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

IS THE COURSE OPEN TO NON-MEMBERS? Yes, courses are open to non-members, while member applications are given priority.
ENROLLMENT All courses must be enrolled at our booking site (https://rhkyc.cinolla.com/sailtraining/). We are unable to accept applications via email or phone.
  • All practical sessions will take place at the RHKYC Dinghy Training Centre at Middle Island.
  • Times vary so please check the course schedule for further details.
  • Click here for directions to Middle Island.
  • Instruction by staff trained to HK/UK or other national governing body standards
  • Boat hire
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Safety boat cover
  • Course certificates
  • 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.
  • Towels
  • Wetsuits
  • Footwear for on the water
  • Personal insurance.
  • One-Day Distance Sail sessions and half day sailing courses do not include the cost of lunch.


  • Yes! In the interests of safety, capsize drills are mandatory on all Beginners courses.
  • To enjoy your course, you must be confident in the water whilst wearing a buoyancy aid.
  • 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.

We recommend that you bring the following items to all practical sailing sessions:

  • Towel
  • Clothes that can get wet or full-body swimwear
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sailing gloves
  • Wet-shoes or 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.
  • A change of clothes.


  • 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.

Middle Island

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 lowered 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 cancelled 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

  • 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 an evening course.
  • Lunch are included in most course fees. (except one-day distance sail sessions and half day sailing courses).
  • Additional Food and Beverage are available and non-members will be given a student card to use their personal Octopus card.
  • 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.
  • 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.
CANCELLATION See the Cancellation statements here: https://rhkyc.cinolla.com/sailtraining/terms
  • The wearing of buoyancy aids is obligatory and the Club will provide these.
  • Students may bring their own if they wish.



General Enquiries, Gloria Yeung - sailtrain@rhkyc.org.hk / +852 2812 7063
Centre Manager - Luke Van der Kamp - Luke.vanderkamp@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