The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has a group of athletes who have previously competed at an international level but still wish to continue racing at a high level. Either from Olympic, national or top club rowing backgrounds, the squad has depth to take on any international challenge. With excellent equipment, dedicated coaches on hand and flexibility around work or family commitments, any international challenge is possible.
With a strong dedicated group of senior men and women regularly training and competing, listed below are some of the Club’s main challenges;
University Elite Program
2013 SanDiego Crew Classic
The annual San Diego Crew Classic is one of the largest and most prestigious events on the USA west coast rowing calendar. Most of the serious US collegiate rowing programmes enter this event and it provides a perfect venue for our visiting Hong Kong students to get an experience of racing in a much larger and more competitive event.
In addition to the university races, there are many Open and Masters categories that have attracted entries from the senior ranks of RHKYC rowers. This enables the two groups to mix and share the experiences of this large regatta and to further help promote the co-operative aims of the entire programme.
The Heineken Roeivierkampis an annual rowing regatta in Amstel, Amsterdam. Crews racing for four distances on the Amstel River: 250m, 750m, 2500m and 5000m, the overall ranking is calculated by converting all times to 250 meter times and the sum of these forms the final score.
Special assistance - sponsorship by Cross Harbour Holdings
The UEP organisers knew they would have to find financial assistance from the local community to help make it happen. We were very lucky as Cross Harbour Holdings quickly stepped up to take on the challenge as lead sponsor. This was quickly followed by a donation from an anonymous member equally interested in seeing rowing achieve higher levels in Hong Kong!
This generous sponsorship by Cross Harbour Holdings has assisted with the cost of airfares, accommodation, race entry fees, boat hire and a special edition uniform.
Why is the Rowing Section at the RHKYC doing this?
The simple answer is that we feel duty-bound to help improve the sport in Hong Kong, as well as the sporting environment. Historically, little has been done to aid the universities in their advancement even though they have shown tremendous growth, and due to additional staffing, this became a great opportunity for us to help. This is also in no small way made possible by the Club’s sailors, who envisioned, formulated, and ultimately realised the Student Access Card, making it possible for university students to actively participate with the Club in our core sports.
In addition, this programme (and others like it) will help to break down barriers between the Club and the local university population – barriers that have formed out of misinformation and distance – thereby opening the door to more potential local junior members.