The MS/HS 'Sailing Team’ offers students the opportunity to develop their skills in sailing dinghies.

Courses are in blocks of 8-9 weeks in Seasons 1 and 3 (and in season 2 for those withHKSF Level 2 and above) and teach everything from the basics of sailing to more intermediate skills and racing strategies. Training is delivered by the instructional staff at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club out of Middle Island and the focus is on keeping learning fun while promoting an attitude and mindset of safety.

The instructional group size for novice sailors is 6 students maximum per group. Students will be allocated to a group based on their sailing experience, qualifications and personal goals. Numbers at each club are limited to 12-18 students, on a first come basis. Each group will be supervised by and work with a designated RHKYC sailing instructor during their sailing practice.Students will build their sailing skills and confidence week by week and develop their teamwork skills. The big event of the season is the Inter-School's Regatta in March where we hope to test our talents against other international schools in Hong Kong.

The program will take place on Fridays from 3:15-6:30pm. HKIS will provide a free bus from the High School to the bus stop near Middle Island at 3:15pm. An adult chaperone will accompany students on the bus and to the yacht club and will supervise students before and after their sailing. Sailing instructors will supervise students during practice time. At the end of each session, students have 15 minutes to change, and we will accompany them off the island (via a short ferry ride). We will then accompany Middle School students to the beach road in Repulse Bay, where they can be met by parents/drivers (at approx. 6:30pm). Middle School students must provide signed written permission from their parents if they wish to make their own way home by public transport.

Students will need to meet the costs of the instruction themselves and this will be approx. $300 per session payable to HKIS as a lump sum per course of 8-9 sessions. Students will be able to pursue their Hong Kong Sailing Federation Certification but please note that the HKSF requires 70-72 hours of signed off sailing experience, over a nine month period, outside of and between certification courses. Some students will sail to accumulate hours of experience, other students who already satisfy the HKSF requirements (with documented proof of hours in their log books), and express an interest, will be considered for certification courses. While we will do our best to place students in a group of students with similar aspirations, please bear in mind that when it comes to pursuing a course that is geared towards a certain certification level, simply sailing the stipulated number of hours does not guarantee a pass. The certification courses are based on continuous assessment by the instructor at the respective yacht club.


Michael Coleman