Sailability: disability's no barrier
There are many places disabled people, regardless of type or severity of disability, can try sailing in the South West.
20 RYA Sailability sites in the region offer a wide range of special boats and facilities, including hoists, launching ramps and specially adapted changing rooms, and trained volunteers to help.
There are also many different types of boat to try, from dinghies to keelboats, while opportunities also exist for disabled sailors to experience offshore cruising and windsurfing.
And when you’re ready to take the sport to the next level, you can join members of the region’s Sailability clubs at the national RYA Sailability Multi Class Regatta, held every summer at Rutland Sailing Club (in the Midlands) to help people across many different classes improve their racing skills, make new friends and get inspired.
Leon Ward is the Disability Development Officer for the south of England – he helps to promote disabled sailing activities to increase the numbers of disabled sailors in the South West and ensure the region’s facilities are used as much as possible. Leon is an invaluable source of information and advice for clubs, volunteers and sailors.