Sailor Awards Night - 9th March 2018
A magnificent turnout and great support was given by members, guests, visitors, sponsors, sailors and families attending the HHYC & Sailability Sailor Awards Night event.......too many to count
Sailability award winners for 2017 were:
Para Sailor of the Year - FOO Yuen Wai
ID Sailor of the Year - Alexandra Jones
Most Improved Sailor of the the Year - PUK Chi Yeung
Volunteer of the Year - NG Tsz Chung, Paul
Also presented during the evening were the RYA Certificates for our Para Team and Volunteer (see 17th February News).
HHYC Certificates were presented to NG Tsz Chung, Paul and Richard Hartas for their contribution, as Volunteers, to the 24 Hour Charity Dinghy Race 2017.
Out of the many awards which took place during the evening, perhaps the largest applause was given to the HHYC Sailor of the Year - Toby Jenkyn-Jones. Many congratulations Toby - this award was very well deserved!
New Boat Launch - 24th March 2018
A huge thank you to all at Victoria Lodge 1026 for the generous donation of our beautiful yellow Hansa Liberty - named 'Victoria 11'. This is our third boat in this single-handed class.
The ribbon cutting and launch ceremony took place at 11.00am with some 50+ spectators present. Our thanks to Chas Doyle (and wife Linda) plus Jeremy Stowe for representing the Lodge on this very special day for all at Sailability Hong Kong.
Volunteer Training Day - 24th March
Sailability welcomed 22 new volunteers to their training day at HHYC.
Class room activities including several videos followed by practical learning skills and the chance to try our Hansa boats. All seem to have enjoyed the day and we look forward to their support over coming months and years.
The day ended with each participant being presented with a Certificate and a group photo session.
HKSF Festival of Sport Open Dinghy Regatta - 21st / 22nd April
Hosted by Hebe Haven Yacht Club (HHYC) the event attracted well over 100 sailors, the highest number of entries coming from HK based Optimists at RHKYC, ABC & HHYC. Sailability entered 6 of their 2.4mR's into the Open Division.
The weather was unkind on the second day with light winds deteriorating and only one race taking place during the morning.
Overall winner in the 2.4mR class was
PUK Chi Yeung (with 4 x first place finishes and 4 points) with FOO Yuen Wai second with 9 points and Leung Wun Wa third with 13.
Well done to all our sailors, especially Cheung Chi Lic, Eric who took part in this class for the first time, finishing 5th overall.
L - R
Puk Chi Yeung - 1st
Foo Yuen Wai - 2nd
Leung Wun Wa - 3rd
Our Sailors & Coach with some of the Volunteers who gave up time to help over the weekend. A big thank you to all who helped.........
HHYC Open Day - 28th April
Well over 1,500 members of the public attended the HHYC Open Day and had the opportunity to sail, paddle-board, kayak, have a trip on 'Hebe One', buy something at the Car Boot Sale or to just have fun.
Sailability attracted 189 people to sail in our Hansa fleet during the day. Thank you Cho Ping for keeping the score and a huge thank you to all the sailors, instructors, volunteers and sailors from the Jockey Club Ti-1 College who made this possible.
We were also delighted to sign up some new volunteers during the day and we look forward to them supporting us in the future.
Our slipway and launch area -
Hong Kong Society for the Blind pay a visit on Open Day and go sailing............
Charity Cheque Presentations: 9th March 2018
Sailability were one of 5 charities presented with a cheque by the organisers of the 24 hour Charity Dinghy Race in 2017 (in case you have forgotten - won by our Para sailors!).
Thank you to the sailors, HHYC and all who contributed their time to make it another successful event. We look forward to the next 24 Hour and the opportunity to defend our title!
HHYC Sailor of the year
2017 Toby Jenkyn-Jones (above)
RYA Sailability Awards - 17th February 2018
The Awards ceremony took place at Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre in Bedfordshire, UK yesterday.
Unfortunately we did not win but this only goes to confirm the high level of competition within the Sailability community internationally. Being short-listed is a fantastic achievement.
Our Para Team and Volunteer were represented at the awards ceremony by Caroline & Peter Redhead; volunteers and supporters of Sailability Hong Kong whilst previously living here. New 'T' Shirts on the way!
Both the Para Team and NG Tsz Chung, Paul were presented with beautiful certificates. These will be sent to us in due course and will be presented locally.
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Race Week - 20th to 25th February
5 of our 2.4mR's took part part in the Open event this week. The final results were:
Puk Chi Yueng = 9; Foo Yuen Wai = 10; Leung Wun Wa = 23; Chan Tsun Ming = 28; Doughie Waterston = 37
Congratulations PUK Chi Yeung and to everyone who took part as well as to our Coach (Ed Tang) and our Sailability Volunteers Paul NG; Summer NG; Yat Shing & Christina; Hong Kei; Emily HA; Fanny WONG; Eric CHENG; Lydia LUI & Jeanette SO who all turned up to help and support our sailors.
Our thanks also go to ABC & VRC for the support given to our team whilst travelling to Middle Island.
Trophies presented by the Hong Kong Commissioner of Sport; Mr Yeung Tak Keung
Sailability Hong Kong Para Sailing Team. Winners at the HHYC 24 Hour Charity Dinghy Race 2017
Paul NG, RYA Instructor and Volunteer with a new group of Para Sailors - January 2018
Volvo Ocean Race - 28th January 2018
We are most grateful to the Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam for her visit to our stall at the VOR. Mrs Lam took time to meet many of our Para sailors and volunteers and was introduced to the boats sailed by our sailors which are exhibited at the event (2.4mR and Hansa 303).
The Chief Executive congratulated Hong Kong's Para medal winner, FOO Yuen Wai, on his achievement and at the end of her visit she was presented with a Sailability Hong Kong t-shirt and pennant by Kay Rawbone, one of the charity founders.
27th January - New Hansa 303 Launch
We were very pleased to welcome the CEO of the Matilda International Hospital, Linda Burgoyne and many other staff to the launch of a new Hansa 303 which they have named 'Matilda'. The boat has very generously been donated to Sailability Hong Kong as part of our growth and boat replacement strategy.
This donation formed part of the Matilda Hospital 110th Anniversary Celebrations. The boat was launched at Hebe Haven Yacht Club with many sailors present in addition to our guests. The inspiration for their generous donation was inspired by 8 year old Jack Farmer, one of their patients and who also sails with Sailability Hong Kong.
20th January 2017 - Volvo Ocean Race - 'Scallywag' welcomed to Hong Kong in First Place
Sailability Hong Kong Para Sailors welcome the skipper (Witty), his family and the team of 'Scallywag' to Hong Kong during the early hours. Not only were our sailors there, CHO Ping and LEUNG Wun Wa seem to have got their hands on the trophy! Also present were Ed TANG (Para team Coach), Lydia LUI, CHAN Tsun Ming and Eric CHEUNG. Nice 'T' Shirts team!
Editors Note: I think they had to give the trophy back.........