President's Report for 2012
2012 is an Olympic Year with the sports community totally focused on the London 2012 Olympic Games. Although our 470 Sailors Isamu Sakai and Mike Halkes were not successful in their Olympic campaign, our fellow Windsurfers Leung Ho Tsun and Chan Hei Man were qualified for the Games in RS:X Men’s Event and RS:X Women’s Event. They finished 13th out of 38 and 12th out of 26 respectively. Both achieved the best results among Asian entries.
In the Asian Sailing Championship which was held in February this year in Langkawi, Malaysia, the Hong Kong Sailing Team, led by Team Manager Warwick Downes, has brought home with good results as follows:-
*Cosmas Grelon and Nathan Bradley in 29er Class
*Ma Yik Kau in Mistral Men
*Nagisa Sakai in Laser Radial
*Tong Yui Shing and Tong Kit Fong in Hobie 16
*Ma Ka Him in Mistral Women
*Lo Sin Nam Sonia in RS:X Women
*Law Chin Yin in Mistral Women
*Chau Kin Ching Lydia in RS:X Women
Congratulations and well done to all!
Our two major dinghy events in Hong Kong, the Festival of Sports Open Dinghy Regatta and the HKSF International Open Dinghy Regatta 2012 had continued to receive strong support from our sailors. In particular the International Open Dinghy Regatta held on 29, 30 Sept and 1 Oct 2012 at STA Little Palm Beach Centre registered a record turnout of 128 boats with strong teams from Taiwan, Philippines, Macau, Thailand and Sri Lanka. We are indeed very much encouraged by the huge turnout and support both locally and from overseas.
The exercise to recruit a fully qualified Coaching Director who will be able to look after all training matters both instructors and elite athlete training has not been successful after a long search worldwide. In reviewing the situation, the Council decided to recruit a National Racing Coach to take charge of elite training as the need is imminent with the 2014 Asian Games approaching. After a long search worldwide, the Council has succeeded in finding a high caliber Racing Coach from Australia, Craig Cobbin, for the position. Craig has over 20 years of experience in coaching various Olympic classes and we hope he would bring up the standard of race coaching in Hong Kong.
The ISAF Mid-Year Meeting did cause a stir in the sailing community around the world by replacing windsurfing with kiteboarding in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Council decided to push for reinstating windsurfing by making the relevant submissions to the ISAF Annual Conference and requested this item be put on the agenda at the ISAF General Assembly. Keith Mowser and myself attended the conference earlier this month and excised our vote at the General Assembly. I am glad to report that eventually all efforts made have been successful in reinstating windsurfing in the 2016 Olympics. Furthermore, thanks to the support from Members of Group J, I have been elected as one of the two representatives for Member of Group J on ISAF Council for a four years term. I am indeed very grateful to be given the
opportunity to serve the fellow members of Group J and represent them on the ISAF Council.
Apart from myself, HKSF also has nominated Charlie Manzoni to the ISAF Constitution Committee, Ronnie McCracken to the Racing Rules Committee and Martin Kaye to the Match Racing Committee. The new ISAF Executives will make a proposal to the ISAF Council on the appointment of the Committees in January 2013. Let us hope we will have more good news in the New Year!
HKSF Measurer Gideon Mowser also attended the IRC Congress held in Paris in October on our behalf and has brought back information on the latest development in IRC Measurements.
Our Member Clubs continue to play a significant role in the sport of sailing and have organized various races, such as the China Coast Regatta, San Fernando Race, Uin-na-Mara Series, Round the Island Race, Typhoon Series, ABC Opening Regatta and the COA's Macau Races during the year. Their combined efforts have made the sport of sailing continue to prosper in Hong Kong.
Last but not least, as usual we must give our heartfelt thank you to our Member Clubs, especially the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Aberdeen Boat Club and Hebe Haven Yacht Club and Member Association, the Windsurfing Association of Hong Kong for their continue support and dedication. I would also like to thank my fellow Council Members for their valuable contributions and the Secretariat of HKSF for their hard work in the past year. Thank you very much indeed.
Finally, may I wish you all A Very Merry Christmas and A Prosperous New Year!
Karl C Kwok
28 Nov 2012