President's Report for 2013
This will be the last report I will present to you all in the capacity of President. After all these years, I decided to step down as President to allow new ideas and innovations which I hope will lead the Federation to a more prosperous future.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your generous support both to me and the Federation and request for your continuous support for the new President in the future.
Moreover, after more than 10 years’ service, our Secretary General Cora Chen decided to leave the Federation to look for other opportunities. I wish her all the very best in her future endeavor.
In 2013, our two major dinghy events in Hong Kong, the Festival of Sports Open Dinghy Regatta and the HKSF International Open Dinghy Regatta 2013 had continued to receive strong support from our sailors. In particular the International Open Dinghy Regatta held in Sept 2013at STA Little Palm Beach Centre registered a record turnout of 131 boats with strong teams from Taiwan, Philippines, Macau, Thailand. We are indeed very much encouraged by the huge turnout and support both locally and from overseas.
The Elite Training has been going on well since the appointment of Craig Cobbin as the National Racing Coach. The High Performance Camps have been held in April, May and November 2013 respectively to provide specialized training for our youth squads. From April 2013 onwards, Hobie 16 sailors Tong Yui Shing and Kit Tong have successfully applied for the Full Time Athlete Status from the Hong Kong Sports Institute and are receiving monthly grants plus funds for training and overseas competition.
However, despites months of preparation our athletes are disappointed at the news announced by Korea Sailing Federation in November 2013 that they have decided to cancel the Asian Sailing Championship originally scheduled to be held in June 2014. I hope it would not have a big impact on the training plan of our athletes and that they would concentrate on the preparation for the coming Asian Games next year.
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 2013