Autumn Regatta to open RHKYC’s 2017-18 sailing season
Published: Monday, 11 September 2017
The 2017 Autumn Regatta takes place on the weekend of September 16-17 in Victoria Harbour. Since 1889 this regatta has heralded the start of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s (RHKYC) official sailing season which runs from September to May.
(Photo: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club)
The Autumn Regatta is a two-day event with one race taking place on the first day and two back-to-back races on the second.
The race on Saturday will also be designated as the RHKYC Bart’s Bash. Money raised from sailors’ charity contributions will go to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF). This year the funds will support disabled sailing and disadvantaged young sailors.
Open to sailors from across Hong Kong, the regatta will feature a variety of yachts; Big Boats, Dragons, Etchells, Flying Fifteens, Impalas, J/80s and Pandoras. Other types of keelboats may also be considered by the organising authority prior to entry.
More than 100 boats are expected to enter, and the race course will likely take the fleet up the harbour towards Shau Kei Wan, Tai Koo Shing and Hung Hom.
The actual course will be decided on the day by the Race Officer after considering the prevailing winds and tides.
This year’s event will be supported by sponsors St. James’s Place who are continuing their collaborations with the RHKYC after a successful Sunset Series.
New sponsors like ICE Yachts will begin a multi-event partnership that will see their involvement in the Around the Island Race; the Spring Regatta and Foundation Global Education will engage in a wider partnership with the Club's sailing events and classes/courses for the younger members of the Club.