A Look Back at 2013

2013 is rapidly drawing to a close and this is a fitting time to reflect on the Club’s events and achievements. This was a big year for LBC, being our 30th anniversary as a boat club. All three sections, sailing, paddling and rowing, have all done remarkably well in the major events over this year’s sporting calendar.

Our paddlers completed their annual Lantau Classic in October, and I’m pleased to report they were the dominant force during the day, with the majority of the medal finishes among the six teams competing. Having personally witnessed most of the day’s activities, I would like to congratulate our paddlers on a superb event.

The 30th Anniversary LBC Sailing Regatta, our major sailing event for the year, was held on November 2 and 3. The event proved to be two good days of racing with over 45 boats competing in four different divisions. The evenings proved to be a great hit, being BBQ affairs in the relaxed environs of our club house, and provided a chance to enjoy ourselves with good food and drink. Again, a special note of thanks to the team of volunteers who made this event so successful.

On November 30 LBC’s rowers celebrated their Third Anniversary Rowing Regatta at LBC in glorious weather with traditional fun races. Rowing around a buoyed course inside Tai Pak Bay, members competed in events for men and women in single and double sculls. The day culminated with much fun and cheer at the evening BBQ.

By far the highlight of our anniversary year was the 30th bash at the Headland Hotel at Cathay City on November 16. This proved to be a great opportunity for us to dress up in our finery, let our hair down and party into the night. It was especially encouraging to see all three sections of the Club well represented on the night. A special note of thanks to Marc Holm our social secretary, and Cindy Chung, our admin officer, for their organizational skills in making this a special night.

Santa once again graced our shores, arriving on a chilly December 14, much to the delight of the children and parents, who made sure Santa was well received! I trust all our members had a most enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and a safe and peaceful New Year holiday period!

As I write, we’re looking forward to a good turnout for the annual New Year Sail/Paddle/Rowing challenge around Peng Chau Island. The year of the Horse is also rapidly approaching, which will herald in the first series of races for 2014, appropriately named the Horse Series! I look forward to seeing you all at these upcoming events.

Cheers,

James Branch