In 2009, Mike Rawbone and his wife Kay set out to establish the first Sailablity program in Hong Kong, along similar lines to those organised by the RYA in the UK.
Following a meeting with Chris Mitchell (an Australian boat designer from Access Dinghies), Kay & Mike sold their keel boat and purchased the first 2 Access 2.3 dinghies, these being subsequently delivered in early 2010. With tremendous help for a small group including the then Commodore at HHYC (Mark Houghton) and the Sail Training Manager (Rob Allen) our program was born.
Mike has sailed since age 8 and he taught Kay to sail once they were married. Professionally, Mike is a Human Resources Consultant and his wife Kay, a Director of The Nesbitt Centre - a NGO specialising in English speaking adults with intellectual disabilities.
Kay & Mike live in Hong Kong, are members of HHYC and have 3 children, Rachel, Joanne & David. They also now have 6 grandchildren - 4 girls and 2 boys.
Our first 2 Access 2.3's - HKG 1944 (now on permanent display at the HK Maritime Museum) and HKG 1945
Kay & Mike Rawbone
Some of our first sailors - November 2009