You can book your place at the Conference today.  

There will be a series of informative and engaging workshops held throughout the day, covering Social Media, Networking, Coping with Demand, and Empowering the End User.  

These are aimed at supporting and encouraging growth at all 201 Sailability sites across the UK. There will also be the opportunity for volunteers to have one-on-one sessions with RYA staff offering advice on legal and safeguarding matters.  

The conference will run from 0900 until 1700, with the Annual Dinner and Volunteer Awards starting at 1900.  

The evening’s award ceremony will see people from across the country recognised for their efforts in supporting Sailability, with categories covering both youth and adult volunteers.  

This year, Norman Croucher OBE has been confirmed as the after dinner speaker.  

Norman is an acclaimed mountain climber who, despite having two below the knee artificial legs, set out to climb one of the world's 14 highest mountains which exceed 8,000 meters (about 26,250 feet) or as he put it 'join the 5-mile high club'. His goal truly was a near impossible dream.  

Well known for his work with disabled groups and drawing on nearly 50 years of experience of mountaineering expeditions around the globe, Norman has lectured to a wide variety of audiences at home and abroad.  

Debbie Blachford, RYA Sailability Manager, said: "We are really looking forward to the Conference and feel it will be a great opportunity for Sailability sites across the country to come together and learn a lot from each other.  

 "We have a great range of talks and workshops planned that we hope will benefit every Sailability site that attends."  

 To find out more information on the conference and for Volunteer Award nomination forms, visit or contact Sailability by email.