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Our Training Vessels

Adventure-Ship has been serving Hong Kong for over 30 years. During this period of time, we have owned two Chinese sailing junks to deliver our service.

To us, these two sailing vessels are floating classrooms for local young people. They carried trainees of different background to get into touch with the sea and provided a platform for them to learn and experience-----learning to overcome difficulties, learning to challenge themselves, learning to cooperate with others......

"Huan" had sailed for us for 29 years and retired in early 2006. Its successor is "Jockey Club Huan". Do you want to learn more about them?

Huan Intro

The wooden sailing junk Huan was the first tranining vessel of Adventure-Ship. She was refurbished in 1977 for the purpose of creating a "floating classroom" for the young people of Hong Kong.

In her nearly 30 years of service, she carried over 150,000 traineer of different abilities and backgrounds to face the challenges of the sea. Beside working in local waters, she also carried many adventurous youngsters on several oversea voyages to Fuzhou, Xiamen, Shantou, Hainan, and Manila.

though she was retired in early 2006, her tremendous impact on the young people of different generations will always be remembered.

Golden Rings On The Huan

Mimi Yeung

20 October 2004

I have never written anything about the Huan until today. This is the first time I want to write something about her¡K

Today was the last time we hosted our sponsor (Community Chest Committee members and staff) on the Huan, and certainly, it was my last presentation of the history of the Huan to our sponsor.

After the cheque presentation ceremony, all our guests disembarked at Kowloon Public Pier. The Huan was on her returning journey, sailing back to her mooring at Shum Wan. I sat on the open deck alone; it was a quiet and hazy afternoon.

Sandra, the only Adventure-Ship Youth Association helper on board, came to me. She told me how happy the children were during the day trip and described the activities they did in the morning. Sandra said: 'You should come on board more often!' I smiled.

May be Sandra was right. Every time I aboard the Huan, I was on special duty. But the time with her today was particularly special to me. Probably, this would be my last trip on the Huan, and I would like to use the remaining hours to appreciate the Huan and enjoy some quite moments with her.

The wind was strong. The yellow awning was fluttering in the wind, like a yellow curtain hanging across a performing stage, yearning to be drawn apart to reveal all the ardor and splendor behind its folds.

A bird was gliding in the air, offering comforting companionship. The sea was shimmering with auburn and golden waves, twirling and dancing in the radiance of the setting sun.

Ming suddenly appeared and sat next to me. 'See that bird, Ming? Do we often have birds flying side by side?' I asked.

'It's a falcon, not a bird!' Ming said. I was embarrassed by my want of knowledge in natural science.

Ming and I had a long talk about my plan after leaving Adventure-Ship. We shared our concerns for the destiny of the Huan. It had been a long time since we had had a heart to heart conversation; the last time being eight years ago, when we were braving the English Channel, on board the training vessel Lord Nelson.

On the last twenty minutes of our returning journey, Ming left me alone. I walked around the deck, enjoying the panoramic sea view embracing me, as our ship gracefully broke the waves ahead of us. Then for the first time, I realised there were concentric circles etched into the boom, the main mast and the bollards of the vessel. These enduring scars were probably carved on the trunk during sail hoisting or mooring activities.

I recalled a story about scars. One day, a student who used to inflict wounds on her wrist in order to vent her frustration, told her teacher that she would not hurt herself anymore, after she had worked as a buddy on the Huan. The student realised that her live was full of blessings, when compared to her buddies, who had to live with disabilities.

While the student may regard the sewn skin as remnants of an unutterable past, we are proud of the scars on the Huan. The golden yellow scars on the Huan mirrored the blazing sky above and the burning waters below. I ran my fingers along the circular troughs - silent testimony of her humble but purpose-driven biography, her waging and aging for the past 27 years. The turns are the curves of smiling eyes and concentric rings, echoes of laughter. The ridges are heights of communal spirits and the troughs, the depths of brotherly love and compassion.

Suddenly, I realized it `was' the right time for her to take a rest with dignity in her golden years. And my heart ached no more.

Suddenly, I heard the tickling laughter of children, so far and yet so near¡K I could see children and seagulls swimming and gliding on both sides of the Huan. Together they were breaking the waves towards their destiny. ¡§Ga Yow! The Huan!¡¨ the children chanted. Or was it me who chanted?

JC Huan Intro

One can't help but be mesmerized by the Jockey Club Huan. The Chinese-style three-masted sailing junk spans a massive 34.5 meters and is 25.2 meters tall at the main mast. The traditional-looking junk is noticeable as it sails through the Hong Kong waters, as the style is incredibly rare among modern ships.

The Jockey Club Huan's ability to facilitate the experience of disabled participants makes the vessel unique in Hong Kong. The ship is thought to be the only sailing junk in the world with purpose-built access and training facilities for people with disabilities. Constructed through a generous grant of $24 million by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the ship increases Adventure-Ship's potential to strengthen the confidence of the disabled and disadvantaged while promoting social integration.

Please find out more about the Jockey Club Huan by clicking around this section.


Loa (Hull) :34.50 meters
Waterline length :28.80 meters
Depth :6.5 meters
Beam :8.0 meters
Gross Tonnage :270 tons
Net Tonnage :72 tons
Fore Mast Height :19.8 / 15.8 meters (overall / from main deck)
Main Mast Height :29.5 / 25.2 meters (overall / from main deck)
Mizzen Mast Height :14 / 11.6 meters (overall / from main deck)

Building Process

Events to Date

May 8, 2006

Naming Ceremony of Jockey Club Huan

The Naming Ceremony of Adventure-Ship's new training vessel "Jockey Club Huan" was held at the Aberdeen Boat Club. Mr Roger Tupper JP, Director of Marine; Mr Anthony W K Chow SBS JP, Steward of the Jockey Club and Mrs Susan Chow were the officiating guests of the event. The ceremony also included the unveiling of a plaque in memory of former Adventure-Ship chairman Dr. David Taylor to recognize his contributions to the development of the organization, particularly the concept leading to the construction of JC Huan.

April 21, 2006

The Jockey Club Huan began serving Adventure-Ship's participants.

March 25, 2006

Ship delivered to Adventure-Ship, Ltd.

February 25, 2006

Main Mast in the Shipyard Re-stepped; Gold Coin Placed Underneath the Mast

The mast of the new Jockey Club Huan had to be re-stepped after it was determined that the sails would not fit under certain bridges during its voyage from the shipyard to Hong Kong. The ship sails were taken down before its voyage to Hong Kong. Upon arrival to the shipyard in Cheung Sha Wan, the masts were reconnected to the Jockey Club Huan.

For good luck and fortune, a gold coin was put underneath the Jockey Club Huan's mast before stepping it up again. The tradition of placing a gold coin underneath the mast was started as a superstition to ensure safe passage for people engaged in sea travels and still continues today.

February 24, 2006

JC Huan returned from Doumen to the shipyard in Hong Kong

September 5, 2005

Launching Ceremony at the Shipyard in Doumen

June 2004 - Summer 2005

Building in progress

April 2004

Construction of the deckhouse started

March 2004

The keel section has been completed

February 2004

The first shell plate has been fitted and a number of pre-formed shell plates are ready to be fitted

December 2003

All fuel oil tanks have now been completed and are currently being hydrostatically tested

15 August 2003

Keel Laying Ceremony

The keel laying ceremony took place on August 15th at the shipyard, Duomen, Zhuhai and was attended by directors and staff of Adventure-Ship, several ASYA members, Press, and representatives from Three Quays and Cheoy Lee.  

Both Dominic Brittain from Adventure-Ship and Henry Lo, director of Cheoy Lee Ltd gave speeches prior to the Buddhist blessing ceremony.

Dominic Brittain, the chairman of Adventure-Ship, thanked the Jockey Club for their support that had enabled the construction of ‘Jockey Club Huan’ to commence. The ‘Jockey Club Huan’ will be the first Chinese sailing junk built on the South China coast for over 10 years. It will be the world’s first purpose-built junk for people with disabilities and will enable Adventure-Ship to continue to provide training for people with all abilities.

Dominic Brittain expressed his satisfaction that Cheoy Lee Ltd for would be building the new ship as he noted that they had a 50 year history of reliability and quality work in ship-building.

Afterwards, the director of Cheoy Lee Ltd, Henry Lo thanked Adventure-Ship for giving them the opportunity to join the project. He noted that this project would be important in continuing the tradition of building Chinese Junks on the South China Coast.

February - July 2003

Plan approval process

September 2002 – January 2003

Shipyard chosen

Invited tender from shipyards for building Jockey Club Huan. The tender finally went to Cheoy Lee Shipyard Ltd. of Hong Kong.

Jockey Club Huan will be built in Zhu Hai, a newbuilding facility of Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd. of Hong Kong.

September 2001 - July 2002

Project Naval Architect was chosen

Invitation of tender for Consultant Naval Architect to overlook the whole ship-building project. After the assessment by independent panel, Three Quays Marine Services Ltd. was finally chosen as the project naval architect.

24 Aug 2001

"Jockey Club Huan – A New Ship with Vision" Press Conference and Cheque Presentation Ceremony

Press conference to announce Adventure-Ship has been awarded $24 million to build the first three-masted Chinese sailing junk constructed on the South China coast in over 10 years.

Mr. David G Eldon JP from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust presented a $24 million cheque to Mr. Dominic Brittain, Chairman of Adventure-Ship.

June 2001

Naming of vessel -- "Jockey Club Huan"

Hong Kong Jockey Club named the vessel as "Jockey Club Huan".

May 2001

Nominated by the SAR Chief Executive for the Jockey Club Charities Trust's funding support

A proposal for new ship project was submitted to the CEO list in December 2000. In early 2001, our proposal was included in the list of projects nominated by the SAR Chief Executive for the Jockey Club Charities Trust's funding support in 2000/2001.

Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust informed that allocation of a grant of $24 million for Adventure-Ship to replace the existing sailing junk "Huan" with a purpose-built three-mast sailing junk.

September 2000

Feasibility Study on a New Vessel Design

A feasibility Study on a new vessel design was conducted. The design was emphasizing on reducing maintenance cost and full facilities for people with disabilities.

Colin Mudie, a naval architect known for his work in designing sail-training vessels for disabled persons, was commissioned as the designer of the project.

February 2000

Hong Kong Jockey Club Millennium Cup & Sweepstakes Donations

Adventure-Ship received a grant from Hong Kong Jockey Club Millennium Cup & Sweepstakes Donations.

Part of the donation was used to conduct a feasibility study on a new vessel.

Summer 1999

Research on the new ship

A summer intern Michelle Wu from Yale University prepared a research on the new ship.

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