Sailability Hong Kong Limited - reopened for sailing on 30th April after a 4 month suspension. How happy everyone was; Sailors, Instructors, Safety Boat Drivers, Volunteers and Parents
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Let it Shine: http://youtu.be/o0w7z-MXLPM
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 18 to 20 February 2022 POSTPONED UNTIL FUTHER NOTICE
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.
SEE CURRENT CLUB ENTRY REQUIREMENTS as at 6 January 2022 here
*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.
PROVISIONAL CLASSES | FLEETS | DIVISIONS
Ryan Porteous with SailGP USA in San Francisco. Photo credit: Tom Roberts
USA Para Sailors Jim Thweatt, Cristina Rubke and Ryan Porteous join USA SailGP sailor, Daniela Moroz at San Francisco SailGP. Photo credit: Jed Jacobsohn