When do we sail?
We sail from April to the end of October on a Tuesday and a Thursday.
For participating sailors, the day usually starts at 10:00 and finishes at 15:00, with a break for lunch at around 12:30.
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Who can sail with us?
We know that if you have any disability, then life can be more restricted than for others, so we try to overcome some of the limitations to outdoor activities. Our main ethos is:
- We try to cater for anyone and everyone with a disability.
- We have no restriction on age or disability.
- Talk to us. If at first we do not have a solution to a problem, we will try to find one – new ideas are always welcome.
- If you need to be accompanied on the water, then that is not a problem. We are happy to involve carers and our own instructors are happy to help out where needed.
What do you need to bring?
- Outdoor clothing, suitable for the weather.
- A change of clothing and footwear, (in case you get wet).
- Waterproof over-clothing (there may be rain and there will probably be spray).
- Suitable footwear. Trainers, or similar, that you don’t mind getting wet.
- Sunscreen, (if its hot and sunny).
- Food and Drink
- A hat, cap or hood, that won’t blow off, to keep your head warm if its cold.
We will provide.
- Buoyancy Aids
- We will try to develop each individual’s potential and get you to a level where you can sail on your own.
- We can provide RYA accredited training.
- Anyone on the pontoon or on the water must wear an appropriate buoyancy aid.
- There will always be someone present with 1st Aid Training
- A Safety Boat will always be launched before any disabled sailor goes out sailing. It will have a competent driver and crew who will keep you out of trouble and help you if you get into any difficulty.
Facilities and Equipment..
- There is wheelchair access to all parts of the Clubhouse and onto the pontoon.
- There is a hoist available if needed, for assisting people into and out of boats.
- It costs nothing to come down and try for the first time.
- If you like it, and wish to come again, then we have to charge a small fee to cover our operating costs. This may change in forthcoming seasons, but is currently set at £3 per person per half day session or part thereof. If we are very busy, then time on the water might be reduced to permit others to sail. If the dinghy being used is an Access 303 or Martin 16 (which can take two people), then this charge can include a sailor and their companion carer.