- Hebe Haven Yacht Club
Hebe Haven Yacht Club established in
1963, is a private members club located in the picturesque bay of Pak Sha Wan in Sai Kung, Hong Kong. The Commodore is Philip Boothroyd and the General Manager is Lisa Keatley. The Club holds the ISO 14001 Quality Certificate for environmental standards.
The Club's main objectives are to unite boat owners and promote
boatingactivities and to provide boating facilities. Since its inception, the members have worked hard to maintain the boating character of their club. Most are water sport enthusiasts and are keen to see the club remain focused on its roots.
The Club is very sociable; it is well known for its friendly and welcoming attitude towards newcomers. The relaxed atmosphere in the club bar and restaurant is appreciated by the members and the restaurant is renowned for producing some of the best food in the Sai Kung area. Alfresco dining while overlooking the bay of Pak Sha Wan is a favourite for both members and their guests.
Facilities and Operations
The Club has comprehensive marine facilities at very competitive prices, when compared to the other main yacht club's in Hong Kong, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and Aberdeen Boat Club. The Club currently has 240 swing moorings and hard standings and provides slipping and craning services and boat repair and maintenance facilities. In 2003 an extension to the Club increased the hard standing and provided marina berthing for some 50 boats. The Marine Manager is Mike Franco.
Yacht racingis very popular among Hebe members and races are held almost every weekend. The most popular series for cruisers in Hong Kong, the "Typhoon Series" attracts a significant number of entrants every summer. Everybody is invited to participate and there is always a need for extra crew, irrespective of experience!
The Club owns 22 dinghies and runs
dinghysail training courses for members and non members. The club's fleet includes 6 Optimists, 12 Topper Topaz and 4 Laser Stratos. Dinghy racing and supervised dinghy practice sessions are held almost every weekend with enthusiasm for this being led by the junior members of the Club. The Club also now runs an annual 24 Hour Charity Dinghy Race every autumn where other clubs and organizations are encouraged to participate. The previous Senior Instructor Rob Allen, who left at the beginning of 2006, was very popular but with a new Senior Instructor, Charlie Goodway, it is hoped that the Sail Training Department can move on and enter a new era. The club also employs approximately a dozen Assistant Instructors from within the club's junior sailors to assist with operations. The Sail Training Coordinator is Ale Shek and the full-time Instructor is Pearl Hansen.
Committees and Commodores
The Club has many committees including the Sailing Committee, the Junior Sail Committee, the Operations Committee and many others. The General Committee is headed by the Commodore, Philip Boothroyd. The previous Commodore, K.E.N Trice resigned at the end of 2005.The Rear Commodore Operations is Mark Ashton, the Rear Commodore Sailing is Gault Rice, the Rear Commodore Junior Sailing Committee is Mike Randall.
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