Royal Hong Kong YC

22nd January-February 2013, Hong Kong
A second visit to assist with training at this great club.  This time a balance between classroom and on-the-water training.  Robert Lamb led the classroom sessions and mentored the local race officers on the water.  The report for the previous visit last year is here.

The visit started with an event - the Prince Henrik Silver Trophy - a three day team racing event with International Dragons and four international teams of three.  54 races were run at Port Shelter by race officer Charlie Manzoni who did a great job.  Whilst the quality of the team racing was relatively poor, it was a great event with snappy and accurate race management.  The team did a great job.

A third level 1 seminar with 14 students was then run on the next 4 evenings before a second event again in Port Shelter.

The Class Regatta was one of RHKYC's major keelboat events with 5 races for eight classes.  44 boats conmpeted under the direction of Simon Boyd who also did a good job as far as the race management was concerned.  The conditions were tricky and the event complicated by another event in the same race area that managed to put themselves right in the middle of the available space for racing on the first day.  This compromised the racing for Simon through no fault of his own and he had few options.  But the racing was fair and well managed.

It is good to see the progress that has been made by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club since Rob's first visit in October last year.  A final visit will be associated with the Flying Fifteen Worlds in October 2013.  Rob will mentor Charlie Manzoni running the 'pre-worlds' beforre leaving him and the RHKYC to manage the Worlds themselves.

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