Sailability

This year we are hosting the HANSA National championships. HANSA is the class association for the Access Dinghies we have at the club (both boats are booked by disabled people to sail at the event already). Preparations are already under way to make this a great event. We are intending to have an RYA Disability awareness course available to helpers, probably in March, so we would like to know who can help for one day or all the days 13th to 15th July 2018. We will also be doing some additional training for designated powerboat drivers. Please email sailability@ncsc.org.uk if you can help. There will also be some hoist training and we are likely to have to get 25-30 boats on the water, and this will require helpers and co-ordination.

Sailability is the RYA initiative to encourage disabled people, including wheelchair users into sailing. It has the ability to transform a disabled persons life, allowing them to be free to sail where they want, race and just enjoy our RYA-Sailability-Logowonderful sport.

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Our Sailaibility certificate

We have two boats, and single person and double person craft, they have weighted daggerboards, so can’t capsize and there is a hoist available. We also have two cobbles which are large stable craft. In 2016 we obtained RYA Sailability recognition.

 

Over 15 -20 years the Sailability offer at NCSC has been built up. During this time two Cobbles and two Access Dinghies (Hansa 303’s) have been acquired. Peter King and Simon McEvoy were instigators supported by Glynn Myatt, Neil Jacks and Ian Firth who, along with helpers, have continued to maintain these boats. The boats were grant aided by Sports Lottery and Rotary

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Launching using hoists at Access open

Initially Sailability is run under the umbrella of the NCSC training section and whilst Will Stanton was Training Principal these boats were put to good use. There was contact with special schools and organisations helping children with behavioural as well as physical difficulties which continued until educational provision was changed. There were also links with outdoor education at this time.

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One of the cobbles in use

Also over time links with local charities, notably Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, who organise visits to this country of children affected by the Chernobyl disaster. It is understood that 4 weeks in this country can prolong these children’s lives by years. The children who visit us are still suffering health problems. The visit to Notts County is one of the favourite trips of their visits.

As well as these visits sailing opportunities have been given to local primary schools.Many members give their time to support these events which mainly take place on week days and in the day time. We need instructors and people with RYA Power Boat level 2 certificate but all help is welcome.

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Hansa Open meeting

This year we have used the cobbles on Open days, and have had a chernobyl visit in March, with two more in August (2nd & 9th) and ran the HANSA open meeting in July.

Several of our members, who are unable to sail a conventional dinghy are now starting to use the boats more regularly, along with Joe Taylor who has been representing Notts County at many events over the years.

For more information please contact Anne Clarke (see Handbook or Sailing Club Manager) or email sailability@ncsc.org.uk 

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