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2011 - 2012 So you want to go faster

2010 - 2011 Want to be a Winner

Improver Seminar Oct 2010

Recommended Resources

Video Links

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2016-2017 Seminars


A new series is starting with the first seminar Thursday 24 November on the topic of Local Conditions for the Around the Island Race.

All seminars start at 1900. No booking required.

Date Topic Downloads

Thursday 24 Nov 2016

Local Conditions – Steve Bourne PDF Presentation

Saturday 3 Dec  2016

New Rules – Tom Sheppard  

Wednesday 18 Jan 2017

Starting – Frank Van Kempen

PDF Presentation


Wednesday 22 Feb 2017

Back to Basics - Peter Backe


PDF Presentation


Wednesday 15 Mar 2017

Spinnaker Trim – Sam Sakai/Don Law Video

Wednesday 29 Mar 2017

Hong Kong Sailing Institute Update - Steve Lovegrove - Sign up here  

Thursday 20 April 2017



Class Protest Committee Seminar - Sign up here

Tactics/Safety in the Harbour – Laurence Mead




Boat Speed – Julian Bethwaite  

Wednesday 14 Jun 2017

General Boat Maintenance – Simon Pickering  


Class Protest Committee Seminar - 20 April 2017

This seminar will cover the process to be followed to run a successful protest hearing to deal with protests which may arise during class racing. After covering the theory, participants will then take part in practical exercises designed to simulate the various actions needed during a hearing from the perspective of the protest committee, protestor and protestee.

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Speaker: Cathy Delany-Hobbs
Date: Thursday 20 April 2017
Time: 1830hrs - 2100hrs
Location: Pat Loseby Room, RHKYC, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay



Hong Kong Sports Institute Update - 29 March 2017

Come along to hear from Hong Kong Sailing Institute’s new head coach, Steve Lovegrove. Steve will discuss variety of topics including the institutes long/short term goals, HKSI funding as well as the Sports Institutes pathway to the 2020 Olympic Games.

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Speaker: Steve Lovegrove
Date: Wednesday 29 March 2017
Time: 1900hrs
Location: Chart Room, RHKYC, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay



Spinnaker Trim Seminar - 15 March

Highly respected dinghy and keelboat sailors, Dominic Law and Isamu Sakai will go through everything a spinnaker trimmer needs to know to make a keelboat go fast downwind. Symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers will be covered.

Speaker: Isamu Sakai and Dominic Law
Date: Wednesday 15 March 2017
Time: 1900hrs
Location: Chart Room, RHKYC, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay



Backe to Basics Seminar - 22 February

Come and join us for our second seminar this year! Peter Backe will discuss some fundamental racing techniques and strategies he follows to win races. Peter is one of our clubs most respected sailors and we are very lucky to have him back giving another seminar.


We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

Speaker: Peter Backe
Date: Wednesday 22 February 2017
Time: 1900hrs
Location: Chart Room, RHKYC, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay



Starting Seminar - 18 January

Come and join us for our first seminar this year, where Frank Van Kempen will discuss various starting strategies, tips and tricks he has learnt from years of high level racing both in Hong Kong and Internationally at world championship level.

Speaker: Frank Van Kempen
Date: Wednesday 18 January 2017
Time: 1900hrs
Location: Chart Room, RHKYC, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay


Racing Rules of Sailing 2017 - 2020 Seminar

The new Racing Rules of Sailing 2017 - 2020 go into effect on January 1st, 2017. RHKYC members are invited to join International Judge Tom Sheppard on Saturday 3 December 2016 as he covers the changes included in the new RRS and how they will affect your racing. The seminar will run from 0930 - 1200hrs in the Chart Room, RHKYC Kellett Island, enabling participants time to prepare for the Lipton Trophy that afternoon. This seminar is now FULL.

Speaker: Tom Sheppard
Date: Saturday 3 December 2016
Time: 0930-1200hrs
Location: Chart Room, RHKYC, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay

Past Seminars

Class Race Management Seminars -13 October 2016

These informal seminars are open to all class sailors who are rostered for race management duties (RO / ARO / Results Officer), and also to any Club sailor who would like to get more involved in race management but who would like more insights/experience before volunteering. The seminars will cover how to plan and manage regular class racing in the Harbour, and out of Middle Island and Shelter Cove, and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions throughout. Both sessions will have the same content, so those interested need only sign up for one.
Speaker: Brenda Davies
Dates: 4 October 2016 (Full) and 13 October 2016
Time: 1830-2030hrs 

Introduction to Match Racing and Teams Racing - 31 August 2016

To give sailors participating in the Champion of champions regatta a basic understanding of match racing and teams racing in terms of rules, tactics and strategy as well as an outline of the event format of the champion of champion regatta.
Speaker: Jono Rankine
Time: 1900 
Place: Chart Room

Rule 18 Seminar with Tom Sheppard

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2013-2014 Seminars

A new series is starting with the first seminar Wednesday 6 November on the topic of Tactics for the Around the Island Race.

All seminars start at 7pm. No booking required.


Date Topic Downloads
6 Nov 2013 Tactics for the Around the Island Race with Andrew Taylor PDF Presentation
3 Dec 2013

Strategy at Harbour and Lamma

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7 Jan 2014


28 Jan 2014

Using Navigation Software

18 Feb 2014

Rules Quiz

25 Feb 2014 Race Management  
TBC Rig Tuning  
1 Apr 2014

GFS Heli High Wire Presentation


Navigation – Instruments and Skills

TBC Communications from fantasy land  


2012-2013 Seminars ~Taking it to the next level



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Sailing – Backe to basics

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Racing at Lamma (Download PDF)

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Tactics Forum (Download PDF)

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Off-shore Race Preparation and a summary of the Tipsy Frenz Incident

with Nigel Reeves, Alex Johnston, Leon Chan and crew

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Off-shore crew work & Race Software

with Andrew Taylor, Simon Pickering & Lauren Mead

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Big Boat and HPR Rating Developments with Steve Benjamin
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Racing Rules 2013 - 2016 and Rules Quiz

with Tom Sheppard, Barry Hayes and Nick Atkinson

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Being a Race Officer and managing the team

with Charlie Manzoni

Wed 20 Mar 2013

Radio Operator Refresher with Simon Boyde




So you want to go faster? Seminar Series 2011 - 2012




Downloads YouTube Video

The secrets to racing at Lamma & in the Harbour

22 Nov 2011


HK Sea Breeze

Harbour Secrets

Lamma Secrets

Sail Setup (Upwind and downwind)

29 Nov 2011

Upwind presentation

Downwind presentation



Match Racing

6 Dec 2011

  Match Racing

Tactics and Strategy

13 Dec 2011

Presentation Tactics and Strategy

Pre-China Sea Race Prep

17 Jan 2012

  Race Prep

Big Boat Crew Work

7 Feb 2012   Crew Work

Team Racing

*Wed 15 Feb 2012

  Team Racing
Team Racing for Interschool Regatta

Fri 24 Feb


Rules Quiz night

 6 Mar 2012


Practice Protest

20 Mar 2012



Want to be a Winner Series 2010 - 2011


Day  Date   Topic Downloads


Crew Work: Bow, Mast, Pit, Trim,  Main > Pitman tips and tricks

> Racing Yacht Crew Mechanics

Tue 23-Nov-2010 Crew work as a team, focus on corners >Presentation


Wind & Tide Strategy >Presentation
Tue 14-Dec-2010 Sail Trim


Tue 04-Jan-2010 Starting >Presentation
>For sticking on deck
Tue 11-Jan-2011 Fleet Racing Tactics > Presentation
Tue 18-Jan-2011 Off-shore Boat Preparation >Presentation

>Sample of Standard OPs

Tue 25-Jan-2011 Boat Speed: Tuning, Changing Gears, Modes > Presentation
Tue 15-Feb-2011
Starts 7.30pm
IRC - optimization  
Tue 22-Feb-2011 Instrument setup for Racing > Presentation
Tue 08-Mar-2011 Race Boat Preparation > Presentation
Tue 15-Mar-2011 Racing Rules of Sailing  
Tue 22-Mar-2011
Starts 7.30pm
Winning a Protest, Running a Protest  


Improver Seminar 2010

Monday 25 October and repeated 27, 28, 29 October 2010

Racing Improvement Seminar download
Tactics & Strategy  download
FFlying Start!  download
One-Design Keelboat Crewwork Cheat Sheets download

Contact Richard in the Sailing Office if you would like to borrow the DVDs.


Recommended Resourses - Includes loads of articles
The Race Boat Crewing Video with Tucker Thompson - Includes crewing guidelines
Intro to Racing
Intro to J35 Standard Procdures
Top Tips for new crew

Video Links

Spinnaker drops on TP52s:
At 4:25, INCREDIBLY FAST: Video 1 / 2

J24 crew work videos:
Part 1 - Tacking
Part 2 - Spinnaker Sets
Part 3 - Gybing
Part 4 - Spinnaker Drops
Part 5 - Starting Techniques

J80 training: Video
J80s with Jim Saltonstall, legendary Team GBR coach: Video 1 / 2 / 3
Close call at Farr 40 Worlds (tacking too close): Video

What can go wrong?: Video 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5