Helping People with Disabilities Enjoy Sailing
Within the Eastern Region there are 16 Sailability Foundation sites ranging from large, independent groups to small groups incorporated into sailing clubs. Methods of operating vary from daily sessions at some, to just one morning a week at others.
Most groups are run by volunteers who facilitate sailing in whatever way they can. They are the “sailing buddies”, fund raisers and working parties. The Rotary Clubs of Great Britain have taken a special interest in the sport and we are indebted to them for providing both volunteers and craft.
Training is an important element in group structure and RYA Sailability will assist with sessions in Disability Awareness, First Aid and Special Needs Manual Handling as well as gaining sailing qualifications.
A Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificate scheme, adapted from the RYA Dinghy Sailing programme, enables sailors to achieve recognition of their progress at all levels at their own pace.
This season our region will host;
- The Blind Sailing Nationals for the fourth time on the River Orwell,
and will continue to provide a growing number of sailing opportunities for people of all ages.
The regional Centre of Excellence is The East Anglian Sailing Trust (EAST) based at Suffolk Yacht Harbour.