Shelter Cove is a beautiful, natural typhoon shelter. It is home of the Hong Kong Marina and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. The other famous yacht club in the region is the Hebe Haven Yacht Club, which is adjacent to Shelter Cove.
The Shelter Cove Marina is generally known as Hong Kong Marina. It is one of a handful of places in the territory where you can moor a boat. Sailing is quite an expensive pastime in Hong Kong, and yachting is very much for the wealthy. The marina is out of town, an adventurous drive after you leave the Sai Kung highway. There are magnificent views on the way down to the harbour.
Five-year waiting list
The marina opened in the spring of 2006. Club members can enjoy secure berthing for 46 boats, from 10 to 27 metres in length. Club facilities include parking, power and water and security. Additionally, the harbour gives you convenient access to the best cruising waters in the Hong Kong territories. Getting a berth here is not easy – there is a waiting list of approximately five years!
The Hong Kong Yacht Club is a favourite place to see and “be seen”. The clubhouse restaurant is pretty good, but not cheap. It has a large terrace called the “Main Deck”. If you manage to get a table outside, it´s a bonus because of the panoramic views.
The Victoria Regatta Club formed in 1849. Later, it became the Hong Kong Boating Club and later still, became the Hong Kong Corinthian Sailing Club. In 1893, the members asked the Admiralty for permission to call the Club “The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club”. They also applied for the right to fly the blue ensign with a distinctive mark on the flag. The Lords of the Admiralty granted a warrant for both items the following year.
The British were the only members initially, with significant military influence. Up until the 1950s, membership was exclusive to Europeans, and all men! Women were not permitted full membership until 1977. Patricia Loseby became the first lady member. Currently, membership is open to all nationalities, men and women. As a non-member, you can have sailing lessons here and also book a table to dine in the restaurant.
The main club buildings are by Victoria Harbour, which is now part of Causeway Bay. Significant land reclamation created the western boundary of the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter. The Club moved to this spot in 1938. Architects G.G. Wood and J.E. Potter of Leigh & Orange designed the new clubhouse in the “International Modern Style”. The clubhouse has a Grade III listing as a historic building.