Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
Kellett Island, Hong Kong
One of the oldest and most prestigious sports clubs in Hong Kong, the Club is proud of its rich and colourful history, which stretches back over 160 years of social and competitive sailing and rowing. In 1849 the Victoria Regatta Club was formed and later absorbed into the Hong Kong Boating Club which, in 1889, was in turn merged into the Corinthian Sailing Club. In 1894, the Corinthian, by Royal Warrant, became known as the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.
The Club boasts around 12,500 members worldwide including over 5,300 active members in Hong Kong. With 260 permanent staff, the Club is a hive of activity year-round. RHKYC has three Clubhouses; Kellett Island in Causeway Bay is the Club's principal base, and acts as parent site to the two smaller branches of the Club at Middle Island in Repulse Bay and Shelter Cove near Sai Kung.
The Clubhouse enjoys an extensive view of Hong Kong Island's dramatic skyscraper-studded coastline and across the harbour to Kowloon. The site also boats unequalled access to Kong Kong Harbour, where the Club's enthusiastic sailors gather every weekend to race. Kellett Island has undergone radical changes over the past century, almost mirroring the growth of Hong Kong itself. The dynamic pace of development has seen rapid reclamation reach out to firmly link this once isolated island to Hong Kong's harbour front. In fact, the front of the Kellett Island site is believed to be the only 'original' landscape along the waterfront!
Located midway between Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay on the south side of Hong Kong Island, the idyllic Middle Island site provides facilities for dinghy sailing, rowing and sail training. It is here that the Club's fleet of dinghies is kept. Accessible only by the Club's own sampan ferry, the site boats an impressive Clubhouse, bar, BBQ terrace, fully equipped function and meeting rooms, extensive locker and changing facilities as well as its own private beach. A new hard standing facility was opened at the end of 2010. Rowing is another core sport at Middle Island where many of the Club's rowing boats are kept. Regular training courses are held here as well as competitive regattas in the sheltered waters of Dee Water Bay.
The site provides an easy opportunity for Members to just pack their bags, rig the sails, and get far and away from urban Hong Kong to enjoy the open seas and beautiful mountainous scenery of the New Territories. There are 150 moorings at Shelter Cove, which can accommodate every size of boat from small day boats to ocean cruisers. The site also has a Member's car park, bar, restaurant and BBQ terrace. A marina facility with 46 pontoon berths was completed in 2006.
updated Thursday, January 29, 2015