Sun Hung Kai opens sailing for local youth with HKSF
Published: Friday, 26 January 2018
Initiative follows Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag’s leg four win as the Hong Kong investment firm is backing the Hong Kong Sailing Federation (HKSF) Sun Hung Kai Scallywag Development Programme. The partnership aimed at making sailing more accessible to local youth from less advantaged backgrounds.
(Photo: David Witt, Skipper, Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag)
The programme aims to offer 9,000 days of free education and sailing to underprivileged children around Hong Kong over the next two years. Sun Hung Kai & Co. Foundation will match dollar for dollar half the funds required to finance the entire programme.)
The scheme will be delivered by qualified instructors at sailing centres around Hong Kong, with the goal of making it as easy as possible for participants to take part.
Lee Seng Huang, Group Executive Chairman of Sun Hung Kai & Co. said, “This partnership is part of our commitment to building a long-lasting youth sailing legacy here in Hong Kong. Sailing builds determination, discipline and teamwork, but the barrier to entry can be daunting.
“Alongside Hong Kong Sailing Federation, we seek to bring more local young people into the sport and foster the next generation of sailing talent.”
Charlie Manzoni, Vice President of HKSF said, “Our school programme and sailing clinics help local children get excited about sailing. This new programme will enable us to leverage this interest and retain in the sport young people who might otherwise be unable to afford it.
“This is key in helping grow the local sailing community, making it more inclusive by bringing in more people from diverse backgrounds.”
The Scallywag Race team’s mission is to become Asia’s premier offshore sailing team, as well as to promote interest in the sport, despite a short history it has already achieved record-breaking performances in races such as the Sydney-Hobart Race and the Hong Kong to Hainan Race.
Entering as Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, it is also the city’s first-ever representative in the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race. With a stopover being hosted in the city for the first time, it was fitting that the crew pulled off a win on the homecoming leg as they led the fleet into port on January 20.