Rowing & Paddling Training Venues

Rowing and Paddling at RHKYC

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has facilities in two different locations that allow the members to enjoy many distinct types of rowing and paddling.

Dragonboating, Outrigger Canoeing, Coastal Rowing and the various novice and recreational rowing activities are based at Middle Island.

Racing over a 2,000 metre course on the Shing Mun River, traditional 'fine' rowing boat are based out of the Hong Kong China Rowing Association's boathouse at Shek Mun.

Middle Island

The RHKYC Middle Island Rowing Centre is the traditional home of the RHKYC Rowing Section where a number of events in the rowing calendar are held each year. The boathouse at Middle Island holds mainly fours, double sculls and single sculls with boats suitable for both advanced and novice rowers. In addition to traditional inland rowing, Middle Island is also home to our coastal rowing activities and our dragon boat.

For side-by-side racing at Middle Island, we have a maximum length 1,200m course that runs from Deep Water Bay down to the finish parallel to the beach at Middle Island. In addition to this, we also run heads races and sprint regattas over shorter courses.

Coastal rowing is often seen as a more rigorous alternative to fine or river rowing.  It involves facing the open sea in a much shorter, wider and more heavily-built boat that is designed to cope with exposed and rough water. Middle Island currently houses two coastal rowing doubles and two quads.

The RHKYC Rowing Section primarily runs its novice rowing courses from Middle Island taking advantage of the training facilities that we have there and also using our wider boats for easy handling by beginners.

For rowers with families and/or guests, in addition to the beach and other facilities, the Clubhouse at Middle Island has full food and beverage facilities with extensive outdoor seating, a BBQ grill area and of course a bar for post-exercise recuperation.

Due to its nature and excellent recreational facilities, Middle Island is much loved not only as a rowing centre but also as a place to relax over the weekend in a truly stunning environment like no other rowing centre in the world.

Shing Mun River

Most of the Club's serious training and competitive rowing is based at the Jockey Club Shek Mun Rowing Centre, Sha Tin.The Shing Mun River in Sha Tin represents an ideal location for training, offering over 4km of flat water. 

The Club stores a full range of competition boats in the shared boathouse at Shek Mun Rowing Centre, including  sculls, doubles, fours (coxed and coxless) and eights. The Club competes in the Hong Kong China Rowing Association (HKCRA) regatta season and overseas events in men, women, master and junior events. Regattas are held on the 2,000m seven-lane course on the Shing Mun River.

In order to use this facility, Club members must also join the HKCRA which manages both Shek Mun and Sha Tin Rowing Centres. For details, please contact staff from the HKCRA via e-mail at , by phone on 2699 7271 or by visiting the HKCRA official web site at