MEMBERS of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club last night narrowly voted against dropping the 'royal' from the name. A special resolution needed to change the name, which required 75 per cent of the votes to pass, won just 74 per cent - just one full member's quota short of the required number. The change was backed by the club's committee which is expected to present the motion again. Although the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club has already voted to drop its royal prefix from next July, the Yacht Club always appeared to be more attached to its royal link. The club, which has about 8,000 members, of whom more than half are absentee overseas members, maintains a low profile in the territory's affairs. It was considered less important to change the name by many. At least two other yacht clubs in former British territories have elected to remain 'royal'.