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Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

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Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
Hong Kong, China

Club History

On of the oldest and most prestigious clubs in Hong Kong, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is proud of its rich, colorful history, which stretches back over 160 years of social and competitive sailing and rowing. The club has evolved into a multi-faceted and cosmopolitan organization, and its membership enjoys a comprehensive range of facilities, both afloat and ashore. Kellett Island in Causeway Bay is the club’s principal base and acts as the parent site to the two smaller branches of the club, at Shelter Cove near Sai Kung, which is the base for cruisers, and Middle Island in Repulse Bay, which is the home to dinghy sailors, sail training, and rowing. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club provides sailing and rowing courses for members and non-members at various levels to nurture the development of both sports. To visit the club's website please click here. 

About the Team:

Skipper: Mark Thornburrow
Yacht: Conspiracy

The members of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club team know each other from sailing against and with one another. Helmsman Mark Thornburrow, tactician Laurence Mead, and main trimmer Nick Burns all sail in the competitive Hong Kong Etchells fleet. Burns also sails a Mills 40 Mandrake, and one of his top competitors is a sister ship owned by Drew Taylor, who will be racing in his fourth Invitational Cup.

Consistency has eluded the RHKYC team during their first few challenges. In 2011, the team finished third or second in three of the first five races, but struggled down the stretch and finished ninth, which was two spots better than its finish at the inaugural event in 2009. Howver, in 2013, the team finished 15th overall. With a veteran crew comprised of dinghy and offshore sailors and a full training schedule on the Mills 40, the RHKYC team is hoping that 2015 is their year.


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