Individual (Personal) Membership

Ordinary Membership | Full Membership | Short Term Membership | Junior Membership | Cadet Membership Sponsored by a Member | Application Criteria/Procedures | Waiting Time | Entrance Fees | Deposits | Monthly Charges | Autopay | Application Forms
Admission Guideline – For Consideration of Ordinary Membership Order of Priority for Admission of Ordinary Membership Admission Guideline - For Consideration of Full Membership

Ordinary Membership

Candidates who have a proven record of experience in sailing or rowing and wish to continue to participate in sailing or rowing activities may apply for single or married membership:

  • Married / Family Membership
    The Club strongly urges a married couple to apply for joint membership as if he/she only applies for a single membership, his/her spouse who is not a Member may not be invited onto the Club premises as a guest; spouse dose not need to have sailing or rowing experience. Family membership includes the candidate's children up to the age of 18.

    In the case of a married couple where the husband or wife is elected an Ordinary Member, his/her spouse may be elected as a Junior Member if under 32, or an Ordinary Member if 32 or over.
  • Single Membership
    A single Member who subsequently marries may apply for his/her spouse to become a Member upon payment of an additional fee. (Spouse application form
  • Cadet Membership
    Applicants' children, who are aged 9 but under 18, may apply for Cadet Membership at the same time as their parents' application. Children in this age group may be able to sign chits. At the age of 18, Cadet Membership becomes invalid, and persons of this age may apply to convert their membership into Junior Membership. (application form)
  • Child Membership
    Children aged over 5 but under 12 must be entered on the parents' application form. Child Members have no signing rights but will have a membership card issued at the time of their parents' election to membership. (application form)


Full Membership 

Ordinary Membership lasts for 5 years. After 3 years of membership, an Ordinary Member may apply to become a Full Member and thereby obtain permanent membership of the Club. To become a Full Member, he or she must have taken an active part in sailing or rowing activities organised by the Club and have demonstrated an active interest in the management and administration of the Club's activities. If an Ordinary Member has not become a Full Member after 5 years, he/she may apply to the Membership Committee for an extension of Ordinary Membership. Extensions are at the discretion of the Membership Committee. Full Membership enables a Member to have 10 votes at General Meetings as opposed to 1 vote for Ordinary Members. (application form)


Short Term Membership

An applicant who is over the age of 21 may apply for Short Term Membership. He/she must demonstrate experience and active participation in sailing or rowing to the satisfaction of the Membership Committee and must confirm that he/she resides in Hong Kong and expects to reside in Hong Kong for a period not exceeding 2 years. Short Term membership is for a maximum of 2 continuous years, it cannot be extended, and an applicant can only enjoy the privilege of this membership once.

Junior Membership

Persons aged 18 but under 32 may apply to become Junior Members

Junior Membership becomes invalid when a Junior Member reaches the age of 32. Junior Members may apply to convert their membership into Ordinary Membership. (Change from Junior to Ordinary membership - application form)


Cadet Membership sponsored by a Member

Children who are aged 9 but under 18, and whose parents are not Members of the Club, may apply for Cadet Membership sponsored by a Member. It is necessary that some information relating to the applicant's sailing/rowing activities be given in the application and to be sponsored by a Life, Full or Ordinary Member. There is no initial fee required but there is a monthly subscription. This membership is solely for the child's use of the Club's facilities including hiring the Club's dinghies. He/she may not invite any guests to the Club. (application form)

At the age of 18, Cadet Membership becomes invalid, and persons of this age may apply to convert their membership into Junior Membership.


Application Procedures / Criteria

For Ordinary / Short Term / Junior Members

The applicant should provide a full summary of all Sailing/Rowing qualifications and experience are given to afford a maximum change of success to the application.  Failure to provide this information may result in an application being rejected by the Membership Committee in which case the application deposit will be forfeited (except for Short Term Members).

For Short Term Members, other than details of Sailing/Rowing qualifications and experience, a proven track record of experience in sailing or rowing must be attached with the application plus written confirmation from the applicant's employer, or other person satisfactory to the Membership Committee, regarding the duration of employment.

An applicant must be proposed and seconded by two Life or Full Members who must have been Full Members for at least 3 and 2 years respectively and to whom the candidate must be personally known. These Life or Full Members may not have more than 5 applications in process at any one time. A Cadet Member sponsored by a Member must be sponsored by a Life, Full or Ordinary Member. The sponsor shall undertake to guarantee all monies which may at times be due from the Sponsored Cadet to the Club.

Letters of recommendation or verification from other Clubs or Associations are helpful and should be attached to the Application Form. Any relevant information, which becomes available after the form is submitted, should also be given to the Membership Office. Any letters of support from the Proposer/Seconder (or other Members), containing information relative to the applicant's sailing/rowing activities, should also be submitted to the Membership Office, (e.g. regular crewing aboard a Member's boat; purchase of or intention to purchase a boat - document must be shown to verify intention to purchase; attendance of sailing/rowing course or similar; assistance in organisation of races or Club events, etc).

For current or former cadet members who wish to convert their membership from cadet to junior, the applicant should have at least on 4 occasions participated in any sailing and/or rowing and/or paddling activity (excluding sailing or rowing training courses) within 12 months prior to the application.

Novice, navigation and other sailing courses run by the Club are open to non-Members, although priority is given to existing Members. Applicants for Ordinary and Junior Membership who have no, or very little, sailing/rowing experience or have not yet participated in any of the Club or other sailing/rowing activities, are encouraged to join these courses in order to improve their chance of gaining admission to the Club.  However, joining sailing and rowing training courses goes some way towards demonstrating interest in sailing or rowing but doing so does not count as having acquired sailing or rowing experience.  Alternatively, applicants may consider the Club's Corporate Nominee Membership where sailing/rowing criteria are not required to be met.

Please note the above is not a definitive list of entry criteria, the Proposer and Seconder are required to complete a confidential questionnaire and may be required to attend a Membership Committee meeting prior to the application being progressed further.


Admission Guideline – For Consideration of Ordinary Membership

The General Committee may from time to time set a membership ceiling for Life, Full and Ordinary membership.  However, even when a membership ceiling is in place, the Membership Committee continues to consider applications for Ordinary Membership with successful candidates placed on a membership waiting list.

The waiting period depends on the number of vacancies that arise due to the resignation of current members or their transfer to absent membership when leaving Hong Kong.

Currently, there are a number of vacancies for Ordinary Membership with no waiting list in place. The application process takes between 2-6 weeks.

Criteria / Guidelines


Membership Waiting List Ranking

Applicants with distinguished sailing/rowing achievement or record who are able to demonstrate an active and continuing commitment to the sport in Hong Kong.

Immediate granted Ordinary Membership status


Those applicants who have extensive sailing/rowing experience over a number of years and are able to demonstrate they have made a sustained active commitment to the sport in Hong Kong and the RHKYC on or off the water.

First priority in waiting list


Those applicants who:

(1)  (a) have completed at least 6 races or logged 40 hours of sailing or cruising on a sailing vessel in the last 6 months; or, (b) have participated in at least 2 races or attended at least 18 organised rowing sessions in the last 6 months (the undertaking of sailing/rowing courses does not in itself constitute sufficient grounds to be placed on List B) and are able to demonstrate an active and continuing commitment in the sport in Hong Kong (for the foreseeable future)


(2)  are able to demonstrate an active and continuing commitment in the sport in Hong Kong and the RHKYC.

Candidates can only be admitted when A2 list is cleared and vacancies are available




Those successful candidates with ranking ‘B’ can submit further sailing/rowing information to Membership Committee after 6 months of acceptance on the membership waiting list ‘B’, the relevant information should be provided as in a form as approved by the Club.

Spouse of existing Members

Spouse of existing Members can be admitted as an Ordinary Member without meeting the admission criteria and immediate granted ordinary membership status.


Order of Priority for Admission of Ordinary Membership

In order of Priority:-

1. New applications for Ordinary Membership and for those successful candidates who are awarded an ‘A2’ ranking, when a membership vacancy arises, he/she will be admitted as an Ordinary Member according to his/her waiting list number; then

2. New applications for Ordinary Membership and for those successful candidates who are awarded a ‘B’ ranking, successful candidates can only be admitted when ‘A2’ is cleared and membership vacancies are available


• Existing Junior Members applying for Ordinary Membership, Spouse of Existing Members and successful candidates who are awarded an ‘A1” ranking, applying for Ordinary Membership could be admitted as Ordinary Members once Membership Committee approved their applications; and they will not be counted as part of the 3,600 ceiling and hence will be granted immediate Ordinary Membership status.

• When 2 successful candidates are graded/awarded the same priority/ranking, the one who holds the earlier waiting list number will be admitted first.


Admission Guideline - For Consideration of Full Membership


The minimum period of ordinary membership for an Ordinary Member to apply to become a Full Member is 3 years.


An applicant, must complete ALL of either the sailing criteria OR the rowing criteria as listed below; and all the relevant information must be verified or endorsed by the respective authorized person as indicated on the form.

List of the Club’s Appointed Committees, Working Groups, Race Management Committee’s of signature sailing/rowing events, Class World Championships Committees and Charity Foundations can be viewed from the Club’s website:

An Ordinary Member who has been an Ordinary Member for more than 3 years may apply for full membership by completing the below Part A, Part B and Part C:






Sailing Section:

Participated in either organised racing or social cruising events at least 12 times per year during the most recent 2-year period, at least 50% of which must have taken place in Hong Kong waters.


Rowing Section:  

Participated in at least 4 rowing or paddling races and attended at least 36 organised rowing/paddling sessions during the most recent 12-month period.






Sailing Section:

Performed race management duty or training or safety duty or other race support activity organised by the Club at least 3 times, once per year in the most recent 5-year period.


Rowing Section:

Performed race management duty or training or safety duty etc organised by the Club at least 5 times during the most recent 12-month period.




Volunteer Duties

Assisted in sailing or rowing events or charity activities organised by the Club at least 4 times per year in at least 3 of the most recent 5 years.





For both Sailing and Rowing Section:

Served for at least one annual term (or the full term within a year, if less than one year) on one of the:

  • Club’s Appointed Committees, or
  • Working Groups, or
  • Club’s Approved Class Officer duly appointed through their own constitution and electoral process, or
  • Organizing Committee’s of signature sailing/rowing events sponsored by the Club such as the Vietnam Race, China Sea Race, San Fernando Race, Hainan Race, Around the Island Race, Head of the Bay, or
  • Organizing committee of a sanctioned Class World Championships held by the Club, or
  • Club charities such as the RHKYC Charity Foundation and San Fernando Race Charity Foundation, or
  • Appointment to external organisations promoting sailing/rowing development in Hong Kong thus providing either direct or indirect benefit to the Club.


The applicant must have attended the relevant required scheduled meetings as validated by the recorded minutes and/or validated in writing by the respective Chairman or organisation.


Waiting Time

For Ordinary/Short Term/Junior applications, applicants with extensive sailing/rowing experience can expect to have their application approved within 2 to 6 weeks once all requirements have been met. Applicants with limited or no experience of sailing/rowing are encouraged to acquire such experience by joining the Club's sailing/rowing activities. Please contact the Club's Sailing/Rowing Office. Alternatively, applicants may consider the Club's Corporate Nominee Membership or Individual Debenture Membership where sailing/rowing criteria are not required.

Schedule of application submission deadlines and briefings as follows:

Date of Membership Committee Meeting / Application Submission Deadline / New Members' Briefing / Cocktail

Month Application Submission Deadline Meeting New Members' Briefing
July 2018 19.06.2018 - 1700hrs 03.07.2018 14.09.2018
August 2018 19.07.2018 - 1700hrs 02.08.2018 14.09.2018
September 2018 23.08.2018 - 1700hrs 06.09.2018 14.09.2018
October 2018 20.09.2018 - 1700hrs 04.10.2018 25.01.2019
November 2018 18.10.2018 - 1700hrs 01.11.2018 25.01.2019
December 2018 22.11.2018 - 1700hrs 06.12.2018 25.01.2019
January 2019 24.12.2018 - 1200noon 08.01.2019 25.01.2019
February 2019 29.01.2019 - 1700hrs 12.02.2019 15.03.2019
March 2019 21.02.2019 - 1700hrs 07.03.2019 15.03.2019
April 2019 20.03.2019 - 1700hrs 03.04.2019 14.06.2019
May 2019 18.04.2019 - 1700hrs 02.05.2019 14.06.2019
June 2019 22.05.2019 - 1700hrs 05.06.2019 14.06.2019
July 2019 20.06.2019 - 1700hrs 04.07.2019 12.09.2019
August 2019 18.07.2019 - 1700hrs 01.08.2019 12.09.2019
September 2019 22.08.2019 - 1700hrs 05.09.2019 12 09.2019

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee meets every month to consider applications for membership.  Copies of applicants' forms are circulated to the Committee before the meeting and applicants' details will be posted in the club for information of the general membership.The candidate and/or his/her Proposer/Seconder may be asked to attend a Membership Committee meeting to provide additional information.

After each meeting, the candidates whose applicants have been considered at the meeting are informed by post of the Committee's decision. Each successful candidate is required to attend one of the three briefing sessions held immediately after his/her election to be a Member and to collect his/her membership card and is charged the monthly subscription from the beginning of the same month. Failure to attend one of the three briefing sessions would result in his/her membership being withdrawn and his/her application deposit considered forfeit. A successful candidate has to pay his/her entrance fee by the end of the month in which he/she was elected.

  • The candidate's details will remain posted at the Club for one full month after the Membership Committee meeting which dealt with the application. If at any time it appears that a candidate was admitted under any misrepresentation or that material information was withheld, the Membership Committee may take steps to nullify the membership concerned.
  • An applicant has no right to apply for temporary membership or use the Club moorings, hard standing or boatyard or car park facilities between the time that he/she has applied for membership and the date of his/her admission as a Member.
  • An applicant who fails to be elected as a Member may, after the expiration of three months from the date of the application being rejected, may re-apply for Membership by submitting a new application.
  • A Short Term Member or former Short Term Member may apply to be elected as an Ordinary Member of the Club on or after ceasing to be a Short Term Member. When applying for Ordinary Membership, all the normal application procedures for Ordinary Membership shall apply and the normal Ordinary Membership entrance fee shall be paid.

Entrance Fees

Current Entrance Fees are:

Ordinary Married Couple: $137,700
Short Term Married Couple: Nil
Ordinary Single: $91,800
Short Term Single: Nil
Spouse of a Member: $45,900
Junior: $2,640
Cadet Member sponsored by a Member: Nil
Individual Debenture:


Corporate Nominee: $2,280,000


An applicant shall pay an entrance fee at the rate applicable when he/she is admitted as a Member of the Club.

Entrance fees must be paid in full within one month of admittance as a Member of the Club (unless payment by instalments has been allowed by the General Committee).  It is possible for applicants for Ordinary Membership under 38 years of age to pay their entrance fee by instalments (interest free): 30% down payment and the balance to be paid over 47 months.   This scheme must be completed before the applicant's 38th birthday, i.e.:

Ordinary Single:

30% down payment: $27,540

Monthly Instalments: $1,370 per month x 46 months and last payment $1,240

Ordinary Married:

30% down payment: $41,310

Monthly Instalments: $2,055 per month x 46 months and last payment $1,860



A crossed cheque for the appropriate amount must be submitted with the application form:

Ordinary Married Couple: $2,000
Short Term Married Couple: $4,480
Ordinary Single: $2,000
Short Term Single: $3,480
Junior: $2,640
Individual Debenture: Nil
Corporate Nominee: Nil


Cheques must be drawn in favour of the "Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club". Except for a Short Term application, such payment is not refundable but, in the event of the application for membership being successful, such deposit shall be treated as part payment of the entrance fee. The deposit paid by a Short Term Member is refundable when he/she ceases to be a Member of the Club, after the deduction of all monies owed to the Club. For a Short Term Member who ceases to be a Member of the Club less than 12 months after joining, an administrative charge will be required, which is currently $1,000. In order to secure payments to the Club, a Short Term Member is also required to sign a blank credit card voucher when an application is approved.

Monthly Charges

Current Monthly Subscription are:

Ordinary Members: Short Term Members:
Married Couple: $1,490 Married Couple $2,240
Single: $1,155 Single: $1,740
Cadet: $175 Cadet: $265
Child: Nil Child Nil


Junior Members: Cadet Members sponsored by a Member:
$640 $175


Corporate Nominee Subscribers: Individual Debenture Members:
Married Couple: $1,490 Married Couple/ Single: $1,490
Single: $1,155 Cadet: $175
Cadet: $175 Child: Nil
Child: Nil    


New Members elected during the course of a month is payable from the 1st day of the month in which he is elected/admitted as a Member.

Ordinary, Short Term Married Couple and Single Members and Individual Debenture Members are also required to pay a monthly building levy and a minimum food and beverage charges per account:

Current Monthly Building Levy and Minimum Food & Beverage Charges are:

  Building Levy Minimum F&B Charge
Ordinary & Short Term Couple/ Individual Debenture $231 $475
Ordinary & Short Term Single $189 $475


There is also an optional annual donation of $100 charged to members' accounts at Easter each year to help fund the RHKYC Charity Foundation’s work in the community.  Members who wish to opt-out of this donation should contact the accounts office.


Monthly Instalment:

In addition to the monthly subscription, a Junior Member must pay a monthly instalment:

Age Instalment Age Instalment Age Instalment Age Instalment
18 $170 22 $370 26 $570 30 $770
19 $220 23 $420 27 $620 31 $820
20 $270 24 $470 28 $670    
21 $320 25 $520 29 $720    


Junior Members who have paid monthly instalments for a continuous period of at least 25 months at any time before their 32nd birthday can secure a ‘lock-in’ of the entrance fee for Ordinary Membership, which will then be equal to the fee that was effective on the date they were admitted as a Junior Member.

The monthly instalment counts as partial payment of the entrance fee for Ordinary Membership, but in the event, a Junior Member resigns before his/her 32nd birthday or fails to be admitted as an Ordinary Member, 100% of the instalments paid will be refunded.


The Club requires all new Members to pay their monthly accounts by means of an autopay arrangement with their bank. A direct debit authorisation must accompany an application for membership. The direct debit authorisation will be processed upon an application for membership being approved by the Membership Committee. In the event that an application for membership is withdrawn or not approved by the Membership Committee, the direct debit authorisation will be returned to the applicant. (application form)

Application Forms

The issuance of an application form for Ordinary, Short Term or Junior Membership is restricted to a qualified Proposer. A Proposer should contact the Membership Office to obtain an application form. Exception to this requirement are for Full Membership, Spouse Membership of an existing Member, Cadet Membership sponsored by a Member and Corporate Nominee Membership where the application form is available from the Club’s Membership Office or Reception or download from the Club’s website.

Should you require any further information, please feel free to contact the Membership Office on 2239-0372 or email