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Events | Promotions

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12 RHKYC Royal-X Team – Stanley International Dragon Boat Champions! 14 GFS Helicopter Winch Training with Ex Libris 16 Sharks taking on the World this Summer

29 Coastal Rowing Tour to Cheung Chau 30 Henley Royal Regatta 2013 32 Outriggers – Clash of the Paddles – Hamilton Island, Australia

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Calendar Commodore’s Message General Manager’s Message Chinese Page

Sailing The Royal-X Team Victorious in Stanley The team celebrates as they cross the finish line at the Stanley International Dragon Boat Championship 2013. Read more on page 12.

20 Starter’s Box 22 Hong Kong wins the 2013 Australasian Winter Championships 24 ISAF Youth Worlds 26 The Adult Training Scheme 27 Youth Summer Courses 28 New Member of Sailing Development Staff! RHKYC Sharks Squads

Marine 33 34 35 36

Marine | Boatyard Ship Shop Classified Page Marine Directory

Other Sports 38 RHKYC Bowling League 38 Kellett Golf Society 38 Snooker

The Regatta Ball On the Horizon F&B Food Promotions Wine Page Wine Form

Club LINES 47 47 48 49 50 50

Club Directory Members, Staff and Other News and Announcements Charity Sailing and Rowing Fun Day New Members Cocktail Party RHKYC Pipe Band at the Singapore and South East Asian Pipe Band Championship Long Service Awards

Photo: Michael Perini

Vice Patrons Jimmy Farquhar, Li Fook Hing, Bob Wilson; Commodore Joachim Isler; Vice Commodore Mark Whitehead; Rear Commodore Sailing Anthony Day; Rear Commodore Club Robert Stoneley; Honorary Secretary Charlie Manzoni; Honorary Treasurer George Li; Rowing Captain Alice Page. For other Club contact details please refer to the Club Directory on page 47. Advertising or Editorial Enquiries contact RHKYC PR Department at or 2239 0307 or 2239 0312 Ahoy! Design Michelle Shek MYND Design Articles for Ahoy! can be emailed to or left in the Ahoy! pigeon hole at Kellett Island. The Club reserves the right to edit articles. All opinions expressed in this publication are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect the views of the General Committee of the RHKYC. Copies of the magazine are available at Reception and to view the e-version of the magazine (and back copies) go to the RHKYC website.




Mid-Autumn Festival Poolside Party


Spanish Promotion

with Huge Inflatable

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Oyster Feast in the Compass Room Spanish Promotion in the Bistro with selected items at Middle Island and Shelter Cove 2 September to 31 October


4 Adult Beginner Sailing Course (Weekday)

Adult Beginner Sailing Course (Weekday) Rowing World Masters, ITA Boxercise

Shelter Cove Wine Fair Rowing World Masters, ITA Pilates



Pio Cesare Wine Dinner in the Compass Room




Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course



Mid-Autumn Festival Poolside Party Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course Boxercise


Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course

23 Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course


19 Torres Wine Dinner in the Compass Room

24 Wines and Beer of the Month


Boxercise America’s Cup 1983 DVD Night Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course


Class Racing Hot Pink Pool Party Supervised Sailing Session Gold Squad Rowing World Masters, ITA

13 MATCH Racing

Summer Pool Party with Huge Inflatable Youth Beginner HKSF Levels 1 and 2 Adult Beginner Sailing Course Beneteau Skipper Course




Optimist Steps 1 and 2 Adult Beginner Sailing Course Beneteau Skipper Course Youth Sailing Club Gold Squad

15 Match Racing

Youth Beginner HKSF Levels 1 and 2 Adult Beginner Sailing Course Beneteau Skipper Course Saturday Optimist Practice Silver Squad

Optimist Steps 1 and 2 Adult Beginner Sailing Course Youth Sailing Club Gold Squad Rowing – Shing Mun 4 Regatta

21 Au tumn Dinghy Racing Youth Beginner HKSF Levels 1 and 2 Adult Beginner Sailing Course Supervised Sailing Session Beneteau Racing Skipper Course Hong Kong Dragon Boat Championships

Oyster Feast in the Compass Room

Blue Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – Australia Magners Original Irish Cider


Class Racing

McHenry Hohnen Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – Margaret River, Australia


Supervised Sailing Session Gold Squad Rowing World Masters, ITA


20 Pilates Beneteau Racing Skipper Course Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course


7 Class Racing Dinghy Racing

Adult Beginner Sailing Course (Weekday) Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course Boxercise

SUN Optimist Steps 1 and 2 LR Radio Operator Course Youth Sailing Club Gold Squad

Saturday 14 September

2 September to 31 October Kellett Island Wine Fair Adult Beginner Sailing Course (Weekday)

Adult Beginner Sailing Course (Weekday) Standard First Aid, CPR and AED Course



Summer Pool Party

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

Thursday 19 September



2 September to 31 October


22 Reg at ta Movie in the Chart Room – Despicable Me Optimist Steps 1 and 2 Supervised Sailing Session Beneteau Racing Skipper Course Youth Sailing Club Gold Squad


Commodore’s Message

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會長約翰 伊詩禮

I hope you all had a good break over the summer – and for those of you who stayed in Hong Kong, I hope the rain didn’t spoil your plans and activities too much!

regular events, as you are undoubtedly aware, we will be hosting the Flying Fifteen Worlds in November and a successful event is vital for us to succeed in our goal to host world championships and similar major events on an annual basis. Your help as a volunteer will be much appreciated!

Club sailors, rowers and paddlers have been very successful over the summer.

Our work on Kellett Island refurbishment and development is progressing smoothly – thank you to all those who have made valuable comments and suggestions (responses to those are available on the website in a Q&A format). We will keep you updated on this at regular intervals.

Congratulations to Ante Razmilovic for an excellent 3rd at the Etchells Worlds in June, and to Andy Soriano for winning IRC0 at the Copa del Rey with Alegre, his beautiful, brand new Mills 72.

Congratulations also to the Royal X Team who won the men’s gold cup at this year’s Dragon Boat races at Stanley. The Rowing Section also sent a total of 14 competitors (10 men and 4 women) to compete in 8 crew combinations at the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Sweden. One of the largest contingents, the team really stood out in their blazers! Congratulations to the Men’s 4x which won the B final. A full report will appear in next month’s Ahoy!. It was a busy summer for our coaches and sailors of the Sharks squad as they spent most of July competing at various World Championships gaining valuable experience as part of their sailing development. At the ISAF Youth World Sailing Championship in Cyprus the Club was represented by Sofia-Marie Mascia in the Laser Radial (Girls) and Aymeric Gillard and Henry Salmon in the 29er. At the Optimist World Championship in Italy, we were represented by Calum Gregor, Sophie Tulloch and Ferdinand Heldman. Meanwhile, five teams competed at the 29er Worlds that were held in Denmark. Three teams were new to the boats this year and two teams were in their second year, although no silverware those returning teams did improve their results from the previous year. The teams were Florrie Manzoni and Isabel Tulloch, Aymeric Gillard and Henry Salmon, Scarlett Manzoni and Campbell Manzoni, Aidan Long and Leonardo Giustiniani, Sam McDonald and Wilhelm Christensson. We look forward to seeing this experience at the world stage bringing more success locally and regionally. With the end of the summer holidays, our newly elected and appointed committees will be getting into full gear. If you have any comments or suggestions please let our General Manager and / or the relevant Committee Chair know (list of Committee Chairs at the right). Committees and management are looking at a challenging committee year ahead. We are on track to complete the Middle Island refurbishment on time and within budget, and are hopeful that the new facilities will be very much appreciated by members. Speaking of the subject of members’ satisfaction – we will be conducting a general survey in the autumn. We aim to obtain a better understanding of members’ views and preferences, not only to improve day-to-day operations but also to help guide committees’ decisions of a strategic nature.

We have been and will continue to work vigorously on the issue of lack of moorings by trying to improve density in existing mooring fields and expanding Shelter Cove marina on the one hand and also looking at possibilities outside of our current areas on the other. The latter is quite a sensitive and difficult matter as you may well appreciate and will require that all stakeholders, not just RHKYC, row this ‘boat’ and do so in unison and in the same direction. Beyond the horizon, but very much on the radar, is the renewal of the Shelter Cove lease which is due to expire in October 2014. After over twelve years as Club Operations Manager, Alfred Leung will be leaving us in early September. I would like to thank Alfred for all that he has achieved in that time and in particular for making our Food and Beverage facilities the popular and successful outlets that they so obviously are. I look forward to seeing you at the Club and on the water!

Chairmen of Appointed Committees 2013 to 2014 China Sailing Sub-Committee

Chin Yew Seah

Family Panel Sub-Committee

Donald Austin

Finance Committee

George Li

Kellett Island Sub-Committee

Jenny Cooper

Marine Sub-Committee

Anthony Day

Membership Matters Sub-Committee

Charlie Manzoni

Middle Island Sub-Committee

Martin Tornberg

Paddle-Sports Sub-Committee

Gianni Aprea

Projects and Facilities Sub-Committee

Ken Borthwick

Race Management Sub-Committee

Charlie Manzoni

Sailing Development Sub-Committee

Andrew Taylor

Shelter Cove Sub-Committee

Maria Tullberg

Strategic Planning Committee

Mark Whitehead

Young Members Sub-Committee

Kate Hodson

A particularly busy sailing season will kick off this month. We are expecting record entries in our signature regattas. In addition to the 會長通訊中文版請參閱第10頁



General Manager’s Message

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If you were away for the summer then welcome back, and I hope wherever you were you had more sunshine and less rain than we have had in Hong Kong! Having said that our sailors, rowers and paddlers have not been deterred by the bad weather and have been busy, not only in Hong Kong but also representing the Club throughout the world. It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly a year since the last Autumn Regatta, General Manager Mark Bovaird but the next one is coming up over 總經理布馬克 the weekend of 28 and 29 September and marks the official start to the 2013/2014 sailing season. The complete sailing calendar is available for collection from the Sailing Office and is also on the website. Looking slightly further afield, on 17 October we have the start of the Club’s Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, this year welcoming title sponsor Audi and associated sponsor VinaCapital. This event is shaping up to be the best offshore race ever held in Asia with, at the time of writing, an already incredibly exciting list of entries confirmed. We also have the St. Regis China Coast Regatta, Flying Fifteen Worlds and of course the Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race, coming up in October and November. With all these major events on top of our already busy class sailing calendar, please make sure to get your preparations booked in early as the Boatyard promises to have a very busy autumn ahead. I would like to offer congratulations on behalf of the Club to the four members in this year’s Honours List, two of whom were awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star, and two the Medal of Honour. Full details appear on the right. By the time you read this we will be in the final stages of the refurbishment of Middle Island, with only the third floor function areas and staff rooms still to be completed. I do trust that members are enjoying the refurbished and expanded facilities and I am quite sure that the Clubhouse will be ready to host the China Coast Race Week and then the Flying Fifteen Worlds. Following the presentations to members of the Kellett Island redevelopment plans we received some great feedback and questions from members. This has been compiled into a questions and answers format and a file has been posted on the members’ section of the website and a link to the relevant page has been included in the weekly emails. In the meantime the Architects and Interior Designers are taking the plans through a detailed design stage and further presentations will be made to members in the coming months to keep you all informed of progress. I am afraid that I need to take this opportunity to remind members that in the interest of fairness to all members there is a no-reservation policy in the Bistro, so unfortunately it is not possible to reserve multiple tables by simply arriving very early. On a similar matter, as a result of a few individuals bringing very large groups to the Bistro and resulting complaints from other members, ClubCom is now reviewing Club policies with a view to imposing a maximum number that any member be allowed to bring to the restaurants. The Bye-laws state that members

must seek approval from Club Management before organising any function in the Club – any large group must be considered as such even if you don’t mind hosting them in a general facility rather than a private area. May I urge everyone in the meantime to show consideration to other members by respecting the spirit of the Club’s restaurants which are intended for the use of all members to entertain their immediate family and friends. In keeping with our sustainability principles, members are encouraged to bring their own bags when purchasing from the Ship Shop or F&B outlets. As of 1 August, the General Committee approved that a $1 charge be made for every plastic bag used, and the money raised will be donated to the RHKYC Charity Foundation. Our non-core sports continue to be active. The Kellett Golf Society holds regular outings and a report on the 18 July trip to Kau Sai Chau appears on page 38. The Club’s internal Bowling League and the Inter-Club Bowling League will both start again very soon and the new Bowling Convener is keen to see as many new players as possible getting involved. Squash continues to be very popular in the Club and we are currently looking at providing some coaching sessions for both beginners and improvers. Further details are also on page 38. On the social front, we have the Hot Pink Pool Party on Saturday 7 September, on 26 September we will be showing DVD footage of the 1983 America’s Cup Race, and for those not sailing in the Autumn Regatta we are showing the movie Despicable Me in the Chart Room on Sunday 29 September. Coming up on 5 October is Middle Island Big Day Out, combined with a celebration of the re-opening of the Clubhouse, more details to follow next month and on posters in the Clubhouse.

2013 Honours List We are pleased to note that this year’s Honours List includes the following Club members: Professor Michael Li Ka-wah awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star for his outstanding achievement and valuable contribution to the medical sector and the development of the surgical field Ms Jacqueline Leung Po-chu awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star for her valuable contribution to charity and community service, particularly her work as the Chairman of Po Leung Kuk Mr Robert L Wilson awarded the Medal of Honour for his valuable contribution to the promotion of the development of rowing Mr Cowen B C Chiu awarded the Medal of Honour for his valuable contribution to the promotion of the development of windsurfing




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工作。各位如有意見和建議,歡迎向本會總經理或有關委員會主席提出 (各委員會主席名單請見於第6頁)。

希望大家渡過一個愉快的暑假。而留港的會友,希望連場大雨沒有影響及 打亂你的活動計劃。

各委員會及管理層將面對一個極富挑戰性的一年。中途島的整修計劃現 正預期及預算案內進行中,希望各會友欣賞各項新設施。


提到會員對本會的滿意度,我們將於秋季進行有關調查。通過這調查,不 單可改進本會日常運作,會員的需要及喜好亦好為委員會在決策上提供 策略性的方向。

恭喜會友 Ante Razmilovic 在六月的「Etchells 世界帆船賽」榮登季軍,而 Andy Soriano 則以他全新的 Mills 72 型號,”Alegre 號” 在「Copa del Rey帆船賽」贏取IRCO。 而 Royal X Team 龍舟隊在今年「赤柱國際龍身錦標賽」中勇奪男子金盃。 划艇部一行十四人(十男、四女) 於瑞典出戰「海岸划艇世界賽」之八個隊 際項目。特別要恭賀男子四人組勇奪B組總冠軍。詳情請留意下期本刋。

忙碌的帆船季節在本月即將展開。我們期望在數項具代表性賽事有破紀 錄的參賽數目。除了我們慣常的賽事,相信大家都知道我們將於本年十一 月舉行之「Flying Fifteen 世界帆船賽」。成功舉辦是項賽事將會是邁向每 年舉辦世界性錦標賽或類似大型賽事為本會目標之重要一大步。我們非 常歡迎大家為賽事出任義工,為賽事出一分力。

本會帆船教練及 Sharks 青少年帆船隊員在這夏季馬不停蹄的在七月出戰 數個世界錦標賽以爭取寶貴經驗。在塞浦路斯舉行的「ISAF青少年世界帆 船賽」由 Sofia-Marie Mascia 代表本會出戰 Laser Radial (女子) 項目;而 Aymeric Gillard 和 Henry Salmon則參與29er型號賽事。於意大利舉辦的 「Optimist 世界帆船賽」則由 Calum Gregor、Sophie Tulloch 及 Ferdinand Heldman 出戰。在丹麥舉行的「29er世界帆船賽」,本會共有五 隊參賽。 其中三隊是本項的新手,而其餘兩隊則是第二年參賽。雖然未能在是次賽 事奪取獎牌,但成績明顯較去年進步。出賽隊員包括 Florrie Manzoni 和 Isabel Tulloch;Aymeric Gillard 和 Henry Salmon;Scarlett Manzoni 和 Campbell Manzoni;Aidan Long 和 Leonardo Giustiniani;Sam McDonald 夥拍 Wilhelm Christensson 等。希望是次國際賽事經驗能為我 們在本地及地區性比賽帶來正面影響,造出好成績。

吉列島的整修計劃現正順利進行中,在此多謝曾為是項計劃提供寶貴意 見的會友 (有關回應已被收納入最常見問題中,列於本會網頁內)。我們將 會定期向大家匯報進度。




到各餐廳之人數設上限。跟據會規,會員應先得到本會管理層同意下方可 在本會舉行活動,這包括擄同大群友人到訪及使用本會公共設施。請大家 為其他會員設想及尊重本會餐廳運作的精神,我們希望各會員及其直繫 親屬及友人都能享用我們餐飲服務。

歡 迎暑期在 海 外渡假的會友回到我們的大家庭。希望你的假 期陽光充 沛,而非香港當時大雨如注的情況。話雖如此,本會帆船及划艇健兒並未 因天氣不佳打消他們的興致,他們皆忙於代表本會在港及海外出戰。 很難想像,上屆「秋季帆船賽」離現時已差不多一年了。下個賽事將於九月 廾八及廾九日的週末舉行,為2013/2014帆船季節揭開序幕。來季帆船活 動日程表可於航海部取得,並已上載到本會網頁供大家查閱。 於十月十七日將是「香港至 越南帆船賽」之起步,今年我們很榮幸得到 奧迪汽車成為賽事冠名贊助。本賽事多年成功舉辦,經已發展為亞洲其 中一項最佳 遠洋賽事。於執筆此際,不少具實力隊伍已報名參賽,實在 令人鼓舞。 瑞吉國際中國海岸帆船賽」、「Flying Fifteen 世界帆船賽」及「Tommy Bahama 環島大賽」相繼於十月及十一月舉行。為應付繁忙的帆船活動和 這數項重要賽事,船塢將會非常忙碌,如你的船隻需要保養或維修,為來 季活動作好準備,請盡早預約。 我謹代表香港遊艇會恭賀四位獲行政長官頒授勳銜的會員。授勳會員中 兩位獲頒銅紫荊星章及另兩位獲頒榮譽勳章。有關授勳名單,請見如下。 當大家閱讀此會刊時,中途島整修工程已進入最後階段;除了位於第三 層之會議室及員工室的工程還在進行中,其他整修及擴建設施應已完成 供大家享用,希望大家喜歡。當「中國海岸帆船賽週」和「Flying Fifteen 世界帆船賽」進行時,會所應當全面準備就緒。

有關船隻停泊位短缺之問題,我們正著力研究不同方案,例如增加現有停 泊位的密度及擴展白沙灣碼頭;與此同時亦向外尋找適當地點,而這方案 卻是既敏感並困難,因為除了本會,還必須得到有關持份者支持及認可。 下一個重要項目,相信大家都知道是白沙灣續租約的事宜,現時租約將於 二○一四年十月屈滿。 服務本會超過十二年的會所運作部經理梁柏豪,Alfred Leung 將於本年 九月離職。我在此多謝 Alfred 多年來為飲食部的貢獻,本會各餐廳受歡 迎程度,大家皆有目共睹。

為響應我們奉行可持續發展的原則,請大家在 Ship Shop 和餐廳購物時 自備購物袋。理事會已通過由八月一日起,每個塑膠購物袋收港幣一元, 所收費用將捐予香港遊艇會慈善基金。 本會的非主流體育項目活動繼續頻繁。吉列高爾夫球會定期舉行活動,有 關七月十八日滘西灣高球活動報導載於本刊38頁。本會內部之保齡球聯 賽及會所聯會保齡球聯賽快將舉行,新任的保齡球召集人希望見到更多 新健兒參與。壁球仍然是本會受歡迎的項目,我們正考慮提供教練服務予 壁球新手及資深球手,詳情請參閱第38頁。 在社交活動方面,於九月七日,星期六,我們將舉行 Hot Pink Pool Party。 如你在九月廾九日不參加「秋季帆船賽」,我們將為你在 Chart Room 準 備電影「壞蛋獎門人」(Despicable Me)。請不要錯過十月五日的「中途島 日」,我們亦會於當日慶祝會所重開。詳情將於下月公佈,及請留意張貼在 會所的海報。

2013年 授勳名單 李家驊教授 獲頒授銅紫荊星章,李教授在醫學界成就卓著,尤其對外科手術方 面的發展貢獻良多現。

在吉列島長遠發展計劃簡佈會後,收到各方會員的寶貴意見及相關問題。 我們已把有關問題及回覆結集並上載於本會網頁之會員章節內,及在每週 電郵中附上相關連結以供大家參閱。同時,工程及室內設計師正進行詳細 設計工作,我們將於未來數月向大家匯報進程。

梁寶珠女士 獲頒授銅紫荊星章,梁女士熱心參與慈善活動及社會服務,貢獻良 多,尤其在擔任保良局主席期間,成績斐然。

我希望在此提醒各會員,為了會員及其家屬著想,本會咖啡室是不設訂位 服務,我們亦不希望看到會員提早到咖啡室同時預留多張餐桌的情況。而 類似情況如多名會員各自帶同大群友人到咖啡室用膳亦為其他會員帶來 不便,我們已收到多宗會員員投訢。理事會現正審視會規,考慮會員擄友




韋力生先生 (Mr Robert L Wilson) 趙不求先生 獲頒授榮譽勳章,趙先生致力推廣滑浪風帆運動發展,貢獻良多。

Feature | RHKYC Royal-X Team

Royal-X Team – Stanley International Dragon Boat Champions! W ords: Gianni A p rea | Photos: Michael Perini

Club’s Main Bar after a five-year absence and the Women’s and Men’s B teams having very strong outings.


iven that my last article somewhat left you all in suspense about our goals for the season, it is somewhat disappointing that pretty much everyone in the Club (and Hong Kong) knows how our season ended. Needless to say we wouldn’t want it any other way! The Royal-X Team had an excellent day at the Stanley International Dragon Boat Championship on 12 June with the men’s team bringing the Championship trophy back to the



The women’s team started the day with its strongest line-up of the season after struggling much of the year with injuries and paddler changes. The full roster and solid weeks of training leading up to the event allowed them to add the power that had been missing for many of the previous races. Though the ladies finished 4th overall, the final placement does

not do justice to the overall improvement of the group as the season progressed. They fell short of finishing in the top three by a fraction of a second and will surely build upon the strong finish going into next year. The women’s team Captain Marie Gervacio is proud of the effort that the women put in at the biggest race of the year and expects the team to be even stronger in 2014! Our Men’s B team, without question, had the race of the day straight out of the gate.

clearly the Club’s day (and night) at Stanley and needless to say the post-race celebration went well into the night on Main Street. Rest assured that the trophies have again defied the odds and made it through the festivities in one piece and are now appropriately placed in the Main Bar at Kellett Island for viewing.

A few short days after our Stanley outing, the legendary end-of-dragon-boat-season pool party charity fundraiser for Room to Read was held at Kellett Island. The Royal-X Team with co-host Smugz put on a wonderful evening that recorded one of the highest attendances and fund-raising totals for the event to date. This year’s theme was Super Heroes and Villains which proved to be quite entertaining with a wide array of costumes. Thanks to donations from our generous sponsors and

That’s a wrap for lucky 13 Now that the races have been paddled, funds raised and parties enjoyed, we are all looking forward to not only a well-deserved rest, but also coming back next season with victories to claim, titles to defend, more funds to raise and fun to be had! Special thanks to everyone who assisted throughout the season, especially Jonathan Cantwell, John Pache, and Mark Welles. Each of you has been a huge part of our success this year. For everyone else…off-season circuit sessions have already started. I’ll see you at training!

After swelling tides caused lane markers to drift, confusion resulted among the steersmen during their first heat and they came into contact with a boat in the next lane. Showing the heart and determination of champions, they continued to battle throughout the race to keep the chances of a Men’s B Gold Cup victory alive. Despite literally carrying another boat across the finish line with them, they managed to place well enough to make the semi-finals where they had a great race, propelling them to the Men’s B Gold Cup Final. Though they continued to display exceptional effort in the final, they fell short of the overall goal of a cup victory by finishing 5th. The ‘Killer Bs’ are very much looking forward to next year’s races and another opportunity to claim the title. It seemed like it would be a good day for the Men’s A team when everyone in the crew approached me individually to say that he was unable to sleep the night before thinking about the races! There were a few changes to the structure of the Men’s A Division this year that resulted in the category consisting of 12 teams with the Championship being awarded to the team that had the best results over three heats. This meant that the results of every race were incredibly important as each would have an effect on the final rankings. The lack of sleep apparently translated into results on the water as the Men’s A crew achieved first place finishes in all three heats recording the fastest finishing times of all teams in the process to unquestionably be named the Men’s Gold Cup Champion. Each of our boats displayed the commitment of champions and performed well in, at times, very difficult conditions. As a result, it was SEPTEMBER 2013 AHOY! |


Feature | RHKYC Royal-X Team

Season Ending Pool Party

efforts of numerous volunteers led by Sharon Etherington, the Royal-X Team in conjunction with the RHKYC Charity Foundation was able to raise $70,000 to support Room to Read!

Feature | GFS Helicopter Winch Training

GFS Helicopter Winch Training with Ex Libris W ords: Erice D oguet | Photos: Beatrice Roy er

we were now waiting. Crew members Sylvain and Antoine were ready to grab the hi-line, Beatrice found the best spot to take pictures and Grace was standing by halfway between the cockpit and the VHF bellow to maintain the contact and relay the communications. Sailing boats are usually magnets to fishing boats, but for once they all stayed well clear and even altered their course, giving us the chance to concentrate solely on the action about to start. As helmsman, I didn’t have much opportunity to focus on the helicopter. When the Alan Shepard prayer came to my mind, I suddenly became hypnotised by the compass. It is certainly a thrilling sight to see a Super Puma flying a few metres away from the mast head but the last thing you want to do in this situation is mess everything up.

Following a presentation at the Club by the Government Flying Services in July, we volunteered to take part in their next helicopter winch training exercise. After a bit of co-ordination with GFS’ Captain Tsang, the training took place on 4 August, halfway between Waglan and the Nine Pins. There were five of us on board our 38ft Ex Libris. The whole drill took about an hour.


he Captain of the flight contacted us by phone before he took off from Lantau, and later on Channel 16 at 1230hrs as scheduled. Despite the traffic on the channel, with two giant container ships overtaking a less-giant ship being regularly interrupted by Chinese Mandarin songs performed by someone smart enough to broadcast his talent on the Safety and Emergency Channel, we managed to confirm our position. After a quick turn above our boat, the Super Puma slowly came down and hovered behind us for a while, probably assessing the situation. The sun was shining, the temperature was about 32 degrees, the wind was a stable 6kts, and we were motoring at 5.5kts against a long swell with rather flat waves. The jib was furled with a couple of extra rounds, the jib sheets tight and locked



in the winches on both sides and the mainsail was secured on the boom with multiple sail ties. The cockpit was clear of everything which could possibly fly away. Even though the helicopter was still high enough and about 100m away from the boat (as we could judge from the blast on the water), we soon realised that there was no possible verbal communication on deck between us, and even less on the VHF with the pilot. Grace went below and took over the communication from the fixed VHF. We were instructed to maintain our speed and head 160 degrees magnetic, which brought us to 10 degrees to the wind on a port tack. After a last quick check of the deck and cockpit, we all looked at each other to confirm we were all ready, and stood still in the cockpit to show the pilot

The hi-line came down rather straight on deck with two little sand bags at the end. Sylvain and Antoine grabbed it and carefully stored it in the bucket as it was coming down (note that as advised by the Captain, we kept the sand bags beside the bucket and not inside it). Once no more line was coming down, we held on to it for a little while. A winchman got out of the helicopter and started to come down. The helicopter was still away from the boat, but got closer and lower as the winchman was lowered, as if pedalling an invisible bicycle on his way down to maintain his stability. The anti-static line hanging underneath the man touched the water, and the helicopter came closer and lower…and it was very close and very low! Whilst we were expecting the blast and the spray we were still surprised by the power that hit us! It was however very welcome as it cooled us down. In a few seconds, the crew and boat (and Beatrice’s camera…) were soaking wet with salty water and we were lost in a haze of gale-force winds. The blast was pushing the boat off course and the helm required a lot of attention, which was not so easy because the visibility in the cockpit was rather poor and all instruments washed by a permanent spray of sea water. Antoine and Sylvain pulled the winchman on board with the hi-line. Two metres away and above our port stern, he was still coming down

We are grateful to the Government Flying Services to have accepted our application to train with them. The GFS is always looking for training with yachts, and I would definitely encourage everyone to enlist for it. towards us very fast and I had a moment of doubt. Has he seen the backstay? Has he noticed the stanchions and the lifelines? Does he know the next wave is coming? The acrobat pushed himself away from the backstay with his combat boots, then grabbed it as a pole dancer would, and landed on deck in the most elegant fashion, just like Spiderman. We were stunned. All dressed in green, badges, gadgets and things on his arms, chest and belt and… the helmet. You know, the one we all dreamed of as kids, with this big black screen. In a matter of seconds the Star Warslooking Spiderman had unhooked himself, signalled the helicopter which instantly backed off, sent the hook away and guided it with the hi-line which was already going back up. He took a quick look around from behind the black screen of his helmet and seemed to have suddenly noticed us as he granted us a big smile. I focused again on the helm as a second man was lowered. Our new guest took charge of everything with very clear but soft gestured instructions both to us and the helicopter above. He needed only little support from us at the hi-line, which we were happy to give! The second man came down fast and the landing was once again perfect. So perfect that a third man came down, and still didn’t manage to break anything or hurt anyone. Our three hosts were knelt on the very small area our port stern offers, cramped between the lifelines, the port backstay and the coaming. They worked as one with an impressive co-ordination and looked rather comfortable in their heavy gear. The younger recruit, as we understood later, was then winched back up in the harness, then lowered down again with the hook as soon as he reached the safe cabin of the helicopter, and back up again. After

each landing, the hook was sent back to the helicopter, with either one of us or the men in green guiding the hi-line. I understood we were practising the full cycle each time.

Fair winds to all. Eric and Grace Ex Libris, RHKYC HKG2173

We were delighted! Not only did every winching grant us fresh seawater spray and a refreshing strong breeze from the helicopter flying just above us, it also granted us a close look at these supermen at work. They are good. Obviously, they are very good! The two men left on the deck guided the cable and hook down on deck with the hi-line a last time, hooked themselves, grabbed the little bag of thank-you goodies and drinks we had prepared for them, smiled and waved at us, and off they went in the air again, while Grace was guiding the hi-line off the bucket. Once they were back on board the helicopter, the winch operator recovered the hi-line, the pilot waved at us, and just like that, away our Spiderman friends went. This was no Spiderman stunt though. This was a real big expensive flying machine, in which real men defy the rules of physics and the anger of the weather gods, risking their lives to save others. They are trained professionals, real men sent at sea to help other men, no matter what flag they fly, what language they speak or how they happened to need being rescued. I know for certain it takes more than training for a young man to risk his life to save another simply because it is his job and duty. It takes courage, dedication and an unwavering sense of sacrifice. These men are guardian angels and they are looking after us all. For that, we all owe them respect and admiration. We had volunteered for this drill, and we had prepared ourselves and our boat. We were waiting for the helicopter at the agreed SEPTEMBER 2013 AHOY! |


Feature | GFS Helicopter Winch Training

location and time, drinking chilled soft drinks, comfortably numb in the cockpit while motoring smoothly on a calm sea under a perfect sky. Waiting for the helicopter at night, lost in a boat bounced around by 4m breaking waves and a 40kt wind, crippled by a broken mast banging on the hull, a flooded engine room and a frightened crew member in terrible pain (probably a close friend, in our case), would certainly be a very very very different story. This afternoon training doesn’t make us ready to face such a nightmare, but I believe doing it brings us an invaluable experience we can now add to our modest logbook.

Feature | Sharks taking on the World this Summer

Sharks taking on the World W ords A ND PH OTO S: RI CH A RD KNIGH T

The Sharks sailors took part in many events this summer, the most ever in fact, which was inevitable as the squads have developed so much in recent years. Here is a summary of how they got on at the various events.

IODA Optimist Worlds in Italy Full reports:

he Optimist Worlds took place from 9 to 26 July, but the team arrived a week early to get over the jet lag, get used to the Lake Garda conditions and also enjoy the pasta and pizza! Each day arrived with more wind than the previous one and the sailors started to realise that it was going to be a tough venue. The sailors participated in the pre-Worlds Regatta which itself was an odd event. Many of the sailors in the fleet were not always following the racing rules and many were pushing the starts to

Who, What, Where, When! Laser 4.7 Worlds in Hungary (6 to 13 July) Juliana Choi IODA Optimist Worlds in Italy (9 to 26 July) Calum Gregor Ferdinand Heldman Sophie Tulloch ISAF Youth Worlds in Cyprus (2 to 20 July) Sofia-Marie Mascia (Laser Radial) Henry Salmon and Aymeric Gillard (29er class) 29er Worlds in Denmark (25 July to 2 August) Henry Salmon and Aymeric Gillard Florrie Manzoni and Isabel Tulloch Sam McDonald and Wilhelm Christensson Aidan Long and Leonardo Giustiniani Scarlett and Campbell Manzoni IODA Asian Optimist Championships in Japan (20 to 30 August) Scarlett Manzoni Dolf Hendriksen Julian Fung Oskar Tullberg



the point that there were more general recalls in one day than you often see in a whole regatta.

It was a long day on the water for Day Two. The breeze looked light as the sailors launched but once on the race course the wind was up to 15kts and things were looking like a normal day on the lake, however it was anything but. The tell-tale sign that something was up was the cloud rolling in over the high mountains from the east. This brought a short drizzle of rain but more importantly played havoc with the

Day Four of the fleet racing and the team was reminded that we were only 50% of the way through the regatta with another six races scheduled. There was real doubt if there would be any afternoon wind but after a two-hour delay the AP signal was lowered onshore and the fleets were towed out to the race area. A 12kt breeze

this Summer wind towards the end of the first race for each fleet. There was a long delay as the breeze was shifting up and down the course. The second race of the day finally got under way once the breeze had settled but it didn’t last long with big shifts for the green and red fleets. The green fleet had an even longer wait as the course had to be shifted 30 to 40 degrees, no easy task in water that is 300m deep! From the Hong Kong team everyone showed they could achieve a front row start (just look at the trackers) but converting that into a good position on the beat is a challenge with a fleet that barely spreads out over an hour of racing. Notable performances today came from Ferdi (a 19th), Siu Ka (a 16th) and Calum (two 8th places). It seemed they were more at home in the lighter and shifty winds. These results pulled them up in the rankings with Calum the top Hong Kong boat in 78th of the 260-boat fleet. The Ora wind arrived late on Day Three and there was a 40-minute postponement. With a few clouds on the mountains it wasn’t the ‘normal’ Garda with the wind 30 to 40 degrees to the left of where it normally is. Race 1 was a real mixed bag for all fleets with the favoured side switching each time. Ferdi made the most of it and arrived at the leeward gate in third place. A shift on the second beat cost him places but he still finished 12th. In Race 2 the wind had shifted slightly to the right. Calum sailed a solid race and worked hard to cross in 7th place.

had filled in although it was again 30 to 40 degrees left of where we would have expected it on a normal Ora. To complicate the strategy there were storm clouds building on both sides of the lake, this was clearly going to be a tough day! Races again went through the motions of an attempted start under ‘P’ flag, general recall and then black flag for each fleet. It still turned out to be right-side favoured (although not all the way to the cliffs) for the first beat but the second was left and this caught out a few. With grey cloud now over most of the lake the breeze began to drop. Yellow and blue managed to finish but for red it dropped in time for the final beat and for green it was on their run. A new wind then arrived 90 degrees from the right just as both these fleets finished (green on a shortened course at the gate). With the wind in the new direction, coming from the west, there was no time left in the day for the Race Committee to even attempt moving the course (especially difficult in 300m deep water). For the Hong Kong team it was a disappointing afternoon except that Matthew picked up a 33rd, that was after losing several places near the finish as the new wind filled in, so an encouraging result for him. On Day Five all appeared normal as the boats launched on time at 1150hrs. The usual tows out to the race course and by the time we arrived the wind had picked up to about 15kts. Race 8 started on time and Sophie in the yellow fleet got a flyer a third in from the pin end. With an early tack she was able to cross the fleet and hold a top-five position up the beat. However, her good work was undone as she fouled a starboard boat and then couldn’t find a good lane on the starboard layline. The second beat ended up being left-favoured but this wasn’t immediately obvious and Sophie had taken the right side so lost a few more places as a result; she crossed the line in 33rd (mid-fleet). SEPTEMBER 2013 AHOY! |


Feature | Sharks taking on the World this Summer

The days after the pre-Worlds consisted of some more training, measurement, the practise race and then the Opening Ceremony. When the first day of the regatta arrived the wind was still strong with 15 to 20kts of wind on Lake Garda. The 260 sailors would race in four fleets meaning just over 60 boats on each start line. On Day One the team had a mixed day with some good starts but struggled to hold lanes upwind in the compact fleets. Noone said it was going to be easy!

Feature | Sharks taking on the World this Summer

Once again the breeze was late to fill in and so racing didn’t start until after 1430hrs. The course was short and countries competed head to head with four boats from each nation. To win the race your combined score had to be less than that of the other country you were racing. With so many teams the format meant that once you lost two races you were eliminated from the competition.

Ferdi was in the blue fleet today. He went for a committee boat-end start and came off the line ranked top half but was almost the most right-hand boat, unfortunately he tacked too early and lost his position and there weren’t any opportunities for a comeback. In the red fleet Calum, Matthew and Siu Ka all tried a committee boat-end start and unfortunately so did 80% of the fleet which made things very difficult and it turned out not to be worth the risk as boats further down the line had an easier time on the beat. Lesson learnt! The second race of the day started with thunder in the west, not a good sign. The yellow fleet was the only fleet to complete a race as blue was abandoned and red and green were postponed as the thunderstorm rolled over the north shore of the lake and took the wind with it. We now had the yellow fleet with nine races completed and all others with eight. The plan for the next day was to start racing an hour earlier and try to squeeze in as many races as possible before the 1600hrs cut-off on the final day of the regatta. The final day arrived and after two days of only completing one race each day the organisers decided to start racing an hour earlier. Unfortunately the Ora didn’t arrive until the usual start time of 1300hrs. With yellow fleet (Sophie) one race ahead they had to sit out the first race while the others caught up. Blue fleet was off first and Ferdi managed a reasonable committee boat-end start but lee bowed out of a clear lane. Next off was the red fleet that included Calum, Matthew and Siu Ka. They all went for a mid-line start with Calum getting away the best with good height climbing away from the fleet. At the gate he was 8th and by the finish he was 5th. Matthew and Siu Ka weren’t able to hold their height



and as a result missed the opportunity to have a good first beat which pushed them to the back of the fleet. For Race 9 Sophie was again in the yellow fleet and had a good start 1/3rd in from the committee boat and was able to tack onto port. Going upwind she was inside the top 20 but this time over-stood the layline and dropped several places. She finished 35th, a good mid-fleet position which would help her overall ranking. In the blue fleet Siu Ka didn’t get away on the front row and so couldn’t tack onto port for the cliffs. This delay meant he was immediately second half of the fleet, such is the close racing at this regatta. It was a similar story for Matthew in the green fleet. In the red fleet Calum got off the start line near the committee boat and a little further down the line Ferdi also managed a quick tack into a reasonable lane on port towards the cliffs. Unfortunately for Ferdi contact with an Irish boat in the general recall start had put a rip in the leech of his sail. The rip was getting longer and he lost a lot of leech tension and therefore height. Soon after the start he was forced to retire. A disappointing way to end the regatta. Meanwhile Calum sailed a solid race and secured an 18 th place at the finish. Final fleet racing rankings (total 259 sailors) Sophie 195th Calum 93rd th Siu Ka 199 Ferdi 217th th Matthew 245 Team Racing Competition In the middle of the Fleet Racing regatta there was a three-day break for team racing and a rest day. Over 50 countries were taking part in the event and racing took place on two course areas. The team racing course is described as a digital N course with a beat, reach, run, reach and a beat to finish.

We were up against Chile in our first race. In the pre-start Chile gained control and managed a solid start, with good boat speed they never looked back, first loss to Hong K. Next we were up against Japan and this time ongwe were in more control at the start. It was a close beat and Japan rounded in 1st and 2nd but Hong Kong managed 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th and then closed the gap on the run. With one Japanese boat in 8th it was possible to win by forcing the other Japanese boat from 4th into 7th. This is exactly what happened and, despite a Japanese boat from 2nd trying to come back to help, Hong Kong finished 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th. Both teams had 18 points but team racing rules award the win to the team who does NOT have 1st place in the event of a tie (to encourage more team racing tactics). The next race was against Finland. Again the start was competitive with both teams on the line. Unfortunately for Hong Kong, Finland had a good beat and through the congested first mark rounding they came away with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd. It was difficult to come back from that and the team received a few penalties trying! Although disappointing not to progress further it was a first-ever race win for Hong Kong at any Optimist Worlds team racing event and there was plenty to learn from in the three short races. The regatta was certainly even more competitive than expected and Lake Garda threw a few surprises in along the way. Racing in this fleet required the sailors to learn some new skills including managing the very competitive start line and being able to tack immediately with the fleet, being able to plan the windward mark approach with very little room for error and risk management from the start line to the finish. Ciao from Lake Garda!

Starter’s Box Forthcoming Races and Regattas


Autumn Regatta

28 and 29 September

St Regis China Coast Regatta

12 to 14 October

Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race in association with VinaCapital

17 to 21 October

Flying Fifteen Hong Kong Nationals

26 October to 1 November

Flying Fifteen World Championships

2 to 8 November

Lipton Trophy presented by Zerorh+

9 November

Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race

10 November

Pedro Blanco Race

7 and 8 December

The summer break is over, so welcome back to a brand new sailing season, which promises to be very busy! We have many events taking place this autumn, with something on offer for all levels of experience and expertise. Boats planning to participate in the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race are requested to submit their paperwork at the earliest opportunity to ensure that boat preparation for the event runs smoothly. Safety at Sea Survival and First Aid/CPR courses are currently being offered for any crew who need the training. We operate a ‘crew available’ board in the sailing centre and on the website as crew are always needed, particularly for the St Regis China Coast Regatta. Please do not hesitate to contact the Sailing Office if you are looking for a spot on a big boat. If you attended any overseas sailing events over the summer, please can you submit an account of your exploits in foreign waters, together with images, so that other members can read all about it! Alex Johnston Sailing Manager

Major Races and Regattas – Autumn 2013 Photos: Guy Nowell

St Regis China Coast Regatta 12 to 14 October The schedule for China Coast Race Week 2013 is included below. The RHKYC’s signature big boat regatta, China Coast Regatta, takes place at Middle Island with St Regis International returning as Title Sponsor. The Welcome drinks at Kellett Island will be sponsored by Mount Gay Rum. The Middle Island hardstanding will once again be transformed into a lively regatta village where there will be plenty of après-race drinks and fun with some great sponsors, including Heineken Beer. The overall prizegiving party will take place beside the Kellett Island pool after the last race on the Sunday. All regatta details are available online at Don’t miss the event voted best regatta in Asia, 2013.

Autumn Regatta 28 and 29 September The opening regatta of 2013/2014 sailing season is scheduled later in the month this year to try and take advantage of the north-east monsoon. As usual, the regatta will take place in Victoria Harbour. Signup in the sailing centre is required for both days of the regatta – please don’t forget!



China Coast Race Week 2013 Timetable

September 2013

St Regis China Coast Regatta Date

Thu Fri Sat Sat Sun Sun Mon Mon



Skippers’ Briefing Mount Gay Rum Welcome Party CCR Day 1 Day Prizegiving CCR Day 2 Day Prizegiving and Heineken Beer Party CCR Day 3 Regatta Prizegiving

KI Chart Room, 1830hrs KI Main Lawn, 1930hrs South West of Lamma Island MI Hardstanding South West of Lamma Island MI Hardstanding South West of Lamma Island KI Poolside, 1900hrs

t i d e s

Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race in association with VinaCapital Date

16 October 16 October 17 October 20 October

Wed Sun Thu Sun



Immigration Formalities Skippers’ Briefing Race Start Location Prizegiving

KI Geoff Edmonds Room, 1630hrs to 1900hrs KI Chart Room, 1830hrs Victoria Harbour or SE Lamma, 1210hrs start The Altitude Bar, Sheraton Nha Trang, Vietnam, 1800hrs 1200hrs

21 October Mon Race Ends



0605 2.1 1345 0.8 2052 1.5 2346 1.4


0607 2.3 1316 0.7 2024 1.7


0652 2.1 1418 0.7 2102 1.5


0032 1.3 0709 2.3 1356 0.7 2055 1.8

0053 1.3 0736 2.2 1446 0.7 2117 1.6


0131 1.1 0806 2.3 1433 0.7 2123 1.9

0145 1.2 0819 2.2 1511 0.7 2129 1.7


0223 1.0 0859 2.3 1508 0.7 2151 2.0

0230 1.1 0903 2.2 1535 0.7 2147 1.8


0311 0.8 0948 2.2 1541 0.8 2219 2.1

0312 1.0 0946 2.2 1602 0.8 2214 1.9


0357 0.8 1034 2.1 1612 0.9 2248 2.2

0354 0.9 1031 2.1 1630 0.8 2245 2.0


0441 0.8 1117 2.0 1641 1.1 2319 2.2

0435 0.9 1116 2.1 1659 0.9 2320 2.1

23 mon

0525 0.8 1200 1.8 1709 1.2 2352 2.2



0518 0.9 1203 1.9 1728 1.0 2358 2.1


0610 0.9 1244 1.7 1732 1.3


0604 0.9 1257 1.8 1759 1.1


0026 2.2 0702 1.0 1337 1.6 1743 1.4


0038 2.2 0657 0.9 1409 1.6 1832 1.2


0103 2.1 0812 1.0 1516 1.5 1733 1.4


0124 2.2 0805 1.0 1536 1.5 1911 1.3


0150 2.1 0949 1.1


0224 2.2 0948 0.9 1716 1.5 2005 1.4


0255 2.0 1118 1.0


0345 2.2 1117 0.9 1902 1.6 2134 1.5


0404 2.0 1217 1.0 2026 1.6 2202 1.6


0500 2.2 1228 0.8 1949 1.6 2319 1.4


0510 2.0 1258 0.9 2000 1.7 2347 1.5











Photo: Guy Nowell

Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race in association with VinaCapital 17 to 21 October The Club’s biennial downhill ISAF Category 1 offshore race is back! This 656nm race takes the fleet from Hong Kong to Nha Trang on the east coast of Vietnam. Early submission of the necessary paperwork for those yachts/ crews entering this race is essential for the Sailing Office and the scrutineering team. All participants should be aware that, due to the challenging nature of this race, the Sea Survival Certificate requirement is 50%.

Safety at Sea and First Aid Courses Courses will run in September for sailors needing to update their training and certification. Please note that space is limited, so book early to secure your place. The Safety at Sea course is run by the HKSF and as the instructor comes from outside Hong Kong, only two courses are scheduled. All details can be found at For further details please contact Alex on 2239 0362 or email For the latest information please visit our website



















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Hong Kong wins the 2013 Australasian Winter Championship Sailing

W ords: Jenn y C oo per | Photos: K y lie Wil son, Positive Image

Long-time Club member and winner of the 2013 Etchells Australasian Winter Championship Mark Thornburrow shares his views on racing in Australia and his recent success. A frequent participant in the Australian fleets, with one boat permanently stationed there, Mark opted for the Winter Championship in lieu of the Worlds in Italy. Australia has a strong appeal. “The fleets in Australia are good sizes, and the quality is high. It’s really close racing and very competitive,” Mark tells me over a beer. “And from Hong Kong,” he continues, “it’s easy to get to with overnight flights, same time zone and many of the clubs will store boats for free between regattas.”

Racer X crossing the line in 2nd place in Race 3

uietly spoken, Mark Thornburrow is an unassuming champion. Low key and laid back, he’s often found chilling out aboard his catamaran Damojo in Phuket. But Mark is no stranger to being a top place-getter in Etchells fleets around the world, battling it out on the racetrack in tight competitive conditions. In June this year sailing Racer X and representing RHKYC, Mark won the Australasian Etchells Winter Championship in Mooloolooba. In a strong fleet of 38 entries, with Simon Cooke, Malcolm Page and Klade Hauschildt as crew, the win reconfirmed Mark’s place as one of the top Etchells sailors on today’s circuit. A long-time member of the Hong Kong Etchells fleet, Mark started sailing in smaller boats at a young age in Port Shelter, learning together with his father, David Thornburrow. Back then, there were no youth programmes but the family had a 19’ day boat built locally at Hebe Haven and sailing became a way of life. When



they later moved to Aberdeen, Mark attended Island School, and raced Enterprises from Stanley Services Boat Club. Having graduated from the University of Southampton with a naval architecture degree in 1983, he returned to Hong Kong and joined Gaastra. By 1989 Mark had set up his own company. Back in 1981, Mark first started competing in the local Etchells fleet with Mel Cooper and then bought his first boat, Larissa, in 1986, racing with Gerry Shutt and Rolf Heemskerk from 1987 to 1991. Always representing Hong Kong and sailing under the RHKYC banner, Mark’s Etchells racing CV reads like a who’s who of top sailors from the Club. For the Etchells World Championships in 1989 in San Diego he raced with Steve Ellis; in 1993 in Brisbane with Jamie McWilliams and Chris Hunt; in 1997 in Hong Kong with Gray Gibson and Gerry Shutt; in 2000 back in San Diego with Henry Kaye. The list goes on. Having only ever owned five Etchells, he currently has three dotted around the globe.

Always held in Mooloolooba in Queensland, the Australasian Winter Championship has just completed its 17th year. Most crews fly north in the down-under winter to compete in what has become the off-season get-together for top Aussie and Kiwi contenders. The big twist is that no-one has ever won it twice. It’s known locally as ‘the curse’ and there are some big names up there who (if you believe the curse) cannot win it again. Having come in second in 2012, this year Mark joined other Winter Championship winners including Matthew Chew, Tom King, Graeme Taylor, Skip Lissiman, Cameron Miles, Grant Wharington, Cameron Appleton, Michael Coxon, Russell Coutts and David Rose. John Bertrand, legendary America’s Cup skipper and Etchells World Champion in 2011, is still trying to win this elusive event. With their goal firmly set to take first place in 2013, Racer X showed strong consistent performance throughout the series with a bullet in Race 2. Going into the last race though, it was still really close. With a five race series and four to count, Racer X was black-flagged in Race 4, locking it in as their discard. Although they went into Race 5 in the lead, Tom King, Matthew Chew and Michael Coxon – all previous winners keen to break the curse – were right on their heels with a spread of five points between them and only one between Thornburrow and Chew. Racer X came in second place in Race 5 to take the series. The last result certainly didn’t dent the glory of winning overall. Mark summed it up on the dock afterwards in an interview. “We had a good lead early on and then we covered


From left: A happy Mark Thornburrow, still leading the regatta; Group shot from left to right: Klade, Malcolm, Mark and Simon

Chewy at the second beat so we lost first place but we didn’t care; we just secured our position.” Tom King, who came in third overall, commented after the regatta, “Mark and his team were sailing a level above us all this time. They sailed a really nice regatta. They deserved to win.” Mark’s strategy of having ‘good crew and going fast’ nearly didn’t come off when Bucky Smith (a regular crew member) was unable to compete at the last minute. They contacted Malcolm Page, two-time Olympic gold medalist

in the 470s, to step in. Everyone on board agreed they came together easily as a crew and raced well as a team. “We all knew our jobs, there was no overlap. Having slick crew work and a happy boat is quite key to racing success.” Marks shares. He also applauds Bucky for preparing the boat. “If he hadn’t done that, we wouldn’t have gone as fast as we did.” Mark feels four people make an Etchells crew more competitive with the extra set of hands and active pair of eyes really paying off. His crews have always been competitive with

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Sailing | ISAF Youth Worlds

ISAF Youth Worlds Photos: S ofia M ascia

This year three of our sailors from the Sharks were selected as part of Team Hong Kong to sail at the ISAF Youth World Championships in Larnaca, Cyprus. Only the best team/sailor in their class from each sailing nation is invited to participate so it was really special to have our sailors there to represent Hong Kong. In the Laser Radial class was Sofia-Marie Mascia and in the double-handed open 29er Class were Henry Salmon and Aymeric Gillard, all sailors from our Sharks Racing Squad. In this installment, Henry and Aymeric tell us about their experience.

A sailor’s diary – Aymeric Gillard Friday I was one of the first of the Hong Kong team to arrive at Larnaca, Cyprus. Sofia had been there a week before to train and I arrived at the Flamingo Hotel to wait for coach Nick Hollis and my teammate Henry Salmon who came later that evening.

Sunday The day of the practice race, Craig Cobbin (the Hong Kong National Coach) woke us up at 0700hrs to do some stretching before the racing and to get us into a routine. However the early wake-up was not very popular amongst us.

Saturday After a long night listening to the karaoke from the bar downstairs we went back in the morning to the airport to take a shuttle bus to the sailing location. Unfortunately when we got there we found out that the bus was only leaving three hours later. Once we did get to the venue we threw our luggage into the hotel and started immediately to prepare our brand new Ovington 29er for the next week of racing.

The race was predicted to start at noon, but the weather forecast was light winds; quite the opposite to what happened during the week before. Our tactics during that race were to go hard right and we thought that there would be persistent shift to its normal sea breeze direction which was at 200 degrees. As this didn’t happen we unfortunately lost out on the practice race. However this did not bother us as we took this as a learning mistake.

The beach that we sailed from had very dark sand which seemed to be volcanic sand. It taught us how to tread quickly to protect our feet as it got burning hot during the middle of the day.

Monday The slightly later wake-up call, followed by a healthy breakfast which consisted of coco pops and some bacon and eggs, was a real plus. The racing schedule was three races each day from noon onwards. This was a good



Henry and Aymeric flying off the start line

time for the 29ers as this is usually when the wind kicks in at 10kts or more. As we got the first results behind us we would get a feel of how the fleet sails and their different styles and methods of sailing. The twenty-nine 29er boats that were racing were great training for us, preparing us for the Open 29er Worlds in Denmark. Tuesday The second day came to us with the normal wake-up call of 0700hrs for stretching and breakfast. The racing went past quickly with some up and down results, however we had a good sea breeze kicking in at around 1400hrs right after the first race. However only the Lasers and 420s would get the full potential of this wind later on in the day. We came back to the hotel exhausted and needed a good rest, however the next day would bring its own surprises. Wednesday The racing today came as a bit of a shock at the second race after rounding the top mark as ... WE HIT A TURTLE! I did not see it until afterwards, but the dent in the daggerboard and the massive swerve that Henry took were convincing enough for me! Luckily we did not have to pay for the damage... When on top of that we got the 17th place in our race, it gave a great boost to our morale. Thursday Thursday was an average day for results and the wind was the same steady 17kts across the race course, the only tactical gain was on the right to get out of the tide. It was the last real chance to gain many points on our competitors.

Friday The last day of racing made it tense for our second and third boats who had very few points between them. It became a match race for them around the course. Meanwhile we had to beat the Russians by only two points which unfortunately did not happen and we finished with an average result.

Conclusion I had a great time at the ISAF Youth Worlds. It was great to learn how the best in our class are racing. Even though our results were not great it was a great regatta and a good preparation for the Worlds two weeks later. The Hong Kong team was a great group of people and we were all proud to be there. I also made some good friends who I will be very happy to see again next year!

Henry’s thoughts… Racing started with the practice race the Sunday before the event officially started – this was an excellent chance for us to sail in the conditions we would be racing in, get comfortable sailing with such top-class athletes, and make any changes to the boat that we needed to. The opening ceremony the same evening was amazing; featuring many song and dance performances, as well as speeches from various members of the Cyprus Sailing Federation, the ISAF, and the event organisers. The ceremony concluded with the mixing of the water, and then we returned to our hotels to get some rest before racing began. There was tension amongst the sailors as the first day of racing got underway. After a morning of very light breeze, the wind filled in around lunchtime and the 29er fleet managed to get in three races. We quickly found that although our race strategy was, at times, of a similar level to the top sailors, our fleet racing tactics and starts were far off the level of the other competitors. However, over the course of the week our starting massively improved, and we even beat the eventual winners off the line in one race!

Sailing | ISAF Youth Worlds

I had to leave the hotel at 0230hrs the next morning to catch a plane for Denmark (Henry would follow me two days later for the Worlds) which made it difficult to enjoy the after party. I had an interesting time getting there as the bus for the airport never turned up!

As we got settled in to racing with such a competitive fleet, we found ourselves enjoying the event more and more, meeting new people and making new friends. Our positions showed that we were becoming more comfortable, especially with our 17th (out of 29) mid-week. However, our bad performance on the first day meant we never managed to climb as high as we had hoped during the week, leaving us in 27th on the final day. I feel that our sailing has definitely improved because of this competition, not only in our racing skills but also in our confidence on the course and our attitude towards the racing. Although we are not going to be sailing together next year, as individuals I think we have definitely improved. I had an amazing time in Cyprus, and for any younger sailors who need motivation, this is a brilliant event to aim for.

From the Coach… Henry and Aymeric sailed well at this event. To sail against other athletes who are known to be very fast, on such a public scale, can be very daunting and tough mentally when coming from a smaller high-performance sailing nation. The boys approached the event well and tried not to think too much about numbers and positions, but more about their personal performance and whether they felt they sailed the best they could. With this approach, we avoided any negativity when things didn’t go our way, and the boys were able to dust themselves off, get back to the job at hand and learn from their mistakes at the same time. Henry and Aymeric learnt quickly that they needed to push harder at the start to avoid being left behind. After the initial nerves wore off, they were in there fighting with the rest of them and sometimes gained some very good starts – definitely coming out best in a few races which was great to see. Results soon started to appear. In the races the boys could be seen amongst the top 10 at the first mark which showed their starts and upwind strategy were working well. Places were only really lost on the downwind, which unfortunately wasn’t helped by their combined crew weight (a good 10-15kgs extra on some of the top teams!). Either way, the boys hung in there and gained knowledge of boat-on-boat tactics and also

learned how hard these boats are sailed by the top guys. Their best result was a 17th, which was great to see. In the process they beat other teams that were in the top 10 at the previous year’s 29er Open World Championships. In most of the races, Aymeric and Henry were never too far behind the leaders over a 30-minute race, mostly within a minute of the first boat, which shows the level of competitiveness in the fleet, but also the performance of our team. One of the most important gains they made was in their straight-line speed – something hard to practice in Hong Kong when there are not as many boats to train against. They’ve come a long way in the last two years, from almost stopping sailing completely, to representing Hong Kong at this event (their second-ever international event as a team). They did Hong Kong proud and have helped to strengthen the pathway in the Sharks Squad for the future 29er sailors. Next month we will hear about Sofia’s summer, including the ISAF’s and other racing events in America from her busy summer.



The Adult Training Scheme Sailing

This year we have two major developments in the Adult Training Scheme. We have expanded the small keelboat (J/80 and Platu/ Beneteau 25) courses to include an introductory level as well as new skipper courses. We are now offering a beginners keelboat course that will focus on a basic introduction to sailing and specifically crew work on small keelboats.

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The second development is that in partnership with Cameron Ferguson from Asia Pacific Yachting we will soon be offering RYA Sail Cruising Courses including Competent Crew, Day Skipper and Coastal/ YachtmasterTM. You can find detailed information on the Sail Training page of the Club’s website.

Youth Summer Courses This year we will be offering more courses at weekends and after school. Please check the website for the course schedule. We will of course run the usual week-long programmes during the October half-term break and the Christmas holidays.


This summer was another busy one at Middle Island. Close to 300 students joined courses with us and while there was some disruption from the usual typhoons we also had many fine days. Most importantly we welcomed many new students particularly new Optimist sailors and we look forward to them developing their skills further as the season continues.



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New Member of Sailing Development Staff! We are pleased to welcome Rob Partridge as an additional Performance Coach who will start with us later this month. Rob will be supporting the ever-growing Sharks Squad as well as general race clinics for youths and adults. Welcome to the team!

Option B 23, 26, 27 and 30 Sept (1830hrs to 2130hrs) Refresher Option C 8 and 10 Oct (1830hrs to 2130hrs)

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RHKYC Sharks Squads Once again our Sharks Squad has grown year on year and we are pleased to welcome Rob Partridge to the team. The squad programme will continue to be led by Nick Hollis with Richard Knight and Clement Lam coaching too. For more information please check out the website pages under Sailing Development or contact Nick Hollis directly at Although the official squad trials were conducted in August it is still possible to have a trial at any time in the year. If successful we will fit you in where we can. Contact Nick to arrange a trial.

Sailing Development And Training Contacts Sailing Development Manager Richard Knight 2812 7063 Performance Coaches Nick Hollis and Rob Partridge 2812 7063 Senior Keelboat Instructor Patrick Lam 2812 7063 Senior Dinghy Instructors Ting Chan and Phoebe Tang 2812 7063 Sail Training Administrator Gloria Yeung 2239 0395 28


Coastal Rowing Tour to Cheung Chau words: Brian Henderson | Photos: Julie H o


oastal rowing is as much about touring, adventure, camaraderie and enjoyment of the environment as it is about racing to win. In that spirit, an intrepid band of 18 Club members, 10 HKU alumni and a Lantau Boat Club double enjoyed a very fine weekend’s social rowing tour around the islands to the west of Hong Kong on 8 and 9 June.

Simon Walpole, Martin Reynolds and Kong Man Ng had masterminded a battle plan that would have done a 5-star general proud. Rendezvous at 0800hrs sharp at Middle Island for the safety briefing and transfer of personal effects and spares – oars, extra rowers, family members – to the supporting junk. The first crews excitedly launched two quads and two doubles for the first leg to the northern tip of Lamma. Temperatures soared and the junk had to be summoned to rehydrate one flagging rower before we had even crossed the Lamma Channel. The shipping lane was relatively quiet and we arrived at a very small beach at the north-eastern tip of Lamma in high spirits for the first of many crew changes. The logistical corps would have been impressed by the efficiency with which all but three of the twelve seats saw their incumbents moving either to the junk or another boat for the second leg.

Leg 2 – North Lamma to Peng Chau – was the big one. Not just because it is a very long way but because it involved negotiating a number of huge container ships being unloaded at anchor followed by the terrifying prospect of rowing four very small, slow boats across the path of the mighty Macau ferry. The crews gathered up nervously just outside the

Due west from Sunshine Island, Leg 5 took us along the coast of Heiling Island and then south again to Cheung Chau. The crews were tired by now, so much so that the adrenaline ran out in one boat right in the middle of our second crossing of the Macau ferry channel, eliciting some animated encouragement from the support junk. Eventually, the exhausted crews dragged the boats up the beach and just had enough energy to make their way to the windsurfing bar and then the rather splendid if somewhat Fawlty-esque Warwick Hotel. Seafood has never tasted so good with Stella Xu and Julie Ho ordering a royal feast before leading a break-away group to the nearest inn for shaved ice, beers, watery vodka tonics and a ukulele tuning lesson (long story). Morning dawned to the sound of the youngest supporters frolicking in the sea rapidly followed by our knowledgeable local contingent heading off in search of authentic dim sum breakfast. The unadventurous were quite happy with their cornflakes, when the chef eventually found them at the back of his pantry.

Leg 3 was a short hop to Discovery Bay where Martin Reynolds and friends from Lantau Boat Club were waiting for us with arms full of pizza, samosas and cold drinks. No former Rowing Captain has ever been so warmly greeted.

Suitably fortified and reinforced by the contingent of HKU alumni who had come over on the ferry, Leg 6 took us across to Yung Shue Wan on Lamma in flat calm but blistering heat. Another fabulous seafood meal put us back on our feet and we had time for a team photo on the beach before setting off on Leg 7 round the northern tip of Lamma to Hung Shing Ye. Here our master plan encountered its first major test when it became apparent that the jetty we had hoped to change crews at was high and dry and out of reach. The only alternative was to change off the back of our Cheoy Lee, safety vessel for Day 2. We only lost one crew member overboard, leaving one double to be skillfully handled temporarily by a single oarsman. And the Cheoy Lee only nearly hit the rocks in the chaos and strong current. But all ended well and our bedraggled oarswoman hauled herself back into a boat and determinedly set off for Middle Island, the final destination of Leg 8.

Re-energised and now in the company of an additional double from LBC, our fleet of five boats headed back south-east to Sunshine Island where we came across a 47’ cruising yacht resting comfortably on its keel too close

Everyone had a truly memorable and tremendously enjoyable weekend and huge thanks are due to Simon, Martin and Man for their planning and organisation of this wonderful event.

crossing to watch no fewer than three ferries hurtle by at improbable speeds. Adrenaline flowed like San Miguel at a pool party and I swear some of those crews moved faster than the ferries they were dodging. Safely across and mightily relieved, it was time for a refreshing swim at the beach on Peng Chau while our valiant supporters swam to and from the junk with supplies of fresh water.




to the beach on a rapidly falling tide. Our helpful suggestions and advice were in vain; they were going to be there long after we had cracked our first beers of the evening.


Henley Royal Regatta 2013 W ords: M Sean H a l l Photos: J C antwel l , O liver Ernst, C arina O echsner

2012 was a good learning experience for me at this level with our performance at Henley in the Club 8s (Thames Challenge Cup) event. Having trained the boats for all of two months, the guys were gung ho, and fought tooth and nail every stroke of their races. The 4- went out on Day 1 in probably the most dramatic race of the day, and the 8+ missed making it to Day 3 by about 3 feet. I noticed that in both cases we just weren’t rowing high enough. This wasn’t going to happen again.

ut Henley is its own animal, and year by year competition can either be ridiculously stiff, or simply ridiculous. This year, well, let’s just say no-one was there for a jolly. The boat line-ups were set in April following a gruelling couple of weeks of seat racing. Despite a couple of impromptu business trips, training went smoothly and it was felt that

Top: 4+ racing; Above from top clockwise: chatting to the media; 4- racing; 4- with Gloriana; 4+ near the finish; Carina (and hat) in a painting; swan family rescued from course; crew debrief



The coxed 4 (4+) was the stronger of our two entries and represented the greater likelihood of success at Henley, so we did everything we shouldn’t do when preparing for a race! Firstly, as we were short one man here in Hong Kong, we asked a member of the 2012 Henley 8 to join us for the race. He responded that he would be happy and honoured to do so, and promptly told us he would meet us in England three days before the race! This is to say that our 4 would have to train as a 3, plus a substitute, whenever we could get one. Not to worry, Paul is a good oar, and if he could make it work here at home, he’d fit in just fine once in the United Kingdom. Add to that rowers swapping sides for training, in and out of town on business (and sometimes holiday!) and pitifully few hours of training on the water in the final line-up, well, it was a Cinderella story in the making! I guess Cinderella didn’t get her invitation to the Ball. Going against a somewhat younger and stronger Upper Thames crew, the boys fell quite a bit behind in the middle of the race, but were determined they would not go down without a fight, and put on a huge move to claw their way back to within a boat length in the closing stages. However, they came up short in the end. Suffice to say, during the de-brief and over many pints of Pimms both crews remained happy with the way they had raced – the Henley system can be brutal in its knock out head-to-head format but each felt they did themselves and the Club proud in their endeavours. All in all, rowing at HRR, the holy grail of the British rowing calendar, proved to be immensely enjoyable and with luck, we’ll be back in a faster format next year too.

W ords: Toby Dankbaar

In 1978 my father, Bill Dankbaar, swapped shirts at the World Championships at Lake Karapiro New Zealand with an Irishman, Iain Kennedy, whom he had raced against in the 2+. When mum was at the World Championships at Karapiro in 2010 for a reunion with her lightweight crew, Iain happened to be staying in the same hotel as one of the ladies in her crew and after a brief chat, tracked down my mum. He told her how he remembered meeting a big 6’5” bloke from Australia and trading shirts with him. At the time, mum told him how she thought we still had that shirt somewhere back at home and later tracked it down. She then emailed Iain to say she had found the shirt and that she would like to return it to him. But he insisted on her keeping it and giving it to a grandchild. Thinking that any grandchild of hers wouldn’t have any connection to the shirt, she asked if she could give it to Iain’s son Robbie Kennedy who Iain had said was coming to Henley this year. Not knowing what Robbie looked like, mum brought the shirt anyway in hope of finding him. On her train journey from London to Henley, she just happened to sit next to a coach from Alabama University, Megan Patrick, and the story came up in conversation. It turns out that Megan knew Robbie very well from their time together at Oxford Brooks University (and was a bridesmaid at his wedding) and she organised a meeting between the two. So on the Friday of Henley, we all met for a drink in the Stewards Enclosure and I handed the Irish shirt swapped in 1978 back to Robbie Kennedy in a gesture of friendship and in the spirit of the rowing community being such a tight family. We enjoyed some stories and laughs, reminisced on Bill’s life, and what an important part rowing had played in that throughout, and hope that traditions like this can continue to bring people together from all walks of life!

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The 4-, for lack of a better term our ‘B’ boat, was not only granted a bye in the qualification race, but also elevated to ‘selected’ status, which in theory would give them a slightly easier time through the first rounds of racing. Naturally this prompted a joke or two about the probability of drawing the eventual winner of the event (the Wyfold Cup race – each race is designated a name, and a plate or a cup… or goblets), and Mr. Murphy was all ears! The Tyrian boat, made up of significantly younger and stronger guys, made easy work of our eager guys, and did in fact go on to win the entire event! Damn you, Murphy!

Full circle at Henley

Photo: Lesley Dankbaar

progress was made in every outing. Four water sessions per week along with weights, long and higher intensity ergos were all packed in amongst busy diaries to ensure each crew was as fit as possible before they arrived at the start line.


Outriggers – Clash of the Paddles – Hamilton Island, Australia W ords: Emily Hengevel d | Photos: Jeff Winterkorn

igh swell, strong currents, clear blue seas, and tough international competition was what the mixed crew of the RHKYC (Clare Baldwin, Siobhan McHenry, Jeff Winterkorn, Nick Crabb, Eelco Modderman and Emily Hengeveld) faced in the annual Clash of the Paddles which took place from 20 to 24 June on Hamilton Island, one of the Whitsunday Islands in Australia. The four days on Hamilton Island were filled with outrigger sprint races, 8km and 16km marathons and a 42km change race. The mixed Club crew raced together in the 16km marathon around Hamilton Island. A turtle guided our way and after battling it out against Brisbane and Malanuka, some crafty steering from Nick and catching some great surf we came in 7th in the open mixed OC6 category! Thanks to the coached sessions for the outrigger section at Middle Island, good preparation and the team spirit in the boat we put the Club on the map and had an awesome time racing!

The mixed-club Hong Kong ladies’ team

Special thanks to the members of the Hong Kong Outrigger Canoe Club, Lamma and VRC who paddled with us in some of the races. And not to forget: in true Hong Kong spirit, a mixed crew of outriggers from various clubs in Hong Kong won (of course) the sprint Dragon Boat races (we will not mention that we managed to sink one the dragon boats...).

Left and centre: The RHKYC mixed team before racing. Right: the mixed-club Hong Kong men’s team

Here are a few more highlights from the small boat races: Clare Baldwin (women’s open OC2 250m sprint – 3rd, women’s open OC2 8km – 2nd, women’s open 25km ocean ski - 2nd, women’s open OC1 16km – 6th); Siobhan McHenry (women’s open OC1 8km – 4th, women’s open OC2 8km – 1st); Jeff Winterkorn (men’s master OC2 16km – 3rd); Eelco Modderman and Emily Hengeveld (mixed open OC2 8km – 7th) ...all cheered on by our mascot, 11-month-old Max.



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Steering Systems ast month we repaired the steering on a European built production sailing yacht which arrived at Kellett Island at midday, Wednesday 31 July. We immediately took a look at the steering system with the owner and because its twin wheel system has the steering pedestals attached to a section of cockpit floor which needs to be mechanically unbolted in order to provide access to the internal workings, we emailed the supplier of the steering system to request detailed drawings. These I received before the end of our working day.

• Cable will always be the weak link in a cable system. When properly installed (ie not rubbing,clamping, bending,chafing etc), cable systems can last up to 30 years. • The problem is that people think the wire is locally stronger than it really is. Steering wire is 7 bunches of 19 little cables (7x19) (to make it flexible) and these sub-cables are very small and easy to damage when compressed or rubbed against a non-moving surface. • When you want to go out on a long cruise and you are afraid of the integrity of the

Nut for tightening wire

Rudderstock Wire terminal

Bulkhead steerer

Support bearing Sprocket wheel

Steerer shaft 5/8" chain

really damage the rudder stops or other rudder and steering parts. The supplier shared with us how he does it. “I stand as close as possible to the wheel. I have my right arm at 90° starboard on the wheel or a spoke and the same with left. I then slowly rotate the wheel but force from left to right and back so in no circumstances are both hands ever off the wheel. This way I slip the wheel slowly through my hands. The force should be like carrying a large bag of potatoes. It could be that the steering snaps, but better here in a controlled area where you expect it than in a non-controlled panic situation.” This specific yacht has a proper emergency tiller that was supplied with the yacht when it was new. Many yachts do not. The owner and his crew used the emergency tiller to get the yacht back to a safe haven. The process of replacing the steering cables

Support bearing Steerer shaft Sprocket wheel

5/8" chain Pedestal Input socket

Wire/chain terminal


Tracks for wire



1. Start at the quadrant by loosening the wires on the quadrant.

2. Dismount the brake spinner and wheel from the steerer shaft. Now unscrew 6pcs screws to dismount the bulkhead steerer to get to the chain and the sprocket on the shaft. The chain should at all times be properly greased on the complete length of the chain. If you have a Jefa pedestal with input socket (no visible screws from the outside of the pedestal), you must remove the head to get to the chain on the steerer shaft.

Nut for tightening wire


Nut for tightening wire

Rudderstock Wire terminal

Rudderstock Wire terminal

Flat sheave Sheave wheel

Sheave housing Articulated sheave Tangential terminal

Quadrant Conduit cable Conduit fitting Bracket for fitting Wire Idler sheave

3. Check that the sheaves are properly mounted to the bulkhead and that the sheave wheel isn't worn down or loose in the sheave housing. Check that the wire isn't fractured or worn down. NB: The sheaves and wire do not need grease at any time.

4. If you have a closed wire system with conduit cable, check that the conduit fittings are tightened and that the brackets for the fittings aren't loose on the sheave housing. The conduit should be replaced every 3 to 6 years depending on the amount of sailing and the amount of angles. NB: Only use Teflon oil in conduit cables. Any other grease or oil can damage the conduit cable.

The components used to manufacture this steering system are not regularly used in Hong Kong so we made the decision to order a complete set of steering cables from the supplier who had them with us by the Saturday morning. They were installed and the job completed by the following Wednesday.

steering system / cables, there is a good test for the steering: To simulate the worst-case scenario for the steering, one should take the boat to an open area and cruise backwards at 4kts and very slowly rotate the steering system completely from port to starboard. See that the loading on the rim doesn’t exceed 20kgf. When the boat passes this test, you don’t have to be afraid you will have a steering failure in the near future. [20kgf is the weight of 20kgs at the rim of a wheel which is the official maximum load of a steering according to the CE ruling]. This test is difficult to scale, but what is very important is that you don’t slip the wheel out of your hands while doing it. It could

I then started thinking about what the service life should be for a set of steering cables and what preventative maintenance or checks a yacht owner should follow. This is what we learnt from our supplier: • The service life for a set of steering cables should be three to eight years. • To check the steering cables, use a cloth

Tracks for wire

Quadrant Wire

5. There are two ways to tighten the wire. 1 Tighten the wire terminals on the quadrant till you can push the wire 1-2cm with 5kg preasure. 2 Tighten the wire till the wheel is heavy to turn, heavy to turn, and then loosen the wire till the wheel feels easy again. Maintenance of your wire system is done. NB: Grease in the quadrants wire tracks gives a good feel.

was not easy and would have been very difficult while at sea. It is prudent seamanship to ensure that you understand your steering system and how it works, have on board your yacht a proper emergency tiller, a replacement set of steering cables, detailed drawings of the steering system and a plan of action should the steering system fail.

Marine and Boatyard




W ords: Simon Pickering

moistened in light machine oil and run it along the length of the cable. This will pick up any ‘snags’ in the wire which will indicate failure of a strand of the cable. Any such failures indicate the cable is at the end of its useful life and should be replaced. Owners should check steering cables annually.

Ship Shop LEWMAR HTX 50mm Single Blocks


The HTX Block range from Lewmar is the result of years of design and manufacturing experience, combined with collaboration with boat builders, designers, and sailors. Drawing upon the design of the racing range of sailboat blocks, the HTX blocks are constructed from a minimal number of alloy parts, providing enhanced reliability.


GILL OS1J Jacket An ocean crossing can be an unpredictable event, so the OS1 Jacket has been built to withstand the worst conditions imaginable, just in case the worst happens. It is tough, totally weatherproof and perfectly at home on any ocean crossing. The 5 Dot™ 3-layer shell fabric is ruggedly durable, waterproof and highly breathable, making it perfect for extended use.


CREWSAVER ErgoFit 190 Offshore Lifejacket The ErgoFit 190 Offshore is for those who venture offshore, whether under sail or power, and require extra security to stay safe whatever the conditions. Whether racing overnight across the Channel or delivering a motor yacht to the Mediterranean, the ErgoFit 190 Offshore is the perfect choice. When you lose sight of land you need to be confident that your safety kit is the best on the market. Rigorous testing and re-testing ensures that the ErgoFit 190 exceeds ISO 12402-3 standards, and a robust three-layer construction makes it extremely durable to cope with challenging conditions. Features include a pocket on the outer cover and a Velcro tab on the bladder for a Personal Locator Beacon like the McMurdo PLB 220.


WOT-TAC COURSE CALCULATOR The WOT-TAC is a revolutionary course calculator that helps keelboat and dinghy racers. It will predict start line bias, wind direction (for keelboats) and course direction (for dinghies).

CHATHAM Sailcloth Boat Shoe Award Winner – The next evolution of style combined with sail cloth technology to make the perfect performance footwear. Comfortable and eye catching, Elysse G2 is made with water repellent sail cloth fabric and an extra grippy rubber outsole. This shoe features a breathable cotton lining, and full-length removable moulded footbed sock. Winner of the 2012 DAME Award.


LIFEPROOF iPHONE 5 WATERPROOF CASE LifeProof for iPhone 5 is the thinnest, lightest, strongest all-protective case ever created. LifeProof delivers the water-proof, dirt-proof, snow-proof and shock-proof protection you would expect, and so much more. Every feature has been designed to work seamlessly with your iPhone 5 – touch screen, camera, buttons, microphones and speakers. The incredibly low profile adds a mere 1.5 mm to each edge, and the sleek silhouette showcases your iPhone 5’s already legendary design.


MUSTO BR1 Ladies Inshore Jacket


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The Ladies BR1 Inshore Jacket is still the first choice for so many sailors who need the protection and comfort provided by Musto’s sailing range but don’t want to look out of place away from the boat.


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Kellett Golf Society W ords and photo : patrick sherriff

Other Sports


fter our June event was rained off, it looked as if our match on 18 July would also be rained off. We had a lot of rain on Wednesday night but on Thursday morning we were greeted with blue skies and surprisingly cool temperatures.

been taking lessons she replied, “No, I had a baby and took a year off!”

Two flights were ready to go at 0842hrs. We played on the East course which is in excellent condition. There were two ‘nearest the pins’ winners and one ‘nearest the pins in two shots’. Victoria Ashworth nailed her colours to the mast very early on – when asked if she had

Nearest the pin: Andrew Wong and Patrick Sherriff Nearest the pin in two shots: Chris Li Longest day: Tony Van de Ven Runner-up: Patrick Sherriff Winner: Victoria Ashworth

There was some good scoring and aggressive play. Well done to all. Winners were: Victoria, Tony, Patrick and Jason Cave

Golf Contact

RHKYC Bowling League W ords: SIM O N B OY D E

The League will kick off with a Gutter Party (left-handed bowling, minimum score games, that sort of thing) which is set for 18 September, and then roll from there straight into the League the next week.


Steve Hendrys, tournament players and beginners alike – get involved! We organise various snooker activities at the Club. For beginners and those wanting to improve their game we offer lessons by our very experienced members. For all interested we organise Club championships and we play other clubs in Hong Kong. If you want to participate, please send an email to, stating your level of experience.

Snooker Contact




eptember has arrived and the new bowling season is about to start. Nine teams have signed up for the League, which is very much a social affair – teams of six, three doubles games per match, optional drinks rounds per game, with matches starting at 1930hrs.

Bowlers of any standard are welcome to play in any of the teams and contact details of the teams (representing different classes within the Club and some of the old traditional teams) are available from the Bowling Convenor, Simon Boyde,, if you would like to get involved.

Bowling Contact

South of the Border – Down M exico Way Saturday

16 November 2013

Margaritas and maracas, tequilas and tacos, señors and señoritas Come dressed in your Fiesta best – or simply in black tie TYPE









$1,700 $2,000 $1,500 $1,800 $900 $1,200



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




Set dinner 2100hrs to Clubhouse 1900hrs to 2300hrs Buffet 2100hrs 2100hrs to Poolside 2300hrs



Lots of it!

Each ticket sold earns money for charity!

HoW mANy TICkeTS CAN you geT?

Saturday 16 November

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS NOON ON THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER ** I would like Full Dinner tickets and any guests to have Full Dinner tickets **

F U L L DIN N E R TI c k E T S No. of Members @ $1,700 each

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.


No. of Guests @$2,000 each

Please indicate any food allergies (full dinner only)

Ticket application period ends at noon on Thursday 19 September. On Monday 23 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 and public holidays 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.



up to 8

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 Ward and Compass Rooms will be removed to make way for storage and dancing respectively

Please indicate who you wish to sit with – deadline to tell us is Friday 27 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)

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

PART Y T Ick E T S No. of Members @ $1,500 each

No. of Guests @$1,800 each

up to 8

Please indicate who you wish to sit with – deadline to tell us is Friday 27 September. If you are allocated guest tickets they will automatically be seated with you.

Please read this very carefully! Cancellations must be received by mid-day on Friday 27 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).

TICkeT CoLLeCTIoN ** or I would like After eleven tickets and any guests to have After eleven tickets **

AFT E R E L E v E N TI c k E T S No. of Members @ $900 each

No. of Guests @$1,200 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 **

AFT E R E L E v E N TI c k E T S No. of Guests @$1,200 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.

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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 Ward and Compass rooms will be removed to make space for storage and dancing respectively. Please indicate on the application form who you wish to sit with – requests received after Friday 27 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.

If you would be interested in yoga classes at the Club please email and you will be sent a list of days/times and asked to state your preference.

Regatta Ball

Squash Coaching If there is sufficient interest we are planning to offer squash coaching for both adults and children. Please register your interest by emailing

Saturday 16 November | 1900hrs Featuring live music from Allen Youngblood, Here and There, Last Orders, 9th State, The Pete Moore Band, Stray Katz Kombo, Stylus Gold Trio, Vin Rouge and Yomama. Book your ticket now! Application forms available online,

Despicable Me Chart Room | Sunday 29 September | 1345hrs If you’re not sailing in the Autumn Regatta why not come down to the Chart Room and join other families watching Despicable Me? Free to all members and their guests.

Hot Pink Pool Party Saturday 7 September | 2000hrs to 0200hrs BBQ buffet and all-night open bar – special guest DJs – prizes for best-dressed hot pink gear! Tickets only $650 all-inclusive.

Boxercise Classes will start again on 5 September, 0930hrs to 1030hrs, $200 per person per session. Please book through the website, email or call 2239 0312.

Pilates Classes continue every Friday from 0730hrs to 0830hrs, $250 per person per class. Advance booking is essential, before 2100hrs the day before the class you wish to attend. Please visit the website for further details.



Events | Promotions

Yoga Classes

1983 America’s Cup DVD Night Main Lawn | Thursday 26 September | 1900hrs

Events | Promotions

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1983 America’s Cup Race, when Australia finally broke the USA’s 132-year stranglehold on the title, we will be showing documentary DVDs and race footage. Many thanks to Jamie McWilliam for supplying both the idea and the films! We will be showing: • The 25th Defense – The End Of An Era • Aussie Assault • Australian Story – documentary from Australian TV Plus rare photos of the Melbourne Challenge 12 campaign, and a selection of clips Lawn catering will be available. To give us an idea of numbers please register your interest online, by emailing, or by calling 2239 0312

Spanish Promotion Bistro | 2 September to 31 October with selected items at Middle Island and Shelter Cove Appe tisers

Tapas – Sliced Chorizo, Sardines with Olive Oil, Artichoke, Serrano Ham, Marinated Chickpeas, Manchego Cheese 西班牙風味小食 – 西班牙腸、橄欖油沙甸魚、朝鮮薊、西班牙風乾火腿、醃雞心豆、西班牙芝士 Iberian Ham with Melon 西班牙風乾火腿伴蜜瓜 Sautéed Tiger Prawns, Red Chilli, Garlic Slices, Herbs 辣椒蒜片香草炒老虎蝦

Middle Island Big Day Out Saturday 5 October | 1100hrs to 2200hrs A day of fun and activities for all the family, followed by an evening BBQ and live music to celebrate the re-opening of the Clubhouse. More details will be on the website when they are confirmed, and in the October Ahoy!.

M ain C o urse s

Seafood Paella – Salmon, King Prawns, Mussels, Squid, Chicken, Risotto 西班牙海鮮飯 – 三文魚、大蝦、青口、魷魚、雞肉、意大利飯 Grilled Spanish Pork Chop, Roast Herbed Potatoes, Cauliflower Gratin Calvados Gravy 扒西班牙豬扒、香草馬鈴薯、芝士椰菜花、蘋果酒燒汁 Beef Meat Balls, Olive Oil, Basil Tomato Sauce, Garlic Bread 牛肉丸、橄欖油、香草番茄汁、蒜蓉麵包

Events and Promotions



Summer Pool Party with Huge Inflatable Saturday | 14 September

Oyster Feast Compass Room | 2 September to 31 October

Events | Promotions

By popular demand, the Oyster Promotion is back! Oyster lovers can enjoy our sensational selection of jet-fresh oysters from different countries, such as Australia, Canada, France, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. Price from $22 each only. Don’t miss the chance to taste them all! For reservations, please call the Compass Room on 2239 0374.

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 $278 for adults and $198 for children (ages 3 to 11). Reservations are required (maximum 20 persons per account) 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.


Mid-Autumn Festival Poolside Party

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 value-for-money packages ready to suit your requirements. Please call our Banquet Experts on 2239 0327 or 2239 0385 or email for bookings and enquiries.

Thursday | 19 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 $288 for adults and $228 for children. Call Angie Chan in the F&B Office on 2239 0389 or email for reservations.

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 0327 or 2239 0385 or email to find out more about the different Christmas packages available. SEPTEMBER 2013 AHOY! |


Wines and Beer of the Month McHenry Hohnen Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – Margaret River, Australia Aromas of passion fruit, fresh sweet snap peas, lychee and nectar. A touch of oak in the palate.

Events | Promotions

Available in all F&B outlets at $245 per bottle Blue Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – Australia A generous mouth-feel of ripe dark berries plus forest flavours of eucalypt, mint leaves and cedary oak. Full-bodied with fine grain tannins. Elegant and persistent finish with lingering chocolate flavours. Available in all F&B outlets at $265 per bottle Magners Original Irish Cider (330ml) Available in all Food and Beverage outlets at only $33 per bottle

Pre-dinner Tasting 1930hrs Dinner 2000hrs Price Only $768 per person ($728 per person for a booking of 6 persons or more per table) Speaker Mr. Cesare Benvenuto, Principle of Pio Cesare Reservations Call Janice Yip in the F&B Office on 2239 0340 or email

Pre-dinner Tasting Pio Cesare Gavi 2012

Menu and Wines

Pio Cesare Wine Dinner Compass Room | Thursday 12 September The Pio Cesare winery in Italy was founded in 1881 by Cesare Pio. He was one of the very first wine producers to believe in the great potential and quality of Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and other great wines of Piemonte. For five generations, the Pio Cesare family has been producing traditional Piemontese wines in its ancient cellars located in the centre of the town of Alba. Pio Cesare owns the vineyards located in the most highly-rated and better exposed areas: within the Barolo region and Barbaresco territory and other selected vineyards in the communes of Diano d’Alba, Sinio and Trezzo. The production of the wines of Pio Cesare is intentionally limited in order to maintain their high quality. Year after year, the wines are ranked among the world’s best and most highly-regarded. The winery’s dedication to quality, and respect for tradition and terroir, have allowed Pio Cesare to reach a prominent position among the wine producers of Piemonte. The wines can be found around the world and are known and respected by the finest wine lovers and collectors.



Seared Langoustine, Semi-poached Cherrystone Clam, Avruga Caviar, Zucchini, Vegetable Salsa Pio Cesare Piodilei Chardonnay 2011 ❧ ❧ ❧ Grilled Blue Cod Fillet, Couscous and Sun-dried Tomatoes Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba 2011 ❧ ❧ ❧ Venison and Salami Risotto, Baby Carrot, Beetroot Pio Cesare Barolo 2009 ❧ ❧ ❧ Veal Ossobuco, Pumpkin Purée, Black Truffle Foam Grilled Beef Medallion, Porcini Sauce Pio Cesare Ornato Barolo 2008 (limited quantity) ❧ ❧ ❧ Assorted Berries, Sabayon Pio Cesare Moscato d’Asti 2012 ❧ ❧ ❧ Freshly Brewed Coffee or Gourmet Tea

Pre-dinner Tasting Santa Digna Estelado Rosé N.V.

Menu and Wines

Torres Wine Dinner Compass Room | Thursday 26 September Bodegas Torres was founded in 1870 at Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain. Nowadays, Torres is a family winery with the most extensive vineyards in the Denomination of Origin (DO) of Penedès and the largest winery in Spain. The company has more than 1,300 hectares of vineyards in Spain, Chile and California. Right from the earliest days, Torres has been honoured by the recognition of their work by experts, critics and consumers. Miguel A. Torres won the 2012 Wine Enthusiast Lifetime Achievement Wine Star Award and was named ‘Man of the Year’ by Decanter in 2002; the winery was named ‘Best European Winery of the Year’ by Wine Enthusiast in 2006 and ‘The Most Important Winery’ by Wine Spectator in 2000. Pre-dinner Tasting 1930hrs Dinner 2000hrs Price Only $688 per person ($648 per person for a booking of 6 persons or more per table) Speaker Mr Stephen Mack, CEO of Asia Wine Service and Education Centre (AWSEC®) Reservations Call Janice Yip in the F&B Office on 2239 0340 or email

Monthly Wine Fairs Your attendance at our wine fairs does not place you under any obligation whatsoever to purchase wines. It is also basically a free wine tasting with no obligation – marvellous! The $50 ‘entry fee’ is returned to you in the form of a $50 dining voucher to spend at our F&B outlets! Many members are catching on to this and inviting groups of friends to enjoy the two-hour wine tasting and then using the F&B vouchers to offset a meal another day within two months! The wine fairs are a great opportunity for you to taste wines and learn more about them. And, if you do wish to purchase wines on the evening, you can enjoy a 5% discount on the already low prices! Kellett Island, Wednesday 4 September, 1830hrs to 2030hrs Shelter Cove, Friday 6 September, 1930hrs to 2130hrs For reservations, please call Angie Chan in the F&B Office on 2239 0389 or email SEPTEMBER 2013 AHOY! |


Events | Promotions

Pan-fried Marinated (Sustainable) Star Snapper Fillet, Manila Clams, Asparagus and Cucumber Salad Fransola Sauvignon Blanc 2010 ❧ ❧ ❧ Sautéed Tiger Prawn and Calamari, Basil Garlic Butter Sauce Milmanda Chardonnay 2008 ❧ ❧ ❧ Slow-cooked Kangaroo Fillet, Sweet Capsicum and Olives, Thyme Jus Manso de Velasco Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 ❧ ❧ ❧ Char-grilled Australian Lamb Chop, Chorizo and Grapes, Natural Jus Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (limited quantity) ❧ ❧ ❧ Crème Brûlée, Tuiles Floralis Moscatel Oro N.V. (500ml) ❧ ❧ ❧ Freshly Brewed Coffee or Gourmet Tea

Wine Delivery Order Form – September 2013 ‘Try Before You Buy – No Obligation!’ All the wines listed below are featured at the monthly wine fairs at both Kellett Island and Shelter Cove. If you do enjoy the wines and wish to make a purchase, you can enjoy a 5% discount on these already low prices!

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Kellett Island Wine Fair – Chart Room, Wednesday 4 September, 1830hrs to 2030hrs, guests welcome. Shelter Cove Wine Fair – Shelter Cove Clubhouse, Friday 6 September, 1930hrs to 2130hrs, guests welcome. Wine Fair entry is only $50 per person which includes the sampling of all the wines on the list, complimentary canapés and a $50 dining voucher which can be used in F&B outlets within two months. Another way to look at it is that you’re attending these wine fairs free of charge! See the website for further details. Book now with Janice Yip in the F&B Office on 2239 0340 or email

White Wines

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McHenry Hohnen Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – Margaret River, Australia (wine of the month)




Aromas of passion fruit, fresh sweet snap peas, lychee and nectar. A touch of oak in the palate.

Mountadam Vineyards Riesling 2012 – Eden Valley, Australia


J Vineyards & Winery Pinot Gris 2012 – California, USA


Marc Brédif Vouvray 2011 – Loire Valley, France


Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – Casablanca Valley, Chile


Jean Bouchard Pouilly Fuissé 2011 – Burgundy, France


Domaine Laroche Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaudevey 2009 – Burgundy, France


Gentle spice and rose-petal aromas with intense fruit and citrus flavours. It is dry with intense fruit flavoured core which gives an illusion of sweetness plus classic toasted-honey characters. Bouquet of apricot and pineapple with flavour of lemon. Hint of kiwi and citus honey on the palate. Crisp and lush mouth-feel plus minerality and complex finishes with balanced acidity. Very intense and fruity nose with notes of white flowers and quince. Subtle attack on the palate. Nice wine with fresh structure and aromatic finish. Intense citrus aromas with notes of green chilli pepper and tomato leaf plus a touch of orange blossom. A soft and fresh blend melds with the fruity flavours. Long and persistent with lingering flavour of tropical fruit. On the nose, it is very delicate with discreet wooding and notes of white fruit and spices. Good length with mineral on the palate. Fruity, complex, balanced and harmonious with citrussy aromas and mineral overtone. Racy style with white fruit flavours balanced by zesty freshness. Lingering mineral finish.

Rosé Wine Château Gassier Cuvée Loubiero Côte de Provence Rosé 2012 – Provence, France

A nose of lychee and guava with herbs, grapefruit notes plus flavours of peach and red fruits. On the palate, it is round and fresh. Very smooth with an acidulated touch of lemon in the finish.


Red Wines Blue Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – Australia (wine of the month)


Errazuriz Max Reserva Syrah 2009 – Aconcagua Valley, Chile


Torres Salmos 2010 – Priorat, Spain


Matua Valley Single Vineyard Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2010 – Central Otago, New Zealand


Clos de L'Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf du Pape 2011 – Rhône Valley, France


Jean Bouchard Chambolle Musigny 2008 – Burgundy, France


A generous mouth-feel of ripe dark berries plus forest flavours, mint leaves and cedary oak. Full-bodied with fine grain tannins. Elegant and persistent finish with lingering chocolate flavours. Aromas of incense, rosemary, black cherries and lavender, framed by anise, nuts and chocolate from the oak. Refreshing acidity confers firmness and nerve plus velvety texture and elegant tannins. On the nose, it is fragrant with minerals while on the palate it is silky with a long finish. Reminiscent of jam and liquorice, over a smooth spicy and toasted background. The nose is complex and full of sweet dark fruit, cherries, fruit cake and savoury aromas. The palate is rich and weighty with supple tannins offering texture and a silky mouth-feel.

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Aromas of black berry and notes of violets accented by hints of new leather and ginger. Intense front palate with red fruit and spicy notes plus a touch of minerality, silky tannin and long finish. Fine and well-developed nose with notes of cherry, strawberry and tea. Long on the palate with solid structure and lovely tannins. • • • • •

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

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FAX THIS FORM TO 2239 0341. FOR ENQUIRIES PLEASE CALL 2239 0340. • Deadline for Ordering: 30 September 2013 •



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


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

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Membership Movement ORDINARY MEMBERS Mr Mark S A Ford-McNicol Ms Huang Bingjie Ms Ann M Miles Mr Ben Powell Ms Clare H Rowsell Mr Danny K K Ting Ms Linda M S Wong Mr & Mrs Richard J Allen Mr & Mrs Michael K Conomos Mr & Mrs Richard W L Gallagher Mr & Mrs Leung Che Hung Mr & Mrs Jean-paul Linschoten Mr & Mrs Simon A K MacDonald Mr & Mrs Benjamin R W Michael Ms May Ng & Mr Kevin Choi Mr & Mrs James P V Ryan Mr & Mrs Robert L Sallons Mr & Mrs Carl J Wilkinson Mr & Mrs Yiu Sui Chong SHORT TERM MEMBERS Mr Marcel A Chambers Mr Richard S J Easteal Ms Erin E Plante & Mr Matthew R Mattila FULL MEMBERS Mr H Peter Backe Mr Calvin Chau Mr Gilles Detanger Mr Eric R G Doguet Mr Albert S C Goh Mr Eelco J P Modderman Mr Roy Ng Mr Andrew C Russell Ms Sheryl L Slater Mr Russell J Worth

July / August 2013

INDIVIDUAL DEBENTURE MEMBERS Ms Eva Y W Chau & Mr Law Kam Hung CORPORATE NOMINEE SUBSCRIBERS JUNIOR MEMBERS Miss Chan Kit Hang Mr Andrew Baird The Royal Bank of Scotland Mr William O Lang NV – Managing Director Mr Alexander T Y Ng Mr Juan Chien Ming Mr Christian Vracas Barclays Bank PLC – Managing Director CADET MEMBERS Ms Yau Ching Yee Elizabeth V C Buxton HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) Stanley H T Chan SA – Managing Director Eloise Fan Ms Loretta O Y Chan & Christopher Hastings Mr Choong Jin Han Elizabeth Knight Morgan Stanley Asia Limited Benjamin Lam – Executive Director Clement K M Law Mr & Mrs Craig D Verdon Justin K K Law Morgan Stanley Asia Marnie H Morison Limited Sarah J Ng – Managing Director Nicola R Sharp Ms Amy O M Wan & Ting Hiu Mei Mr Kung Ho Man Ting Ho Man Hong Kong Land Co Ltd – Oskar Tullberg Senior Marketing Manager Thorwen J B Uiterwaal Kinvara Verdon ABSENT MEMBERS Oscar Verdon Mr Brian E Caffyn Melchior P G Villet Miss Catherine M Danaher William Y S Wong Ms Jennifer A Drew Ms Shin Mi Kyo CADET MEMBERS SPONSORED BY A MEMBER Mr Mark F Woodmansey Mr & Mrs Jonathan E Michael M Bognier Action-Bond Ludwig Cheng Mr & Mrs Jean-Sebastien Joshua H W Lam Berland Douglas C Leung Mr & Mrs Rolf G Eggers Sean X Y Meng Mr & Mrs Paul R Featherstone CHANGE OF MEMBERSHIP STATUS FROM JUNIOR TO ORDINARY Mr Huw D Riley Mr Edward H W Wong

Mr & Mrs Paul A Harrsion Mr & Mrs Leslie E Thornton Mr & Mrs Richard D H Trythall Mr & Mrs Eddy P C Tsang Mr & Mrs David Tulloch Hugo J Darke Christopher Harry Tulloch Isabel Tulloch Sophie Tulloch RESIGNED MEMBERS Mr Ismail O Bhaimia Mr Kieran F Godwin Mr Koichi Sonoda Mr Richard G Williams Mr & Mrs Jorgen Thorsell Dr & Mrs Hui Ka Chun Ms Karmen B Kam & Mr Paul W Boltz, Jr Mr & Mrs Allan M Watt Olivia C J Bartlett Merewyn E A Bayldon Alexander Bochenski Alexander P Boltz Randel M Chan Katherine H Cheng Jenny K Y Chow Oliver Clipsham Philippa C Davie Alexandra S M Hirst Virginia Ho Hui Man Lok Hui Ming Hon Thomas Keelan Martha J Kenrick Otis Lam Scott Lo Tiffany Lo Jack R S Robertson Adrian Yan Yu Hon Ching

New York Athletic Club History Founded in 1868, the Club’s founding premises was to bring structure to a sporting environment that was lacking in organisation and uniformity of measurement. The NYAC organized the 1st US Championships in boxing, swimming, wrestling and track and field. Today, the Clubhouse stands in tribute to an unmatched athletic history and their ongoing commitment to the pursuit of sporting excellence.

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

The Club athletes have competed in every Olympics since 1896 and since that time they have garnered more than 200 Olympic medals. www.facebook/rhkycsharks

Facilities City House: • 187 guest rooms and suites • Food and Beverage outlets/Banquet/Catering • Aquatic Centre/Fitness Centre • Billiards Room/Library Travers Island on the Long Island South: • Yacht Club • Outdoor Swimming Pool • Platform Tennis • Food and Beverage outlets • Athletic facilities/Fitness Centre

Sailing One of the oldest yachts clubs in the country. The purpose is to promote the sport, racing and camaraderie amongst members who enjoy yachting. The Club boasts its own Clubhouse, docks and mooring at its full service. Travers Island marina and shipyard (including launches, 50 ton travel lift for yacht repair and winter storage). Season events include cruises, raftups, sail and power boat competitions. The Club’s 300 members range in skill from novice to highly competitive boaters. NYAC runs an active Junior Sailing Programme to allow young sailors an opportunity to cultivate an interest in sailing. Rowing The NYAC Rowing team remains one of the oldest and most successful club rowing teams in the country. Over the past 10 years, the NYAC has repeatedly won the US Rowing Overall title as well as medals at the FISA World Championships.

180 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019, USA Tel: (1) 212-247-5100 Email: Web Site: SEPTEMBER 2013 AHOY! |


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

Birth Announcement

Burgee Presentation

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Mowser – Gideon, Lisa and Alana are pleased to announce the arrival of Reuben Leonard Mowser. Born on 28 July and weighing 3.67kg, he is settling well into family life and is fascinated by his big sister; she in turn is proving to be very helpful and good at amusing him, long may it last!

Sapprasert – Falan Sapprasert, Senior Cook A, is pleased to announce the birth of his son, Ka Yuk, on 11 July 2013, weighing 7lbs 8ozs. Commodore Joachim Isler presents a burgee to Royal Cape Commodore Dale Kushner

Charity Sailing and Rowing Fun Day W ords and photos: A mbrose Lo

In conjunction with the government’s Sports-For-All Day, the RHKYC Charity Foundation inaugurated a Charity Sailing and Rowing Fun Day on 4 August. There were 22 students and four teachers from five local government schools experiencing sailing and rowing for the first time in their lives. In addition, a special presentation on ‘Protecting the Sea’ was made to further enlighten students. With volunteers from our members, our sailing and rowing offices, and others, the full-day programme started off with an introduction to the Club followed by experiencing the fun of dragon boating. After lunch there was a short talk on Environmental Protection, followed by three hours of hands-on sailing. All students commented that it was a tiring day but very enjoyable. Not only were they able to try out the water sports, but they picked up the importance of teamwork. Some even claimed that they had gained some confidence in speaking English and would definitely recommend it to their friends if such an opportunity arose again.



Farewell Club Lines

From left to right: Cheung Kai Man, Senior Cook B, left the Club on 31 July after 23 years. A farewell gift was presented to Ah Man by General Manager Mark Bovaird and Executive Chef Liu Wai Ki. Wan Ping Choy, Lifting Operations Supervisor, also left the Club on 31 July after 13 years. A farewell gift was presented to Ah Choy by General Manager Mark Bovaird and Boatyard Manager Simon Pickering. Chan Chi Hong, Senior Cook A, left the Club on 4 July after nearly 12 years. A farewell gift was presented to Ah Hong by Executive Chef Liu Wai Ki.

New Members Cocktail Party –July SEPTEMBER 2013 AHOY! |


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RHKYC Pipe Band at the Singapore and South East Asian Pipe Band Championship W ords: G areth Wil liams


ince the reforming of the old Hong Kong Pipe Band into the RHKYC Pipe Band in October 2012, it has been the band’s firm intention to compete at the highest level possible given the available piping and drumming resources in Hong Kong. The problem was, whilst the RHKYC Band may be quite a good band, just how good was uncertain. Preparations started in late 2012 to identify a possible pipe band competition that has sufficient standing within the international pipe bands associations that would give the band a grading. Without a grading, the band wouldn’t be able to compete anywhere. The Singapore and South East Asian Pipe Band Championships in Singapore proved to be the right place to start. The contest brings in judges from Australia who are accredited through the Pipe Band Association of Australia to grade bands for Asian contests. Having identified the most suitable contest, the RHKYC Band was graded in Grade 4 as we were completely unknown. The band determined that the firm intention was to go there and win our grade and get upgraded to Grade 3. We set about compiling and arranging a set of tunes that would fulfil the competition requirements. That meant a March, Strathspey and Reel set, standard sort of stuff, as well as a medley; anything we wanted to play provided it lasted for between four and six minutes. A medley requires us to compile and arrange tunes to give a full ensemble of sound,



including harmonies and changes of tempo, and encompasses a slow air as well as jigs and hornpipes. Practises were taken very seriously and Club members may recall hearing the band practising not only on Tuesday nights, but Thursdays as well. Additionally, the band practised on Sunday afternoons at the Sea School in Stanley. The contest was held over two days on 8 and 9 June in Singapore. The band set off taking nine pipers and five drummers to the contest. In the final count, the RHKYC Band prevailed in every aspect of the contest, solo piping, solo bass drumming and the overall band contest. We won the Grade 4 pipe band contest so overwhelmingly that the band has been promoted out of Asian Grade 3 and is eligible for Grade 3 contests in Scotland and Australia. No band in Hong Kong has ever been graded at this level. The RHKYC Band has attracted so much attention in pipe band circles in Hong Kong that the best talent is joining and testament to that is that on the same weekend that 14 band members went to Singapore, the band provided the Club with a second band of 12 pipers and drummers for the Club’s Kellett Island Day. Building on the platform of success in Singapore, the band intends to carry the RHKYC name to contests in Australia next year as well as fulfilling our obligations to provide the Club with a band for Club functions.

From top: Fan Xiaoli – 5 Years Kid Wong – 5 Years Richard Knight – 5 Years Wing Cheng – 10 Years Lau Kam Chuen – 30 Years

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Ahoy! September 2013  

Magazine of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

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