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Old 12-30-2010, 05:27 AM   #1
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Hi all! I'm new to this website but not to sailing, although I haven't been on the water as much the past few years as I would like. I started sailing about 15 years ago in Southern California, but life and career change finds me living and working in Guangzhou China. I would like to get hooked up with sailors in the area, but outside of Hong Kong there isn't much recreational sailing in China (yet that is - it's catching on!!). Fortunately I am just a few hours flight away from Thailand and Malaysia and would love to do some cruising there over the summer. Any suggestions on routes in SE Asia and/or charter companies and/or boats looking for crew would be greatly appreicated. Anyway Happy New Year's to all and I'm looking forward to making friends through this site.

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Welcome aboard. I took a look at the Google map--it looks like you are on a waterway to a large bay and then to the sea. Are there not even a few "small boat" clubs on the river/waterway? Is it quite industrial? I know when we lived in a suburb of Tokyo,Japan, we were a few short kilometers to the sea--but there was no way to launch a boat there Too industrial. There may have been clubs (surely there were) but I didn't know of any.

If it is NOT extremely industrial and if small boats are on the Pearl? river/waterway, it would be very tempting to procure/build a small dingy for sailing or even a small keelboat.

A nice shot of the river at night was here My link



There was a small boat regatta held nearby, too LINK Big winds and waves for such little boats. I think these serious racers were having lots of fun.





Looking forward to hearing more about both your local boating conditions and your plans for cruising further away from there.
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Hi all! I'm new to this website but not to sailing, although I haven't been on the water as much the past few years as I would like. I started sailing about 15 years ago in Southern California, but life and career change finds me living and working in Guangzhou China. I would like to get hooked up with sailors in the area, but outside of Hong Kong there isn't much recreational sailing in China (yet that is - it's catching on!!). Fortunately I am just a few hours flight away from Thailand and Malaysia and would love to do some cruising there over the summer. Any suggestions on routes in SE Asia and/or charter companies and/or boats looking for crew would be greatly appreicated. Anyway Happy New Year's to all and I'm looking forward to making friends through this site.

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Michelle
Hello Michelle,

Welcome to Cruiser Log,

The friendliest yacht club in Hong Kong is the HEBE HAVEN YACHT CLUB - situated in Pak Sha Wan - Shelter Bay off Hiram's Highway in the New Territories. C L I C K

Not hard to get to using HK's Transport - here's a good link which gives good info :-

H E R E.

In Langkawi (West Malaysia) Good sailing out of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club - Sunsail have boats there for charter. Not far away is Telaga, also on Langkawi where I have friends who charter their catamaran - I can supply reference and detail if required. Best way to get there (and least expensive) is by Air Asia H E R E

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Great photo of the Pearl River! Yes, it is pretty industrial along the river in Guangzhou and finding a sailing club here has been challenging - either they don't exist or I can't find out about them because my Chinese is very limited. I did find something on the internet about a dingy club in Shenzhen (about an hour's train ride from here) but not sure how active they are. Hong Kong is about two hours by train and I know there are several yacht and sailing clubs there. It's just a matter of finding a club that is affordable on a teacher's salary :-).

Thanks, Richard, for the info on Langkawi - ironically I was just there for the Christmas holiday! Waters look great for sailing and I did manage to do a guided day sail on a chartered catamaran (not the same as actually doing the sailing though.) Really looking forward for a chance to get back there, so will probably be asking about your friends in the near future.

Hope everyone is having a great New Year's day!

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