FAQ - Everything you need to know about our Sailing Courses!

Are courses open to non-members?
Priority is given to RHKYC members who apply up to a month before a course, however non-members are very welcome.

How do I enroll for a sailing course?
You can download an application form from the website and email to sailtrain@rhkyc.org.hk or fax it to our Sail Training Office at Middle Island on +852 2592 9230. Please be advised that course dates are subject to change and we regret that we are unable to accept provisional bookings.

If you are a member, payment will be debited from your account.
If you wish to pay by credit card, please complete the credit card section of the application form before you send it to us.
Cheques should be made payable to 'Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club'. Acknowledgement receipt of your application and payment will be sent to you via e-mail.

All Adult Sailing course fees is applicable from RHKYC confirmation of your place on the course. Kindly note that there will be no refund of the remainder of the course fee for cancellations received within three weeks of the start of the course. Payment from non-members will not be processed until the student has been confirmed on the course by the RHKYC.

Age limits
Our sailing courses are open to anyone over the age of 6 years. Adult sailing courses are open to anyone aged 18 or above.

Where are the courses held?
All practical sessions will take place at our Dinghy Training Centre at Middle Island. Times vary so please check the course schedule for further details.

Where is Middle Island?
Click here to find out where it is and how to get there.

What's included in the course fee?
Instruction by staff trained to HK/UK or other national governing body standards, boat hire, buoyancy aid hire, safety boat cover, course certificates and lunch (except one-day distance sail sessions and half day sailing courses). Helmet hire and course books are also given out on some sailing courses.

What is not included in the course fee?
Towels, wetsuits, foot wear for on the water, personal insurance. One-Day Distance Sail sessions and half day sailing courses do not include the cost of lunch.

Will I get wet?
Yes! In the interests of safety, capsize drills are mandatory on all Beginners courses.

How fit do I need to be?
To enjoy your course, you must be a competent swimmer and able to swin 50 meters unaided. We don't expect you to be able to swim across the South China Sea, but you will get more out of your time with us if you have a reasonable level of fitness. If you have any food allergies or suffer from any form of illness or medical disability, please advise us in writing along with your application. If you suffer from asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, angina or other heart conditions you should check with your doctor before making an application.

What do I need to bring with me?
We recommend that you bring the following items to all practical sailing sessions:
Towel, swimming costume, hat, water bottle, sun screen, sunglasses, sailing gloves, trainers (not your best pair as they will get wet, the white canvas shoes that are sold in Wellcome are fine). In cooler weather a wetsuit and/or waterproof jacket and trousers will be required to keep you warm.

What is a re-sail date?
We ask students on our five-session Adult sailing courses to keep an extra sixth date free 'just in case' a practical session is affected by bad weather. The re-sail sessions are rarely used, but it does mean that a course can be completed easily by all students if a re-sail date has been given to you in advance.

Inclement Weather
What happens if I wake up on the morning of the course and there is a typhoon/rain signal hoisted?

Morning sessions will be cancelled if Red Rain signal, #3 Typhoon signal or higher signals are hoisted at 0700hrs. For afternoon and full day sessions, if the signals have been replaced by lower ones by 1110hrs the session will commence at MI at 1300hrs.   Please call 2812 7063 or 2812 7303 if you have any queries.

Sessions will not be canceled in the case of Thunderstorm or Monsoon Warnings as onshore topics can be covered instead. In the case of Thunderstorms we will monitor these carefully on the day through the Hong Kong Observatory rain radar and other indicating stations. Sessions can continue close to the Club if there is no lightning in the vicinity.

Kellett Island Shorebased Courses will go ahead if the Amber Rain Signal or #3 Typhoon signal is hoisted, but will be cancelled if Black Rain Signal or #8 or higher Typhoon signal is hoisted at  0700hrs for full day course and hoisted at 1600 hrs for evening course.

Dietary requirements
Please advise us when making your application if you have any food allergies or require a vegetarian meal. If you have any other dietary requirements we will try to help you as best we can.

Gift vouchers
Gift vouchers can be arranged for special occasions. Simply ring 2812 0172 for more information. Vouchers are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase and are non-refundable.

Our Dinghy Training Centre at Middle Island is a recognised Hong Kong Sailing Federation Category A Teaching Centre. Only those courses run by HKSF instructors can lead to formal HKSF certificates. Successful students on all other courses will be awarded RHKYC certificates.

Contact Us

General Enquiries, Gloria Yeung - sailtrain@rhkyc.org.hk / +852 2812 7063
Centre Manager - Patrick Lam Patrick.Lam@rhkyc.org.hk / +852 2812 7303
Senior Sailing Instructor - Kelvin Lau Kelvin.Lau@rhkyc.org.hk/ +852 2812 7303
MI Sailing and Marine Manager, Jono Rankine - Jono.rankine@rhkyc.org.hk  /+852 2812 0172