Within the East Region there are a number of Sailability Foundation sites, ranging from large independent groups to small groups and accessible sailing clubs, who whilst they may not run specific sessions, are keen to support any members and potential members to get afloat. Some sites will run daily sessions, whereas others will run one morning at week.
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 and guidance in Disability Awareness, First Aid and Special Needs Manual Handling as well as gaining sailing qualifications.
A Sailability Sailing and Powerboating Scheme, which sits alongside the RYA National Sailing and Powerboating schemes, enables sailors to achieve recognition of their progress at all levels at their own pace.
The Regional Centre of Excellence is the East Anglian Sailing Trust (EAST) based at Suffolk Yacht Harbour.
With Sport England’s This Girl Can Campaign having proved extremely successful at getting women into sport, the RYA have been looking at ways of increasing female participation in sailing and windsurfing.
In the East Region, Sailing Development Officer Jen Miller is taking the lead on the project and developed resources, aiming to increase female participation across the Region through assisting clubs in both getting existing non-sailing members on the water, and encouraging new members into clubs.
Are you thinking about starting a group at your club or have an activity you’d like to build and attract new members? Get in touch with Jen to discuss possibilities.
Currently there are many groups across the region already taking part. Jen would like to hear your stories of how you started and progressed and how it’s affected the membership at the club. Clubs wanting to start will also benefit from hearing your stories, learning what different activity takes places, giving them ideas of how it could also work for them.
Here you can also find a number of resources to help get your project off the ground, including:
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