2022 NEWS


A brilliant month for our sailors with 252 sailors joining programmes.  We conducted 24 courses over 17 days of sailing.  We had a few days of very wet weather with some cancellations.  

Our news for the month:

Simpson Marine come onboard as a new sponsor. This is great news and their donation will be for the following 2 years as they support the maintenance of our Hansa Fleet and also to provide additional sailing opportunities for students with more complex needs.  A big thank you to you ALL from ALL of us.

American Club Foundation - we would like to say another big thank you to the American Club Foundation for choosing Sailability Hong Kong as one of the recipients of their amazing May online funding platform 'Fund a Future'.  Thanks also to the ACF Team who made this happen in days - amazing! This additional funding will be used to support our regular outgoings and operating costs.  Sailability along with many other charities in HK experienced loss of income during the 5th wave of COVID19 this year.  Your support will make a huge difference to what we can now and going forward.


Mike A Rawbone Challenge Cup returns - following the success of this Race Series in 2021 - with a slight difference.  The first two races of the 2022 series began with the Kaplan Series on 5th, 19th June.  Participation has increased to include sailors from our Senior Sailing Volunteers who have recently discovered a new aspect in sailing – racing!!  Sailability Company Secretary and the Series RO Catherine Smith has done a great job in continuing this from last year with the regular support of Fred Vaudaine (volunteer) and others now becoming more interested in joining the race management team. This really is inclusive racing. Classes racing are Hansa 303 & 2.4mR.

Yang Memorial Elderly Centre in Choi Hung brought along 7 of their members to a sailing taster day funded by the  Hong Kong Club Foundation. These new sailors, 5 females and 2 males were accompanied on the water by our Senior Sailing Volunteers who received their training from funds from the Hong Kong Club Foundation last year.  We was so pleased to welcome this new group, so happy to come to Sailability to try something new.  One of the new sailors was a very spritely 86yr old lady who was so excited about the opportunity given to them all.  They all had a great day and are looking forward to the next time!

Other programmes conducted during the month included:

Para Sailing Training on Wednesday and Sundays when not racing.  T

Saturday Sailing for sailors with SEN/ASD who are joined by regular volunteers who support us in so many ways.  Thank you.

HAD Racial Harmony - an introduction to sailing course for Mothers and Children and Youth from within our ethnic community.  What a great time they have had.

Scallywag Foundation Programme - designed to offer sailing to others within our community under the age of 22 years  who have not had the opportunity to learn to sail before.

Senior Sailing Volunteers as they learn more about volunteering and racing and for others how to help with boat maintenance!!

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HHYC & Sailability Annual Awards

As in past years Sailability Hong Kong joined Hebe Haven Yacht Club at their annual Sailors Award Presentations.  For us it shows the inclusivity of the club whilst recognising the accomplishments, commitment and progress of our sailors and volunteers. 

Awards were presented by Barry Hill, Sailability Hong Kong Chairman, Kay Rawbone, Co founder & CEO and Jesse Lam, Instructor.


Sailability had the following categories for their Awards:

Male Para Sailor of the Year - FOO Yuen Wai

Female Para Sailor of the Year - Sylvia Leung

Most Improved Sailor of the Year - Mark Poon

SEN (Special Education Needs) Sailor of the Year - Joseph CHEUNG

Most Improved SEN (Special Education Needs) Sailor of the Year

School Award - Matthew CHIANG

Female Volunteer of the Year - Carolyn Chan

Male Volunteer of the Year - Frederic VAUDAINE

Awardees are chosen after consultation with our Coaches, Instructors and Team members. Well done to all our Awardees 

The School Award is a special award to recognise the schools who join us on a regular basis and have integrated our sailing programmes into their school curriculums.  We look at the accomplishments, commitment, progress of the sailors and staff at the school and in this respect the School Award for 2021 went to a school which fitted every box and more!  In past years this award has gone to Caritas Lok Yi School and Jockey Club Sarah Roe School.  This year we chose TWGH Tsui Tsin Tong School for the following reasons:

  • Teachers trained to Sailability Hansa Level 1&2 in order to be able to support new student sailors

  • Teachers trained to HKSF Level 1&2

  • Continued training for their students with TREATS and our Scallywag Foundation Programme

  • Race Winners at the TREATS inclusive Race in 2020 & 2021

  • Participation in the 24hr Charity Dinghy Race 2020 & 2021

  • Participation in the Hebe Haven Yacht Club Open Regatta Nov 2021

  • Students progressing to a Sailability Scholarship Sail Training Programme funded by TREATS

Amazing accomplishments by this school and their students – well done EVERYONE


Senior Sailing Graduation

With the restart of sailing we also saw the continuation of training for

senior sailors joining our 2021/2022 programme sponsored by The Hong

Kong Club Foundation.  Two groups who started their training in 2021

finally completed their 5 days.  This included on the water, on shore and disability awareness training, as they leaned how best to support our sailors of all abilities on and off the water.  They are now looking forward to joining us as volunteers.  A huge thank you to The Hong Kong Club Foundation for making this programme possible and for their continued support of a new programme in 2022/2023.  This new programme includes different elements of sailing and caters for those who can help us with on shore sailor support /maintenance and much more.


This opportunity has provided the groups with new friendships, new skills, the ability to support sailors of different abilities and they have found a new interest.  Rain or shine they have come along to learn and help. Interested in joining?  Know anyone who would like to join and benefit from what we do?

Contact kay@sailability.org.hk or seniorsailing@sailability.org.hk 

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Matthew CHIANG


Carolyn CHAN


Sylvia LEUNG




Senior Sailors supporting the event


Fred Vaudaine


Tsui Tsin Tong School Principal  Ms NG Ching Man, Aimee & Teacher SZE Tin Shun 

HHYC Scallywag Open Dinghy Regatta 2022 - 21st & 22nd May

What an amazing weekend it was with two days of brilliant sailing.

Saturday was a relatively calm day compared to Sunday which saw tougher, rougher seas and some amazing sailing.

Sailability HK CEO Kay Rawbone said “Many of our SEN sailors from Saturday Sailing and other programmes were accompanied by a sailor/volunteer recruited from our Hong Kong Club Foundation Senior Sailing Programme. The matching worked so well and much improvement was seen in all who sailed. It marks a new dimension of inclusiveness - age, special needs, different cultural groups all working together. I’m so proud.”


Results - Hansa 303

1st - Leo Purdie & Joel Suarez

2nd Meena Chatjaval & Rheanne Buitre

3rd Mark Poon Para - Sailor single handed

Results - Hansa Liberty

1st - LEUNG Wun Wa, Ok 

2nd - CHAN Tsun Ming

3rd - Sylvia Leung

Results - 2.4mR

1st - FOO Yuen Wai

2nd - PUK Chi Yeung

3rd - Candy Tze (Sailability Instructor)


Racial Harmony Programme– funded by Home Affairs Department (HAD) and supported by Daoud Kamal who was in our first group of ethnic community sailors sponsored by the Scallywag Foundation Programme and has gone on to become one of our Safety Boat Drivers after passing his PVOL2 last year.


This Racial Harmony programme began in December 2021 with a family day on the seas around Hebe Haven with Hebe One and our own fleet of Hansa 303s as an introduction to sailing.  Hebe One provided an educational tour of the area + trial sails in our boats to a different group from within our community, who had not had the opportunity to sail before.  Lots of smiling faces once again and a big thank you to HHYC's F&B for providing a great vegetarian lunch, enjoyed by everyone.


Now we are back to the real part of this programme – learning to sail which restarted on 30th May offering sailing to Mothers and Children and another group of youth.  Watch this space for more details.

Saturday Sailors returned

How good it was to see that their sailing skills had survived the shutdown. As always, they were very excited to see everyone after such a long time  and their first few weeks of training including racing starts in anticipation   of the Hebe Haven/Scallywag Open Regatta which was just a few weeks away.

Para Sailors Training restarted with our sailors getting themselves and their boats up to speed for the upcoming Regatta.  They were also looking forward to the 2nd year of the Mike Rawbone Challenge Race Series which would start on 5th June.  This series you may remember is made up of 3 individual race series; The Kaplan Series, The Blacklaws Series and The Sean Browne Series with the overall winners in their classes winning the Mike Rawbone Challenge Cup.  This year they will be joined by new sailors and volunteers to make the race even bigger and better.  Thank you to Catherine Smith, Sailability Hong Kong Limited Director and Company Secretary for being RO again this year. 

The Nautical Institute of HK Webinar - 11th May 2022

Sailability was invited to speak at a webinar last week hosted by the Nautical Institute of HK. Sailability CEO and Co-Founder Kay Rawbone, Para Sailor Foo Yue Wai, and Director Catherine Smith all contributed to the presentation.

Award winning sailor Foo Yue Wai told the webinar that when he was a small child he could walk but at age 3 polio changed his life, and since then he has used a wheelchair. He reminded everyone to “cherish our healthy bodies”.

Surprisingly he admitted to getting nervous about sailing before he gets into his yacht saying it’s because he cannot swim, but once the boat leaves the pontoon he relaxes; “the sea is like a mother cradling a child” he said. “My advice to anyone thinking about sailing is to try. At least don’t say no without trying it.”

In 2014 Sailability HK took part in the Asia Paralympic Games in South Korea and even though this was early in Foo’s sailing career he managed to get onto the team. The water conditions in Seoul were different to HK, the waves were rough, the temperature lower, the wind stronger. Many competitors from other countries were more accustomed to the conditions than the HK team. Foo said “I fought hard and managed to win one race and overall finished third for a bronze medal.”

Kay added that Foo is a “strong character” and told the webinar that Sailability HK is one of the busiest Sailability centres in the world. Sailability is an NGO that reaches out to people with different abilities, age groups both older and younger, sexual orientation and status. She said “our mission is to change lives. We provide an opportunity, and a pathway to sailing qualifications”. She reported that one young sailor who commenced sailing on a Sailability programme has just been selected for the HK international squad .

Since its foundation in 2009, 14,316 people have sailed with Sailability of which 12,135 are people with disabilities. Sailing is one of the most inclusive sports where people with a physical or intellectually disability or those who have had a life changing accident or illness and able bodied can all take part together.

Catherine Smith, a Director of Sailability Hong Kong, told the seminar there are many ways for companies and individuals to contribute to Sailability including volunteering, joining a Race Management team , sponsoring a sailor or an event, joining the monthly donation scheme, or joining a corporate Team Building day.

The webinar was hosted by the Nautical Institute HK which is the professional organisation for maritime professionals in HK and we thank them for allowing us the opportunity to talk to their members.


Scallywag Foundation Programme – restarted our 2022 programme with students from our ASD13 group graduating on 8th May. Well done to this group who had a huge gap in their training programme but all achieved graduation level.

This was followed by the restart of Ebenezer School for the Blind.  Sadly, there was also a gap in this group’s training and everyone was so happy to be able to come back to Hebe Haven Yacht Club to get back on the water and in the water. An amazing group supported by our amazing volunteers. Thank you Scallywag, this really is a fantastic programme for the under-represented within our community.

Parent & Teacher Training - designed to teach new teachers and parents, who will accompany their children/students when they join our programmes.  The first group to start their training in 2022 is from the  Hong Kong Red Cross Margaret Trench School who started their training    on 7th May.  The group really appreciated the opportunity being given to them to learn to sail and for their children/students to have this sailing opportunity  in the months ahead.  This is second group of teachers and parents to be trained by us from this SEN school.

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Ebenezer School learning to rig their boats and experiencing the slipway and where it goes to!

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30th April re-opening after a 4 month closure with our longest running  program Saturday Sailing.  What a great day it was.

18 SEN/ASD sailors + 13 volunteers came along on the day and to see this number of volunteers on our first day back was something to be proud of. There were 9 boats sailing in the morning and 10 in the afternoon full of Saturday Sailors and Volunteers.  After a closure of 4 months it was unbelievable to see the sailing skills on the water.  Everyone had remembered what to do and followed Instructor Jesse's lead.  There were other things to remember in order to comply with the Government restrictions so that we can all keep sailing during this first phase of re-opening of recreational activities.  Mask wearing is a must on and off the water, groups of 4 to be adhered to, the change to the Garden Bar Area and a temporary change in location of the ladies washroom facilities whilst renovations are being undertaken.  Everyone coped really well.


Sailors Joshua and Edward worked with Volunteer Paul during the morning to tidy up the area near our container which had become very messy with debris and leaves - they then wrote a blog about their morning's work.  Of course they got to sail with everyone else in the afternoon.  Here they are tidying up the debris.  Thank you Joshua and Edward for your hard work.

Volunteers help us and HHYC to 'Get Ready to Sail Again' on 19th/20th/28th April:

Sailability Hong Kong Volunteers, recruited via our Hong Kong Club Foundation 2021/2022 'Silver Sailing' funding , came along on 19th & 20th April to help the club get ready for their re-opening on 23rd April.  We needed to move our shed to the playground to make more room on the slipway, participate in a general tidy up, move lockers for HHYC and ourselves for storing sailors bags and the re-organising of the Garden Bar area etc.  Great Job everyone - we couldn't have done it without you.  Thank you.

Another group of 13 Sailability Volunteers joined us to clean and check over our boats on 28th April.  The boats had not been used since 2nd January and they needed to be in good order for our Saturday Sailors Program, the first in 4 months, on 30th April.  Safety is paramount in all we do and everything had to be to standard.  It was an extremely hot day and the Volunteers were happy to be able to also conduct an on the water test!!  They deserved it after all the hard work.  What amazing volunteers we have - we are so lucky.

Today, 2nd April is Autism Awareness Day and let's celebrate our amazing ASD Sailors - wear blue if you can.  Our t-shirts were obviously made to wear today.

World Sailing Announcement 1st April #BACKTHEBID

Paralympic fever in San Francisco as leading figures get behind World Sailing’s #BacktheBid LA28 reinstatement campaign.

Click on the link below and read the Inspiring stories of athletic ability, perseverance, and skill were the order of the day at the St Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on 25 March 2022, when World Sailing gathered three USA Para Sailors to an exclusive meet and greet with national and international media during the Grand Finale of SailGP.


ALL of us at Sailability Hong Kong are so proud to be part of this campaign.  

JANUARY TO MARCH has been a challenge for us all and I am sure some good news is very welcome.  Here is some from us:

HHYC Scallywag Foundation Open Dinghy Regatta 

At last something to look forward to and it will hopefully go ahead as scheduled over the weekend of 2lst & 22nd May 2022 with 20+ of our boats joining.  It's always such a fun weekend and one I am sure all our sailors and volunteers will be looking forward to.

Continuation of our Senior Sailing Program in 2022

After the success of our first program designed for seniors in Hong Kong, we would like to say a huge thank you to the The Hong Kong Club Foundation, who have once again provided the funds to enable more sailing for seniors within our Community.  They will now have the opportunity to participate in certified weekday sailing courses or to learn more about the 'on shore' help needed which is so important in all we do.  If you are interested in being part of this program please don't hesitate to contact us at kay@sailability.org.hk. 

Caring Company 2022

We have achieved this again - our second year and we are so proud. Thank you Hong Kong Society for the Blind for your nomination for this year too.

Mercedez-Benz Hong Kong become our 'Exclusive 2.4mR Maintenance Sponsors' for 2022 & 2023.  A huge thank you to Mercedes-Benz for their continued support of what we do at Sailability Hong Kong.  Look out for the new stickers acknowledging their support which will be on the boats very soon!!  I'm sure they will look amazing.


Hong Kong Society for the Blind a reminder of the good times with our sailors.  We hope you have time to listen to the Hong Kong Society's Cheers Band who have been sailing with us for the past 3 years and what a lot of fun they have had. 

We can't wait to get back out on the water and to see you and our sailors again. In the meantime keep safe and well.




Sun Hung Kai & Co. Sail Hong Kong is the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's new national based open dinghy and invited classes event.


A key 3 day event, the regatta will be based out of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s Middle Island facility.  Racing will take place in 8 classifications across two dedicated race courses in the areas of Repulse Bay, Deep Water Bay, Stanley, Tai Tam and Beaufort.


*REMINDER: Competitors shall comply with any HKSAR Government Covid-19 regulations and RHKYC Covid-19 precautions in place at the time of the event.


*All members and guests (except those under the age of 12) must have received at least the first dose of a HKSAR Government recognised Covid-19 Vaccine.  Vaccine certificates will be checked by our security staff upon first arrival at each of the Club’s three sites.  For those members, and/or guests, who have a medical exemption, they must produce the relevant documents attesting to that exemption.

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Ryan Porteous with SailGP USA in San Francisco. Photo credit: Tom Roberts

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USA Para Sailors Jim Thweatt, Cristina Rubke and Ryan Porteous join USA SailGP sailor, Daniela Moroz at San Francisco SailGP. Photo credit: Jed Jacobsohn

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