations (such as Sipadan, Palawan, Palau, Komodo to name but a few) but there are distinct advantages to learning in Hong Kong – no need to take a vacation to get certified, save time on vacation as you already know what you are doing, and if you are comfortable diving in Hong Kong waters, you will be comfortable diving anywhere else in the world. All participants passed with flying colours and are fully certified to go diving now. We have more courses planned for next year on all levels. If you are interested, get in touch – also if you haven’t been diving for a while and want to refresh your skills. A scuba diving course also makes for a great present for Christmas. Make 2013 the year you do what you have always wanted to do! Drop a line to

– book-reading and signing with David Clarke, former RHKYC Rowing Captain Tuesday 29 January, Chart Room, 1930hrs Absent member David Clarke is the former head of Hong Kong’s forensic science laboratory and has over 30 years experience in scientific crime investigation. Retiring to Tuscany, he fulfilled a lifelong ambition to study art restoration and also began his new career as an author. He will be reading excerpts from Rare Traits, his first novel and the first in a trilogy. John Andrews is a brilliant artist, as gifted as any of the old masters, but he shuns the limelight. He always has. John has a closely-guarded secret: in his thirties, five hundred and fifty years ago, he stopped ageing. Born Luca di Stefano in early Renaissance Tuscany, he is apprenticed to the great fresco painter Piero della Francesca. When his lack of ageing is discovered, a fanatical and overzealous Church wants him burnt at the stake. Fleeing to Naples, he adopts a new identify and starts a new life; the first of many artistic personas over the centuries. But the lingering threat of discovery is never far away… and now modern technology is catching up.

REVIEWS I just could not put this book down. Geoff, UK Absolutely brilliant. Katherine, UK An original and thrilling read that is hard to put down. Tracy, Australia If you enjoyed Dan Brown’s books, you’re going to love Rare Traits. Marion, Spain I was sad when it ended – now we need the film version! Alice, US Signed copies of Rare Traits will also be on sale to members. To book your place please email or call KaLai Lao on 2239 0307.

Boxercise Classes continue every Thursday in the Squash Court, 0930hrs to 1030hrs, $800 for 4 weeks

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Shelter Cove Ladies’ Lunch

For children from walking age up to 4 Wednesday afternoons, starting 16 January for 9 weeks, $1,900

Friday 25 January Come and meet other members who live in the area, plus you have the opportunity to purchase kimonos from Crystal Crown Limited. $100 only for a set lunch including a glass of wine. For more information or to book for any of the above please call KaLai on 2239 0307 or email


Wing Ding

On 24 Nov the RHKYC once again went Balls to the Wall for Hong Kong’s most needy and competed in the Wing Ding charity squash tournament with 13 other teams. This is the competition where you play everyone in your rank from the other teams for three minutes with no break – as soon as the buzzer goes you run to the next court and start serving. All this while wearing fancy dress! Angus Stewart did another great job in kitting us out, this time in fetching ladies sailors’ uniforms that again got us top kit points. Other teams’ d ress included belly dancers, Chairman Mao suits and Worzel Gummidge. So far this year the tournament has raised $1,100,000 for Operation Santa Claus and they are hoping to get it up to $2 million. This was aided by the RHKYC donating a sail training for two that has been put into the auction. There was also some terrific squash played, the highlights including current world #17 and #24 Cameron Pilley and Steve Coppinger playing. We recruited 8 time Hong Kong champion Faheem Khan while former Hong Kong #1’s Dick Lau and Rebecca Chiu also played. The RHKYC had our best-ever result, coming in at 7th. With this rate of improvement we’ll be challenging for top honours next year. The team consisted of: Adrian Pierse, Emma Pike, Phillipe Bonnet, Francis Longuepee, Chris Kaye, Andrew Sullivan, Paul Denham, Elliot Froidevaux, Jon Pipe and Faheem Khan. Special mentions go to Adrian who, at 70, was comfortably the oldest player in the field (both on and off court) and Elliot who finished second in the 3rd ranking. For anyone who wishes to donate, please make a cheque out to ‘SCMP Charities Ltd – Operation Santa Claus’ and send it to Cyril Murkin (HK) Ltd. Units 15-18, 15/Fl., Corporation Square, 8 Lam Lok St., Kowloon Bay, Kowloon.

Internal League

Group A Despite losing one match to Chris Kaye, and a very controversial let call that put Andrew Sullivan off for the rest of the game, the old frog Francis Longuepee did it again! Seventeen points took Francis to the top of the box A, immediately followed by Andrew Sullivan, just a little point behind. Chris got 14 points and since both of them will not be playing next month it opened the door for Cam Alder (16 points) and Jonathan Chamberlain (6 points) to remain in group A. Bill Mercer will be rejoining group A as well. Group B Francois Dubois, who actually just went to B by not playing enough match es in A previously, will go back to the top box next month. Darren Sugden with 12 points will follow him to that group. Roger Dunn and Romain Chatte, both 8 points, will stay in B and unfortunately, with Tom Burns and Richard Kendall rejoining, Frank Van Kempen and Angus Stewart, both injured at the beginning of the month, will go to to play in a very tough C group next month. Group C Congrats to Andrew Moore scoring the maximum 25 points, followed by Chris Brookes with 22 points only losing to Andrew. Both players will be playing in B next month. Stefan Kracht and Greame Ison are 3rd and 4th and will remain in C. Angelo Ianazzo and Yannick Kennel will take their racquets to D. Welcome to Mathias Suves who will be joining us. Group D Ewan Copeland is the new ‘In Forme, having scored the maximum 25 points. He is closely followed by Philippe Bonnet with 22 points and Sam Philipps with 20 points. Thanks to Ewan who is not playing in December, both Philippe and Sam will dispense their skill in Group C next month. Mark Galloway, finishing 4th with 12 points, will remain in

Couturier Angus with a couple of his models

Come on Francis, almost halfway

that group when Keith Garland and Peter Cheung will join E group next month. Paul Dalton will be rejoining D group next month with the ambition of going to C in January. Group E Special mention goes to Adrian Pierse on top of this group with 17 points. Well done ! Adrian will be playing in group D next month together with Denis Martinet who finished second with 12 points. Naomi Denning, Benedict Taw, Howard Winn and Bruce Hut will remain in group E.

Men and women interested in joining should contact

Left: The sailors ready to go into battle. Right: Andrew looking comfortable being back in uniform January 2013 Ahoy!

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Starter’s Box

Fo r t h com in g Even t s 12 January Tomes Cup 25 to 28 January Prince Henrik Silver Cup 2 and 3 February Class Regatta

Sailing / Rowing Circular

Happy New Year and all the best for 2013 from the Sailing Office! This year will have another very full sailing calendar and we encourage all sailors to enter as many events as they can. The Easter offshore race will be returning to San Fernando again – please see below and the website for all updates regarding the race. Sail Training always tends to be quieter at this time of year which does create some opportunities if you would like to take some courses. Have a great sailing year. Alex Johnston

The Sailing Office puts this out every other Tuesday throughout the year regarding sailing and rowing events. Please contact Lindsay Lyons – RHKYC Race and Regatta promotion: if you want something to be included or if you are not receiving these emails and would like to. The circular is best viewed in HTML format on your computer. For further details please contact Alex Johnston – RHKYC Sailing Manager on 2239 0362 or via email: For the latest information please visit our website:

Sailing Manager

Major Races and Regattas Tomes Cup 2013 The second pursuit race of the Top Dog Trophy series and the first large sailing event of 2013. The race will be a good opportunity to get back in the groove after the festive season. Remember to wrap up warm and there are some great prizes to be won courtesy of the regatta sponsor. Remember to sign up for entry on the day in the Course Room of the Sailing Centre at Kellett Island.

Class Regatta 2013 This is the only regatta of the year which is run purely for class boats and is sailed out of Shelter Cove. This creates the opportunity for some classes to race in Port Shelter when they would not normally do so. Traditionally this regatta can be quite chilly but tends to have good wind. There will be a short prizegiving after racing at Shelter Cove, subject of course to any protests. The NoR and entry form can be found on the website. See you there.

San Fernando Race 2013 The race will again be run to San Fernando in northern Luzon, Philippines over the Easter weekend. Russ Parker (Rear Commodore Sailing) and Colin Dawson (Race Committee member) conducted a recce to San Fernando this past November. Despite damage from last summer’s typhoon and the closure of the airport, there are still places to stay – however please book your rooms early, as some resorts have either closed permanently due to damage / recession or will close temporarily for Holy Week. Race HQ is being relocated so please monitor the race website for details. Please also enter early as the deadlines for scrutineering paperwork will be much earlier than usual: 38 | January 2013


NOTICE BOARD 訓 練 班 預 告

January and February Application forms and more details click on ‘Training’ or email Youth Training Saturday Practice Optimist, Silver Squads Group A; Part 1; 12, 26 Jan 16 Feb, 2 Mar Group B; Part 1; 19 Jan, 2, 23 Feb, 16 Mar


Sailing Development and Training

Skandia Sail Training in partnership with Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Sailing Development Manager Richard Knight 2239 0363 Performance Coach Nick Hollis 2812 7063 Senior Sailing Instructors Patrick Lam and

Ting Chan 2812 7063 Centre Sailing Instructor Don Huynh 2812 7063 Sail Training Administrator Gloria Yeung 2239 0395

Youth Sailing Club Part 1; 20 Jan, 3, 17 Feb, 17 Mar Easter Holiday Training Week 1 25 to 29 Mar Week 2 1 to 5 April Adult Beginners Option 1 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 Jan Re-Sail 27 Jan Option 2 16, 17, 23, 24 Feb, 2 Mar Re-Sail 3 Mar

Increased Capacity for Saturday Optimist Sessions We have seen a sharp increase in demand for our Optimist practice and Silver Squad Saturday sessions. Therefore from January we are doubling our capacity by offering more sessions. Sailors can choose group A or B and we will have 12 sailors in each group, enabling us to cater for 48 sailors in total. We are able to do this thanks to the additional new safety boats that are expected to arrive at the Club from early January.

Expansion of Keelboat Training Programme

Adult Supervised Sailing 6 Jan, J/80 Supervised Sailing 12 Jan, Singlehanded Laser 20 Jan, J/80 Supervised Sailing 26 Jan, Singlehanded Laser

Patrick Lam will be taking a lead role in expanding our keelboat training programme. We have already added additional keelboat courses to our training programme which you can find online. Over the next few months we will introduce more initiatives, one of our goals being the training up of more crew to join regular Club racing in keelboat classes.

2 Feb, Boat Handling 3 Feb, Spinnaker 23 Feb, Singlehanded Laser 24 Feb, Distance Sail (Laser)

Adult HKSF Levels 3 and 4

Adult Keelboat Courses Beneteau 25 Option 1 5, 6, 13 Jan Option 2 17, 24 Feb, 2 Mar J/80 Crew Option 1: 6, 13, 26 Jan Option 2: 24 Feb, 17, 24 Mar RHKYC Cadet Sharks Optimist Squad Optimist sailors aged 9 and up Laser Squad Laser sailors aged 14 and up Doublehander Squad 420 and 29er sailors aged 11 and up Dinghy Regattas on the horizon 12, 13 Jan HKSF Squad 3rd Trials Regatta 26, 27 Jan HHYC Winter Regatta 2, 3 Feb HKSF Squad 4th Trials Regatta 23, 24 Feb HK 29er Nationals at MI 9, 10 Mar Inter-School Regatta 13, 14 Apr Middle Island Regatta Shorebased Courses Radio Operators Long Range Radio Operator Course, Spring Course 1000hrs to 1830hrs 24 Feb, 3, 9,10 March Exams 1830hrs to 2100hrs 11,12,13,14 March

These courses are open to adults and cadets 16 years old and up. Normal HKSF entry requirements apply so you must hold all the previous HKSF certificates and have a season’s worth of sailing after your last certificate. Please refer to the HKSF Dinghy Syllabus and Logbook for full details of the content of the course. On these courses students will sail Wayfarer and Laser dinghies as well as RS400 dinghies on the Level 4 course. Adult Level 3 Adult Level 4

12, 13, 19, 20, 26 Jan 27 Jan, 2, 3, 23, 24 Feb

Corporate Sailing Client Days, Team Building Days or Reward Days. No matter which you are interested in we can offer a tailor-made Corporate Sailing Day to suit your needs! Check out the website for the standard package or contact Richard for more details.

Shorebased Courses Radio courses include both Short and Long Range courses and prepare you for examinations to become a licensed Radio Operator. If you only ever use a VHF radio you only require the Short Range qualification. If you are planning to use HF Radio, or are looking to license an HF Radio to apply for a call sign you will require the Long Range certificate. The RHKYC is currently the only Radio School in Hong Kong to offer these courses in English. Course dates are available online. Pleasure Vessel Operator Licenses can be achieved in two ways. The HKSF run their own course and examinations (more details at or you need to sit the examinations at the Hong Kong Marine Department. We have recently received more enquiries about offering training to prepare students to sit the Hong Kong Marine Department exam. If you are interested in such a course please register with Gloria. Once we have sufficient numbers we will try to arrange a course at the Club. Please note that this course will only help prepare you for the exams, you will still need to apply and sit the exams with the Marine Department. January 2013 Ahoy!

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Sailing Development and Training

29er Nationals – start

29er Nationals 2012 Words and photos Nick Hollis After having to re-schedule the 29er Nationals TWICE this year from lack of wind, it was finally successfully sailed as part of this year’s Southside Regatta, hosted by ABC, sponsored by SLAM.


his event was important as it was the first of two selectors to choose a team to represent Hong Kong at the ISAF World Championships in Cyprus next year. The ISAF World Championships are considered the ‘Youth Olympic Sailing Championship’. The RHKYC Sharks Squad had four teams enter this year, welcoming some new faces to the fleet. Two of our teams who attended last year’s 29er World Championships in Germany were there – Henry Salmon and

Wilhelm and Samuel 40 | January 2013


Aymeric Gillard (Tom Larmour award winner) and Florrie Manzoni and Isabel Tulloch (3rd place team in Emerald fleet at last year’s World Championships). Our new teams of Wilhelm Christensson and Samuel McDonald and Aiden Long with Leonardo Giustiniani also sailed with this being their first event. For Day 1 of the Championships the sailors were greeted with a fairly strong breeze from the north east, with winds ranging between 8kts and 20kts, and some shifts as big as 30

Florrie and Isabel

degrees making fairly challenging conditions for racing skiffs to say the least. For the 29er class, the race length was shorter than the normal regatta size courses they are used to; making even less room for errors and a finishing time for the first boat at about 25 minutes. On the first day, Henry and Aymeric sailed a good solid start to the regatta with a second in the first race. In the second race they won the start and flew upwind at great pace using Aymeric’s ‘lever-like’ build to great advantage. Sadly a misjudgment of the layline caused them to hit the mark and do a one-turn penalty which allowed the 2nd place boat to sail past. They gave a good chase, but unfortunately still finished 2nd. By the third race Florrie and Isabel were ‘in the groove’ and sailed a tough race against the heavier teams. With a good start and

Dolf Hendriksen 21 November 2012

Aymeric and Henry

some well-picked shifts they managed to battle off other competitors to finish 2nd. In the last race of the day, both of our younger teams battled well against the older experienced teams from ABC, but sadly could not quite catch them. Henry and Aymeric finished 3rd on the water, but sadly were OCS at the start, handing 3rd place to the girls. Wilhelm and Samuel sailed a good day against the well-practiced teams. Having had a year less in the class than the other sailors, they managed a very creditable 4th in race 2, and a 5th in race 4. Our newest team of Aiden and Leo gave it a really good go, but sadly the conditions became a bit too much for them – great effort for only sailing the boat a handful of times though! Overnight, ABC’s Nagisa and Akira Sakai were leading the inaugural 29er National Championships, but with the points very close and 4 races to go, it was all to play for. Sunday arrived, but sadly the breeze had forgotten to show up. With the wind from the north, it proved very tricky to find a race area big enough that could offer good conditions. The AP was hoisted whilst we waited for the wind to settle. After an hour or so, a strong westerly rolled down the Lamma Channel and provided some great skiff racing conditions. The course was set at Stanley beating up towards the Round Island area. The wind filled in to about 16kts at points with some great choppy waves to make the racing more interesting. Throughout the racing, the places were close and changing quite a lot. The conditions were fairly gusty creating chances for achieving planing speed upwind, and great chances to catch up downwind.

In the three races Henry and Aymeric had some good consistent results, unfortunately not quite what they wanted. They scored a 3, 4, and 3. RHKYC’s Mei Han battled through in the second race of the day to claim a 3rd place. This left the two ABC teams to battle it out for first and second place. Both teams sailed very well, with Cosmas and Nathan claiming three 1st places and Team Sakai three 2nd places. Overall Cosmas and Nathan sailed a great regatta and were crowned National Champions for 2012 with Akira and Nagisa Sakai in 2nd. Henry and Aymeric sailed very well to claim 3rd overall. Our sailors performed well in this championships, being considerably younger than their competitors. Time to put in some hard hours of training for the second selector in February next year to take that top spot! If you like the look of the 29er, and fancy sailing at speeds of up to 20kts, email Performance Coach Nick to see if you can be enrolled into our Sharks Racing Squad Programme or onto our 29er Clinics –

How old are you? I am 11 years old. Where do you sail from now? I sail at Middle Island. What boats have you sailed? Opi, 29er, Hobie 16, Feva, RS400, Q’ba, Laser 4.7, Wayfarer, Pico and 420. Which is your all-time favourite? The RS Feva because it is a fast boat, and fun to sail. Especially because I can sail it with a friend. What are you currently sailing? Opi. What is your best result? 1st at the Macau Int. Regatta together with Juliana Choi and 8 th at the HKSF F.O.S. Regatta. What is your most memorable race and why? My most memorable race was the HKODA nationals, because it was very windy, good fun and intense. At one point at the downwind there was a gust of 40kts. There was so much pressure on the rudder that my hand slipped off the tiller, my boat swung around to windward and I was catapulted into the water! What is your sailing ambition for the future? Come in the top 5 of the Opi fleet. What keeps you going when you have a bad day, week, month? I tell myself that in a few days I can go sailing again and I sing while sailing. Who is your idol? Why? My cousin Reinier as he came 2nd at the Yngling worlds and 1st at the Europeans.

Aymeric and Henry – 3rd place overall

Any advice for other young sailors? Have fun and enjoy! January 2013 Ahoy!

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Sailing Development and Training

South Side 2012 Words and photos: Richard Knight The South Side Regatta is a HKODA Optimist Ranking event and will count towards selecting the Hong Kong team for the 2013 Worlds. With this on their minds, competition was fierce at the top of the fleet.


n Day 1, four races were completed in Repulse Bay. As expected, conditions were shifty and gusty. With a relatively short beat and long start line there was little race track to play with. This meant that getting the shifts right required great vision and a bit of luck! Sophie Tulloch came away with an impressive string of 2nd places to put her in the overnight lead. On Day 2, just two races were completed but once it filled in the breeze was fairly

RHKYC Sharks Scarlett – Sophie and Calum – leading the way 42 | January 2013


consistent and this time the fleet was given course one, which gave them a windward leeward before heading around the trapezoid. This provided some more close racing amongst the top seven boats who all had a chance of winning a race. However, it was Calum who took the first race and now that the discard came into play that meant it would come down to the last race to see who would come away with the title. The final race was a cracker. Off the line it looked like ABC’s Matthew had won the start with a port tack start but unfortunately for him he sailed out of the breeze and the others were able to make up lost ground. By the end of the first lap it was Calum slightly ahead of Ferdinand and Sea School’s Ka Shun Siu, Sophie, Yann from ABC and Scarlett. The next windward leg saw multiple lead changes with better breeze on the right, followed by a shift to the left. Coming out on top was Ferdinand who had pulled out a slight gap to Scarlett who rounded in 2nd. The lap around the trapezoid saw the battle continue between Sophie and Calum while Scarlett tried to defend against Ka Shun Siu and Yann. On the final beat to the finish Ferdinand held on for a well-earned race win and also a result that pulled him into 3rd overall. The

Scarlett Manzoni

battle for 1st overall continued right to the finish line with Calum crossing less than a boat length ahead of Sophie. They finished on equal points but Calum’s two 1st place scores broke the tie in his favour! It was an impressive display from the RHKYC Sharks, claiming 1st, 2nd and 3rd while Scarlett and Oscar finished 7th and 8th. A total of 19 Sharks were in the Optimist fleet and we also saw strong performances from others with special mention to Duncan Gregor who celebrated his 9th birthday on day 2 of the regatta. Duncan finished 25th in the 44-boat fleet, an impressive score for a sailor who only took part in his first race in September! Also worthy of a mention were our debut Sharks, Lana Davies, Imogen Salmon and Ines Gillard who were all racing in their first major weekend regatta.

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Be Prepared Words: Simon Pickering

Recently I have been involved with assisting and advising the owners of some of the new yachts that have arrived in Hong Kong with their preparation for the 2013 San Fernando Race. These ‘first time’ owners are approaching the preparation for the maiden ocean crossing in a very serious and methodical manner. It is very easy to become blasé about doing another South China Sea crossing as most years it can be a rather benign ocean passage. However, in certain conditions, a crossing to the Philippines has the potential to be one of the roughest offshore passages that many sailors would ever experience. The South China Sea has humbled a good number of professional ocean sailors in recent years. When I am preparing a yacht for an ocean race I use the following ‘personal’ checklist which I have developed over the years. I use this in conjunction with the official ISAF scrutineering checklist provided by the RHKYC Race Office. Whilst there is some duplication between the ISAF Cat. 1 regulations and this checklist, the ISAF list focuses on just one aspect of offshore safety whereas the checklist below covers a much broader base of practical issues and solutions. Many of these items could be carried out by the Club’s Boatyard, BUT when going offshore in a yacht it is very important that as many crew as possible are familiar with the yacht that they are sailing on. When it is wet, cold, blowing 35kts and the yacht is falling off three metre waves it is too late to be reading a manual on how to work the radio, or trying to find where the first aid kit is stored.

Offshore Race Preparation Check List • Crew selection and certification • Check / optimise rating • Check antifoul • Check mast and standing rigging • Check navigation lights • Check bilge pumps electric and manual • Service life rafts, life jackets, EPIRB and fire extinguishers etc • Crew training – man overboard drill, operation of emergency steering, storm sails etc. • Check man overboard / recovery equipment replace / service as required • Replace lashings (if any) on lifelines and / or check lock nuts on life line rigging screws • Check and tape split pins / split rings on life line attachments • Drill reefing and mark reefed positions on main halyard and clew reef lines • Check charging systems and load test battery • Radio(s) check • Update First Aid kit • Check and replace flares as required • Service winches • Service engine and generator • Prepare a decent and practical tool kit, engine spares, spares for the boat (sheets, blocks, shackles, split pins, nuts and bolts etc) • Check spares for engine and generator • Check and stop leaks in deck hardware and hatches • Check and repair sails • Check and replace running rigging as required • Check and calibrate instruments

• Check steering cables, replace as required • Check spare steering cables • Check fresh water systems • Check water heater • Check freezer and fridge • Check gas bottles are full • Check and service toilet(s) • Secure floorboards • Install lee cloths • Install rope bags and winch handle pockets • Install non skid strips where required e.g. on forward hatch • Install lifeline cushions • Install shock cord tie downs on the bow to keep sails on board • Install strings on lifelines at bow to keep sails on board • Fit attachment points for halyards at mast • Fit shock cord on spinnaker sheet blocks • Rig spinnaker change sheet blocks • Fit shock cord between shrouds and lifelines (for boats with chainplates at rail) • Label mast exits, rope clutches, cockpit controls and make calibration marks for genoa track, halyards etc • Stick signal flag ID labels in cockpit • Stick target boat speed and TWA labels in cockpit • Stick sail selection / cross over chart label in cockpit • Sikaflex all split pins • Stick headsail leech target stripes on spreaders

There is no question that the more involved the crew are in the preparation of the boat for offshore racing, then the better equipped they will be in case of emergency, and the more ‘ownership’ they will have in the success or otherwise of your performance in the race. For further advice and assistance for your offshore race preparations please call me, Simon Pickering, on 9171 2967 or email 44 | January 2013




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Windtronic 2 The cup principle eliminates the cumbersome need of orienting the device as measurements are obtained irrespective of wind direction. A major benefit in practical use that provides accurate readings at any time. The large LCD display shows the reading: Maximum wind speed (MX). Average wind speed (AV). Bar graph of current Beaufort values.


Trekker Storm Proof Lighter


The Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Lighter is built to withstand the most demanding conditions. This lighter combines state-of-the-art engineering and technology with unique styling and rugged construction.


Grace Digital Eco Terra Rugged and Waterproof Boom box The Eco Terra is built with two large waterproof stereo speakers, and is powered by 4 C-Cell batteries or included AC Power Adaptor. If you want to take your music with you, the Eco Terra is your perfect portable solution. Strap in your iPhone, Android, Blackberry, any MP3 player or Smartphone behind the 100% waterproof clear shell and turn up the volume. The Eco Terra houses and protects any cell phone or MP3 player from the 4 extremes: water, dirt, snow and shock.

Harken Stainless Steel Cam-Matic Cleat

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Harken stainless steel Cam-Matic cleats add elegant accents to your yacht’s stainless deck gear. Powered by multiple rows of highload ball bearings, the mirror-polished cleat engages and releases line instantly - even under maximum tension. With a downward flick of the wrist the sheet snaps into the cam - and stays exactly where you put it. Flick up and the cleat releases. Smooth teeth grip line of all sizes including the small diameter line favoured by racers.

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$880 $289 to $1,042 Usacord Shockline Patented, with integrated strain range, from UV-stabilized, high tenacity polyester yarn, single loop of 25cm culverts, tied the other side, extremely flexible. Diameter: 12mm, 15mm, 18mm, 26mm.

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Wines of the Month from


Doña Paula Estate Chardonnay 2009 – Mendoza Citric and mineral aromas with notes of spices and tropical fruits. In the mouth, it is fresh and lively with good acidity and balance.

Doña Paula Estate Malbec 2011 – Mendoza Aromas of black fruits, violets and spices with mineral and graphite notes. Great balance and freshness in the mouth with soft tannins and persistent finish. Available in all Food and Beverage outlets at $270 per bottle

Double-boiled Soup, Snake Soup and Hot Pot Rice in the Bistro 1 to 31 January 2013

Beer of the Month Moretti

The popularity of this promotion sees it extended through to 31 January 2013. Don’t miss the chance to taste these dishes! Do ub l e -boil ed S o ups / S NA KE S O U P

Available in all Food and Beverage outlets at only $30 per bottle

River Carp, Chinese Herbs 天麻川弓燉山斑魚

Black Chicken, Fresh Ginseng 鮮人參燉竹絲雞

Pork Pancreas, Corn, Chinese Yam 粟米淮山燉豬橫脷

Braised Snake Soup served with Lemon Leaves and Chrysanthemums 菊花三蛇羹 Hot P o t R ice

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 Spotted Garoupa, Dried Shrimp, Fine Garlic 蒜香蝦乾星斑柳煲仔飯

Home-made Chinese New Year Puddings Our very well-received home-made Chinese New Year Puddings will be available between 26 January and 9 February (5 February 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 of 600gm and the large size of 1,200gm. Chinese Turnip Pudding Sweetened Water-Chestnut Pudding Sweetened Glutinous Pudding

腊味蘿蔔糕 香甜馬蹄糕 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, by fax to 2239 0341 or by email to 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. 48 | January 2013


Beef Patty, Preserved Vegetables, Ginger and Spring Onions 薑葱榨菜牛肉煲仔飯

Pork Spare Ribs, Preserved Vegetables 欖菜排骨煲仔飯

Boston Lobster Dom Pérignon

Champagne Dinner Thursday 17 January – Compass Room

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Special Offer Diners have the option to take home a bottle of Dom Pérignon 2003 for only $948. Normal retail price is $1,288. Orders must be confirmed whilst making your dinner reservation and only one bottle per diner is available for this special offer. (Our special offer for delivery orders on the night will be $1,048) .


in the Compass Room 2 to 31 January Appet isers / S o up

Lobster Sampler Lobster on Fennel Blinis, Lobster and Scampi Bruschetta Lobster and Salmon Tartar, Poached Lobster Claw, Lobster Mayonnaise Poached Lobster and Asparagus, Marinated Porcini Mushrooms, Black Truffles and Balsamic Jus Lobster and Clam Chowder M ain Co urses

Surf and Turf Char-grilled Half Lobster and Beef Tenderloin, Diced Gooseliver Sauce Grilled Half Lobster, Crab Cake, Garlic and Rocket Risotto Grilled Half Lobster and King Prawn, Caramelised Endive, Warm Lemon Cream Lobster and Scallop Cannelloni, Curried Tomato Sauce For reservations please call the Compass Room on 2239


Bonus Offer – One bottle of Dom Pérignon 2003 will be featured as a lucky draw prize!

Pre-dinner Tasting Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003

Menu and Champagnes Seared Japanese Scallop, Avruga Caviar, Sea-urchin, Seaweed Salad and Gold Flakes Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003







Carpaccio of Iberico Ham, Deep-fried Brie Cheese Dom Pérignon Oenothèque Vintage 1996 Surf and Turf Char-grilled Half Boston Lobster, Milk-fed Veal Loin, Natural Jus Dom Pérignon Oenothèque Vintage 1996







Dark Chocolate and Mandarin Crispy Pearls, Rose Sorbet Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2000 Freshly Brewed Coffee or Gourmet Tea * All the above Champagnes will be served in limited quantity *

Curries at Middle Island and Shelter Cove 2 to 31 January

Thai Red Curry with Beef and Pumpkin 泰式紅咖喱南瓜牛肉 Sri Lankan Style Lamb and Okra Curry 斯里蘭卡式咖喱毛茄羊肉 Malaysian Fish and Potato Curry 馬來西亞咖喱馬鈴薯魚肉 Korean Style Chicken Curry 韓式咖喱雞 *All curries are served with steamed rice 各式咖喱皆配白飯 January 2013 Ahoy!

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Bodegas Garcia Figuero Wine Dinner

Wednesday 30 January – Compass Room

After many years of exclusively concentrating on cultivating their vines with the aim of ‘producing a top class grape’, which was duly turned into the finest quality wines by renowned winemakers Vega Silicia, Jose Maria Garcia and Milagros Figuero embarked on a journey to make their own top quality wines. The wines of Garcia Figuero are all 100% Tempranillo – Spain’s ’signature’ red grape, the backbone of the wines from the Ribera del Duero in Spain and the only grape variety planted on the Estate. Twenty-five hectares of Garcia Figuero’s vineyards feature Tempranillo vines which are more than 60 years old.

Year End Dinner / Spring Dinner It’s time for you to get together with your family to welcome the Year of the Snake. The Club has prepared several sumptuous Year End Dinner / Spring Dinner menus and value-formoney packages for you to choose from. Please contact our Banquet Experts on 2239 0339 / 2239 0327 or email for further details.

Jazz, R&B and Dancing After Dark Friday 25 January in the Bistro Come down to the Bistro for some late night jazz with the Soul Preacher between 2200hrs and 0100hrs. Head on down for some sweet sounds, and join in the fun.

Pre-dinner tasting 1930hrs Dinner 2000hrs Speaker

Mr Julien Bonnard, Brand Ambassador Only $628 per person (or $588 per person per booking of 6 persons or more per table) RESERVATIONS Call Janice Yip in the F&B Office on 2239 0340 or email Price

Pre-dinner Tasting Marqués de Cáceres Deusa Nai Albariño 2011

Menu and Wines Seared Tuna Fillet, Artichoke Confit and Green Almond Olives, Basil Olive Oil Figuero Crianza 12 2006













Seafood and Chorizo Sausage Paella Figuero Reserva 15 2005 Crispy Pork Knuckle, Sun-dried Tomato Jus Figuero Vendimia Seleccionada 2005 Char-grilled Lamb Chop, Herb Spaetzle, Beetroot Jus Figuero Noble 21 2005 (limited quantity) Cheese Platter (Manchego, Gouda, Blue, Dried Fruit Terrine, Candied Walnuts) Figuero Roble 4 2009




Freshly Brewed Coffee or Gourmet Tea

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.

Monthly Wine Fairs 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! Many members are catching on to this and inviting groups of friends to enjoy the two-hour wine tasting and then using the F&B vouchers to offset a meal another day within two months! The wine fairs are a great opportunity for you to taste wines and learn more about them. And, if you do wish to purchase wines on the evening, you can enjoy a 5% discount on the already low prices! Wed 2 January

1830hrs to 2030hrs in the Chart Room at Kellett Island

Fri 4 January

1930hrs to 2130hrs at Shelter Cove

For reservations, please call Angie Chan in the F&B Office on 2239 0389 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. 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

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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.


Contact us for a quotation or visit us at: UK-HALSEY SAILMAKERS ( HK ) LIMITED Block A, 21/F Western Plaza, 3 San On Street, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2775 7711 Fax: (852) 2775 7722 Email: Web:

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NEW MEMBERS ORDINARY MEMBERS Mrs Linda Y Harrod Mr Andy S Y Leung Mr Ian J Ritchie Mr Yuen Yiu Leung Mr & Mrs Chan Man Hon Mr & Mrs Rodrick C M Ho Mr & Mrs Samuel J Levine Mr & Mrs Adrian A Mowat

December 2012

CADET MEMBERS Sean L S Kwan Jacqueline Lung Anna Mowat Benjamin Mowat Samantha Walters Jacob Zimmerman Kosuke Uchimura CADET MEMBERS SPONSORED BY A MEMBER Marcus Giustiniani Aard A S Hoekstra Alex T Llewellyn Lui Pak Hei

FULL MEMBERS Mr Robert A Berkley Mr Clement Brunet-Moret Ms Elaine Morgan Mr Graeme S Reed Mr Michael D Shasha Mr Benjamin D H Smith JUNIOR MEMBERS Mr Toby Duckworth Mr Oliver D Scott-Mackie CHANGE OF MEMBERSHIP STATUS FROM JUNIOR TO ORDINARY Mr Lawrence H B Brader Mr Christopher S H Ng Ms Naomi R Walgren

CORPORATE NOMINEE SUBSCRIBERS Miss Jennifer W M Cheng JPMorgan Chase Bank NA – Managing Director, Head of Legal Miss Laura C Murphy Vaker Limited – Director Mr Dominic A Rigby Royal Bank of Scotland NV – Head of Equities APAC BUC

Mr & Mrs Paul K Bailey HSBC – COO Ms Patsy P Y Chan & Mr Jerome Chan Richemont Asia Pacific Ltd – Chief Operating Officer Ms Fung Lai Ha & Mr Kwan Chiu Fan Standard Chartered Bank (HK) Ltd – Managing Director Ms Barbara Leach-Walters & Mr Simon W Walters Royal Bank of Scotland – Head of Compliance, North Asia Mr & Mrs Yukio Uchimura Orix Asia Limited – Deputy Managing Director

RESIGNED MEMBERS Mr Henry B Bremridge Mr David Gladstone Mr Nathan W Liang Mr Philip McManus Mr & Mrs Colin Campbell Mr & Mrs Emilio Guevara Echepare Thomas F Beresford

ABSENT MEMBERS Mr Robert A Charnock-Smith Mr David H K Ma Mr & Mrs Stephen Bradley Mr & Mrs Richard L Gibson Mr & Mrs Thomas Hester Mr & Mrs James E Rayner Mr & Mrs Peter Ryerse James L Gibson

Webster Beune Bianca M Brown Isabelle L Fraser Andrew Guillot Alexander H Lam Sebastian J McAteer Alison E Robb Anna I Wainer

OBITuary Dr Francis Batson 1931-2012 – After a short illness, Francis passed away peacefully on Sunday 18 November 2012. A Service of Thanksgiving for his Life was held at St John’s Cathedral on Friday, 23 November.

Lunar New Year 2013 Club Operating Hours Wedding February



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


Reception and Movie Library

Open 0800hrs-1800hrs

Compass Room

Open for Lunch Closed at 1500hrs

Bistro & Snooker

Open for Lunch Closed at 1500hrs

Main Bar

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

Chart Room

Closed at 1800hrs





Set Dinner 1800hrs-2230hrs


(Reservations are required)

Buffet Dinner(s)

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


Open 0800hrs-0100hrs (limited menu available)

Open 0800hrs-0100hrs (limited menu available)

Lawn Catering 1800hrs-2030hrs


Open 0800hrs-0000hrs (limited menu available)



Open Closed

Bowling Alley

Closed at 1800hrs


Open 1430hrs-2230hrs

Waterside Play Area & Food Service

Play Area Open No F&B Service

Play Area Open No F&B Service

Play Area Open No F&B Service

Play Area Open No F&B Service

Squash & Gym





Ship Shop

Open from 0900hrs-1500hrs




Middle Island




Open 0800hrs-2100hrs

Shelter Cove

Closed at 1800hrs

Manned by members

Manned by members

Open 1200hrs-2000hrs

(limited menu available)


KI Sampan Service





MI Sampan Service





MI Rescue Boat Service


SC Sampan Service


Crane and Boatboy Service

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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.

Congratulations to Michelle Liu, our Membership Officer, who married Tommy Lok on 5 December 2012

AMENDMENT TO BYE-LAWS Following the consideration of a special resolution at the Annual General Meeting on 20 November 2012 regarding the rights of Honorary Members, the General Committee approved the following alteration of the Bye-Laws:

6.6 Minimum Food & Beverage Charge Members (except Patron, Vice Patrons and Honorary Members) are required to pay minimum food and beverage charges if their food and beverage consumption, which exclude purchases for yacht store and direct food sales, for the calendar month is less than the level as the General Committee may determine from time to time.


Company No.66

At an Annual General Meeting of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (香港遊艇會) held on Tuesday 20 November 2012 at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Kellett Island, Hong Kong at 1830hrs, the following resolution was passed:


10.8 Patron, Vice Patrons or Honorary Members who are not Members of the

“THAT the Articles of Association of the Club be and are hereby amended by:

Club at the time of their appointment

a. deleting the last sentence in Article 1.10;

If a Patron, Vice Patron or Honorary Member is not a Member of the Club at the time of his appointment he shall be treated as an Ordinary Member for the period of appointment and will assume all the rights, privileges and liabilities accorded to an Ordinary Member save that:

b. deleting “(1) Honorary Members” in Article 3.1 and re-numbering existing items (2) to (11) as new items (1) to (10); c. deleting Article 3.2 in its entirety; d. renumbering existing Articles 3.3 to 3.15 as new Articles 3.2 to 3.14;

(A) He shall not be entitled to any vote or to speak at any General Meetings of the Club.

e. deleting “Article 4.3(A)” and substituting “Article 4.2(A)” in its place in line 3 of new Article 3.6;

(B) No subscription shall be payable under Article 17.

f. deleting “Article 4.6” and substituting “Article 4.5” in its place in line 1 of new Article 3.9(A);

r. renumbering existing Article10.6 as new Article 10.9;

g. deleting “Article 4.7” and substituting “Article 4.6” in its place in line 1 of new Article 3.10(A), line 3 of new Article 3.10(E) and line 4 of new Article 3.10(J); h. deleting “Article 3.11(E)” and substituting “Article 3.10(E)” in its place in line 4 of new Article 3.10(F); i. deleting “Article 4.2” and substituting “Article 4.1” in its place in line 3 of new Article 3.10(G); j. deleting Article 4.1 in its entirety;

(C) No Building Levy shall be payable under Article 18.

s. deleting “Article 3.6” and substituting “Article 3.5” in its place in line 2 of Article 14.1(A); t. deleting “Patron, Vice Patrons, Honorary Members,” from the heading and line 1 of the first paragraph of 17.1; and u. deleting “Article 3.6(B)” and substituting “Article 3.5(B)” in its place in the last line of Article 17.1.” Charles Manzoni Honorary Secretary

k. renumbering existing Articles 4.2 to 4.9 as new Articles 4.1 to 4.8; l. deleting “Article 4.2” and substituting “Article 4.1” in its place in line 1 of new Article 4.2(B);

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m. deleting “Article 3.14” and substituting “Article 3.13” in its place in line 3 of new Article 4.3(A); n. deleting “Article 4.3” and substituting “Article 4.2” in its place in line 3 of new Article 5.3(F);

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o. deleting “an Honorary Member,” and substituting “a” in its place in line 1 of Article 6.2(A) and line 1 of Article 6.3;

q. inserting the following after Article 10.5 as new Articles 10.6 to 10.8:

Volvo Penta 265hp / +45kt. / Heritage edition with beautiful teak finish / Music / Docking lights / Cockpit cover / Ski-tow, ..

“10.6 Honorary Members

Sunstream V-lift

p. replacing the heading with “OFFICERS, PATRON, VICE PATRONS AND HONORARY MEMBERS” in Article 10;

Price: $460,000 ex-stock

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The General Committee has the right, at its discretion to appoint Honorary Members of the Club. The Honorary Members shall be appointed for such term and upon such conditions as the General Committee shall at its discretion from time to time to determine.

10.7 Patron, Vice Patrons or Honorary Members who are Members of the Club at the time of their appointment If a Patron, Vice Patron or Honorary Member is a Member of the Club at the time of his appointment he shall retain all the rights, privileges and liabilities accorded to the category of membership in which he was a Member save that: (A) No subscription shall be payable under Article 17 for the period of his appointment. (B) No Building Levy shall be payable under Article 18 for the period of his appointment.

Rainbow Marine Int. Ltd.

14 Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen, HK. Email: Tel: 00852-34898964 We handle distribution of Chris Craft (, Sunstream Boat Lifts (, inflatable dinghy & yacht brokerage

Contact: Joe Chan / 60561149

January 2013 Ahoy!

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會長通訊 祝各位新年快樂及歡迎離港渡假的朋友回到香港。我十分榮幸能夠及時回港主持除夕鳴放禮炮儀式迎接新年來臨。 希望新的一年會所會務蒸蒸日上,各會員更積極參與及支持我們的核心活動。 十二艘帆船在風高浪急的環境下參加於十二月初舉行的「大青針帆船賽」。我在 “Ambush 號 ” 上,一度以為自 己身處「悉尼至霍巴特帆船賽」中。在五十海浬的逆風航行後,回航時,大家終於可以順風行駛,回到香港。最 後,“Peninsula Signal 8 號 ” 獲得賽事冠軍,恭喜兩位船主和各船員。 在十二月於布吉舉行的「泰皇盃帆船賽」,龐輝和他的 “Jelik 號 ” 勇奪 IRC 第一組冠軍,而盧華標則贏得巡航船級別 冠軍,再次恭喜各得獎人仕。 一月十二日舉行的「Tomes 盃帆船賽」是「Top Dog 盃系列帆船賽」第三輪賽事。經過頭兩輪賽事,暫時由 “Ambush 號” 領先,其次是“Peninsula Signal 8 號”,Flying Fifteen 級別的 “Tchaikoffsky 號 ” 排第三。這個賽事一向競 爭激烈而又充滿趣味,未知在餘下的賽事,各選手能否改寫這個排名。 划艇方面,外舷獨木舟及海岸划艇隊選手均打破了「香港環島大賽」的賽事紀錄,而青少年選手參加「香港青少年 及校際賽艇錦標賽」的人數亦是歷年之冠。對於划艇手來說,這些成績應該為賽季劃上完美句號。在一月二十日, 中途島將會舉行首屆「香港海岸划艇錦標賽」,相信賽事將會吸引到一批高水平的選手參加,預計相當精彩。在此 希望香港遊艇會划艇隊在賽事中有出色表現。

會長約翰 伊詩禮

和往年一樣,未來幾個月的帆船賽事排得密密麻麻。各賽事均需要會員的義務協助,希望大家盡量抽空出席被安排 的賽事管理工作,如未能抽空出席,請提早作出調配安排。各帆船選手都非常感激各位每一次的參與及支持。在賽 事管理方面,一月份我們有第二階段之賽事管理課程,如有興趣,請與賽事部聯絡。 期望在海上及會所見到大家。 約翰 伊詩禮 香港遊艇會會長


飲食快訊 相信大家都有一個愉快的聖誕假期。聖誕過後,便是慶祝新年 的時間,祝大家快樂、健康及豐盛的一年。 非常榮幸在十二月初,我們再次邀請到香港紅十字會學校的學 生來到會所參予活動。當日活動首先由帆船教練林智明以生動 有趣的形式講解基本帆船技術和讓學生們親身坐到船上練習; 然後大家為自己的朱古力蛋糕裝飾;最後便一起為大型薑餅屋 「扮靚」,這個經學生們精心「裝扮」的薑餅屋現在放置於會 所接待處讓各位欣賞。在同學們面上歡欣的笑容可以知道他們 都十分享受當日的活動,他們的笑臉還提醒大家節日已到了。 聖誕節是一個施予的日子,非常高興香港遊艇會慈善基金會透 過舉辦不同的活動籌款以捐助有需要的慈善機構。如「給聖誕 老人的信」、週年舞會門票、聖誕玩具慈善義賣活動和十二月 十五日舉行的慈善晚宴。籌得善款總額將於二月份Ahoy! 公佈。 再次感激各會員、嘉賓及贊助商的鼎力支持。


香港遊艇會慈善基金會透過訓練課程及推廣,讓更多人仕能夠參與帆船及划艇運動,使活動普及化並能 於香港持續發展。除此之外,基金會還會向生活在艱苦歲月的前海員伸出援手,協助他們渡過難關。 若未能抽空出席慈善晚宴,但希望捐款到基金會的話,可將劃線支票(支票抬頭為「Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Charity Foundation Limited」)交給我們。或電郵我們把捐款直接加到閣下下一個月的賬單。 無論以任何形式捐款,基金會將會發出正式收據。晚宴後,有不少會員希望義務參與基金會舉辦的活 動,如閣下亦有興趣為基金會出一分力的話,可電郵至,我們會盡快與閣下聯絡。 我們一直致力為賽事提供優質的賽事管理。一月份,再次邀請到非常有經驗的國際賽事裁判 Robert Lamb 親臨本會,他這次行程的主要目的是分享有關實用的賽事管理知識和使更多會員參與第一級賽事 管理課程。除此之外,我們還首次舉辦「放置比賽浮標」訓練課程讓我們的職員和會員參予。

名釀 一月 Doña Paula Estate Chardonnay 2009 – Mendoza Doña Paula Estate Malbec 2011 – Mendoza 每瓶售價270元

一月啤酒推介 Moretti 每瓶售價30元


訓 練 班 預 告

不經不覺,還有一個月便是農曆新年 — 蛇年的來臨,請留意刊登於第54頁有關本會於假期間的開放時 間安排。希望於二月十一日的農曆煙花匯演見到大家,一如以往,我們還有醒獅表演和財神到臨會 所,一同慶祝新年。期望今年天朗氣清,讓我們可以在室外維港怡人的景色下慶祝新年。


中途島會所第二階段翻新工程將於二月份展開。於工程期間,會所設施少不免受到一定程度之影響, 我們已盡量把影響減到最低,對於造成的不便,敬請各位原諒。工程詳情將於二月在本雜誌刊登,有 關告示亦會張貼在各會所報告板。

期待在會所見到各位。 布馬克 香港遊艇會總經理 54 | January 2013



按 ‘Training’

wine Delivery Order form JANUARY 2013 ‘Try Before You Buy – No Obligation!’ All the wines listed below are featured at the monthly wine fairs at both Kellett Island and Shelter Cove. 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 2 January in the Chart Room at Kellett Island from 1830hrs to 2030hrs, guests welcome. Shelter Cove Wine Fair – Fri 4 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







Doña Paula Estate Chardonnay 2011 – Mendoza, Argentina (wine of the month) Citric and mineral aromas with notes of spices and tropical fruits. In the mouth, it is fresh and lively with good acidity and balance.


Taylors Promised Land Unwooded Chardonnay 2009 – South Australia Fresh, lifted aromas of yellow peach, along with some subtle tropical fruit characters and a touch of lemony citrus. A medium-weight palate with freshly yellow peach, subtle pineapple and citrus flavours. There is a refreshing, tight acidity and a clean finish.


Sherwood Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – Marlborough, New Zealand Fresh, lively gooseberry and passion fruit aromas on the nose. The palate is rich and concentrated with a balanced finish.


Chalice Bridge Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2008 – Margaret River, Australia A fresh, bright and balanced wine showing gooseberries, lychees, green apples and a touch of nettles, finished with limey acid and a clean refreshing finish.


Mollydooker The Violinist Verdelho 2012 – Australia Great intensity with a layer of creaminess, seamless balance, fruit salad and tropical, peach focused fruit characters.


Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2011 – Rheingau, Germany Aromas of ripe fruit such as apple and white peach. This wine is accompanied by lively acidity with complex minerality. The subtle sweetness brings a delightful harmony to the wine.

Red Wines



Doña Paula Estate Malbec 2011 – Mendoza, Argentina (wine of the month) Aromas of black fruits, violets and spices with mineral and graphite notes. Great balance and freshness in the mouth with soft tannins and persistent finish.


Taylors Promised Land Shiraz Cabernet 2009 – South Australia Lifted fruit aromas of ripe plum, cassis and liquorice. A balanced medium-bodied wine with a lively palate of juicy red berries, plum, cassis, chocolate and spice. The wine has a soft, supple feel with silky smooth tannins from oak maturation.


Dolce Vita Sicilia IGT Rosso 2009 – Italy A modern style, full-bodied and fruit-driven red wine with hints of spiciness.


Maison de la Cabotte Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2010 – Burgundy, France


Three Miners Pinot Noir 2010 – Central Otago, New Zealand Aromas of dark spicy blackberry and mocha. A lithe silky texture with good concentration and a vibrant length on the palate.


Chalice Bridge The Quest Shiraz 2008 – Margaret River, Australia Aromas of white pepper, nutmeg, cedar with sweet, brambly red and black fruits. The palate shows white pepper and spice with briary black fruits of plum, dark cherry and mulberry with silky tannins. • • • • •

All wines are delivered to your designated address by the supplier and are subject to availability of stock. Mixed cases accepted. Order 12 or more bottles to enjoy free delivery service. For lesser quantities, orders can be collected from the Main Bar. The cost of the wines will be charged to members’ accounts. Free delivery to Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories (excluding outlying islands, Lantau Island, Tung Chung and Discovery Bay). Delivery is available every weekday except public holidays.

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 2013 •

Pull out and fax back

A nice fruity Pinot Noir with silky tannins and a good structure.

Red Cross Hospital School The RHKYC Charity Foundation were delighted to play host to children and youth from the Red Cross Hospital School who came to the Club on 1 December for a Christmas party. They first enjoyed a briefing by ‘Uncle’ Patrick Lam, our Senior Sailing Instructor who even brought along an Optimist for the children to get up close to and even sit in! The children were absolutely thrilled and in the warmer months we will be looking to take them and other groups of children out on the water. After Patrick’s briefing, the children each decorated their own chocolate Christmas-themed cake and they were also given a few extras to take back to the hospital to the children who were unable to join. The large ‘gingerbread’ house was then unveiled and everyone had a great time decorating it (you can view their handiwork in Reception). Each child then took it in turns to come up to the microphone to say thank you, which they had been diligently practicing and they were each presented with a snuggly cuddly toy to take back with them. We are looking forward to hosting our next group of ‘VIPs’ at Chinese New Year!

Mission to Seafarers Christmas Gathering On Sunday 2 December, RHKYC Charity Foundation Board Chairman, Ambrose Lo, attended a Christmas party held in honour of old mariners. We sent along some Christmas gifts for their raffle and by all accounts they had a wonderful evening! The RHKYC Charity Foundation is looking forward to bringing more joy to their lives!

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Ahoy! January 2012  
Ahoy! January 2012  

The magazine of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.