Commodores

 

 

1889/90

Hong Kong Corinthian Sailing Club established

1890

Montague Beart

(1857-1919) Butterfield & Swire. Elected HKCSC President.

1891

Commodore Edmund John Church, RN

(1842-1904) Commodore in Charge, Hong Kong (1888). Promoted to Admiral (1904).

1892

Capt. James Edward Clifford Goodrich, RN, MVO, KCVO

(1851-1925) Commander of the Victor Emmanuel receiving ship at Hong Kong (1890). Promoted to Admiral (1913)

1893

Major John Hope Wynne-Eyton

(1852-1911) 53rd Regiment, Shropshire Light Infantry. A recognized authority on trout hatching.

 

 

 

1894

Club renamed Royal Hongkong Yacht Club

1895

Commodore Sir George Thomas Henry Boyes, RN

(1842-1910) Entered Royal Navy 1854; Crimea and Turkish Medals, Sebastopol Clasp; Commodore and Naval Officer in Charge, Hong Kong (1893-1896); Director of Transports, Admiralty; retired 1901. Publication: “The Salvage of H.M.S. Howe”.

1896-1904

Sir Francis Henry May, GCMG

(1860-1922) Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong (1902-1911). Governor of Hong Kong (1912-1918).

1905

Hon. Sir Henry Edward Pollock, QC, JP

 

(1864-1953) Senior Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council (1917–1941), Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council (1926-1941).

 

1905

Amalgamation with the Hongkong Boat Club added rowing as a club objective.

1906-1907

Sir Francis Henry May, GCMG

 

(1860-1922) Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong (1902-1911). Governor of Hong Kong (1912-1918).

1908

Hon. Sir Henry Edward Pollock, QC, JP

(1864-1953) Senior Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council (1917-1941), Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council (1926-1941).

1909

Albert Denison

Civil Engineer. Danby & Leigh; Denison, Ram & Gibbs. Yacht designer.

1910

Henry Keswick

(1870-1928), British Taipan of Jardine Matheson & Co and Member of Parliament.

1911-1912

Albert Denison

Civil Engineer, Danby & Leigh; Denison, Ram & Gibbs. Yacht designer.

1913-1915

Frank Smyth

(1866-1924) Share and General Broker, Vernon & Smyth.

1916-1917

Hon. Sir Claude Severn, KBE, CMG

(1869-1933) Colonial Secretary (1912-25). Severn Road in Hong Kong was named after him.

1918

Robert Sutherland, OBE

Senior Manager, Jardine Matheson. RHKYC Committee (1917). Chieftain, HK St. Andrew’s Society (1923-1924)

 

1920

 

Corinthian Yacht Club merged with Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.

 

1919-1921

Frank Smyth

(1866-1924) Share and General Broker, Vernon & Smyth.

1922

Arthur Rylands Lowe, JP

(1873-1924) Founder of Lowe, Bingham & Mathews. Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council. Secretary of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. Died of typhoid at the the Peak Hospital.

1923

David Keay Blair

Lowe, Bingham & Mathews (1911). Secretary of HK General Chamber of Commerce. Retired due to ill health (1924).

1924

Capt. Thomas Arthur

Goddard & Douglas

1925-1926

Edgar William Carpenter, OBE, JP

Architect. Assistant Engineer Public Works Department (1912). RHKYC Committee 1917.

1927-1928

Andrew Lusk Shields

(1882-1944). Chairman of HSBC. Member of the Legislative Council. Interned at Stanley Prisoner of War Camp where he died on 24 July 1944.

1929-1932

Edgar William Carpenter, OBE, JP

Architect. Director of Public Works.

1932-1936

Andrew Lusk Shields, JP

(1882-1944). Partner, Shewan, Tomes & Co.; Legislative Councillor; Chairman of HSBC; Interned at Stanley Prisoner of War Camp where he died on 24 July 1944.

1936-1937

H. S. Rouse, JP

RHKYC Committee 1917. General Secretary and Liaison Officer, Public Works Department. Amateur yacht designer. Co-designed ‘Tai Mo Shan’ (1933).

1937-1940

Edward Cock, MBE, JP

President, Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Co. Co-designed ‘Tai Mo Shan’ (1933). President, Hong Kong Scout Association (1934).

1941-1949

Noel Victor Amor Croucher, JP

(1891-1980) Stockbroker, Croucher & Co.; Interned at Stanley Prisoner of War Camp. Philanthropist and director of Green Island Cement and Hong Kong & China Gas.

1950-1953

F. S. Coote

Far East Divisional Manager, Cable & Wireless. Interned at Shanghai Prisoner of War Camp.

1954-1955

Adam Gray Dalziel

(1910-1961) Dairy Farm Co., Blair & Co. RHKYC Rowing Captain (1934-36 & 1946-50). Interned at Stanley Prisoner of War Camp.

1955-1957

Cdr. H. Spencer Cooper, R.N. (Ret’d)

(  -1972)

1957-1963

Prof. Francis Edgar Stock, CBE

(1914-1997) Professor of Surgery, University of Hong Kong (1948-63)

1963-1964

Lt. Cdr. Kenneth Milburn, OBE, RNR

(1915-2006) Director of Marine

1964-1965

Cdr. H. Spencer Cooper, RN (Ret’d)

(  -1972)

1965-1966

Lt. Cdr. Kenneth Milburn, OBE, RNR

(1915-2006) Director of Marine

1966-1969

Geoffrey (Geoff) J. Edmonds

 

1969-1971

John Montague-Ebbs

(  -1972)

1971-1973

Jhr. Constantijn (Connie) Leopold Carel Van Kretschmar

(1925-2009) Royal Interocean Lines, Managing Director Outside Europe.

1973-1974

A. Reginald (Reg) Maynard

(1928-2005) United Africa Company. Founded sailing clubs in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Japan. Founding member of Hong Kong Yachting Association (1976) and Hong Kong Sail Training Association. ISAF International Judge.

1974-1976

Anne Cornelis Willem (Bill ) Blaauw

(1922-97) Managing Director, John Cowie & Co. Chairman of the Europe Area Committee, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.

1976-1978

Brian Dennis Keep, OBE, JP

(1930-2016) Director of Civil Aviation, Hong Kong Civil Aviation Dept. Airports Advisor, Swire Pacific. Yachts raced: Enterprise, 505, Ruffian, Quarter Ton.

1978-1980

Robert (Bob) Lawrence Wilson, MH

(1938-  ) Insurance Agent. Rowing Captain (1967-71). Founding member and President: Hong Kong, China Rowing Association (1978-2015); President, International Dragon Boat Federation (1991-93); Founding member and Chairman: Hong Kong Water Sports Council (2013-15).

1980-1984

Keith C. Mowser

Sky International.

1984-1986

Michael (Mike) W. Philips

 

1986-1989

Jeremy (Jerry) Philips

 

1989-1990

Frank F. Pong, BSc., J.P.

Graduate, University of Birmingham, England; Director, Shiu Wing Steel Ltd.; Chairman, UK Sailmakers (HK) Ltd.; Adviser, China Cup; Hon. Voting Member, Hong Kong Jockey Club.

1990-1992

Colin Graham Jackson

(1945-  ) High Court Judge.

1992-1994

Victor (Vic) Locke

(1938-2013) Teacher, King George V School; Trombonist; Founder, San Fernando Race (1976). Founder, San Fernando Race Foundation (1987).

1994-1996

Anthony (Tony) R. Scott, ISO

(1939-2013) Director of Corruption Prevention, Independent Commission Against Corruption.

1996-1998

David C.L. Kong

(1954-  ) Executive, family business.  Retained ‘Royal’ in the RHKYC name and registered the Chinese name (香港遊艇會) for the Club (1997). Founded the Premier Cruising Class.

1998-2000

Lowell G.U.W. Chang

(1943-  ) Executive, family business. With HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark, co-founded the Royal Silver Cup Interport (1988). President, Hong Kong Yachting Association (1992). Founding chairman, Around the Island Race (2003). Amateur boat builder whose boat won Dragon World Championship (1987).

2000-2002

John Andrew Harry Leigh

Lawyer. Director of Sir Elly Kadoorie & Sons Ltd., CLP Holdings Ltd. and Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd.

2002-2004

Alan K.L. Lau

 

2004-2006

Inge Strompf-Jepsen

Architect & Interior Designer, Jepsen Designs.

2006-2008

Harald F. Dudok van Heel

Managing Director, Vanheel Management Ltd.

2008-2010

Warwick B. Downes

(1950- ) Managing Director of own companies. President, Hong Kong Sailing Federation (2014-15); Arranged a Volvo Ocean Race stopover (2018). Founding member: Hong Kong Water Sports Council (2013-15).

2010-2012

Ambrose H.Y. Lo

(1957- )  Chief Operating Officer (2000 - 2005) of a multinational IT company.  Founder and President (1980-82), University of Toronto Alumni Association (Hong Kong).  Founding Chairman (1991-93), Market Research Society of Hong Kong.  Member (2008-2014), Local Vessels Advisory Committee of HKSAR Government.  Chairman, RHKYC Charity Foundation (2012- ).  Board Member (2010- ) of various charitable NGOs.  

2012-2014

Hans Joachim Isler

Managing Director, H.D. Isler & Co. Ltd.

2014-2016

Mark Whitehead

(  - 2018) Lawyer. Jardine Matheson & Co.; Schindler Lifts; Hong Kong Land; Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (2010-18).

2016-2018

Robert Stoneley

KPMG. Rowing Captain (2003-5).