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9 RACING 9 Race Management


Officials play a key role in the organisation and management of any sailing race or regatta! These officials are largely made up of volunteers who are trained by the HKSF or other national or international bodies. The HKSF provides training and certification programmes for Race Officers, Judges and Umpires from the Club to National level. Officiating is a fun way to volunteer, get involved and contribute to the running of sailing competition.

Event Volunteers are always in high demand! From helping out on site during an event to being a key member of the Organising Committee, there is a role for everyone! Below are descriptions of the key roles.

Race Officials

Race Officials

Race Officers

A Race Officer is ideally an on the water manager who is in charge of running the sailing race. Being a Race Officer places you at the heart of sailing competition. The role requires the ability to perform an entire day on-water, displaying a range of skills such as race equipment preparation, on water race management and monitoring course safety. The RO should have an overview of what is happening around the entire race course and should make decisions such as necessary course changes, postponements etc.



An Umpire is responsible for making decisions about the rules of sailing when asked to do so by competitors and will be present on the race course to monitor the action during events. Both Match and Team Racing use a system of umpiring, in which penalties are imposed during the race, avoiding, for the most part, the need for conventional protests.

List of Currently Approved National & Club Judges
Status Name Renewal Dates
IJ Ben Harding
NJ/IJ David Fan 28 Feb 2022
NJ Cathy Delany-Hobbs 30 December 2020
NJ Alain Choi Hok Lung 28 February 2022
NJ Felix Ng 28 February 2022
NJ Lesley Andersen 28 February 2022
NJ Stephen Lam Yick Leung 30 November 2018
NJ Howie Suen
PNJ Howard Yam
PNJ Vivian Ngan
PCJ Ben Chong Wing Hong
PCJ Bonnie Cheng
PCJ David Norton
PCJ Kwan Hoi Ling Michelle
PCJ Ian Fleming
PCJ Ken Ting
PCJ Patrick Kwan
PCJ Peter Hammond
PCJ Tam Nguyen
PCJ Bridget Chan
PCJ Kenny On
PCJ Kenneth Yan Hin Wah
PCJ Wu Chun Nam Raymond
PCJ Chris Pooley


At the core of sailing competition is the Racing Rules of Sailing which all participants abide by. The work of a Judge includes a wide range of services to competitors and race organisers, including the hearing of protests and requests for redress, deciding questions of eligibility and boat measurement compliance, and being present on the water watching for rule infringements.

List of Currently Approved National Umpires
Name Status Next renewal date
David Fan IU 2022
Alain Choi Hok Lung PNU

If you are interested in supporting our sport and becoming a Race Officer please get in touch.

Race Management Work Group

The main objectives of the Race Management Work Group’s (RMWG)  are:

  • to support member clubs and organisations in respect of race management training
  • to develop, support and certify race officers within Hong Kong
  • to maintain the training and testing programs for certification
  • to assist communication between the members clubs and associations and the HKSF recognised Race Officers

Click to view the Terms of Reference of HKSF Race Management Work Group

The RMWG comprises of a maximum 8 members.  Below is the list of members of the RMWG from 2 March 2020. 

Dave Norton (Chairperson)
Lesley Anderson
Andrew Blank
Bonnie Cheng
Inge Strompf-Jepsen
Barry Truhol
Ken Wong
Lucy Sutro


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