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Training Course Additional Information

LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
MEETNG POINTS
SAFETY
CLOTHING
LUNCH and F&B
BEHAVIOR
WEATHER PROCEDURES
CANCELLATION POLICY

LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
Dinghy Sailing / J80 & Platu Keelboat / Powerboat courses
RHKYC Middle Island, Deep Water Bay
https://www.rhkyc.org.hk/club-facilities/about/three-clubhouses(then, select “ Middle Island”)
The Club Sampan will run continuously from the pier to Middle Island. There is no need to call ahead.

Yachting Introduction and Training / Shore-based courses-
RHKYC Kellett Island, Causeway Bay
https://www.rhkyc.org.hk/club-facilities/about/three-clubhouses(then, select “ Kellett Island”)

MEETING POINTS
Dinghy Sailing/J80 & Platu Keelboat/Powerboat courses –
When arriving at Middle Island, please check the Sail Training Course information board at ground level next to the staircase at the club house. Courses will either meet in designated classrooms on the second floor of the clubhouse or on the ground floor next to the staircase. If you are unsure where to go, please come to the Sailing office on the first floor and we will be happy to assist you.

Shore-based courses -
Please check with reception who will direct you to the assigned classroom.

Yachting Introduction and Training -
Please meet your instructor at reception.

SAFETY
The wearing of buoyancy aids is mandatory for all dinghy, keelboat and powerboat courses whilst on the water. These will be provided by the RHKYC. Students may use their own Buoyancy Aid, the decision whether the buoyancy is suitable will be made by the course instructor.

The wearing of helmets for beginner and intermediate courses is mandatory and these will be provided by the RHKYC. Students may use their own helmet; the decision whether the helmet is suitable will be made by the course instructor.

For Youth and Junior courses:
Parents are responsible for the delivery to and collection of children from Middle Island.

CLOTHING
Helmets and buoyancy aids are provided for your safety for courses at Middle Island.

Dinghy Sailing Courses:
Students will get wet during the course and should bring with them the following items:-
• A waterproof jacket (and possibly trousers) if raining or cold;
• Clothes suitable for getting wet in; sports clothes are acceptable. Wetsuits are not advised in the summer as they may cause you to overheat. In winter time or during cold weather, a wet suit is highly advised.
• 2 pairs of shoes (including one close-toed pair that can get wet)
• Sailing gloves (available from RHKYC Ship Shop, non-members should present a copy of their application form in order to pay with cash or see note below);
• Change of clothes;
• A sun hat ; suntan lotion and sunglass are recommended
• A water bottle; and
• A towel

Keelboat and Powerboat Courses:
Students may get wet during the course and should bring with them the following items:-

• A waterproof jacket (and possibly trousers) if raining or cold;
• Close-toed shoes
• Comfortable clothing suitable for sports
• Sailing gloves (available from RHKYC Ship Shop, non-members should present a copy of their application form in order to pay with cash or see note below);
• Change of clothes;
• A sun hat ; suntan lotion and sunglass are recommended
• A water bottle; and
• A towel

Where to buy suitable clothing:
The RHKYC Ship Shop at Kellett Island, Causeway Bay is a good place to start if you are looking for sailing clothing (Tel: 2239 0336, https://www.rhkyc.org.hk/club-facilities/ship-shop). There are also several sailing and outdoor shops in Causeway Bay (Bunns & Quicksilver) or Wan Chai (Sky International Tel: 2827 5876, or Stormforce Marine Tel: 2866 0114, or Monster Marine Tel: 2511 8337). Decathlon also sells a wide range of items that are suitable for sailing including gloves, jackets and wetsuits.

For courses in the winter months it is important to wear enough layers. If you are looking at wetsuits then a 3mm plus a thermal and windproof jacket combined with a warm hat is normally enough for the colder days in Hong Kong.

LUNCH and F&B
Full Day courses:
Lunch will be provided. At the beginning of the course, the instructor will provide the lunch order form. Lunch will be at the RHKYC Middle Island restaurant. Please note, lunch is not provided for Supervised Sailing Distance Sails. Students can still purchase food and drinks at the club.

Half day and afterschool courses:
Lunch is not included.

Ordering additional food and drinks (non-members):
All students that are non-members will be able to purchase additional food and drinks at the RHKYC Middle Island clubhouse before, during and after their courses. To do so, a student card must be presented to F&B staff when ordering and payment can only be made with Octopus card (Middle Island is a cashless venue).

If you wish to obtain a student card, please come to the Middle Island Sailing Office (1st floor) and we will issue one. The student card will only be valid for the course dates.

F&B facilities will be open at the following times:
Monday - Friday 1200 – 2100 hours
Saturday, Sunday & 0800 - 2100 hours
Public Holidays

*School Holidays
Early Morning F&B will start before 9.00am each day with simple breakfast with coffee/tea, toast and cereals to be available.

Please remember that students must bring their water bottle each day. This may be from the water dispenser. Children should ask any of the instructors exactly where to find this.

BEHAVIOR
Please ensure that Instructors, Club Facilities, and others on this course are treated with respect at all times.

Damage to the Club
Please be aware of the following Club Bye-Law:
“Any Member who breaks, damages, loses or destroys, any property of the Club shall, as soon as possible, repair or replace such property at his own expense or shall be charged the cost to the Club of making good such breakage, damage, loss or destruction. The authority for such charges is the General Manager.”

WEATHER PROCEDURES
Weather Procedures – Dinghy Sailing / Powerboat courses
• Morning sessions will be cancelled if Red/Black Rainstorm Warning signal, Typhoon signal #3 or higher signals are in effect at 0700hrs or after. For FULL DAY courses, if the aforementioned signals are cancelled before 1110hrs, the afternoon sessions will start at 1330hrs.
• Afternoon sessions will be cancelled if Red/Black Rainstorm Warning signal, Typhoon signal #3 or higher signals are in effect at 1110hrs or after.
• If Red/Black Rainstorm Warning signal, Typhoon signal #3 or higher signals are raised after a session has begun, all on-water activities will be suspended and the class will continue ashore until the scheduled finish time (or 1230hrs for full day courses if signal is raised in the morning).
• Amber Rainstorm Warning, Typhoon signal #1, Thunderstorm Warning, Strong Monsoon: Sessions will go ahead. The Sail Training staff will monitor the weather conditions in the local area and suspend on-water activities if necessary. Sessions will continue ashore until the scheduled course end time.

Weather Procedures – Shorebased courses at Kellett Island
• Kellett Island Shorebased Courses will go ahead if the Amber Rain Signal or #3 Typhoon signal is hoisted but will be cancelled if Black Rain Signal or #8 or higher Typhoon signal is hoisted at 0700hrs for full day courses and hoisted at 1600 hrs for evening courses.

Weather Procedures - Yachting Introduction and Training
• Courses will go ahead if the Amber Rain Signal or #1 Typhoon signal is hoisted but will be cancelled if Black Rain Signal or #3 or higher Typhoon signal is hoisted 2 hours before the course start time then the course will be cancelled.
• If Red/Black Rainstorm Warning signal, Typhoon signal #3 or higher signals are raised after a session has begun, all on-water activities will be suspended and the class will continue at the dock until the scheduled finish time.
• Amber Rainstorm Warning, Typhoon signal #1, Thunderstorm Warning, Strong Monsoon: Sessions will go ahead. The Sail Training staff will monitor the weather conditions in the local area and suspend on-water activities if necessary. Sessions will continue ashore until the scheduled course end time.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellation – by applicants
• 10% course fee is non-refundable once a booking is made. *
• Cancellation must be made in writing or via email at least THREE WEEKS (21 days) prior to the course start date. 100% course fee will be forfeited after this deadline. Students who do not turn up will be charged the full course fee.

Cancellation – by RHKYC
• In the event of cancellation due to insufficient enrolments, applicants will be notified 7 days before the course start date.*
• In the event of cancellation due to government Covid-19 restrictions on sports premises, all students will be notified as soon as practicable and will be informed of refund/enrolment transfer options. ***
*This will not be charged in the event of course cancellation by RHKYC or cancellation due to Covid-19 restrictions. **In the event of a participant not being able to attend a course due to a medical reason, the course fees may be refunded on a pro-rata basis upon presentation of a medical certificate. ***In this scenario, we will try and give as much notice as possible of cancellations. However, due to the nature of regulation changes in Hong Kong, this could potentially be as short as 24hrs notice. In the event of a cancellation midway through a course, the pro-rated course fee of days cancelled will be refunded.