RHKYC Team Agiplast Announce Head Coach Chris Rashley

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RHKYC Team Agiplast
Welcome Expert Foiling Coach - Chris Rashley

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Rashley to be the Head Coach of the Club’s entry into the Youth America’s Cup, RHKYC Team Agiplast.

Chris, an experienced international foiling coach from the United Kingdom, started sailing at the age of nine and his passion and enthusiasm for the sport has never wavered.  At 16 he left school to pursue a career in sailing and in 2005 as Tornado helm was part of the British Sailing Team’s development programme.   Having switched from Tornados to 49ers when the Tornados were deselected as an Olympic sailing class, in 2010 he was appointed Head 49er Coach of the Irish Olympic Team. Chris returned to the British Sailing Team in 2013 to take a role as Podium 49er FX coach during the Rio Olympic cycle.  In 2016 he started sailing the Nacra 17 and once again joined the British Sailing Team in 2017.

In addition to juggling full time coaching commitments, he was also an integral part of the Exocet Moth development project working with Kevin Ellway and Simon Maguire and won four European Championships and placed five times in the top 10 at the Moth Worlds, twice finishing 2nd.  Within the Moth class he has also coached Paul Goodison, Brad Funk, Victor Diaz de Leon, Dylan Fletcher and Rome Kirby, to name a few, who all went on to win or medal at major Championships. 

Chris finds working with high level sailors and athletes very rewarding.  His work ethos is “to train smart with the time you have, work harder than anyone else, make daily notes and keep video to track your progress”, and he says that any sailor that is selected to be part of RHKYC Team Agiplast will need to come equipped with the same mind set and have a high degree of mental toughness which is a key to success.

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Rear Commodore (Sailing), Lucy Sutro said “RHKYC is very lucky to have a coach of Chris’ pedigree to join RHKYC Team Agiplast as the Head Coach.  He brings with him a wealth of experience at international competitions, and I know the team will learn a lot from working with him.  We are all looking forward to this campaign and to building a legacy that future youth sailors in Hong Kong can benefit from.”

“I am very much looking forward to working alongside the dedicated team at RHKYC. They have put together a highly professional campaign plan and possess a wealth of experience to draw from when taking on a project of this scale.” said Rashley, adding “We have now received 12 applications from some very promising candidates who are excited about the opportunity of representing the Club at the Youth America’s Cup. I look forward to sharing my foiling experience and knowledge with the lucky few who make the sailing team and, hopefully, they will go on to shape and push the limits of foiling sailing in the future”.

Apart from being able to coach the crew of RHKYC Team Agiplast, ocean conservation is also one of the elements that attracted Chris to join the RHKYC’s Challenge.  “The environment, especially ocean water quality is something I think about every day.  I spend most of my time in/on around the water so for me tackling plastic pollution is a top priority.  Working with a team committed to improving the environment and tackling this issue will make working with the Club and Agiplast a pleasure, not a chore.” he said. 



英籍殿堂級水翼單體帆船教練Chris Rashley

被任命為RHKYC Team Agiplast 」總教練

香港遊艇會今天欣然宣佈任命英籍水翼單體帆船教練Chris Rashley為「RHKYC Team Agiplast」的總教練,帶領隊伍征戰2020-2021年的「青年美洲杯帆船賽」。

Chris是一名來自英國的專業水翼單體帆船教練。他於九歲開始接觸帆船運動,自此對帆船的熱誠有增無減。Chris在16歲離開校園投身帆船職業生涯。2005年,他是英國帆船國家隊培訓計劃下「Tornado型」的雙體船舵手。後來「Tornado型」雙體船不再獲選為奧運競賽船種,Chris轉戰「49ers型」單體船。這位經驗豐富的帆船教練更曾是倫敦奧運軍師,他於2010年成為愛爾蘭國家帆船隊「49ers型」單體船總教練;率領隊伍征戰2012年倫敦奧運。他又於 2013年重返英國國家隊,並在2016年奧運會帶領49er FX 女子隊取得佳績。Chris在2016年以「Nacra 17型」雙體船再次加入英國帆船國家隊。

除了擔任全職帆船教練,Chris和Kevin Ellway及Simon Maguire 成為了「Exocet Moth型」帆船發展計劃的重要一員。Chirs過往屢次在水翼船競賽項目創造佳績,曾四度奪得「Moth歐洲錦標賽」冠軍,他更五度打入「Moth 世錦賽」頭十名,其中兩次奪得亞軍。Chirs授教的徒弟包括Paul Goodison、 Brad Funk、Victor Diaz de Leon、Dylan Fletcher和Rome Kirby等,都在各類Moth錦標賽的贏得獎牌。

Chris表示與資深帆船運動員合作獲益良多。他的格言是「善用有限的時間訓練,比別人付出更多努力,比任何人更有爭勝的決心,常做筆記並以影片紀錄進度」。Chris期望入選「RHKYC Team Agiplast」的團員具備同等思維,有精益求精和堅毅不屈的精神,才有望角逐寶座。

香港遊艇會的副會長(帆船科)Lucy Sutro指十分榮幸邀請到Chris Rashley成為「RHKYC Team Agiplast 」的總教練,Chris豐富的國際賽經驗使他成為隊員們一個優秀的學習對象。期待更多未來好手會在2020-2021年的「青年美洲杯帆船賽」誕生,為香港帆船界增光。

Chris Rashley指他十分期待和「RHKYC Team Agiplast」合作,香港遊艇在過往擁有多次籌備大型賽事的經驗,是次亦為參賽計劃作出充份的準備。香港遊艇會收到12名年輕猛將報名,他期待把多年的參賽經驗傳授予入選的選手,協助他們以最佳狀態創造佳績。

除此以外,香港遊艇會一向致力推動海洋保育計劃,這份使命感亦吸引Chris選擇加入「RHKYC Team Agiplast」。Chris表示由於大部份時間花在水上,他十分注重海洋生態及塑膠污染的問題,因此能夠和理念一致的體育會合作而感到十分榮幸。