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

IS THE COURSE OPEN TO NON-MEMBERS. Yes, courses are open to non-members, although member applications are given priority.
  • You can download an application form from the website and email to sailtrain@rhkyc.org.hk
  • Please be advised that course dates are subject to change and we regret that we are unable to accept provisional bookings.
  • For a course with a maximum of 6 students, 4 places will be reserved for members and 2 places for non-members. This 2:1 Member to non member reservation ratio will be used for courses with more than 6 students 
  • Any places still remaining a month before the course start date will be offered to anyone on the waiting list on a first-come first served basis.
  • Once we have the required student numbers (+5) we will send you confirmation by email with more course details. Course dates are subject to change.
  • The application deadline is normally three weeks before the course start.
  • Non-member applications will only be valid if accompanied by a method of payment and copies of relevant certificates or a log of your sailing experience.
  • Payment from non-members will not be processed until the student has been confirmed on the course by the RHKYC.
  • We cannot accept bookings by telephone and will only be able to hold a place on a course once we have received an application form and method of payment for the course.
  • If you are a member, payment will be debited from your RHKYC account.
  • Non-members must submit their application with payment by completing the ‘credit card’ section.
  • Acknowledgement receipt of your application and payment will be sent to you via e-mail.
  • Our sailing courses are open to anyone over the age of 6 years.
  • Adult sailing courses are open to anyone aged 16 or above.
  • 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.
  • Gift vouchers can be arranged for special occasions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Students may cancel their application in writing up to three weeks prior to the session without losing their session fee.  The course fee will be forfeited after this deadline.
  • Students who do not turn up for a course/session will be charged the full course fee.
  • If your plans change and you would like to attend an alternate class then please contact us as soon as possible.
  • The wearing of buoyancy aids is obligatory and the Club will provide these.
  • Students may bring their own if they wish.


  • This is available to all RHKYC Youth Training Courses that take place during the school holidays and that are longer than one day in duration. The most expensive course will be paid in full and additional courses for the same student or their siblings will receive a 10% discount.



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