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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:32

A Charity by the Community, for the Community

Back Row: L - R: Ed Tang (Coach); C K Chan (Technical Support); Chan Man Hing, Peace; Albert Lam; Derek Ko.

Front Row: L - R: Cho Ping; Foo Yuen Wai (Bronze medallist); Ah Puk.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 21:30

HISTORICAL BRONZE MEDAL WIN FOR HONG KONG

Sailability Hong Kong won a Bronze Medal at the Para Asian Games held here in Incheon, South Korea.

Foo Yuen Wai, aged 42, won the history making medal in the 2.4mR sail racing event. He scored a remarkable first-ever for Hong Kong in the SAR's first-ever opportunity to compete in the Games.

With only 10 months training from a standing start, Foo Yuen Wai astonished not only the spectators but also fellow competitors with his "magnificent performance".

Displaying the Hong Kong Bauhinia flag across his chest Foo Yuen Way said humbly: "I am very proud. My family will be too when I can find time to tell them! I am so pleased for the whole team and of course for Sailability Hong Kong."

Founder Chairman of Sailability Hong Kong, Mr. Mike Rawbone stated: "The Hong Kong Sailing Team are a credit not only to themselves but also to Hong Kong and sailing generally. No-one knows the amount of effort each member has put in during the last 18 months of training. In my view the whole team, deserve a medal!"

Mr. Rawbone added with a tinge of understandable emotion: "My wife Kay and I – and in fact everyone connected with Sailability Hong Kong – are very proud of them all."

Asian Para Games - Sailing Results for 2.4mR's

   

1st

2nd

3rd

Comments

22nd Oct

Race 9

 Malaysia

 Malaysia

 Japan

HK-7th (OSC) & 8th (Victoria 1026)

 

Race 10

Racing Cancelled due to light wind

Notes:

Wind - 6-8 knots. Sunny with clear blue skies

A Magnificent Bronze for HK!

Asian Para Games - Sailing Results for Access 303(w)

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

Comments

22nd Oct

Race 9

 Singapore

Malaysia

Japan

 HK - 6th (ABC) & 7th (Xiwang)

 

Race 10

Racing Cancelled due to light wind

Notes:

Wind - 6-8 knots. Sunny with clear blue skies
Hong Kong team finish 6th & 7th overall 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:21

A Bronze Medal for Hong Kong!

Foo Yuen Wai in the 2.4mR ‘Operation Santa Claus’, has won a bronze medal in the 2014 Asian Para Games. Many congratulations to Wai and the whole team.

Reports, photos and official results to follow.

Hong Kong sports history in the making took place here today.

Forty-two year old Foo Yuen Wai scored a “magnificent” historic sailing victory first-ever for Hong Kong.

He sailed a 2.45mR fixed keel boat over the finishing line in real international style.

The 42-year old is a member of Sailability Hong Kong team competing for the first time ever in the Para Asian Games currently being held here.

The last day of this very important sailing international event is tomorrow (Wed).  Foo Yuen Wai is on the brink of securing a remarkable position in the Game’s overall finals.

Mike Rawbone, the founder Chairman of Sailability Hong Kong declared: “Foo Yuen Wai has done magnificently.  We are all so proud of him!”

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:18

Asian Para Games Official Results - Day 3

Asian Para Games - Sailing Results for 2.4mR's

   

1st

2nd

3rd

Comments

21st Oct

Race 6

 Malaysia

 Malaysia

 Korea

 HK-5th (OSC) & 6th (Victoria 1026)

 

Race 7

Hong Kong (OSC)

Malaysia

Malaysia

 HK - 4th (Victoria 1026)

 

Race 8

 Malaysia

Malaysia

Hong Kong (OSC)

 HK - 5th (Victoria 1026)

Notes:

Wind - 14 - 15 knots gusting to 20 knots. Raining all day and very cold.

A Magnificent 1st for HK!!

Asian Para Games - Sailing Results for Access 303(w)

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

Comments

21st Oct

Race 6

 Singapore

Malaysia

Singapore

HK - 4th (ABC) & 6th (Xiwang) 

 

Race 7

 Singapore

Japan

Singapore

 HK - 4th (ABC) & 8th (Xiwang)

 

Race 8

 Singapore

Singapore

 Malaysia

 HK - 6th (ABC) & 8th (Xiwang)

Notes:

Wind - 14 - 15 knots gusting to 20 knots. Raining all day and very cold.

Hong Kong's Para Asian Games sailors are trail blazing and "amazing" a growing number of spectators at the current dinghy and keelboat sailing event at Incheon, South Korea.

They are "amazed" at Hong Kong doing so well against the much more experienced international competition they are up against.

Sailability Hong Kong, was asked to enter 2 events in the Para Asian Games (a first ever for HK) about 2-years ago.  The reason for the invitation was because of the organisations "significant work for the disabled Community of Hong Kong"

At that time Sailability did not have the boats nor trained crews to embrace the opportunity.  The organisation managed to get sponsored boats and the sailors have learned their skill from a rigorous training program.

Monday, 20 October 2014 17:07

Asian Para Games Official Results - Day 2

Asian Para Games - Sailing Results for 2.4mR's

   

1st

2nd

3rd

Comments

20th Oct

Race 2

Malaysia

Malaysia

 Korea

 HK - 4th (Victoria 1026) & 6th (OSC)

 

Race 3

Malaysia

Japan

Hong Kong (OSC)

 HK - 7th (Victoria 1026)

 

Race 4

Malaysia

Malaysia

Hong Kong (OSC)

 HK - 4th (Victoria 1026)

 

Race 5

Malaysia

Malaysia

Japan

HK - 6th (Victoria 1026) & 8th (OSC)

Note: OSC had a broken Rudder whilst running 3rd

Notes:

Wind - 12- 15 knots but gradually dropping through the morning. Overcast with haze.

How unlucky for Foo Wai Yuen in OSC  - broken rudder

Asian Para Games - Sailing Results for Access 303(w)

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

Comments

20th Oct

Race 2

 Singapore

Japan

 Malaysia

HK - 6th (Xiwang) & 8th (ABC)

 

Race 3

 Singapore

Japan

Singapore

HK - 7th (ABC) & 8th (Xiwang)

 

Race 4

 Singapore

Malaysia

Japan

HK - 6th (ABC) & 8th (Xiwang)

 

Race 5

 Singapore

Malaysia

Hong Kong (Xiwang)

HK - 4th (ABC) 

Notes:

Wind - 12- 15 knots but gradually dropping through the morning. Overcast with haze.

Hong Kong is scoring a significant first in its sporting history in South Korea. For the first time ever HK is taking part in the Game's Dinghy/Keelboat sailing events.

Sailability Hong Kong (a charity trust of Hebe Haven Yacht Club) was invited to enter the Para Asian Games by officials of the Games because of its significant work for Hong Kong's disabled Community. In a nervy first race we managed 4th and 5th places in the Access Class and 7th and 8th in the Keelboat Class.

In the 2nd race our Access Class crews were on the brink of scoring an historic Hong Kong first!

Monday, 20 October 2014 16:50

Asian Para Games Official Results - Day 1

Results for 2.4mR's

   

1st

2nd

3rd

Comments

19th Oct

Race 1

Malaysia

Malaysia

Korea

HK - 7th (Victoria 1026) & 8th (OSC) Places

 

       

Race Abandoned - no wind / strong tide

Racing Cancelled at 3.10pm

Notes

1st Race - Both HK Boats had a poor start and crossed the start line in 7th & 8th places

Wind - 10-11 knots but gradually dropping through the morning. Bright but with haze.

Results for Access 303(w)

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

Comments

19th Oct

Race 1

Singapore

Japan

Malaysia

HK - 4th (Xiwang) & 5th (ABC)

 

       

Racing Cancelled at 3.10pm

Notes:

Wind - 10-11 knots but gradually dropping through the morning. Bright but with haze.

2nd Race - HK boats were in 1st (ABC) and 2nd place (OSC) at the point the race was abandoned after 2 laps

Friday, 17 October 2014 20:07

Asian Para Games Update - 17th October

Message from Mike Rawbone in Incheon...

Good day for sailing – winds have dropped to about 10 -12 knts. Clear sky and sunny all day.

All our sailors passed their medical classification this morning – so on we go! Kay & I visiting Paralympic Village tomorrow for breakfast with the team. The opening ceremony is tomorrow evening and we start the first day of racing on Sunday. It's all getting very exciting now.............

Albert and Peace in Xiwang

Albert and Peace in Access 303 'Xiwang', donated by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

Friday, 17 October 2014 19:41

Asian Para Games Update - 16th October

Today was very windy (20 knts gusting 26knts) and veering all over the place. Large white caps outside the harbour. Our sailors went out in late morning for a photo shoot.

All the sailors passed the medical assessments earlier in the day.

Foo Yuen Wai in Operation Santa Claus

Foo Yuen Wai in the 2.4mR 'Operation Santa Claus'

Friday, 17 October 2014 19:08

Asian Para Games Update - 15th October

Images of Team HK at the airport and unpacking boats.

Sailability's Team HK

The Sailbility Team, looking very smart, on their way.... Good luck everyone

Monday, 06 October 2014 08:16

ABC Regatta Results

Remembering that several of our boats have already been shipped to Korea for the Asian Para Games, our sailors took part in the ABC Regatta and 'Barts Bash' with their normal high level of enthusiasm.

Although the wind was not kind to us, we managed to get in 3 races over the weekend. The results were as follows:

Friday, 19 September 2014 18:21

ABC Regatta

20th & 21st September, the final regatta prior to the Asia Para Games in Korea takes place at ABC Middle Island this weekend. We will update you with the results in due course. Meantime, our boats for the Asia Para Games are now on the high seas on their way to Korea. Hence, we have a depleted fleet this weekend.

 

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 11:49

2.4mR Qualifying Ranking Series

With fortunate and generally good sailing conditions over the past few weeks, we are now pleased to report we have managed to complete the 2.4mR Ranking Series.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 08:22

2.4mR Notice of Race

SERIES DATES
See race schedule below.

RACES
The programme is as follows:

HKSF Regatta 14th & 15th June
Sunday 22nd June
Sunday 29th June
Sunday July 6th

3 races are scheduled on each day with a total 15 races for the series. The starts for each day's subsequent races will follow as soon as possible after completion of the previous race. The race committee may attempt to complete additional races, if the racing on the previous days were cancelled for any reason.

Two days of mixed weather saw us compete in the HKSF Festival of Sport over the weekend of 14th & 15th June 2014.

Four races were completed with a hoped for 5th abandoned due to a lack of wind which unfortunately becalmed the entire fleet of sailors at the half way point on the last day.

These were important races for our Para Games hopefuls and we have great pleasure in confirming the results (provisional) as follows:

Sunday, 01 June 2014 12:00

Second Ranking Regatta

Given the poor weather in recent weeks we were lucky to have two days of welcome sunshine and wind for the second Asian Para Games qualifying Regatta. Held at HHYC over the 24th & 25th May, some 115 sailing dinghies of different classes took part in a very successful weekend of sailing.

Our 6 Access 303 Dinghies competed with the Pico's at each start and it was very encouraging to see our sailors beating many of them in each race. The high wind accounted for one Access having to retire midway on the second day with a broken rudder but that's sailing.............

Friday, 30 May 2014 14:39

Access 303 Rankings

View or download the PDF for the latest rankings here

During 5 days of April (16th - 21st April), Sailability Hong Kong, took part in a training day and their first 4 day major sailing Regatta at RHKYC, Middle Island, Hong Kong. In the run up to our Asia Games participation in October 2014, the Regatta represented a crucial introduction to high level racing.

As a new sport for people with disabilities in Hong Kong, there were many challenges to face as few sailing clubs have suitable facilities for wheelchair access or people with limited mobility. Just to get to the venue of the race, our sailors had to run a gauntlet of obstacles, from steep steps, gaps in gangplanks, no lifts, difficult access arrangements and inadequate toilet facilities. All made even more challenging in the wet environment of a sailing club. We were thrilled to note that our sailors took to these challenges with the same tenacity to which they have undertaken the challenge of training to compete in the Asian Para Games. They pulled together and found ways to achieve each task and for 4 gruelling days, they trained and raced.

We would like to offer our sincerest gratitude to the following for enabling us to participate in this great weekend event:

VRC, Deep Water Bay – thank you for allowing us to use your premises to ferry our sailors to Middle Island. Your staff were very helpful and enabled us to take this route instead of the only other alternatives of navigating the beach, a shore launch or a flight of steps – as you can imagine, none of these are helpful to wheel chair users let alone those reliant on crutches.

RHKYC, Middle Island and the organisers of the Regatta. We understand that there was some initial anxiety about whether or not our sailors would manage to get there let alone be able to handle whatever the weather decided to throw their way! Thank you for allowing them to prove that they could do both! The experience on the water was invaluable. Everyone involved in Sailability had a wonderful time, and our sailors were thrilled to be able to compete.

Certain individuals at the event, we don't know who you are, but you do! During the course of the weekend, several people came up to our sailors and offered help, with opening doors, pushing up ramps and getting in and out of boats. Thank you for spotting a moment of need and extending a hand of friendship.

Sailability and our fleet of 6 Access 303(w) dinghies competed in all 10 races of the event, the results of which can be seen below. Our huge congratulations to all the sailors.

Results from RHKYC Race Week - Access Class

Position

Helm

Crew

1st Place Ping CHO Chi Yeung PUK
2nd Place Man Hing CHAN Kin Wah LAM
3rd Place Yuen Wai FOO Ka Man CHAN

We are delighted to announce that we will be sending a team of 6 sailors to represent Hong Kong in the Asian Para Games, these to be held at Incheon, S. Korea 18th – 24th October 2014.

We shall be sailing in two classes – the Access 303(w) – double handed and the 2.4mR -single handed. Two teams will represent Hong Kong in each Class.
Currently, our sailors are now taking part in a number of selection Regattas and those chosen to represent Hong Kong will be the most consistent over the RHKYC Regatta (April), the HHYC Regatta taking place in May and the Macau Regatta being held in June. We look forward to announcing who has been nominated in due course.

Access 303(w) - on the left, and competing in the RHKYC Regatta on 19th April and the 2.4mR, on the right, undergoing sea trials at Hebe Haven Yacht Club waters earlier this month:

I am sure you will join all those selected to represent Hong Kong all good fortune in Korea later this year.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 19:43

2.4mR Launch

Everyone gathered on Saturday 12th April, to celebrate the launch of the new 2.4mR. Donated by the Victoria Lodge, this single handed keel boat makes a handsome addition to our fleet.

Photo by John Hammond

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 16:44

SAILABILITY SCORES A FIRST FOR Hong Kong!

SATURDAY APRIL 12TH AT HEBE HAVEN YACHT CLUB | 10.30 AM

Naming and launching of Hong Kong's 2.4mR entry in the FIRST Para Asian Games
dinghy racing event this October in Incheon, South Korea

The above photograph is of Mike Rawbone, Chairman of Sailability Hong Kong putting the 2.4mR dinghy (Victoria 1026 donated by the Victoria Masonic Lodge) through sea trials.

The naming and launching ceremony will be attended by Edmund Wong, Director of Sports, of Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled.  Mr. Wong is former Head Fencing Coach and Sports Administration Manager of Hong Kong Sports Institute.

The HK$150,000 2.4mR dinghy has been donated to Sailability. Mr. Charles Doyle, former Master and present Charity Steward says: "To celebrate our 150th anniversary we decided to raise HK$1million for charities we annually support and also wanted to identify a charity in Hong Kong that we could support in a special way. Of several charities we chose Sailability.  It enabled Sailability to purchase a specially designed yacht for Hong Kong to compete in the Para Asian Games in Korea and other future international events."

Hebe Haven Yacht Club is at: 10.5 miles Hiram's Highway, Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung, Hong Kong.

 

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