The Summer season is almost over. Ride out the last days of summer on a boating course for children.
Aberdeen Boat Club
Since the launch of its youth sailing courses over eight years ago, more than 2,000 children have learned how to sail at the wildly popular ABC. Courses cater to all experience levels, from novices to veteran sailors aged seven to 11 and 12 to 18 years. First-time sailors will start off in Optimist dinghies, but can progress onto boats requiring more experience such as Toppers, Picos, Lasers and RS Fevas. The courses themselves take place on Middle Island over five half-days on August 17-21 and August 24-28. Members of ABC pay the discounted price of $864 while for non-members it’s $1,300. Details and sign up at 2812 2086, www.abclubhk.com.
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
The Yacht Club provides a comprehensive five-day course for kids aged six to 10 and 11 to 18, covering everything from theoretical knowledge to dinghy control for all experience levels. Beginners can sail about the sheltered cove around Middle Island, while more experienced sailors can venture out and face the chop of the sea. The two remaining courses for the summer will be held at Middle Island on August 10-14 and 17-21. The five-day courses start at $1,655 for members and $2,155 for non-members. Details and sign-up at 2812 7063, www.rhkyc.org.hk.
Located near the southern tip of Hong Kong Island in Stanley, this government centre offers two-day sailing courses for unbeatable subsidised prices starting at just $70. Beginners will be taught to sail Optimist dinghies in smaller groups of six, while more advanced courses increase in group size as each sailor becomes more competent. Courses take up a full day from 9am to 7pm so be sure to bring a packed lunch and a water bottle. The remaining courses are normally held on back-to-back Thursdays and Fridays or on weekends. Note that participants must be 14 or older to sign up. Details and sign-up at 2813 5407,www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/watersport.
Float your boat
Always wanted a boat but dread the expense? What if we told you there’s a seaworthy vessel you can transport in the back of a taxi? The Tiwal 3.2 is an inflatable boat from France that’s recently arrived in Hong Kong. The compact sailing dinghy can be packed away in a bag and assembled in less than 20 minutes – No license, mooring or yacht club membership needed. The dinghy comes with various attachable sails, ideal for newbies and veteran sailors alike – it’s even been given the seal of approval by celebrity macho man Bear Grylls. Prices start from $39,000. Full details can be found at www.tiwal.hk.