Hebe Dragons party

The snowman was standing regally at the entrance to the Garden Bar to welcome guests to the Hebe Dragons Sailing Centre Christmas & Awards Party 2021, on Thursday evening, the 23rd of December 2021.

The ringing of a bell announced the arrival of Santa Claus, who settled centre stage besides the decorated Christmas tree. There he called for young dinghy sailors and their parents to join
him for a seasonal photograph.

Meanwhile, the sailors had a chance to have their log books and certificates up-dated by their instructors.

Rear Commodore (Sail Training), Harvey Jessop, then welcomed everyone and explained the club’s Sailing Pathway which provides an opportunity for 7- to 8-eyar-old Optimist sailors to progress to the elite Dragons squad and even join the Hong Kong Sports Institute national sailing teams. Three youngsters – Peter Jessop, Daniel Chan and Tommy Wong – were introduced who have recently been invited to join the Institute.

He went on to explain about the Spanish hand-crafted Astro Optimist dinghy that he has donated to the club. Head Racing Coach, Alfred Okoth, will select a worthy youngster who will have the use of the dinghy for the next year. The selection is expected to take place around April.

Commenting on the club’s commitment and encouraging development of youth sailing over the past four years, the staff of the Sailing Centre were recognised, including the manager, Rob Allen, head coach, Alfie, along with the instructors, including Clement Lam (Green Fleet Coach).

Guests were then served with hot dogs, fries, ice cream and chocolate brownies with free flow orange squash. All sailors were issued with rash vests and T-shirts.

This was followed by Peter Jessop and Seb van Ommeron’s talk about the Hebe Dragons and the Youth Worlds in Italy.

The youngsters had been divided into sevens teams and, with formalities over, the games began.
The first involved four of the parents of each of the teams being wrapped in toilet paper in a fun magical snowman challenge. After that is was a musical chairs session with chairs replaced by parents’ knees. Very entertaining and very funny! The teams returned to their tables where, having studied a schematic of the Sailing Pathway, they were required to memorise it and then reproduce it.

The evening concluded with a dancing musical statues competition when the dancers, a parent and child, had to freeze when the music stopped. This was won by the Abel and Clothier families.
Points were awarded to each of the teams based on their performances in each of the games, with the undisputed overall winner Team 1, the GOATS.

Another competition was to guess the weight of the snowman whose actual weight was 8.4kg. Paulo and Eliza came closest with guesses of 8.7kg to be worthy winners.

It proved a fun evening demonstrating the club’s commitment to youth sailing and the excellent team it now has in place, which is beginning to reap success with the performances of the young sailors, including Patrick Feng, winner of the Hong Kong Race Week and Laser Nationals.

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