13th September 2020 - a busy day again
Para Sailing Team back to regular training with Ed at the Helm (at least on the Safety Boat) and they were joined for a second day by Fred one of our regular Saturday Sailing Volunteers. They are obviously getting into shape for the upcoming HHYC Regatta at the end of October!
Scallywag Program - parents and sailors joined for another enjoyable day on the water with lots of smiling faces welcoming back what has become their favourite sport. Well done again Paul and Team for a great day out and the weather was good too.
Finally, we had a spot on RTHK Radio 1's program looking at 'Care for the Disabled'. We have already received interest from new Volunteers. Well done to Paul one of our Volunteers for leading this.
What a great weekend to celebrate being back on the water
12th September 2020
TREATS staff and volunteers start an HKSF Level 1&2 course to equip them with more skills when they join their annual sailing programs with Sailability each year.
Volunteer Training Morning
This morning a group of 15 Sailability volunteers met for a training day. Kay led the opening session on working with people with special needs followed by training how to prepare and rig a Hansa, then launching and recovery of the boats. That's a lot for one morning! But our “old volunteers” expertly communicated the step by step approach to volunteers who were all at different skill and experience levels. Three boats then went out for a quick sail before the weather turned in the afternoon.
It was great to be back, chatting, joking and enjoying the "family" friendship which is such a strong part of Sailability Hong Kong. Several times people mentioned "this was how Mike did it" or "that was how Mike taught us to do it". Long may his legacy live on!
回來後聊天、開玩笑、享受"家庭"般的友誼, 是香港"航能"重要的一環, 這太棒了❗好幾次他們也說出 "Mike是這樣做的" "是Mike教我們這麼做的" 願他留給我們的東西一直保存下去
Back Sailing - 6th September 2020
After yet another break in our programs since 15th July 2020 we are back on the water.
First to do this were 3 adults with disability who last sailed on 12th July in their first ever race. Check out a video of their first race day on our FB page.
Para Sailing to restart on 9th September and all other programs will begin from 13th September. Please contact us at / for more information about our programs.
With great sadness we announce that our Co-founder & Chairman Mike Rawbone passed away very suddently on Monday, 3rd August 2020.
Many, many thanks for all the cards and tributes sent in memory of Mike and also for the donations which are still coming in to support his legacy.
If you would like to make a donation please go to our donation page and you can choose where you would like your donation to be used.
Going forward, Mike's legacy will of course continue and we will make him so very proud. Thank you all so much as always for your support - Kay
July - Getting to know our sailors
This is the first of a number of our sailor profiles. Please meet Herbert Spedding:
"My name is Herbert, and I will start ninth grade at Chi Lin Buddhist Secondary School in September this year. I love painting as it allows me to express, record everyday memories through my paintbrush.
Although I struggle in speech expression, personality control, and social skills, last June, I participated in the sailing training organized by the Hong Kong Scallywag Project. Our instructor, Paul Sir, is an incredibly patient teacher. Given my circumstances and struggles, along with the other participants, he was a very patient and tolerant instructor when teaching us about sailing. Throughout the program, Paul Sir has taught us different components of sailing such as safety precautions whilst on water, loading, receiving, wind direction, and controlling of the sailing boat. As a person who has never been near water at a young age and gets nervous around water, Paul Sir and this program has transformed me into an active, confident sailor. During the training, I thought I would give up halfway due to the blistering heat and hard work required. However, I fell in love with sailing in the end".
We may be closed for sailing at the moment but we have not gone to sleep and are busy planning for the future and better times.
Amongst our plans, we are looking at how me might support other groups with additonal 'well being' programs. More on this later.
Meantime - check out our FB pages for news one of our sailors - with many more to follow
Sailability Hong Kong can show you how....
July 15th - Covid-19 Shutdown of Sailing and water based activities.
We are again closed down until further notice due to the need for greater social distancing and the recent outbreak of new cases in HK. We will keep you posted in line with Government guidelines.
Master Mariners Challenge - 6th September
The next major event we have planned is the Master Mariners Challenge where we will put this group to the test.
They maybe fine in tankers, bulk carriers and container vessels but how they in Hansa 303's? We shall see............
Day 3 of Hebe Summer Sailing Dinghy Race Series - Sunday 12th July
The results after 9 races for the 2.4mR's are as follows:
1st - FOO Yuen Wai with 9 points
2nd - PUK Chi Yeung with 15 points
3rd - Virgile BETRAND with 19 points
Results for the Hansa Liberty fleet after 9 races are:
1st - LEUNG Wun Wa with 8 points
2nd - LEUNG Yuk Chun, Sylvia with 13 points
3rd - WONG Haunting, Tommy with 21 points
Results for the Hansa 303 class after 4 races are:
1st - POON Chi Ming with 4 points
2nd - TANG Chi Shing with 8 points
3rd - HOI Cheung Ting with 10 points
Well done to all the sailors.
It was good to see our Hansa 303's take part in this series for the first time, particularly as all who took part were relatively new Para sailors.
5th July - Hong Kong Society for the Blind (HKSB)
This is the 3rd Visit of the HKSB to Sailability. We welcomed them back and passed on our congratulations for the succesful launch of their musical video -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0w7z-MXLPM
Song in Chinese with English sub-titles
Thank you to Instructor Paul and to Ryan, Tommy, Vincent and Sunny Ling - our safety boat drivers and volunteers.
Beautiful weather with sun, wind and a good sea.
We now look forward to their next visit later in the year.
......and after sailing, we had our own version of their song acappela
4th July - 5th Graduation of Scallywag Sailors
Our 5th Graduation ceremony took place in the most wonderful sailing conditions - sun, kind seas and plenty of wind. What more can you ask!
Mike Rawbone presented certificates on behalf of Sun Hung Kai to all the sailors. All 6 will now progress to HKSF level 1&2 qualifications.
Congratulations go to Somawia for coming fist in the afternoon final races! Your prize awaits you next time you are here!
Thank you Ed (the Coach) for completing another Scallywag training course with Sailability.
6 young Scallywag sailors with Coach Ed Tang
Above - Our Race winner Somawia.
Good to beat the boys!
3rd July - Launch of new Safety Boat.
More on this to follow at a later date
1st July - Scallywag Program & ADS 3 Graduation
Another 5 sailors graduated today and completed their course with Sailability Hong Kong. Certificates were presented by Rowan Logan on behalf of the Sun Hung Kai (Scallywag) Program.
Well done to each of them. We hope you keep sailing and we see you at HHYC in the future.
28th June - Day 2 of Hebe Summer Dinghy Race Series
& Results after 6 Races & 1 discard so far:
FOO Yuen Wai - 1st Place with 6 points
PUK Chi Yeueng - 2nd Place with 9 points
SO Jacqueline - 3rd Place with 16 points
LEUNG Wun Wah - 1st Place with 7 points
LEUNG Yuk Chun, Sylvia - 2nd Place with 10 points
WONG Haunting, Tommy - 3rd place with 17 points
A huge well done to LEUNG Yuk Chun, Sylvia for surviving a huge collision not to mention a rather large hole in the side of a Liberty (Songbird) and still managing to complete the race with a hull half full of water!
Below: 'Songbird', after being hit amidships and badly holed by a 2.4mR (with steering gear failure), being rescued before it sank further into local waters ......
Congratulations also to WONG Haunting, Tommy for completing his first ever race series in a Liberty (Swire Flyer ll) and gaining a third, and two first places in the first three races of his sailing career. (Tommy did not take part in the first 3 races of the series)
28th June - Scallywag Program & ASD 4 Graduation
6 young sailors from the 'Lewis' Program completed their sailing course with Sailability and were presented with Certificates by Rob Quinlivan of behalf of the Sun Hung Kai (Scallywag) Program.
At least 2 of this group will now transfer to HHYC for the completion of their HKSF level 1 & 2.
14th June - Day 1 of Hebe Summer Dinghy Race Series: 32 boats in all
HHYC arranged the 1st race series of the year. Sailability entered 5 of the 2.4mR's and 2 x Hansa Liberty's. Given the weather was the aftermath of tropical cyclone 'NURI', it was a better than expected turn out so well done to all for braving the elements and heavy showers.
4 races were held. 2.4mR results: FOO Yuen Wai (1st place overall); PUK Chi Yeung (2nd) and SO Jacqueline (3rd).
The winner of the Liberty class was LEUNG Yuk Chun, Sylvia.
Due to the T1 bad weather warning and the approaching Tropical Cyclone, Saturday sailing was cancelled yet again. The 3rd week running.
Adult Scallywag sailors from our Ethnic Community did manage to get out on the water before the T3 was announced so all was not lost. This was their second day of sailing and given the potential for high winds, the Coach quite rightly restricted the available sail area on each boat.
................and on a lighter note, we are very pleased to show where our boats and sailors have been during the Covid-19 lock down!! Both drawings / painting have been done by a 14 year with Autism who sails with us. Herbert does each drawing from memory but remarkably, he gets the sail numbers / boat names correct each time.............even the GBR boat!
Change of Name Announcement:
Hebe Haven Sailability Trust has marketed itself as ‘Sailability Hong Kong’ since its inception in 2009. The Trust is an incorporated business which has, on occasion, required clarification with donors and other parties.
The Trustees have, for some time, considered it would be better to form a limited company to mirror how we market ourselves. We would now confirm that this has now taken place with an effective date of 1st April 2020, and our new identity is ‘Sailability Hong Kong Limited’. This company was incorporated some time ago but was not activated until charitable status under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance had been obtained.
The Inland Revenue has now granted charitable status to the new company and the mission and objectives of the new company are the same as those we developed for the Trust.
The Directors of the Company remain the same as the Trustees of the Trust save that we are pleased to announce the appointment of Cramond Wong to the Board, effective 1st April 2020. As many of you will know, Cramond runs his own Events and Exhibition business here in Hong Kong and he is also a member of both HHYC and RHKYC.
Henceforth we will no longer be called ‘Hebe Haven Sailability Trust’ and will now be called 'Sailability Hong Kong Limited'. The Trust’s assets and liabilities are in the process of being transferred to the Company and the process will be completed shortly. In the meantime, we will still accept donations made out to Hebe Haven Sailability Trust until new bank accounts for Sailability Hong Kong are fully operational.
For and behalf of Sailability Hong Kong Limited
Mike A Rawbone
Co-founder and Chairman
Launch of 'Bits & Pieces' - the first of 3 renovated Enterprises.
In spite of a major thunderstorm and inbetween periods of lightening and heavy rain, a brief launching ceremony took place at 11.30am on Saturday 30th May 2020 - with a wind speed of what seemed to be - 0.5 knot !!
Sailors who braved the elements included NG Tsz Cheung, Paul (our volunteer of the year in 2019) Peter Danielsson & Joan Calduch. Brave lads those but sensible too as they didn't venture far from the pontoons!
Despite the weather, the event was attended by many of those who have worked towards the repair and renovation of this lovely sailing dinghy and people who have donated parts. This boat is now HKG 21872 and we are infomed this was originally the sail number of a wooden Enterprise; long since sailed to the scrapyard in the sky.
Our thanks go to all those who contributed time and above all parts and sails.
By the way. we still need a mast and 2 booms and a lot of parts for the two other two boats we are renovating!
Last but not least - We are also looking for sponsors to help us pay for the repair and new Gel Coat finishes on both hulls.
Re-start of Para sailing - Sunday 10th May
Welcome back to the Para Sailors today! It's been a while........
7 took to the water today and it was so good to see their enthusiasm and happy faces after a 16 week break.
Sailing the Hansa 303's is just part of their training sylabus as like the 2.4mR, they are a paralympic class too. "Who cares what it is - it just gets us back on the water" commented one.
Welcome back Ed (coach) and all the sailors.
Re-start of Sailing - Saturday 9th May
We were all so pleased to get back on the water after a 16 week absence.
In support of the Government relaxed guidelines for Covid-19, we formed 2 teams of 8 (which included the Instructors & Volunteers) so as to ensure social distancing. This plan seemed to work well and we will increase the number of teams as we go forward to 4. These will be 3 teams to sail and another team of volunteers to continue with the work of renovating our 3 Enterprises.
Well done to all concerned for getting back in the swing of things and as usual, our thanks to the Instructors and Volunteers.
Our Para Sailors will re-start thier coaching sessions tomorrow - Sunday 10th May.
Sailor Awards 2019 - April 1st
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 Sailor Award categories. These would normally be presented at the Sailors Award evening celebrations but given the current COVID-19 lock down and precautions, the cups and medals will be presented to the winners later in the year:
Para Sailor of the Year: FOO Yuen Wai
Most Improved Para Sailor of the Year: CHEUNG Chi Lik, Eric
SEN Sailor of the Year: Ms Alexandra Jones
Most Improved SEN Sailor of the Year: CHUN Nok Ching, Edward
School Of the Year: Jockey Club Sarah Roe
Sailability Volunteer of the Year: NG Tsz Chung, Paul
The Sun Hung Kai Foundation (Scallywag) Sailor of the Year): WONG Haunting, Tommy
Congratulations to all winners. We look forward to recognising you more publically in due course...............
28th March - Enterprise No 3 Found !
With thanks to our Volunteer NG Tsz Chung, Paul - a 3rd Enterprise was located at Chinese University Water Sports Centre. Paul traced the owner and learned that the boat was no longer being used and was available to the charity should we want it! Thank you very much Mr Lo - all donations to Sailability are gratefully received and this one especially as it represents the 3rd boat we have and the formation of an Enterprise 'class' within 'Sailability Hong Kong'.
The boat is actually complete. It needs a few small repairs and a new paint job so it is likely this one will be sailing before the earlier 2nd Enterprise find which needs a lot more work (See below).
At HHYC and parked next to our first (already renovated) Enterprise
And with many thanks due to our Volunteers and various generous donors we are managing to spend our time constructively during the Covid-19 lock down
Kay Patterson, a GenCom member from HHYC found a dumped 'Enterprise' in the Country Park and has since donated this to Sailability (the boat was probably built c1980'ish era but unfortunately no traces of a sail number were found). In a very bad condition, it needed a hole in the floor repaired, a complete new set of thwarts, replacement seats, a new forward bulkhead, lifting handles , spars, sails, rigging, rudder & tiller and many other parts not to mention a completely new paint job.
When found: After hull repairs & Painting:
The boat is now being re-assembled after repair and painting and thanks to many part donors (which came to us via our FaceBook page) will be sailing soon. Nearly forgot - the boat had been named by Kay as 'Bits & Pieces'. What else I hear you say..........
Oh Yes.....................Thanks to Andy Service we found another dumped boat in Tai Po. This is in a worse condition than the first Enterprise has now become a renovation project for our Volunteers many of whom sailed in these boats years ago and who now want to sail them again. Same basic needs as the first boat- except this one has 2 holes in the hull ! Our sincere thanks also to Chris Lau at Little Palm Beech for donating 3 sets of sails, many spares and a jib pole for this boat. Most urgent needs now are to find the spars and rigging...........
Renovation of Hansa 303's January & February 2020
We have also taken the opportunity to have our 5 oldest Hansa 303's (those delivered to us in 2010 -11) repaired and renovated. Some of the damage was caused by Typhoon Hato but most has just resulting from continual usuage, UV damage and very fair wear & tear over the years.
The funding for these repairs plus a few other replacement parts and sails was made possible by the Donation from the 2019 Arbitrators Ball - our sincere thanks to them again.
Hopefully, the renovations will give us another few good years sailing in these popular dinghies.
Tuesday 28th January - Scallywag Groups
2 Groups of Scallywag sailors took to the water today. Luckily, they have sailed with us before as it was quite blustery out there not to mention - cold.
Thank you to our Volunteers and Instructors for their support and to Kay for the Chinese New Year red packets and the cake!
Sunday 5th January - Jardine Mindset
Our second sailing day with this enthusiastic group. Another 24 people from Mindset made up of sailors, helpers and volunteers join our team for their first day of sailing. Many said they would like to come back again and join a course!
Saturday 4th January started our new year of sailing with 12 sailors taking to the water for another fun day out on the water. Good weather, sun and wind! A good omen for the coming year we hope....