Our story started in 2009 and continues today.
What is Sailability?
Sailability is a "not for profit “volunteer-based organisation which, through the activity of sailing, aims to enrich the lives of people with a disability, including those with higher support needs and those with other life challenges, from within the many under-represented groups within our community.
We were originally granted Charity Status by the Hong Kong Inland Revenue in February 2011, our registered charity number being: 91/11325. Since then we have changed our name to Sailability Hong Kong Limited and our new charity number is 91/15775.
Sailing, is a sport/recreational activity, not always accessible to all due to lack of finance, a physical/learning disability, mental health or any of the many social barriers which exist. We break down barriers within the community offering financial and practical support, inspiration and encouragement; to make sailing accessible to EVERYONE.
Our Hong Kong based program is based on the British & Australian Sailability experiences and specifically seeks to enhance a person’s sense of achievement; improve self-confidence & independence and to provide the opportunity to find a new interest which raises life skill levels. We are also able to provide the necessary training to those having ambition and determination to participate in local, regional and international events, representing Hong Kong, whilst also having the opportunity to compete against able bodied sailors on a 'level playing field'.
Where are we now?
We have grown from our first 2 boats in 2010 to 35 boats in 5 classes + 4 safety boats.
6 x Hansa 2.3
14 x Hansa 303W - World Sailing Paralympic boat
3 x Hansa Liberty
9 x 2.4mR - World Sailing Technical Paralympic boat
3 x Enterprise - renovated as a Volunteer Enterprise Project
Following the hosting of Asia's first Paralympic Development Program for World Sailing at Hebe Haven Yacht Club in March 2017 we are now seen as the leader for sailing for those with a disability in Asia. In 2019 we were recognised by the RYA as being in the top 10 busiest Sailability Centres globally. We compete both locally and internationally with our physically and intellectually disabled and hope this continues. We have won a total of 6 medals in Korea, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.
Our programs continue to increase and our regular Saturday Sailors and Para Sailing Team highlight what Sailability can do. Why not come to see it for yourself - you will be amazed.
A Power Point presentation on our history and story so far is available from our 'Policies & Downloads' page.