Yacht club cancels event over death

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 September, 2005, 12:00am

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is continuing to cancel all training events for young sailors as a 'mark of respect' to the family of an 11-year-old boy who died on one of its courses this summer. The club has cancelled its annual opening event, the Water Olympics, which was due to be held on Sunday.

Jonathan Chin Kin-chun drowned off Stanley after the dinghy he and three others were sailing in capsized on August 18. The three others on the boat, two nine-year-old boys and a 17-year-old assistant sailing instructor, were rescued.

In a letter to 'youth sailors', the club said the cancellation of the Water Olympics was 'at the request of the Yacht Club's General Committee which is still reviewing the results of an enquiry into the recent tragedy on a summer training course'. The Water Olympics is a mix of sailing activities and games that is usually the first event of the yachting year at the club each September.

Rene Verhulst, interim general manager of the yacht club, said: 'We have suspended all sailing courses at the moment as a mark of respect to the family. Also, all involved in the tragic accident will co-operate with the marine police investigation.'