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At the Helm

20 On the Horizon 24 Sailing Office 26 Sailing Development and Training 28 Marine / Boatyard 29 Ship Shop 32 From the Galley 38 Billboard 40 Chinese Page 今日撮要 44 Flotsam and Jetsam

F e at u r e s


10 Henley Royal Regatta 12 RHKYC returns to Henley A Hanger-on Guide… 14 The Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup 2012

Henley Royal Regatta


RHKYC returns to Henley A Hanger-on Guide...

16 RHKYC Sharks – 29er European and World Championships

Ro w i n g 18 Royal X-Team 2012 Season Round Up

Spo r t s

The Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup 2012

22 Squash Snooker Golf Bowling


Photo: Iain Weir/ Henley Royal Regatta

Ahoy! Editor Suzanne Rayment Ahoy! Design Michelle Shek MYND Design Advertising or Editorial Enquiries contact RHKYC PR Department at or 2239 0307 or 2239 0312 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.


RHKYC Sharks 29er European and World Championships



Wines and Beer of the Month Banfi Col di Sasso Cabernet Sauvignon Sangiovese IGT 2010 – Toscana, Italy

Sunday 30 September Burger Promotion

Kellett Island Wine Fair

at Shelter Cove

3 Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course

4 Club Night

Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course

Club Night

18 Club Night

at Shelter Cove RugBees, Squash Court Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course

Il Coro presents ‘Sounds of Summer’


Boxercise, Squash Court

Pulp Fiction

14 Boxercise, Squash Court

Main Lawn

Boxercise, Squash Court Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course

20 Boxercise, Squash Court Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course

Summer Pool Party with Huge Inflatable

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


Oyster Feast in the Compass Room

1 to 23 September



r e g a t t a

Youth Sailing Club


M a t c h R a c i n g Cl a ss Ra ci ng Supervised Sailing Dinghy Racing Rowing –

Shing Mun 4 Regatta

15 Match Racing Cl a ss Ra ci ng Dinghy Racing Summer Pool Party with Huge Inflatable Star Wars Movie Night and Fancy Dress – Part 2, Middle Island Bowling Course, Bowling Alley Discover Scuba Diving Course

16 Discover Scuba Diving Course Adult Beginner Sailing Course Supervised Sailing Youth Sailing Club Rowing – HK Youth Indoor Champs



M a t c h R a c i n g Cl a ss Ra ci ng

Mid Autumn Festival Poolside Party

Adult Beginner Sailing Course

Boxercise, Squash Court Refresher First Aid, CPR and AED Course



Optimist Practice Silver/Gold Squad

Supervised Sailing



in the Compass Room


in the Chart Room Boxercise, Squash Court Adult Beginner Sailing Course

Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course

Familia Zuccardi Wine Dinner

A u t u m n

Boxercise, Squash Court Adult Beginner Sailing Course


Refresher First Aid, CPR and AED Course



Shelter Cove Wine Fair

Boxercise, Squash Court

12 in the Compass Room

to Kau Sai Chau East Course RugBees, Squash Court Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course

from Familia Zuccardi in the Compass Room 24 to 28 September


Penfolds Wine Dinner

at Shelter Cove

KGS Outing

Argentine Guest Chef Ana Rodriguez Armisén,

in the Compass Room

Poolside Adult Beginner Sailing Course Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course



Dog Point Wine Dinner

YMSC Quiz Night

at Shelter Cove Snooker Course, Snooker Room Adult Beginner Sailing Course


Oyster Feast

Heineken Beer

Club Night

in the Bistro with selected items at Middle Island and Shelter Cove 3 to 30 September

Rowing – Opening Regatta (MI)

in the Compass Room 1 to 23 September Class Racing Rowing – Full Moon Paddle (MI)

Banfi Le Rime Chardonnay Pinot Grigio IGT 2011 – Toscana, Italy

Mid-Autumn Festival Poolside Party

Class Racing

Adult Beginner Sailing Course (Opt 5) Rowing – Verdant 3 Regatta




Promoti on in the Bistro with selected items at Middle Island and Shelter Cove

3 to 30 September

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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 Mark Whitehead Honorary Secretary Charlie Manzoni Rowing Captain Mark Welles CLASS SECRETARIES 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 Dan Tullberg Dinghies Swanson Chan Sportsboats Mark Phillips Pandora Joseph Wong Ruffian Jarl Borthwick Youth Sailing Class Sofia Mascia SPORTS CONV ENO RS Bowling Convenor Virendra Anand Squash Convenor Francis Longuepee Golf Captain Adrian Pang Snooker Convenor James Stewart CLUB CONTACTS General Manager Mark Bovaird 2239 0300 Executive Secretary Polly Lee 2239 0301 Club Operations Manager Alfred Leung 2239 0338 Financial Controller Tim Gallagher 2239 0315 Membership Manager Tracy Leung 2239 0371 PR & Communications Manager Koko Mueller 2239 0342 Member Relations & Communications Manager Linda Davy 2239 0312 Corporate and International Partnerships Manager Torrey Dorsey 2832 2817 Marine Services Manager Roger Eastham 2239 0308 Boatyard Manager Simon Pickering 2239 0311 Sailing Manager Alex Johnston 2239 0362 Training and Development Manager Richard Knight 2239 0363 Race and Regatta Promotion Lindsay Lyons 2239 0391 Sail Training Administrator Gloria Yeung 2239 0395 Assistant Sailing Manager Iris Yang 2239 0314 Rowing Manager Jonathan Cantwell 2239 0322 Boatyard Office Manager Connie Chan 2239 0304 Food & Beverage Manager Shirley Tam 2239 0321 Executive Chef Barry Lim 2239 0347 Technical & Projects Manager Carton Lam 2239 0303 Human Resources Manager Susanna Chung 2239 0310 Ship Shop Manager David Ho 2239 0336 Assistant Marine Manager Joanne Ho 2239 0309 House Manager Lorence Leung 2239 0352

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Kellett Island, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, SAR Kellett Island Tel: 2832 2817 Fax: 2572 5399 Middle Island Tel: 2812 7202 Shelter Cove Tel: 2792 2744 6 | september 2012


Commodore’s Message I hope you all had a great summer, whether you were away or in Hong Kong, and that you are all ready for the new sailing season which kicks off in just a few days with the Autumn Regatta over the weekend of 8-9 September. Many thanks to our sponsors McLaren, Canaletto (UK), SHK Private Wealth Management, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Laurent Perrier Champagne, BACARDI and Carlsberg. Coming up on the horizon, of course, we have the St Regis International China Coast Regatta 12-14 October, and the Hong Kong to Hainan Race starting on 18 October. Don’t forget to get your entry forms and fees for these two regattas in to the Sailing Office on time – 28 and 21 September respectively are the deadlines. It’s only a couple of months since the crew of Tipsy Frenz went through a very bad Commodore Joachim Isler experience during the Taiwan Strait Race. Please do remember that the importance of proper training cannot be over-estimated – if you or any of your crew need training, there are two Survival At Sea courses coming up on 21-22 and 23-24 September. There are also two full First Aid and CPR courses being run, and one refresher course. Full details of all these are on the website. Sadly our J/80s did not withstand the strong winds of Typhoon Vicente, and the entire fleet was knocked onto its side. At the time of writing, the Club is working very hard to get the fleet up and running again. I was on board Team Ambush Quokka 8 for the Commodore’s Cup in Cowes. The result, of course, was rather disappointing and it was sad to see that the efforts, extensive preparation and hard work by all skippers and their crew were not rewarded. The last day of racing was very successful, though, and I hope this will motivate all to compete in the next edition. More on the regatta in Laurence Mead’s report on page 14. On the rowing front, the Club crews both raced well at Henley Royal Regatta, and despite winning no silverware they managed to win a few hearts and earned a good deal of respect for their close racing. A great number of past and absent members were present at the regatta and took the time to say ‘hello’ and to thank the team for putting in the effort to come. The Rowing Section is already making plans to return more often to this event. Yet again the Royal X-Team crews performed well at the Stanley Dragon Boat Festival to place all three crews in the finals. In addition to this the team has had yet another great year off the water with more than $85,000 raised for charity at the End of Season Pool Party alone. I am sure that when added to the rest of the fundraising activities the total will be quite impressive. The General Committee has approved the release of a limited quota of Individual Debenture memberships from 1 September to 13 October 2012 at a price of $1.25M each. Our target is friends of our existing members, so if you know someone who you believe would be interested please contact the Membership Office on 2239 0372 or email Joachim Isler Commodore

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General Manager’s Message Welcome back to those of you who have been away during the summer, and I hope you are all refreshed and looking forward to a very busy sailing and rowing season.

Mark Bovaird, General Manager

Sailing kicks off again with the Autumn Regatta over the weekend of 8-9 September. However, if you would like to start planning your sailing events even further ahead, please check out the calendar for the 2013-2014 racing season which is now available on the website.

Those of you who stayed in Hong Kong in July will have experienced the full force of our first T10 in thirteen years, Typhoon Vicente. If you were away you were lucky, but you can’t have missed the after-effects at Kellett Island where several of our oldest trees were blown over in the high winds. At Middle Island our J/80 fleet sustained considerable damage and we are working hard with the insurance company to get the boats back racing again as quickly as possible. There was also some damage, caused by old or inappropriate lines being used to secure boats on moorings. Can I please ask that all members check their mooring lines carefully as we are still in the typhoon season and the damage can be severe should the lines fail. Speaking of boat preparations, remember to book your boats in for Boatyard work as soon as you can – it will get very busy in the lead-up to the China Coast Regatta and the Hong Kong to Hainan Race. So book early to avoid disappointment. I would like to thank all members of staff who took part in the Red Cross Flag Day on 25 July. Our Club takes its responsibilities to reach out and help the local community very seriously, and the willingness of staff to help the Red Cross is appreciated not only by them but also by the Club.

On the social front things have been quiet for the last couple of months, but we have several great events to look forward to. This month we will be entertained in the Chart Room on 13 September by Il Coro, a four-part choir, plus we have three wine dinners on 6, 19 and 26 September. We also have Boxercise classes and courses in bowling, snooker and scuba diving for those of you who would like to try something different. Our series of pool parties has proved to be as popular as ever this summer and there are only three left now, so if you haven’t yet been to one, make sure you don’t miss out. On behalf of the Club I would like to offer congratulations to the six members who are included in this year’s Honours List – five of them received the Silver Bauhinia Star, and the sixth the Medal of Honour. Further details appear below. Commiserations must go to the Hong Kong team who competed at the recent Commodores’ Cup in Cowes. Despite all their preparations and hard work things did not work out quite as they planned. But congratulations must go to our Sharks who were also competing in Europe in the 215-strong 29ers World Championships. Henry Salmon and Aymeric Gillard finished 161st overall (qualified for the Bronze fleet), Florrie Manzoni and Isabell Tulloch were 165th overall (3rd in the Emerald fleet), and Campbell Manzoni and Will Stephens were 186th overall (26th in the Emerald fleet). This young team were at their first 29er Worlds and used this event as preparation for success at future World Championships. Finally, I am happy to report that the Club’s Charity Foundation has now been fully approved by the authorities and preparations are in full swing for an event to launch it to members. Please save a space in your diary for the night of 15 December. It promises to be a memorable, as well as a very worthy, occasion. Further details will follow in the coming months, but please don’t forget to save that date. Welcome back, one and all. Mark Bovaird General Manager

2012 Honours List We are pleased to note that this year’s Honours List includes the following Club members.

Mr Ma Ching-yuk awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star for his distinguished public and community service

Mr Charles Nicholas Brooke awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star for his distinguished public and community service

Mr Steve Lau Hon-wah awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star for his distinguished community service

Professor Chow Shew-ping awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star for his outstanding achievements in the medical and health sector

Mr Michael Anthony McMahon awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star for his distinguished and dedicated service in the Judiciary

Mr Brian Leung Hung-tak awarded the Medal of Honour for his valuable contribution in promoting the development of football. It is an honour for the Club to have as members these awards recipients, serving the community in such a positive way. Congratulations to all of you, and we wish you all the best for the future.

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KELLETT ISLAND LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT DONOR RECOGNITION PROGRAMME Members of the General Committee and the Kellett Island Development Working Group are grateful to have received overwhelming support and encouragement from members for the long term improvement plan of Kellett Island. We are very thankful that we have so many members who are passionate about sailing, rowing and the overall growth and development of the Club. In recent weeks several members have come forward expressing their desire to make a personal contribution towards financing the project. Whilst some members wish to remain anonymous, we have also created the following recognised categories for all other donors; as approved by the General Committee.

Naming Rights For Buildings:

depending on which building (minimum HK$50M)

For Rooms:

depending on which room (minimum HK$10M )

For Special Facilities:

significant contribution to the cost of the facility

Donors’ Plaque

(to be displayed at the Main Entrance or Reception area)


contributions of HK$1M and above


contributions of HK$500,000 to HK$999,000


contributions of HK$200,000 to HK$499,999


contributions of HK$50,000 to HK$199,999

Some members have also asked if they can make a donation, but on a smaller scale, and we would like to confirm that all donations, of any size, towards this crucial project in our Club’s development are most welcome. If you would like to discuss making a contribution, please contact the undersigned or the General Manager.

Joachim Isler

Ambrose Lo

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Immediate Past Commodore


Ambrose Lo Mark Bovaird

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Henley Royal Regatta Words: Jon n y Ca n t well


he Club crews arrived in Henley six days ahead of the start of racing to ensure that they had plenty of time to prepare for what would be a very tough event. With the brutal side-by-side race format, unique to Henley, there was no room for error. Without the need to go through the qualifying races, there was more time to prepare the boats and get accustomed to the many quirks of the course. Each of the two racing stations – ‘Bucks’ and ‘Berks’ – have unique characteristics along the course and the fast stream from recent rains would make this an even more important factor. The hired boats were rigged and checked. Procedures and rules examined. The crews were weighed in. Each part an essential step to ensuring both crews could arrive at the start line ready to perform to their best. The racing draw was done in the formal setting of the Town Hall, with each series of names drawn from the Grand Challenge Cup. There were a few sighs, giggles and even expressions of surprise when the racing crews were matched up for the first round – for example, Photo: Iain Weir/

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the very first race of the regatta ended up being between Curlew Rowing Club ‘A’ and Curlew Rowing Club ‘B’! The first races on the Wednesday for RHKYC didn’t seem to contain the favored crews, so the aim was to focus on winning through to Thursday. Wednesday

The coxless four was first to race in the Wyfold Cup and set off on their warm up confidently. However, a summons over the tannoy for “a representative of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club” to come to the Officials’ desk could only mean trouble. Luckily there was no disqualification, accident or injury to deal with. The boat had suffered a catastrophic failure of a most unexpected kind while in the warm up area. Since this was an unusual fault, and in a hired boat, the Stewards informed us that the crew could race at the end of the day after the boat was repaired or replaced. The eight set off for what was to be a much more relaxed race. Untroubled by equipment failure, the crew rowed strongly to beat Reading Rowing Club, recording a win by a margin of 4 lengths,

and moving through to the next round on Thursday. Now lining up for the very last race of the day, the four was finally ready to row. Unable to replace the failed rigger on the first boat, another boat had been found and rigged for the crew. With only 40 minutes during the tea break to test the rig, and in particular the steering mechanism (being a coxless boat), the crew were happy but taking the line at a disadvantage to their opposition. Thames Rowing Club might have been feeling ready for easy progression to Thursday, but the RHKYC crew was ready to disappoint them in what Regatta Radio called ‘the best race of the day’. With less than a length separating the crews down the course, and in a frantic sprint to the line marked by some wild steering by both crews, the RHKYC crew was not quite able to catch Thames, losing by just half a length and so being eliminated from the regatta. Thursday

The eight faced a much tougher race against Potomac RC, but now they had the experience of the course and the confidence that they were not out-classed by the other entries in the Thames Challenge Cup. At the start the crews stayed together, but the Potomac crew pulled to a slight lead by the quarter mile mark. As the boats passed each marker the margin was posted on the Progress Board for the spectators. Never more than 3/4 of a length, RHKYC was trailing but not outclassed. In training the crew had perfected a crisp call and acceleration into a sprint. On the call of coxswain Henry Dunlop, the crew responded on the very next stroke and began the start of a sprint that would see the race finish as the closest of the day and the fastest in the event. Taking a seat from the Potomac crew every two strokes, both boats powered to the line. The shouts of “Go Hong Kong!” from the many absent members and friends in the stands were clear across the water. The pause after the boats crossed the line was longer than usual as the umpires checked the result, but when the announcement was made it was Potomac by just a quarter of a length.

had come to watch the racing, and were now keen to enjoy some Pimms with the crews. Many friends were made and a good deal of networking done. The bold promise was even made to come back – sooner rather than later! Acknowledgements

Thanks must go to the Henley Stewards, whose excellent organization and goodwill ensured that this very busy and complex event was managed smoothly. Despite being inexperienced at the event, the Club had no troubles at all in the preparation. We are also grateful for the assistance of Mr Andrew Crawford for arranging the hire (and replacement!) of boats. Thames Challenge Cup for Club Eights Alasdair Anderson, Allan, Watt, Philip Crinion, Oliver Ernst, Henry Bremridge, John Pinkel, Paul Bougon, Toby Dankbaar, Henry Dunlop (cox) Wyfold Challenge Club for Club Coxless Fours David Doran, Mark Stamper, Mark Welles (Rowing Captain), John Skinner (Rowing Secretary) Coaches: Jonathan Cantwell, M Sean Hall (‘Finishing’ Coach), Michael Shasha (Men’s Co-ordinator)

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As the crew gathered for a quick chat and a photo after racking the boat, an absent member came up to speak. He introduced himself as Miles Duncan, a rower back in the 1980s. He congratulated the crew for an exciting race and thanked them for putting in the effort to come all the way to Henley. Those words summed up the whole campaign for the Hong Kong crews. It was a great effort to travel so far, and the crews had put on a ‘good show’. Respect had been earned and talent noted in this most challenging of events.

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RHKYC returns to Henley A Hanger-on Guide…

Words: The Coach’s Wife (aka The Reserve Coxswain)


or those of you who are blissfully unaware, Henley Royal Regatta is ‘the’ rowing event. Ever. For all nationalities. Some might say it’s more important to win at Henley than to win at the Olympics. HRR runs races for Men (from intermediate to elite), Junior Crews (boys and girls) and Elite Women. Being a short middlingto-intermediate 30-something female rower, the closest I will get to competing at Henley would be by starving myself into a coxswain’s seat, or at Henley Women’s Regatta (an altogether different event, run a few weeks earlier and on a shorter course). Indeed, HRR is so hallowed as sporting events go, that it is part of the British sporting ‘season’ – the other stages being Royal Ascot, Wimbledon and Goodwood. As such, HRR has its own rules, regulations, dress codes, drinks, faux pas and traditions. Fortunately for this mere Orstraylian, Royal Regatta Rabbit took pity on me and escorted me around the regatta, introducing me to people, and imparting advice. I arrived at HRR expecting snootiness, frippery, silly traditions, bad fashion, funny handshakes and crazy people. I am very glad to say that this is what I found, and I was happy to be part of it. Even as a hanger on, it was one of the most friendly regattas I have ever been to, and I can’t wait to go back – just as soon as I have rinsed the cider out of my blazer.

Here are my tips for Henley: 1 Wear the blazer Perhaps you’ve seen the Rowing Manager traipsing around in his blazer at Kellett Island. Looks like a walking deck-chair at close quarters in the Chart Room, right? But at HRR those stripes are glorious! Spot your crew mates 200m away in a crowd of 6ft+ people – and be easy to spot in turn. 2 Wear the right shoes It’s a dilemma particularly important for ladies, who may end up aerating the grass in any case in those lovely stilettos. HRR is run over a course of almost 2.2km – so if you want to hop into and out of enclosures along the sides of the river, and you want to save on the taxi ride home, you need flats. But if you are somewhat lacking in height and you fraternize with rowers, you need heels. And when it rains? You need Wellington boots… 3 Too many tags are never enough Beg, borrow, steal and lie – but get yourself as many tags as you possibly can. A coup is to get yourself an ‘overseas competitors badge’ which gets you into the Regatta Enclosure and the hallowed Stewards Enclosure – and is a lovely medallion that can be kept as a souvenir for ample gloating in years to come, though I have never heard of anyone being as depraved as claiming to be the ‘reserve coxswain’ just to get the badge (ahem). Those in the know will go for Remenham tags for the quality of the food, and the reasonable price of the booze. Others covet the prestige of the Leander hippo. 4 If you’re expecting equality, go elsewhere Men must wear their blazers at all times, and ladies must wear skirts. Royalty will attend HRR whereas Henley Women’s Regatta barely registers a blip on the ‘importance’ scale. If you’re female and want to row at HRR you’d better be fast, competent and damn tall. For male competitors skill, speed and height is recommended – but certainly not compulsory. If you’re a feller, you better be buying the drinks. 5 Pimms is the drink if you have money to burn One drinks Pimms and lemonade with bits of cucumber if one is loaded and don’t mind spending 25 for a jug of watered down cordial. For the rest of us, there’s cider. Nuff said. 6 Talk rowing Let’s face it, it’s the only chance you will get to strike up a conversation about rowing without being glared at by your friends for steering the conversation around to the only topic that you are an expert on. Everyone is there to talk rowing, if not to watch rowing, and reminisce about the days when you actually got blisters on your hands. Talk to anyone and everyone, it doesn’t matter who – you will have something in common with anyone who glances towards the river. 7 Watch rowing, up close The beauty about HRR is how close you get to the races. Most regattas are run on a lake or a river where you need binoculars to see the crews. At HRR you can be standing two meters away from the crews rowing past. Better yet, get yourself onto an umpire’s boat and follow a race. After 18 years of rowing, this is the first chance I got to follow a race from start to finish, and be able to follow the tension, the surges and the battle from start to finish. Truly a unique opportunity for anyone who loves a race. 8 Beware the bowler hats So you might have convinced the tall pimply guy at the entrance to Stewards that your skirt was ‘really’ covering your knees. But beware! Men in bowler hats will prowl around to check that women are not flashing any knee-flesh and loudly declare ‘Madam, I can clearly see your knees!’ should you be found out – and promptly tossed out. 9 Pace yourself Your attendance at HRR will be required for up to a week, from 0900hrs until 1900 hrs. If you hit the booze and food too hard and too early, you may find that you cannot stand up straight or fit into your outfit before long. As any good coach will say: pace yourself, this is a long distance event.

Clockwise from top: Absent members Frank Turley and Mark Williams (with Rowing Rabbit); Rowing Rabbit; Jo James and Lene Northwood; Fleur and one of those tall elite rowers. 12 | september 2012


10 Be friendly, you never know who you’re talking to Finally, everyone knows everyone who knows everyone else at Henley. If you are connected to rowing in any way, it’s a safe bet that you cannot indiscriminately slag off any team/school/sculler/coach and not expect someone to overhear you. Having said that, Henley is a den of rowing gossip – so if you want to know who’s in bed with the coach, who’s working his way through the women’s squad, or who’s fallen to the peril of the mixed masters double scull – simply keep your mouth shut and your ears open… something the Rabbit is expert at!


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The Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup 2012 WORDS: Laurence Mead • Photos: RORC / Paul Wyeth


hen re-reading a preview of an event some things turn out to be right and, others, well… less so. The July Ahoy! article on the Brewin Dolphin Commodores Cup, to which the RHKYC contributed the vast bulk of sailors in the Hong Kong team, was indeed sailed in strong tides. However, the other predictions of likely strong winds, and, with luck, a podium place to match the team’s 2010 result proved wildly off target.

Sailed in almost unrelentingly light winds, indeed often in drifting conditions, the score line showed the Hong Kong team 6th overall at the end of the week, but as this was out of only seven competing teams it was an outcome far from expectation. There were some highlights, and, in truth the team weren’t that far away from placing a lot higher up the order, but the results don’t lie and there were lessons learnt all round.

The British Red team won easily and had three race wins to their credit, but the Hong Kong boats were next in line, recording two individual race wins, Team Ambush Quokka 8 (Isler / Taylor and Razmilovic) taking race 5 in 8 to 10 knots of breeze and EFG Bank Mandrake (Nick Burns) winning the last race in the best winds of the week, a solid 22kt sea breeze. No other team managed more than one race win. The Hong Kong team also scored ‘top team’ on day 5 (two inshore races in 8-9kts breeze in Hayling Bay) with Team Ambush Quokka 8 getting a 1, 2, Peninsula Signal 8 (McWilliam / Pender / Jacobs / Hanning) scoring a 9,4 and EFG Bank Mandrake a 17, 9. EFG Bank Mandrake would have secured 3rd overall in the boat-for-boat standings by the end of the regatta had they not turned an easy podium in the first race that day into a 17th – thanks to a boat-on-boat incident that led to EFG Bank Mandrake doing a 720 degree penalty turn. Operator error, and severely punished at this level. EFG Bank Mandrake was, however, top boat in the fleet after day 1 with finishes of 3rd and 5th in the two races that day, and finished 6th boat overall, while Team Ambush Quokka 8 was 9th in fleet at the end of the regatta after a last race 2nd place (which was scored as a double points ‘medal race’) to go along with the 1, 2 they got on day 5. Positives yes, ‘could’a, would’a, should’a’ stories for sure, but as somebody famous has been known to say… “If it had gone in, it would have been a goal!”

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Peninsula Signal 8 slowly but surely got faster and faster all week, but the challenge of having a pretty radical lightweight Ker 40 and trying to learn to sail it during the white heat of competition meant that the crew were always under pressure, and in the end they struggled to turn improvement into lower scores. In fact, all the Kers were vulnerable when conditions went against them. They did win some races by miles when the reverse was true, however! It will be interesting to watch Peninsula Signal 8 as they work up their boat when it gets back to Hong Kong, and by the end of the Asian season they will no doubt be in the mix. Old lessons were learnt again, but they were painful while being taught! Different sails have slightly different performance ranges and not having the right sail at the right time really hurts. Both EFG Bank Mandrake and Team Ambush Quokka 8 having chartered well-sailed, top-end UK boats, still found big holes in their spinnaker inventories which hurt them in the offshore. It takes time and a high level of competition to work up a race boat. Even after seven days of full-on racing the Peninsula Signal 8 team felt they were only just starting to get to grips with the idiosyncrasies of their very different hull

form. The top Ker 40s in the UK are on their 3rd round of sail shapes, and had 12 months of battling on the race course to fall back on. There is no substitute for time on the water – ideally, hard-sailed competitive miles at that. In light air offshore races (and particularly with big tides) almost anything can happen, but maybe a small boat in the mix is a good thing… the Hong Kong team had three of the highest rating boats in the fleet, which made getting off the line in the inshore races a lot easier, but the little boats were impossible to beat when the elements were in their favour (read; the fleet anchored for six hours to stem the tide in a 26-hour offshore!). Oh, and in the Channel you need a lot of line and a big anchor to kedge against a three-knot tide in 50 metres of water… “Virtual marks” – literally waypoints in the middle of the ocean – are not a satisfactory replacement for a mark in light air. There was a lot of unhappiness after the offshore when apparently not all boats had gone quite far enough around the chosen speck on the face of the ocean. Finally, the key fact, Hong Kong can win the event. We didn’t get many breaks on this occasion, but then again we didn’t sail like Ben Ainslie either. All the boats left points

on the race course (Team Ambush Quokka 8, and an OCS that was painful, and we already know about Mandrake’s 720 penalty) whereas the winners barely left any. The best team won, and on the day that wasn’t us. Will we be back?

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RHKYC Sharks 29er European and World Championships W o rd s a n d p ho t o s : n i ck h o lli s


he 29er is the largest and arguably the most competitive international doublehanded youth class in the world. It was introduced into our Sharks Race Training programme last year and is designed for experienced sailors aged between 14-18 years.

By the end of the week, the top performers were Campbell and Will in 70th position. The team were told not to worry too much, though, about the final positions. The main goal was to use it as a learning experience to perform better at the Worlds.

This year saw the first time that RHKYC put together a team to represent Hong Kong at these Championships, and played an important first step in the development of our older youth sailors to get them to a higher international standard of sailing.

From the Europeans, we packed up the three boats and the RIB and drove 10 hours to Germany. Upon arrival we got straight into setting up boats in time to start racing the next day.

The team consisted of Henry Salmon with Aymeric Gillard, Florrie Manzoni with Isabel Tulloch and Campbell Manzoni with Will Stephens. The team started with the European Championships in Sopot, Poland. After driving down from Hamburg in Germany, the team got straight into setting up the charter boats and getting through measurement. There were 99 entries for the Europeans, and the week consisted of three days of qualification, followed by three days of finals racing. The teams raced with shifts of up to 40 degrees at worst, and wind ranging anything from 6 to 30 knots over a single day when big weather systems blew through. Our teams had practiced well before the event. The hardest aspect of the fleet racing was certainly the start. 16 | september 2012


The teams got stuck in well though, and sometimes their hard work and perseverance paid off with a good result. Other times when struggling to start they sailed well to fight back through the pack to a respectable position. With quick chats from Coach Nick in-between races, any issues were straightened out and goals to work on were dished out. Throughout the week all three teams progressed well and it was clear that they were learning a great deal, and gaining a huge amount in confidence – something they needed before attending the Worlds the week after.

Again, there were three days of qualification and three days of final series racing. This time, there were 216 boats! This made it the largest double-handed Worlds ever for any class to date! Because of this, the fleets were much bigger – 54 boats in each fleet, meaning that it was absolutely essential to get the starts right. The sailors were really learning the importance of starting at the favoured end with clean air, and getting that first shift to escape the middle of the fleet. The conditions again were shifty and gusty and at times fairly unpredictable, leaving many coaches scratching their heads at times. Our sailors got stuck in well. Sometimes they really managed to escape the starts well, but lost on the first shift, or vice versa. During the event they really learnt the importance of smaller shifts – unfortunately, getting it wrong can sometimes lose you 30 places in one shift in a highly competitive fleet. They

did however also get on the favourable sides of some shifts which propelled them towards the front, realising that once at the front in clean air it all becomes much easier! With quite a few results in the top 30s in qualification the teams were doing well. The best result came from Henry and Aymeric who got a 19th and 20th place in their series. They qualified for Bronze fleet in 159th place. Isabel and Florrie just missed the cut off and qualified for the top of Emerald fleet along with Campbell and Will. In the final series, Henry and Aymeric found it rather hard (having qualified at the bottom of Bronze), but when able to get off the start they sailed very well. Unfortunately they lacked consistency, so instead used it as a learning experience to try riskier tactics such as port end flyers and gybe sets. Sometimes they worked – and the times they didn’t, well,

they were able to laugh about it afterwards! It was a different story in Emerald. The girls had qualified at the top of the fleet – and they were planning on keeping it that way! They got off to a bit of a shaky start, but then started to get the hang of the big fleet starts and tactics. They became more consistent and started to lead the fleet around the course at points. After sailing a great series they finished in 3rd place overall in Emerald. Campbell and Will finished 24th after showing great potential during some races, but just losing out in the last few shifts. They still, however, enjoyed the experience very much, and Campbell looks forwards to doing better next year. Nick is very happy with the teams’ performance. “This is the first step for our youths trying to climb the highly competitive

international ladder in this class. The amount of experience gained was invaluable, and something that could not have been gained from sailing here in Hong Kong. This will really help boost our National sailing, and we plan to go back next year and aim higher. I hope in two years, we will have boats competing in Gold fleet. The sailors are now inspired to go forwards, train harder, and set in their minds goals towards the Gold and Silver fleets. The event was a huge amount of fun, and the sailors made a lot of new friends from different countries who they’ll no doubt see again next year. They did both the Club and Hong Kong proud. Bring on 2013!” Please check our Facebook page for photos and videos from the events: If you are interested in joining the Sharks Racing Squad, please email Nick directly –

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Royal X-Team

2012 Season Round Up Words: Raymond Shuai


he season kicked off at Middle Island on a cold Hong Kong winter day with the usual flipping of the dragon boats followed by a barbeque to catch up with old friends and meet new ones keen on trying out this quirky yet charming watersport. After years of being referred to as “The Tippy One” and “The Other Tippy One”, the Yacht Club’s two dragon boats have now been officially named, with naming rights previously won by generous donations to Room to Read from Joanne Nixon and Ryan Carpenter. In a far from solemn ceremony at Middle Island a can of Heineken (a case to be correct) was broken (drunk) over the bows. These boats, made of equal parts ancient timber and heavy caulking, and hauled around Deepwater Bay by generations of X-Teams, will now and forever be known as “Tippy” and “Fox-Sea-Lady”.

first joined the team in 2003, and quickly rose through the ranks to make social organiser in 2005. Not long after in 2007, he scaled the peak of his dragon-boating career, and has led the X-Men in action since. Charlie’s top memory from these past ten seasons is most probably winning Stanley and carrying the coveted trophy along the post race street party with true X-team pride. However, he admits there have been very many great times, and hopes that the team spirit and hard work, but also the ‘play-hard’ approach instilled by the team’s founders from the beginning, are adhered to. Gianni Aprea will be Captain for the 2013 season.

This would, sadly, also end up being Charlie Nixon’s final year as the Men’s Captain. He

The X-Women also had a new Captain this year, with Sam Carter leading the charge for the ladies and taking over from Yan Yan Li, one of the founders of the team.

Royal X-Men

This year appeared to be a transitional one for both the X-Men and X-Women, partly due to a sudden surge in dragon babies, but also because of the number of new paddlers joining the team. However, after months of circuit training followed by curry buffets, and water training followed by beers and barbeques, the X-Team were ready for some serious racing.

Decent results were achieved at Lamma, Deep Water Bay and the Stanley Warm Ups before the big day at Stanley on 23 June 2012, where the X-Team officially unleashed their new battle cry to replace the slightly worrying one that sounded awfully like “who drank all the beer?” ROYAL! X! ROYAL! X! ROYAL! X! Paddling for a Purpose The Royal X-Team wouldn’t be the Royal X-Team without the epic end of season pool party and the Paddling for a Purpose campaign which has raised over HK$750,000 for Room to Read. We would like to say a big thank you for all the volunteers and sponsors who made this event happen This year’s Olympics-themed party saw the arrival of 300 of Hong Kong’s finest athletes at Kellett Island, taking part in the fun and games, and thoroughly enjoying themselves while helping to raise $85,000. After all, that’s what dragon boating should be about.

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Lamma Deep Water Bay Stanley Warm Ups Stanley

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Top to bottom: Heading out to race at Stanley; naming the old boats; race cam!


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Movie Nights at Kellett Island and Middle Island! Star Wars Movie Night and Fancy Dress – Part 2 Middle Island, Saturday 22 September, 1830hrs

Boxercise Classes Extended!

Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Adults and children welcome! Free of charge to members and their guests. Children in appropriate fancy dress will win a free ice cream!

Pulp Fiction Main Lawn, Thursday 20 September, 1930hrs Adults only. $35 including popcorn and a soft drink, or $45 including popcorn and one alcoholic drink (standard beer or house wine). Burgers and hot dogs will be available.

Il Coro presents ‘Sounds of Summer’ Chart Room, Thursday 13 September, 1930hrs to 2100hrs Il Coro is a four-part choir with a superb blend of male and female voices. They will present a delightful repertoire of classic and modern songs, jazz and pop, including Broadway musical theatre. $250 per person including three standard drinks and canapés.

We are pleased to respond to members’ requests by holding Boxercise classes earlier in the day, on Fridays from 0730hrs to 0830hrs. We will also be continuing with the existing Thursday classes starting at 0930hrs. Thursdays 6, 13, 20 and 27 September 0930hrs to 1030hrs Fridays 7, 14, 21 and 28 September 0730hrs to 0830hrs All classes will be held in the Squash Court, and the cost for each course remains $800 for the four weeks. Open to men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Participants must be fit enough to exercise, and must wear shoes with non-marking soles. To book for any of these courses please email, visit the website, or call KaLai on 2239 0307.

RugBees for children aged 2 to 5

The Scandal of the Kellett Diamond Main Lawn, Tuesday 9 October, drinks at 1900hrs, dinner and mystery start at 2000hrs. An evening of suspense, mystery and intrigue. Famous socialite Olivia Brinkworth, daughter of Lloyd Brinkworth and heiress to the famous Brinkworth fortune, has invited you on a luxury cruise aboard The China Pearl to showcase her new jewellery collection, featuring the 21-carat Kellett Diamond. This is your chance to meet Olivia’s brand-new fiancé, Jason Connor. Also on board will be the famous detective writer Samuel Makepeace, and up-and-coming singing sensation Tiffany Fox. But is everything as it seems? $500 per head excluding drinks.

Discover Scuba Diving Course Following the highly successful introductory scuba diving course held at the Club in July, we are holding a second one this month. Come and find out if diving is for you! This course will count towards earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification, and we will run these couses on demand. Children welcome, minimum age 10 years!

Saturday 22 September 1900hrs – 21000hrs (theory), Kellett Island

Sunday 23 September 0800hrs – 1000hrs (practical), pool

Cost $600 per person, including $150 voucher towards the cost of a PADI Open Water Diver Course to be held at the RHKYC.

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Improve your child’s confidence, cognition, focus and social skills! RugBees consists of structured play sessions teaching key motor skills inspired by rugby. Activities focus on running, footwork, ball skills, balance, co-ordination and spatial awareness. Creative themed sessions and equipment provide variety and lots of fun! You may book for 9 or 11 sessions at a cost of $1,900 and $2,100 respectively (plus a $250 one-off registration fee). These sessions can be taken any time during the 12-week course, which will run from September to December. For full details please email, visit the website, or call Linda on 2239 0312.

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Words: Paul Denham and Francis Longuepee

Internal League, June

Group A: Andrew Sullivan took top spot with 22 points, ahead of Francois Dubois (20) and Paul Denham (8). If only Francois and Paul had managed to play their game, one of them would have won. With Francois out in July, Darren Sugden keeps his place in A while Cam Alder and Francis Longuepee will try their luck in B. July sees Mansoor Tirmzi back which should keep Andrew, Paul and Darren honest. Group B: Darren Jensen went through B undefeated, so heads up to A for July. It was quite tight for 2nd, with Tom Burns, Andrew Moore on 17 and Bill Mercer on 16. As Tom beat Andrew he gets to go up to A in July. Bob Ikin and Yannick Kennel rounded out the group, and along with Bill find themselves in C in July. Group C: Stefan Kracht won C with five straight victories for 25 points and goes up to B next month. He was closely followed by Richard Kendall with 22. Angelo Ianazzo also did enough to keep his spot in C while Philippe Bonnet and Roger Dunn will have a go in D. Group D: Paul Dalton won his way up to C with four straight victories. Sam Phillips did well to come second with 17 points and stays in D with Mark Galloway. Peter Cheung moves back to E for July. Group E: Chris Brookes came top with 25 points

and moves up to D for July. Adrian Pierse was hot on his tail though, coming second with 21 while Liam Drake, Naomi Denning, Tom Callahan and Bruce Hut rounded out the table. It was great to see that almost all the games were played in every box on July. A great effort from everyone.

Internal League July Group A: Mansoor largely dominated this group by winning all his matches and scoring the maximum 25 points – Paul Denham was second despite not playing all his games, followed by Andrew Sullivan. Darren Sugden, Darren Jensen and Tom Burns were 3, 4 and 5 and will be playing in the Group B next month. Group B: It was a close competition in this group, and nobody managed to win all his matches. Chris Kaye and Cam Alder with three victories each finished first and second, with Francis Longuepee just one point behind. They will be playing in Group A next month. Andrew Moore and Stefan Kracht finished fourth and fifth but both will not be available next month and will come back to the league on September. Group C: Bill Mercer scored 20 points to be on top of the Group C – Bill will not be playing next month and will be joining Group B in September. Bob Ikin was second with 16 points followed by Richard Kendall with only 9 points due to not playing enough matches. Paul Dalton, Angelo Ianazzo were 4 and 5 and will be playing in the same group next month while Yannick who scored only 3 points in 1 match will be playing in D. I don’t know what happened in that group, only a few matches were played! Please welcome Jonathan Chamberlain, a newcomer in our Squash Section joining us in Group C in August. Watch him, I hear he is pretty handy. Group D: Roger Dunn dominated Group D by winning all his matches and scoring the 25 maximum points. He was closely followed by Sam Phillips with 23 points. Both will try their luck in Group C next month. Chris Brookes and Philippe Bonnet scored both 15 points, so stay in Group D. While Mark Galloway and Gareth Williams will be going to the Group E, not scoring enough points by not playing all their matches. Group E: Adrian Pierse with only 10 points and two matches played finished on top of this group. He will be going on Group D next month as a reward. With 5 points to Peter Cheung, and 1 point to Howard Winn and Tom Callaghans, I could not deliver any award to them. They will be playing in Group E next month and I hope that because Gareth, Mark or Ewan are playing in this group they will manage to organise more matches. Wearing protective glasses during your match is highly recommended!

In September we will be holding introductory courses in Tenpin Bowling and Snooker.



Bowling Alley, Saturday 22 September, 1500hrs to 1700hrs

Snooker Room, Tuesday 11 September, 1930hrs to 2030hrs Learn snooker from a professional! WPBSA Grade A Snooker Coach Alan Wong will be at the Club to give an hour’s coaching. Only $70 per head!


KGS Outing on Tuesday 18 September

On 18 September we will have an outing to Kau Sai Chau East Course. Cost

$870 for Hong Kong ID card holders between the ages of 21 and 60;

$740 for Hong Kong ID card holders aged 60+

$1,070 for those without a Hong Kong ID card

The above prices apply to KGS members; there will be an additional $100 charge for non-members. The price includes ferry, green fee, golf cart, and a $100 voucher. Four tee times have been booked from 0833hrs to 0900hrs. Please book by emailing or calling KaLai on 2239 0307.

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If you’ve often thought you’d like to learn how to bowl, now is your chance! A two-hour introductory bowling course with a professional coach from the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress. Open to adults and children, this course is aimed at complete beginners and those who have bowled before but are still at an elementary level. Minimum of 6, maximum of 12. Children must be aged at least 6 and must be accompanied by an adult if they are under 12 years old. Cost is $200 per person which includes the two-hour course, Bowling Alley lane hire, shoes, and one soft drink. Provided there is sufficient interest, it is intended that these introductory sessions will be followed by courses. The cost of these may differ.

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Fo r t h com in g Even t s Autumn Regatta St Regis International China Coast Regatta Hong Kong to Hainan Race China Cup International Regatta Lipton Trophy Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race

8 and 9 September 12 to 14 October 18 to 22 October 26 to 29 October 10 November 11 November

Welcome back to a brand new sailing season after the long hot summer break. We have many events this autumn – something for all levels of experience and expertise. In the aftermath of Typhoon Vicente in July, the Club is working very hard to get the J/80 fleet back up and running after the damage caused by the high winds. Boats entering the Hainan Race – please submit the relevant paperwork as soon as possible to ensure a smooth process in preparing your boat for the event. Crew are always needed, particularly for the CCR, so please do not hesitate to contact the Sailing Office if you are looking for a spot on a big boat, as we operate a ‘crew available’ board in the Sailing Centre and on the website. Alex Johnston Sailing Manager

Major Races and Regattas – Autumn 2012 Autumn Regatta

Safety at Sea and First Aid Courses Course dates have been scheduled for September for those crew needing to update their certifications. Please note that space is limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. As the Safety at Sea course is run by the HKSF and the instructor comes from outside HK, there will only be two courses run (as advertised). All details are at:

8 and 9 September

The opening regatta of the new 2012/2013 sailing season takes place in Victoria Harbour. A great opportunity to brush away those summer cobwebs and get back into the smooth racing groove. Sign up is on both days in the Sailing Centre – please do not forget. We have some great sub-sponsors – including McLaren Cars who will be offering test drives of their latest model. Don’t miss it!

St Regis International China Coast Regatta 12 to 14 October 2012

Sailing / Rowing Circular The Sailing Office puts out a circular regarding sailing and rowing events every other Tuesday throughout the year. Please contact if you want something to be included, or if you are not receiving these emails and would like to. The circular is best viewed in HTML format on your computer due to the pictures included in this newsletter. For further details please contact Lindsay on 2239 0391 or via email: For the latest information please visit our website:

Hong Kong to Hainan Race 18 to 22 October 2012

This classic offshore race returns after a five year absence. The 355nm ISAF Category 1 race takes the fleet from Hong Kong to the new Serenity Marina in Sanya on the island of Hainan. The venue was recently a major stopover on the Volvo Ocean Race. The race usually only takes a few days, so this is a great opportunity for crew new to offshore racing to ‘have a go’. Early submission of the necessary paperwork for those yachts/crews entering this race is always appreciated, and essential for the Sailing Office and the scrutineering team. All crews please be aware that the Sea Survival Certificate requirement is 50% due to the challenging nature of this classic offshore event.

China Cup International Regatta

China Coast Race Week Timetable St Regis International China Coast Regatta and Hong Kong to Hainan Race 2012

The RHKYC is very pleased to welcome Tommy Bahama as the new title sponsor for Hong Kong’s biggest yacht race of the year. The race this year will be on Sunday 11 November, with over over 220 boats and approximately 1500 crew racing around Hong Kong Island. This race is one of the few times during the sailing season that yachts are allowed to race completely around Hong Kong Island, including through the western harbour which is usually off limits to racing due to busy commercial traffic. More details on this great event will appear in next month’s edition, and also watch out for the bi–weekly Sailing Circular for all the important information. The NoR, Entry Form and Youth Consent Form are already published on the website at: TommyBahamaAroundtheIslandRace.aspx


Please see below the schedule for China Coast Race Week 2012. The RHKYC’s signature big boat regatta takes place at Middle Island with a new title sponsor – St Regis International. The hardstand will once again be transformed into a lively regatta village where there will be plenty of après race parties, drinks and fun, with some great sponsors. All members and families are very welcome. The overall prize giving party with DJ will take place beside the pool at Kellett Island after the last race on the Sunday. All regatta details at: www. Do not miss this great event – winner of the ‘2012 Best Regatta in Asia’ award.




10 Wed Welcome Drinks 12 Fri CCR Day 1 Day Prizegiving 13 Sat CCR Day 2 Day Prizegiving 14 Sun CCR Day 3 Regatta Prizegiving 17 Wed Immigration Formalities HK to Hainan Race Skippers Briefing 18 Thu HK to Hainan Race 2012 Start 20 Sat Prizegiving 22 Mon Race officially ends

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Kellett Island – Main Lawn South East of Lamma Island Middle Island South East of Lamma Island Middle Island South East of Lamma Island Kellett Island – Poolside Kellett Island – Pat Loseby Room 1630hrs to 1900hrs Kellett Island – Chart Room – 1900hrs Victoria Harbour or South East of Lamma Island – 1210hrs Sanya. Location TBC 1800hrs 1200hrs

The Race Management for this regatta at Longcheer Marina outside Shenzhen will again be run by the RHKYC. The passage race from Hong Kong up to Longcheer will take place on Friday 26 October followed by three days of racing in and around Daya Bay. Full details at:

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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 Sail Training Administrator Gloria Yeung 2239 0395

Youth Summer Sail Training As usual it has been a hot summer, but we are delighted that so many young sailors joined us on the water for our Summer Programme. A huge thanks to our team of Instructors led by Patrick and Ting.

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During school term time we have plenty of opportunities for sailors to practice and build up hours in the logbook. Twice a month we have Saturday Optimist practice sessions in the mornings followed by Silver and Gold Optimist Squad training in the afternoon. On Sundays we have the Youth Sailing Club for those older sailors (who have completed Level 1 and 2). The next week-long training programme will be at the half term holidays. With all the schools off on the same week this year, we except to be at full capacity, so please book early to avoid disappointment, and to take advantage of members’ one month priority booking.

We look forward to building on the successes of last season which saw our Optimist squad breaking into the top 10 in spectacular fashion with several RHKYC sailors reaching these rankings and Sophie Tulloch, Calum Gregor and Ferdinand Heldman finishing regularly in the top three places. Our 29er sailors are back from their European and World Championships to continue their development, and we will also be expecting good progress with our 420 and Laser sailors this season.

Adult Sail Training As well as the usual Beginner courses, we will also be running more Keelboat courses

throughout the season. This Autumn we also have HKSF Level 3 and Level 4 courses scheduled. Just a reminder that you need a season’s worth of sailing (min 9 months) since your previous HKSF Level course to be eligible. Check out the Adult Sail Training page on the website for the application forms and latest information.

Adult Race Training If you are a Laser or RS400 sailor looking for some more race training then you will be able to join our Adult Squad Programme which combines with some of the Cadet Laser and 29er Squad Training days. The full schedule is available on the website.

Cadet Sharks Racing Squads By the time this edition of Ahoy! reaches you the squads will already have been selected and will be taking part in the first regatta of the season, the ABC Opening Regatta on 1 and 2 September. The following weekend is the TriClub Regatta, and at the end of September we have the HKSF International Regatta in Sai Kung.

NO T I C E B O A RD 訓 練 班 預 告 September and October Adult Supervised Sailing Application forms and more details click on “Training” or email Youth Training Saturday Practice Optimist, Silver and Gold Squads 8, 22 Sep, 6, 20 Oct Youth Sailing Club 9, 23 Sep, 7, 21 Oct Youth October Holiday Training Week One 22 – 26 Oct Week Two 29 Oct – 2 Nov Adult Beginners Option Five 22, 23, 29, 30 Sep, 1 Oct (Resail 2 Oct) Keelboat Skills – Beneteau Option One 8, 9, 15 Sep Option Two 23 Sep, 1, 2 Oct Option Three 20, 21, 27 Oct

15 Sep – Laser Skills 16 Sep – Distance Sail 22 Sep – Boathandling 23 Sep – Level 3 Preparation 6 Oct – Laser Skills 20 Oct – Boathandling 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 1 – 2 Sep ABC Opening Regatta 8 – 9 Sep Tri-Club Regatta 29 Sep – 1 Oct HKSF Int’l Regatta Shorebased Courses First Aid and CPR Full Courses (2) Option B – September 10,12, 17 and 19 – 1830hrs to 2130hrs Option C – September 18, 20, 25 and 27 – 1830hrs to 2130hrs

Refresher Course (1) Option D – September 26 and 28 – 1830hrs to 2130hrs Radio Operators Long Range Radio Operator Course Autumn 2012 Course 1000hrs to 1830hrs – 03, 04, 24 and 25 Nov 2012 Exams 1830hrs to 2100hrs – 26, 27, 28 & 29 Nov 2012 HKSF Safety and Survival at Sea Courses Course 1 Day 1 – 21 September 2012 (Friday) Day 2 – 22 September 2012 (Saturday) Course 2 Day 1 – 23 September 2012 (Sunday) Day 2 – 24 September 2012 – (Monday) All courses are 0900hrs to 1700hrs held at RHKYC Kellett Island. For further information please visit the HKSF website,

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Sailing Development and Training

You’ve passed your sailing course… what next?

TIPS AND TRICKS Installing Deck Hardware Words: Roger Eastham

More often than not problems of loose or leaking deck fittings can be traced back to the failure of the boat builder to follow the correct installation procedure for mounting these fittings. Accurate drilling of mounting holes to ensure that the load on the fasteners is evenly shared would go a long way to solving such issues, but unfortunately many boat builders will resort to using flexible sealant to ‘fill’ poorly drilled or oversized holes. The ‘gap filling’ flexible sealant allows for movement of the fittings under load. The bond between the sealant and the deck / fitting will inevitably fail over time, allowing water to penetrate the deck. As the mountings become looser, loads are not evenly shared, potentially resulting in a failure of the fasteners or fitting. West System® (manufacturers of epoxy resins and marine adhesives) recommend an approach they refer to as hardware bonding. More information on this technique is available at the company’s website in a very informative document entitled “Fibreglass Boat Repair and Maintenance”. One great tip they include and which is reproduced below is how to deal with stripped fasteners in a solid GRP panel which has no access from behind. This challenge is a typical one on production dinghies, where fittings are screwed in to the deck and the deck is then bonded to the hull. Re-fixing fasteners that have pulled out could require an access panel to be cut into the deck to allow a hand inside to get a nut on the back of the fastener. This is costly, time consuming, cosmetically undesirable, and adds unnecessary weight.

• Saturate the foam plug in epoxy and push it through the hole with a small stick or nail so that the majority of the foam plug is pushed through the hole • Allow the epoxy to fully cure • Trim off the excess foam plug that is left visible and drill a pilot hole for the fastener / screw

The solution offered by West System® is as follows. • Enlarge the stripped hole in the laminate up to at least 6mm, or around twice the diameter of the screw, whichever is the greater. • Cut up a cylinder or plug of flexible open-cell foam which has a cross section of around twice the diameter of the hole you have enlarged

• Wet out the pilot hole with epoxy before reinstalling the fitting. To facilitate removal of the screw later, apply wax to the screw before installation. They point out that this technique is not recommended for high load applications, and that the foam density, the depth of the plug, the amount of epoxy saturation and the amount of foam expansion at the back of the hole will all affect the holding power of the plug. Nevertheless, this is an elegant solution to resecuring hardware where access to the back of the panel is either difficult or non-existent.


Weather permitting, an antifouling process takes approximately 10 days. This is because we wash the bottom, sand the old antifoul, fill any scratches and dings, and then apply the antifoul using an airless spray gun. We then let the antifoul fully cure for at least five days before re-launching the yacht. Other jobs that you might consider carrying out whilst the boat is on the hard include: Propeller paint – Formulated for use on pleasure yacht propellers, prop shafts, trim tabs and the like, Seajet Peller Clean from Chugoku Marine Paints Ltd has been used in the yard for the last six years or so. Whilst the paint performance can be affected by local conditions as well as by the application process, we have seen numerous examples of boats being lifted after 12 months with the Peller Clean coating intact, and the props virtually growth free. Engine Service – Most engine manufacturers recommend a full engine service every 250 hours or six months. That is: change oil, filters and V-belts, check water pump and engine mounts etc. A new engine installed for a 40 foot yacht will cost well in excess of HK$120,000. It is worth looking after. Zinc anodes – You should consider changing any sacrificial zinc anode that is more than 30% wasted, and definitely change if 50% or more of the original material is gone.

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Sail Drive Service – Change oil. Sail drives rely on rubber lip seals at the prop shaft to prevent sea water ingress. These seals can wear or be damaged by filament fishing line or other marine debris. Water in the gear oil leads to emulsification of the oil and to corrosion/deterioration of the sail drive mechanism. Most manufacturers recommend checking the sail drive oil level every time before operation, and changing the oil after every 250 hours or at the first sign of water contamination. Winch Service – Ideally winches should be cleaned and greased every three months. When properly serviced significantly less energy is required to wind in the winch. Topside and Superstructure Polish – It is recommended that a gelcoat be polished every three months, and at least twice a year. Regular polishing does make a difference to the long term protection of the gelcoat and the ultimate resale value of the yacht. It is not merely ‘bling’. Lead time for Boatyard space varies throughout the year, but we recommend booking at least six weeks ahead of your planned haul out date, if possible. Please contact Simon Pickering or Connie Chan for more information on the full range of Boatyard services available. Email

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3-tone deck shoe that has the essential patriotic flair for 2012. Made with shiny pull-up top washable leather, leather all round lace and a fantastic limited edition razor cut, Union Jack rubber sole. This ‘can’t miss’ shoe is part of the G2 range and carries a 2 year guarantee. Limited edition, and will sell out quickly.

Gill KB12S Racer Smock Black Next generation waterproof protection for the performance keel boat racer. Designed for those needing trustworthy wet weather protection without excess weight. The new 4 Dot™ 3-layer fabric is the perfect blend of waterproof barrier, breathable comfort and durability.


$2,499 EQUIPLITE Non-Swivelling, Low-cost Connector The EquipLite non-swivelling, low-cost (NSM) connectors boast a weight savings of approximately 70%-80% over traditional stainless shackles. The softer materials used result in less damage to masts, spinnaker tracks, decks, etc., when flogging during tacks or pre-start. These connectors are easy and quick to attach; they are ideal for jib sheets, spinnaker sheets and lower load halyards (spinnaker, topping lifts, etc.).

$860 Musto Evolution Sunblock Long Sleeve T Re styled for 2012. The Musto favourite cotton feel tee with SPF40 will perform and protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Brass Blazer Button Set

Call David in the Ship Shop on

2239 0336 or email: $390

Lifesling2 Overboard Rescue System


The Lifesling2 system consists of a flotation collar that is a blend of the traditional horseshoe buoy and a helicopter rescue sling. It’s connected to 125’ of multifilament polypropylene retrieving line which allows the flotation to be towed or thrown to the overboard crewmember.

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Wines of the Month, from Italy Banfi Le Rime Chardonnay Pinot Grigio IGT 2011 – Toscana Floral and fruity aromas reminiscent of banana, apple and tropical fruits. Good persistence on the palate; the wine expresses a pleasant acidity with excellent balance.

Beer of the Month

Banfi Col di Sasso Cabernet Sauvignon Sangiovese IGT 2010 – Toscana

Heineken Beer (330ml)

Fresh and rich fruity aromas with hints of blackberry, plum jam and a gentle note of cherry. The structure is soft with delicate and enjoyable tannins.

Available in all F&B outlets at only $24 per bottle

Available in all F&B outlets at $230 per bottle

Summer Pool Parties with Huge Inflatable Saturdays: 8 and 22 September, 6 October The inflatable will be in the pool from 1800hrs to 2200hrs together with other smaller inflatable toys. Guests are welcome and a buffet will be available at $268 for adults and $188 for children (age 3 – 11). Reservations are required, and the Poolside will only be ‘open’ after 1800hrs on the day of the event to members and their guests who have booked. Book early to avoid disappointment as these parties fill up quickly. Please contact Angie Chan in the F&B Office on 2239 0389 or email for reservations.

Burger Pro m o t i o n in the Bistro

Oyster Feast

with selected items at Middle Island and Shelter Cove

in the Compass Room

Cumin-spiced Tuna Burger, Roast Capsicum, Kalamata Olives, Sesame Bun 吞拿魚漢堡 – 茴香吞拿魚、燒甜椒、水欖、芝麻包

1 to 23 September

By popular demand, the Oyster Promotion is back! Oyster lovers can enjoy our sensational selection of jet-fresh oysters from England, France, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and United States. Prices from $19 each. Don’t miss the chance to taste them all! For reservations, please call the Compass Room on 2239 0374.

3 to 30 September

Tuna Burger

Chicken and Cheese Burger Gratinated Spring Chicken Breast with Spinach and Buffalo Mozzarella, Sun-dried Tomato Focaccia 雞肉芝士漢堡 – 菠菜及水牛芝士焗春雞胸、意大利番茄包

Pork Burger Char-grilled Pork Patty, Honey-glazed Pineapple, Grilled Onions, Onion Bun 豬肉漢堡 – 炭燒免治豬肉、蜜汁燒菠蘿、扒洋葱、洋葱包

Beef and Cheese Burger Teriyaki Beef Burger, Cheddar Cheese, Grilled Onions, Sesame Bun 牛肉芝士漢堡 – 日式照燒牛肉漢堡、車打芝士、扒洋葱、芝麻包

Crab Burger Crispy Crab Cake with Coriander, Curry Mayonnaise, Red Onions, Onion Bun 蟹肉漢堡 – 炸芫茜蟹餅、咖喱沙律醬、紅洋葱、洋葱包

Portobello Mushroom and Cheese Burger Roast Portobello Mushroom, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Rocket, Beetroot Bun 大蘑菇芝士漢堡 – 燒大蘑菇、希臘芝士、車厘茄、火箭菜、紅菜頭包 32 | september 2012


Dog Point Wine Dinner Thursday 6 September – Compass Room The name Dog Point dates from the earliest

European settlement of Marlborough in New Zealand and the introduction of sheep to the district. These were the days of few fences, of boundary riders and boundary keeping dogs. Shepherds’ dogs sometimes became lost or wandered off and eventually bred into a marauding pack that attacked local flocks. Their home was a tussocky scrub-covered hill, overlooking the Wairau Plains, named by the early settlers ‘Dog Point’. Dog Point Vineyard combines the considerable wine-growing experience of Ivan and Margaret Sutherland, and James and Wendy Healy. Their philosophy is total involvement by the partners from the vineyard through the winemaking process to marketing regionally distinctive and vineyard expressive wines. Pre-dinner Tasting 1930hrs Dinner 2000hrs Price Only $668 per person ($628 per person for a booking of 6 persons or more per table) Speaker Mr Clive McLaughlin, Brand Ambassador of Dog Point Reservations Call Janice Yip in the F&B Office on 2239 0340 or email

Jazz, R&B and Dancing Friday 28 September in the Bistro Come down to the Bistro for some late night jazz with Larry Hammond and the Soul Preacher between 2200hrs and 0100hrs. Head on down for some sweet sounds, and join in the fun. First-come-first-served seating and a simple bar menu will be available. No bookings necessary. For enquiries, please call the Bistro on 2239 0348.

Monthly Wine Fairs Your attendance at our wine fairs does not place you under any obligation whatsoever to purchase wines. The $50 ‘entry fee’ is returned to you in the form of a $50 dining voucher to spend at our F&B outlets. The wine fairs are a great opportunity for you to taste wines and learn more about them. And, if you do wish to purchase wines on the evening, you can enjoy a 5% discount on the already low prices! Wednesday 5 September, 1830hrs to 2030hrs at Kellett Island Friday 7 September, 1930hrs to 2130hrs at Shelter Cove For reservations, please call Angie Chan in the F&B Office on 2239 0389 or email

Pre-dinner Tasting

National Day Fireworks

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Monday 1 October

Menu and Wines Red Snapper Ceviche with Marinated Pineapple, Serrano Chilli, Cresses, Roasted Walnut Vinaigrette Dog Point Chardonnay 2008







Prawn and Dungeness Crab Cake, Vegetable Salad, Smoked Apricot Rémoulade, Elderberry Blossom Oil Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Section94 2010 Truffle Honey-glazed Pigeon stuffed with Wild Rice, Cherry Sauce Dog Point Pinot Noir 2008










Roast Veal Tenderloin, Mushroom Ragout, Sautéed Vegetables, Creamy Veal Sauce Dog Point Pinot Noir 2006 《 limited quantity》 Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta, Mixed Berries Coulis Freshly Brewed Coffee or Gourmet Tea

No, bookings are not open yet! To celebrate the founding of the People’s Republic of China, glittering fireworks are normally displayed over Victoria Harbour on 1 October. At the time of writing, the Government has not yet made any announcement about the arrangements. Once we have the relevant information, we will post it on the Club website, include news in the weekly event email, and display posters at all three Clubhouses.

Meetings Are you planning company meetings or workshops for your staff? The Gun Room, Ward Room and Chart Room at Kellett Island are convenient venues for holding meetings or seminars. We have lots of valuefor-money packages ready to suit your requirements. Please call our Banquet Experts on 2239 0339 or 2239 0327 or email for bookings and enquiries.

Christmas Parties Just three months to go before sharing the joy of Christmas! Now is the time to plan your Christmas parties for fellow staff, colleagues, friends and family. We have plenty of ideas and recommendations for your consideration, and can arrange a perfect celebration. Please contact our Banquet Team now on 2239 0339 or 2239 0327 or email to find out more about the different Christmas packages available.

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Argentine Guest Chef Matias Aldasoro from Familia Zuccardi 24 to 28 September – Compass Room

Familia Zuccardi Wine Dinner Wednesday 26 September – Compass Room

Zuccardi is a family company founded in Argentina in 1963 by engineer Alberto Zuccardi. He began planting vines in Maipu (a province of Mendoza), experimenting with an irrigation system of his own creation based on a method used in California. 45 years later, three generations are united by a passion for wine. In September 2007, the prestigious magazine DECANTER acknowledged Jose Alberto and Sebastian Zuccardi as being among the five most influential personalities of Argentine Wine. Pre-dinner Tasting 1930hrs Dinner 2000hrs Price Only $648 per person ($598 per person for a booking of 8 persons or more per table) Speaker Chef Matias Aldasoro, Winery Chef from Familia Zuccardi Reservations Call Janice Yip in the F&B Office on 2239 0340 or email

Matias Aldasoro is the Executive Chef of Case del Visitante, the restaurant in the visitors’ centre of the Bodega Familia Zuccardi in Mendoza, Argentina, which opened in 2001. Matias graduated from a very well-known culinary university in Argentina, the ‘Instituto Argentino de Gastronomía’ in Buenos Aires. Before he joined Case del Visitante, he worked in different sized restaurants and hotels in Argentina and Spain, including the 1-star Michelin restaurant ‘Plat D’or’ in Spain, in the 5-star Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel. Matias now works in the award-winning 80-seat winery restaurant, Casa del Visitante in Familia Zuccardi, where he provides visitors with an authentically Argentine dining experience. Naturally, this includes the regional wines of Familia Zuccardi and Santa Julia. Matias has been a guest chef in many different cities and countries such as El Calafate, Ushuaia, Perú and Paraguay, and from 24 to 28 September we are delighted to welcome him to the Compass Room. This is an excellent opportunity for you to sample Matias’ recipes. For reservations, please call the Compass Room on 2239


Pre-dinner Tasting Santa Julia Mendoza Extra Brut N.V.

Menu and Wines Shrimps breaded in Cous Cous over Cool Soup of Sweet Corn Paste and Spicy Guacamole of Banana and Avocado Santa Julia Torrontes 2009










Cream of Mushroom with Home-made Bread of Roasted Garlic, Shaves of Feta Cheese and Gremolata of Watercress Zuccardi Serie A Chardonnay Viognier 2010 Risotto of Quinoa, Grilled Trout topped with Tapenade Sauce and Garnish of Roasted Radicchio and Fried Capers dressed with Lime and Olive Oil Vinaigrette Zuccardi Q Chardonnay 2010 Roasted Sirloin, Quarters of Grilled Tomatoes and Onions, Potato Chips and Thickened Sauce of Zuccardi Q Malbec Zuccardi Zeta 2008 (Magnum)《 limited quantity》 Zuccardi Q Malbec 2010







Alfajor of Corn Starch stuffed with Dulce de Leche, Fresh Farm Cheese with Quince Paste, Caramelized Small Red Apples breaded with Pop Quinoa Zuccardi Tardi Torrontes Reserva 2011

Mid-Autumn Festival Poolside Party Sunday 30 September Come and join us in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival at the Poolside with Chinese arts and crafts stalls and a dinner buffet from 1830hrs to 2200hrs. Two children’s entertainers will be on hand with games to play – and don’t forget you could win a prize if you bring your own lantern for the ’Best-designed Lantern’ competition. Price $268 for adults and $218 for children. Call Angie Chan in the F&B Office on 2239 0389 or email for reservations.

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P en fol d s Wi n e D i n n e r Wednesday 19 September – Compass Room

Penfolds was founded by a young English doctor, Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold, in 1844. It has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged an enviable reputation for quality. Penfolds enjoys a strong international following – from wine collectors and wine lovers to wine media and wine show judges. Its reputation has been well recognised over its 165 year history, and spans the entire array of wines produced, as well as the winemaking teams. Pre-dinner Tasting 1930hrs Dinner 2000hrs Price Only $698 per person ($658 per person for a booking of 6 persons or more per table) Speaker Mr Jamie Sach – Brand Ambassador of Penfolds Reservations Call Janice Yip in the F&B Office on 2239 0340 or email

Pre-dinner Tasting Penfolds Private Release Chardonnay 2011

Menu and Wines Rock Oyster, Crabmeat with Fennel, Portobello Mushroom, Herb Purée Penfolds Bin 51 Eden Valley Reserve Riesling 2007
















Snapper Tempura, Sautéed Romaine Lettuce, Dried Berry Compote Penfolds Koonunga Hill Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet 2010 Braised Duck Rice, Sweet Corn Penfolds Bin 138 Old Vine Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2010 Roast Australia Beef Medallion, Diced Gooseliver and Yam, Shiraz Sauce Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2008《 limited quantity》 Caramelised Pear in Puff Pastry, White Pepper Ice-cream Penfolds Club Reserve Port N.V. Freshly Brewed Coffee or Gourmet Tea

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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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Birth Announcement

July and August 2012 ORDINARY MEMBERS Ms Jennifer Y Chan Mr Kenneth R Cowgill Ms Kuo Ju Yi Mr Gilbert J Lennox-King Miss Emma Maclean Mr David W Wilkinson Mr & Mrs Pierre E Buet Mr & Mrs P Niclas H Rydin Mr & Mrs Peter T E Wilkinson SHORT TERM MEMBERS Mr Yann C R Dabbadie Mr Kieran F Godwin Mr Naoaki Waga FULL MEMBERS Mr Gil Blum Mr Thomas Cheung Mr Jean-Paul A Churchouse Mr Michael S Coates Mr Vittorio R V de Angelis Mr Marc S Jukes Mr Tam H Nguyen-Minh Mr Simon N L Wood

Gabriel Fung Ernie Q J Hao Hannah J Kaye Charlotte O Y Lam Laurence J Y Lam Ting Tsun Wang Louis A Y S Yau INDIVIDUAL DEBENTURE MEMBERS Miss Jessica H Hsuan Miss Erica A W S Lo Mr & Mrs Ronnie T H Chen Mr & Mrs Viet-Linh Ha Thuc Mrs Angela J L L Wong & Mr Albert W C Wong Mr & Mrs John Woo Ms Wendy W Zhu & Mr Lee Take Piao CORPORATE NOMINEE SUBSCRIBERS Mr Chan Fat Lung Edrington Hong Kong Ltd – Managing Director

JUNIOR MEMBERS Miss Fleur G C de Koning Mr Nicholas P C Glavatsky-Yeadon Ms Patricia A Kong Miss Mak Hiu Tung Mr Aleksey Mironenko Mr Maximilian O Setchfield

Mr Lawrence Y Y Hung

CHANGE OF MEMBERSHIP STATUS FROM JUNIOR TO ORDINARY Mr Paul T C Barber Mr Michael J Halkes Mr Chris Y C Lam Ms Olivia W F Lennox-King Stewart Miss Hilda H W Loong

John Swire & Sons (HK) Ltd – Business Improvement Manager

CADET MEMBERS Georgia K Beattie William O Beattie Olivia E Bray Olivia P Brink Nadine V Brueck Imogen M R Bull Ian Y N Chow Annabel K Cohen Sarah-Jane Cullinane Philippa A Y Goh Hannah Hui Jessica S Hunt Justin Kwok Oscar S W Lai Cherilyn Y T Lau Amelia L J L Lee Angie Y T Liu Agathe Marples Elliot Marples Paola Michaud James J Mok Sarah S Mok Nathan C Y So Adrian A Tam Cammy T Y Tang Jolie Wong CADET MEMBERS SPONSORED BY A MEMBER Hugo J W Berney Jennifer M Chan Harriet A P Y Chiu 38 | september 2012


Richemont Asia Pacific Ltd – Regional Human Resources Director

Ms Susan R Lansing DFS Hong Kong Ltd – Vice President

Miss Lim May Ling Richemont Asia Pacific Ltd – Chief Legal Counsel

Mr Steven A E Molyneux-Webb

Mr Yves R Thienpondt On Global Ltd – Manager

Mr Tomohisa Tsunakawa Fujitsu Hong Kong Ltd – Executive VP

Mr John M Williamson Search Alternative Investments Ltd – CFO

Mr & Mrs Francois Bauder Richemont Asia Pacific Ltd – Regional Customer Service Director

Mr & Mrs Franklin K Chow Goldman Sachs (Asia) Finance – Investment Research, Executive Director

Mr & Mrs David S Currie Morgan Stanley Asia Ltd – Executive Director

Mr & Mrs Peter H Davis Morgan Stanley Asia Ltd – Executive Director

Mr & Mrs Attilio F Ferrara Goldman Sachs (Asia) Finance – Executive Director

Mr & Mrs Hugh E Graham AIA – Head of Risk and Capital Management

Mrs Melissa Jones & Mr Trevor Jones British American Tobacco Asia-Pacific Region Ltd – Regional Commercial Counsel

Mr & Mrs Joseph F Locandro John Swire & Sons (HK) Ltd – Director – IT

Mr & Mrs Richard M Manley Goldman Sachs (Asia) Finance – Managing Director

Mr & Mrs Eric S K Wong Major Point Limited – Director

ABSENT MEMBERS Mr Alfred J Chown Miss Francesca E J de Watts Ms Katty L A Demeuleneere Mr David L Dimmock Mr Thomas Hardman Mr Willem D Mak Van Waay Mr William H F Mills Mr David M Sayer Mr Allen P J Tsai Mr & Mrs Colin D Bradbury Mr & Mrs Remi P Corlin Dr & Mrs Steven J Dekrey Mrs Benedicta Green & Mr Jonathan Green Mr & Mrs Nicolas K Holman Mr & Mrs Paul A W Landless Mr & Mrs Thomas F S Poon Mr & Mrs Marius van Huijstee Hannah Cotillon Victor Cotillon Micaela Williams RESIGNED MEMBERS Mr Peter M Cox Miss Aisling Fenix Miss Lau Kin Mei Mr John Turner Mr Winston Y Yeo Mrs Sarah Brungs & Mr Ian Brungs Mr & Mrs Denni C S Chan Mr & Mrs Gary K L Chan Ms Tammy W H Chan & Mr Chong Ho Yin Mr & Mrs Jordan Himel Mr & Mrs W Jeroen Hoogland Mr & Mrs John B Jacobson Mr & Mrs Paul Rhodes Ms Kendal Richardson & Mr John G G Levett Ms Heidi Sutton & Mr Simon Newton Ms Mimi Tsui Wong & Mr Johnson Tsui Jacky K C Chan Nicole M Y Cheng Lillian Donnelly Emma J Dudok van Heel Luke A Fuller Maud A M Galmiche Paul C M Galmiche Dylan W Genasci Smith Wyatt C Genasci Smith Louisa Kelly Graf K F Kwok Kristal Lam Adrian T H Lau Tiffany V Lo Felicity A Locandro Stephanie Locandro Jack R W Mitchell Kevin K W Mok Risako Nakamura Lars Schkade Benjamin L F F Schrader Christopher Schrader Nicolas H B Schrader Rachel V Thompson Justin C K Tse Kenneth K H Tse Bram van Huijstee Floor van Huijstee Jeroen Van Huijstee Emiel A Verkade Victor A Young

NGUYEN-MINH – Joy and Tam are pleased to announce Margaux (Xuan Sophie Marie) was born on the morning of 21 June 2012 at Matilda Hospital. Three kilos, she is doing well and is so proud of her Mum who is recovering well. We are exhilarated! WONG – Joyce and Leslie’s second baby boy, David Ka Yue, arrived on 28 May 2012 at 0803hrs, weight: 7 lbs and 9 1/2 oz, length 20 1/2”.

OBITUARY KELLY Samantha Oi Lin – Our darling Sam died unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep on a business trip to Shanghai on 10 July, aged 25 years. Beloved daughter of Shane and Maxine, loving sister to Stephanie and Ben, Gareth and Silvana, loving auntie to Rachel, Ilana and Matthew and loving niece of and cousin to very many. Also, loved and very special to Susan, Steve and countless others. A family-only funeral service and cremation were held on 25 July. A memorial celebration of Sam’s life was held at the Club on 28 July. Memorial celebrations also held in Brisbane and London. WILCOX Martin Thomas (‘Marty’) – Martin was born on 30 August 1955 in Sydney, and lived in Melbourne and Hong Kong. He died unexpectedly in Hong Kong on 15 June 2012. A tragic loss to his wife, Margot, and sons, Rhys, Antony and Jonathan. He will also be greatly missed by his mother, Barbara, sister, Leanne, and brother, Andrew, and he joins his beloved brother, Jeffrey (deceased) and father, Tom (deceased). Marty was a mentor, who was generous, fair, loyal, and above all, honest. He always put his family first for which they will be forever grateful, and his legacy will be with them always. Marty was a passionate supporter of Rugby Union and his beloved Wallabies; he loved the beach and surfing with his boys. He was also a regular at the Squash Section’s Saturday morning Club sessions, a keen participant in the internal league, and always quick to organise a venue to watch the rugby. The Section has decided to name the Club’s annual squash tournament the ‘Martin Wilcox Trophy.’


REVISED SWIMMING POOL AND BOWLING ALLEY FEES The fees shown below took effect on 1 August 2012. Other Bowling Alley and Swimming Pool charges remain unchanged.

S W IMMING POOL Entry fee per guest per visit


Single member guest card per year



Ricky Mak, Service Manager – Shelter Cove (F&B), retired on 30 June 2012 after 4-1/2 years’ service

Lee Lai Ming, Amah, retired on 30 June 2012 after 18 years’ service

Charge per league match


Locker Hire per month


New Members Cocktail Party


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會長通訊 無論 你 在 海外 或香港, 相信都享 受了一 個愉快的 假期並 為新 一個 帆船賽 季作好準備。為本年度賽季揭開序幕的是於九月八至九日舉行的「秋 季帆船賽」。感謝 McLaren、Canaletto(英國)、SHK Private Wealth Management、Small Luxury Hotels of the World、Laurent Perrier Champagne、BACARDI 和 Carlsberg 贊助本年度的賽事。 緊接著「秋季帆船賽」的是於十月十二至十四日舉行之「中國海岸帆船賽」 和十八日舉行之「香港至海南島帆船賽」。請緊記於賽事截止報名日期(分 別為九月二十八日及二十一日)前到賽事部遞交報名表格及參賽費用。 距離 “Tipsy Frenz 號” 於「台灣海峽帆船賽」的遭遇只有幾個月。在此提提 大家不要忽視賽前的訓練,如果你或你的隊員須要參加訓練班的話,我們在 九月二十一、二和二十三、四安排了兩個海上求生課程,兩個急救及心肺復 甦法課程和一個重溫課程。詳情可瀏覽本會網頁。 不幸地,我們的J/80船隻未能經起颱風韋森特之考驗而傾倒,受到一定程度 的破壞。執筆之際,我們正努力使船隊可以盡快重新投入賽事。 我於 “Team Ambush Quokka 8號 ” 上參加在英國考維斯舉行的「會長盃帆船 賽」,對於未如理想的賽果,我們感到十分失望。賽前繁複的準備工作,船 長和隊員們付出的努力均未能使我們得到好成績,的確有點遺憾。我們在賽 事的最後一天表現很好,希望這會成為我們參加下一屆賽事的動力。賽事詳 情刊登於第14頁 Laurence Mead 的賽事報告中。

划艇方面,我會的隊員雖然未能在 Henley皇家划艇賽」中得到獎項,但 他們於賽事中的精彩表現卻贏取了全場 的支持及尊重。有很多前會員和海外會 員到場支持並感謝各隊員的努力。而划 艇隊亦計劃再次參加這項賽事。 “Royal X-Team” 龍舟隊在「赤柱國際 龍舟錦標賽」繼續有出色的表現,三支 隊伍均能進入決賽。除了精彩的賽事 外,他們的季度池畔派對更為「Room to Read 計劃」籌得港幣八萬五千元, 相信加上其他活動,善款數字將會繼續 上升。

可能大家也留意到,理事會已批准於九月一日至十月十三日期間接受可 轉讓個人會籍申請,入會費為港幣一百二十五萬。我們期望申請人是 會員的朋友,如果你身邊有朋友有興趣的話,請致電 2239 0372 或電郵 與會籍部聯絡。 約翰 伊詩禮 香港遊艇會會長

總經理通訊 歡迎在暑假期間在海外渡假的會友回到我們的大家庭,相信大家都有一 個愉快的假期,期待於繁忙的帆船及划艇賽季中與大家見面。


會長 Joachim Isler

飲食快訊 名釀 九月

九月八至九日舉行之「秋季帆船賽」將會為本年度賽季打響頭炮。如果 你希望預早計劃參加各項帆船賽事的話,可以於本會網頁查看2013至 2014年度賽季之賽事曆。

Banfi Le Rime Chardonnay Pinot

相信在七月份留在香港的會友,已感受到十三年來首個十號風球 – 韋 森特的威力。如果你不在香港的話,可算是十分幸運。但即使你不在香 港,相信亦留意到韋森特造成的破壞,吉列島有數棵大樹抵受不住狂風 而倒塌。停泊在中途島的J/80船隻同樣受到破壞,我們現正與保險公司 商討有關賠償安排並盡快使船隊可以重新投入賽事。另外還有幾宗因破 舊繫船繩索造成之損壞,所以我再次提醒各位會員在颱風季節時,請小 心檢查繫船繩索,因繩索損毀而造成之破壞可以非常嚴重。

Sauvignon Sangiovese IGT 2010

提到船隻保養,如果你計劃使用船塢服務的話,請盡早預約,因為接近「中國海岸帆船賽」及「香港 至海南島帆船賽」時,船塢將會非常繁忙。 我在此感謝各位參加於七月二十五日舉行的香港紅十字會賣旗日的同事。會所一向致力關懷社會,同 事積極認真的態度受到紅十字會及香港遊艇會各人之讚賞。

Grigio IGT 2011 – Toscana, Italy Banfi Col di Sasso Cabernet – Toscana, Italy 每瓶售價230元

九月啤酒推介 Heineken Beer (330ml) 每瓶售價24元

在過去幾個月稍為靜下來的社交活動將會再次活躍起來,九月十三日在 Chart Room 有 Il Coro 四部 合唱團為大家表演;九月六、十九和二十六日分別準備了三個美酒佳餚晚宴。如希望嘗試其他活動的 話,可參加九月份舉行的 Boxercise、保齡球、桌球及水肺潛水訓練班。 暑期的「炎夏泳池派對」一如以往大受歡迎,如之前未參加過,我們還有三個派對即將舉行,請從速 報名。


我謹代表香港遊艇會恭賀六位獲香港特別行政區頒發勳章的會員,授勳會員中有五位得到銀紫荊星 章,另一位得到榮譽勳章。詳情請參閱第8頁。 於英國考維斯參加「會長盃帆船賽」的香港隊隊員,雖然賽前備戰充足,但賽事結果未如他們所願, 非常遺憾無緣踏上頒獎台。另一方面,香港遊艇會青少年帆船隊隊員於歐洲參加「29er世界錦標賽」 中卻得到令人鼓舞的成績。在215位來自世界各地的29er帆船好手中,Henry Salmon 和 Aymeric Gillard 得到總成績第161名(可進入銅賽競逐),Florrie Manzoni 和 Isabel Tulloch 則得到第165名 是綠賽石賽第3名),Campbell Manzoni 和 Lilly Manzoni 得到第186名(是綠賽石賽第26名)。這是 他們的首個世界賽,相信他們能吸取寶貴的經驗為將來參加其他世界賽作準備。 最後,我要向各位宣佈香港遊艇會慈善基金已得到有關部門批核,現正計劃以一個晚會向各會員發佈 詳情,請把十二月十五日晚上記在你的行事曆上。我們深信這將會是一個非常有紀念價值及有意義的 晚上。活動詳情將於稍後時間公佈,請先記下這個日子吧。 歡迎各位回來,在會所見。 布馬克 香港遊艇會總經理 40 | september 2012


訓 練 班 預 告 詳情請參閱第26頁報名及查詢詳情, 可瀏覽網址: 按 ‘Training’

Life, the Universe, and Everything (but not as we know it, Jim!)


17 November 2012

The sky’s the limit for this year’s Ball – Star Trek meets Hitchhiker’s Guide, Dr Who meets Star Wars – think space, the Universe, aliens and spaceships! Feel free to come either in black tie, or in a costume representing your interpretation of the theme – interstellar travellers, Time Lords, Jedi knights, monsters, daleks! NO OF TICKETS TYPE












$1,795 GUESTS $1,995


$1,595 GUESTS $1,795



$1,395 $1,595

All-inclusive up to 0700hrs Wine, beer, mixers, soft drinks, juices and virgin cocktails – definitely something for everyone

1900hrs to 2100hrs




Set dinner 2100hrs to 2300hrs


Buffet 2100hrs to 2300hrs


Lots of it!

Each ticket sold earns money for charity!

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How many tickets can you get?

Saturday 17 November

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS NOON ON FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER ** I would like Full Dinner tickets and any guests to have Full Dinner tickets **

Fu ll Dinner T i c k ets No. of Members @ $1,795 each

No. of Guests @$1,995 each

up to 8

Each member account may apply for either one or two member tickets depending on their membership status, i.e. single membership = one member ticket and a married membership = two member tickets. At the same time that you are applying for your member tickets, you may indicate a wish for guest tickets. At the end of the application period, all member tickets will be distributed and if we have space left we will share out the guest tickets.


Please indicate any food allergies (full dinner only)

Ticket application period ends at noon on Friday 21 September. On Monday 24 September the results will be posted on the Club website. The onus is on you to check your own details and contact us if any modifications are required. Should we receive cancellations we will start to re-distribute these tickets – first to members who missed the original deadline and who do not have tickets for themselves, and secondly to any additional guests for those members who already have tickets. Applications will be acknowledged by email within 48 hours (weekends not included). If you do not receive an email acknowledgement you should take it that we have not received your application, and you should contact us or re-submit your application.



** OR I would like Party tickets and any guests to have Party tickets **

Please read this very carefully! Cancellations must be received by mid-day on Friday 28 September. Members can expect their accounts to be debited for their Regatta Ball tickets at the same time. Cancellations must be received ONLY BY EMAIL to Cancellations received after the deadline will NOT be entertained unless there are exceptional circumstances (business trips are not exceptional circumstances).

COMPLETE ALL BOXES to indicate your seating preference. If you do not complete all boxes, we will do so for you. 1 = 1st choice, 2 – 2nd choice etc. Preferred venue is NOT guaranteed (ie you may end up at your 5th choice). Final seating allocation will be announced in November. Bistro Terrace

Ward Room

Compass Room* Bistro INdoors

Gun Room

* note that tables in the Compass Room will be removed to make way for dancing

Please indicate who you wish to sit with – deadline to tell us is Friday 28 September. If you are allocated guest tickets they will automatically be seated with you.

I would like to request _________ vegetarian meals (full dinner tickets only)

Party T i ck ets No. of Members No. of Guests up to 8 @ $1,595 each @$1,795 each Please indicate who you wish to sit with – deadline to tell us is Friday 28 September. If you are allocated guest tickets they will automatically be seated with you.

** OR I would like After Eleven tickets and any guests to have After Eleven tickets **

after ele v en T i c k ets No. of Members @ $1,395 each

No. of Guests @$1,595 each

up to 4

** AND I have applied for Full Dinner or Party tickets and would like to apply for any guests to have After Eleven Tickets **

after ele v en T i c k ets

No. of Guests @$1,595 each

Once complete, hand this form to Reception or fax to 2838 scan and email to

up to 4

5738 or 2572 5399 or

Member Surname: ____________________________ Membership Number: ___________________ We will only communicate with you via email – please indicate your email address here: ______________________________________________________________________________________ I have read, understood and agree with the fact sheet. I also confirm that if I have any guests, they will arrive with ME their Host Member otherwise they will not be granted entry and no refund will be forthcoming. Signature: ___________________________________________ Date: __________________________ Forms sent via email are deemed signed. 42 | september 2012


Ticket Collection You will receive an email in November to let you know when the tickets are ready for collection. If you cannot make it to the Club to collect your tickets you may appoint someone to collect them on your behalf. You are required to inform if you are going to arrange for someone else to collect your tickets.

Seating Please note that tables in the Compass Room will be removed to make way for dancing. Please indicate on the application form who you wish to sit with – requests received after Friday 28 September will only be considered on a case-by-case basis and late seating requests may not be able to be fulfilled. The seating plan is a HUGE JOB and it affects table and tablecloth sizes, chair type etc. The final seating plan will only be made public in November. Seating is not done on a first-come first-served basis. If you have a large group, we reserve the right to split tables (but they will be next to each other). We will also endeavour to sit you near friends so if you know another table you can let us know that you want to sit near them. We reserve the right to add people to your table.

wine Delivery Order form SEPTEMBER 2012 ‘Try Before You Buy – No Obligation!’ All the wines listed below are featured at the monthly wine fairs at both Kellett Island and Shelter Cove. If you do enjoy the wines and wish to make a purchase, you can enjoy a 5% discount on these already low prices! Kellett Island Wine Fair – Wed 5 September in the Chart Room at Kellett Island from 1830hrs to 2030hrs, guests welcome. Shelter Cove Wine Fair – Fri 7 September 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 W h ite W ines







Banfi Le Rime Chardonnay Pinot Grigio IGT 2011 – Toscana, Italy (Wine of the month) Floral and fruity aromas reminiscent of banana, apple and tropical fruits. Good persistence on the palate; the wine expresses a pleasant acidity with excellent balance.


Talamonti Trebì Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC 2010 – Italy Intense bouquet of ripe apples and peaches. Refreshing fruit notes end with a gentle acidity. A rich, full, round and persistent wine.


Ramón Bilbao Monte Blanco Verdejo 2011 – Spain Golden with glimpses of lemon zest, brilliant and almost luminous. A fragrant nose with varietal character. Typical aromas of passion fruit, aniseed and fennel.


Tree Top Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – New Zealand Aromas of ripe gooseberry, passion fruit, melons, banana and pineapple. Richness balanced nicely with fresh vibrant lime and lemon flavours.


Rocky Ferry Pinot Gris 2009 – New Zealand Complex nose showing classic baked pear and spice aromas with hints of honey. Full bodied and luscious with excellent weight and length of flavours.


Raoul Clerget Pouilly Fuissé 2010 – France Aromas of hazelnuts and toasted almond. A generous wine, full of flavour and harmony.


Koonara The Marquise Chardonnay 2010 – Australia Flavours range from lemon notes to creamy vanilla with plenty of fresh tropical characters in the middle.

R E D W ines


Banfi Col di Sasso Cabernet Sauvignon Sangiovese IGT 2010 – Toscana, Italy (Wine of the month)


Fresh and rich fruity aromas with hints of blackberry, plum jam and a gentle note of cherry. The structure is soft with delicate and enjoyable tannins.


Talamonti ModA’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2010 – Italy Intense bouquet of ripe red fruit. Rich in fruit, lively, elegantly framed by oak spices.


Nugan Estate Vision Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – Australia Aromas of red berry melded with liquorice and vanillin oak nuances. Rich and concentrated flavours of blackcurrant and cassis with soft supple tannins, vanillin oak and elegant acid structure.


Ramón Bilbao Single Vineyard Tempranillo Garnacha 2009 – Spain Aromas of red cherry and blackberry fruit and slight hints of vanilla on the medium bodied palate. Well structured with a long and pleasant finish.


Château Haut Corbian Saint-Estèphe 2007 – France


Tree Top Ridge Pinot Noir 2010 – New Zealand Aromas of ripe cherry, plum and blackberry with hints of raspberry, dried spice and floral notes. Rich and full bodied with concentrated flavours of berries, plums, wild cherries, chocolate and spice.


Koonara Angel’s Peak Shiraz 2008 – Australia This Shiraz displays hints of pepper and cloves amongst the dense blackcurrants and smoked dark chocolate. • • • • •

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

Name (Please Print):

Membership No.:

Telephone No. (Home/ Office):


Delivery Address: Preferred Delivery Date:


Signature: date:

FAX THIS FORM TO 2239 0341. FOR ENQUIRIES PLEASE CALL 2239 0340. • Deadline for Ordering: 30 September 2012 •

Pull out and fax back

Aromas of blackcurrant and vanilla. This wine is very rich but already supple and provides lots of pleasure with fruit character and a nice oaky taste.

Ahoy there!

Clean Up Challenge In Hong Kong we generate a shocking 6 million tonnes of waste every year, but only a small portion is recycled. Our landfills are almost full, and a vast amount ends up in nature. Having engaged over 60,000 volunteers in cleaning up over 250,000kg of trash, and now in its 12th year, Ecovision’s Coastal Cleanup Challenge is firmly established as a well-loved and vital part of the Hong Kong event landscape. This event is part of a global eco initiative by Ocean Conservancy – The International Coastal Cleanup, which takes place in over 100 countries and last year alone mobilized more than 600,000 volunteers. Yet 11 years of data and volunteer feedback show a need for even greater community engagement and action here in Hong Kong. Thus, Ecozine and National Geographic Channel (HK) are proud to announce the launch of the Hong Kong Cleanup. As part of this year-long education platform, we are expanding beyond beaches and coastlines to cleaning up country parks, urban areas, offices, homes and schools, with the support of Presenting Sponsor, Nomura. Now there are many more ways for you to participate with your colleagues, school, family, friends or community! We are pleased to invite you to sign up a team for the Hong Kong Cleanup Challenge, 15 September to 4 November. Participation is free and registration begins 27 August at Together, we can halt the flow of trash into our precious oceans.

After 14 years and 150 issues of Ahoy! my time at the helm of the magazine has come to an end. The Club has decided to take the production in-house, and September is my last issue as Editor. As the longest serving Editor of Ahoy! – I worked with eight different Commodores and five different General Managers – I would like to say it has been a great honour to do so.

Guy Nowell, Suzy Rayment and Chris Nowell

When I started as a newbie Editor in 1997, Ahoy! was a small 28 page stapled publication (‘saddle stitched’) that had little or no advertising. Fourteen years down the track, Ahoy! is now consistently 44 pages (plus), is ‘perfect bound’, and has a healthy level of advertising. I believe that Ahoy! has become a valuable communication tool for the Club, and provides an important role in documenting the Club’s history through major events, and highlighting the people who make the Club what it is today. Everyone who sails or rows knows it is the team effort that brings success, and I would like to thank my husband, Guy Nowell, and son, Christopher, for their contribution towards making Ahoy! a success. Guy has shared the Editorial role over the years, and the family has carried many hundreds of copies of Ahoy! in their luggage around the Asian region, helping to distribute them at regional boat shows and regattas. Over the summer of 2003 they joined in to help produce the special 30-years of Ahoy! supplement. This involved searching for old copies of Ahoy! in the numerous nooks, crannies and forgotten storage places in the Club, and then spending hours scanning the most interesting stories and photos that went into producing the supplement. The copies of Ahoy! were then bound into year volumes, and the collection now graces the Chart Room. I would also like to thank all my Ahoy! contributors and advertisers – without them Ahoy! would not have grown into the magazine that it is today. Finally I would like to say a special thank you to Hillary King, Mike Westlake and Linda Davy whose expert advice over the years I could always rely upon. I am only sad that I will not be involved in the long overdue redesign of the magazine. However, I do look forward to reading Ahoy! and maybe getting back to doing some sailing and rowing instead of just writing about it! Suzy Rayment Ahoy! Editor from 1997-2012

Red Cross

On 25 July, a team of staff and their families, gave up their time to sell flags in Causeway Bay on behalf of the Red Cross. A big thank you to everyone for doing their part to reach out and help the local community!

Proud sponsors of EFG Bank Mandrake Also proud to support: EFG Bank Sailing Team in Melges 24, Europe BACARDI Sailing Weeks, Miami & Newport The EFG Bank Viper 640 Pan-American Championships

Photo: Paul Wyeth


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Ahoy! September 2012  
Ahoy! September 2012  

Magazine of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club