Osaka Hokko Yacht Club was established in 1988, one year after the opening of Osaka Hokko Yacht Harbour, the only yacht harbour in the City of Osaka. As of January 1, 2005, 117 members are registered.
The club aims to give opportunities to people here in Japan as well as overseas to familiarize themselves with the sea through yachting as the main, but not only, marine sports and recreation activity.
The annual programmes are:-
- monthly club race
- seasonal cruising, 3 times a year
- Tenjin Festival race in July
- Boat Tengoku (offering exposure to sailing) held on a national holiday called ''Ocean Day'' in July
- Super-joint cup race in November
- Christmas party in December
Apart from the above, the club supports the Melbourne/Osaka double-handed yacht race which is held every four years.
|Tenjin Festival Race
This is the main race of the club and is held in July. In 1993 the race was created in the form of an offering to Osaka Tenmangu Shrine symbolizing 'the God of the Sea.'Mr. Nakakita, public relations manager then, and Mr. Nakanishi worked very hard to negotiate with the shrine to get permission to organise the race. Click here for further details of its origin.
|Osaka Cup Melbourne/Osaka double-handed
To commemorate the 120th anniversary of the Port of Osaka, the first race was organised in 1978, starting from Melbourne, a sister-city as well as a sister-port of Osaka, heading for the finishing line in the Port of Osaka. This is the first double-handed race in the world that crosses the Pacific non-stop from south to north. The race has been held every four years. Its host clubs are Sandringham Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia and the Osaka Hokko Yacht Club, Osaka, Japan.
At present, there are three sister yacht clubs:- Sandringham Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia;Tokushima Yacht Club, Tokushima; and JapanKonakai Yacht Club, San Diego, USA
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