Hong Kong is a fantastic place for kids and families to go sailing. There are some great places for families learn how to sale, attend a sailing camp, and rent a sail boat. Strap on your life vests, zip up your wetsuits and set sail with your entire family onboard. Jibe to it!
There are perks to being part of this yacht club, such as all-access to the club house and restaurant on the edge of the water. Sailing courses are open to members and non-members. To get a taste, try their Family Fun Days which take place throughout the year. They offer a variety of courses for youth and adults. The Saturday Youth Sailing Days are great for kids 7+ who want to do a bit more sailing in a structured way. Be sure to check out their watersports camps too which include lots of sailing for kids!
Trailblazers in outdoor survival classes for children and adults, Outward Bound has been encouraging Hong Kongers to get outside since the 70's. In their Youth Sea Course, participants berth a spacious sailing training yacht. Not only will your teen learn the ropes of sailing, but will also gain greater self- confidence, learn to work as a team and build lasting friendships for years to come.
Outward Bound, Tai Mong Tsai, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2792 4333, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.outwardbound.org.hk/courses/individuals-families
Located right on the beach in Discovery Bay, Lantau Boat Club hosts family activities throughout the year for members, including beach parties. Social activities range from group sails to surrounding beaches for a good ol’ BBQ to an annual Christmas party with a special visit from Santa. Check the schedule for local events and regional regattas throughout Southeast Asia.
Lantau Island Rowing Club, 15/F, Flat F, Onda Court, La Costa, Discovery Bay, www.lantauboatclub.com
Dig your toes into the soft white sand along the beach at To Tei Wan, which Hong Kong Hobie Club calls its home turf. The Club organizes bi-weekly events, such as races and training practices that take to the waters in Tai Tam Bay. There are basic facilities at the club house, such as a BBQ, lockers, showers and storage facilities for 70 catamarans. The boats they have available are Hobie 16s. Formula 18 Hobie Tigers, and Wildcats
Hong Kong Hobie Club, To Tei Wan, Hong Kong, +852 6846 6311, email@example.com, www.hobieclub.org.hk
One of the oldest clubs in Hong Kong, the RHKYC on Kellett Island needs little introduction. A massive club house with various dining venues and a bar cater to the many social events that take place at the club all year round. RHKYC is active in all local and regional races and regattas. Get junior involved in sailing courses for children as young as six, and if you’re feeling inspired to get your feet wet, there are also beginners’ courses for adults too.
RHKYC, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2832 2817, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rhkyc.org.hk. Photo by Ting Chan
Let someone else do all the work! Charter a yacht from Hong Kong Yachting. With a fleet of luxury yachts, sailboats and junks, and a crew devoted to taking care of your every whim; all you need to do is lounge back and work on your tan. They do encourage you to lend a hand for the full sailing experience, but you can do as much or as little as you care to. Gung-ho sailors with their own crew can also rent sailboats for a day of fun.
Hong Kong Yachting, Rm 801, 8/F Tai Yau Building, 181 Johnston Rd., Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 2526 0151, email@example.com, www.hongkongyachting.com
This is a one stop shop for all of your sailing needs, offering items for your little tykes right up to adult sizes. It’s a little shop, but they carry gear from the brand names such as, Crewsaver, Allen Brothers, RWO, English Braids, Nexus Marine and can also make customized sails. Stay safe by picking up a handy high-tech tracking device with navigational functions that doubles as an emergency identifier, along with life-jackets for the whole family.
Sky International, Room 703, 7/F, Henan Building, 90 Jaffe Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 2827 5876, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sky-international.com/
This boat brokerage helps owning a boat happen a lot easier by assisting with the purchase and sale of boats, as well as offering registration, insurance and maintenance help. There are plenty of listings on the website, so all you have to do is point and click on the vessels that tickle your fancy.
For a maritime adventure that the whole family can enjoy book a once in a lifetime journey aboard the Silolona—a luxury, wooden Indonesian phinisi which charts across Southeast Asia on private sailing holidays. Wee-pirates and family will love sailing to the Megui archipelago off the coast of Burma, diving into the depths of the Andaman sea, visiting the tribes people of Papua New Guinea, or viewing the Komodo dragons up close in Indonesia.