The LBC Rowing Section began as the Lantau Island Rowing Club, a subsidiary club of LBC, which was founded in 2010 to promote the sport of coastal rowing in Hong Kong and provide opportunities for the residents of Discovery Bay to participate in coastal rowing in Discovery Bay.
In February 2013, LIRC was formally merged into the Lantau Boat Club and renamed “LBC Rowing.”
As of April 2021, the LBC Rowing Section has 46 members, their ability level ranging from complete beginners (but picking up fast!) to those with decades of experience.
Members hail from more than a dozen different countries: UK, Germany, Italy, France, Sri Lanka, India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Denmark, Hong Kong and Netherlands. Having such an international group is great fun and a good opportunity not only to enjoy rowing but to make great friends from across the world!
Rowing along a coastline and confronting the open sea in a rowing boat are different from Olympic rowing, where crews row in a straight line on flat water and with little wind. Coastal rowers do not row on flat water! A competition without any waves is, for coastal rowers, devoid of interest. The attractive sport of coastal rowing is becoming increasingly popular internationally: it develops physical well-being and is exhilarating. It is also more easily and quickly learnt than Olympic rowing, probably due to the stability and robustness of coastal rowing equipment. But knowing how to handle a coastal rowing boat isn’t sufficient to becoming a good coastal rower. Crews must be aware of tides, currents and weather, learn about the course’s topography, know what to do in the midst of maritime traffic and in case of bad weather.
LBC Rowing Committee:
- Chair: Rachel Humphreys (Mobile: 9251 9096)
- Vice-Chair: Andrew Lawson (Mobile 9747 4605)
- Secretary: Estelle Davies (Mobile: 6701 9203)
- Committee Members: Marina Ros, Jones Wong, Geoff Booth, Gareth Hart
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