Sailing for the less able

Thought you couldn’t sail? Think again! Whitefriars Sailing Club is committed to the inclusion and development of sailors with disabilities, and those sailors who are just not as mobile as they once were. You can join as a Sailability member (Concessionary Single) and attend Wednesday sessions, or become part of main club as a Single Member and join all their social activities and racing. The club is now an official RYA Sailability Foundation Centre.

Saturday Sessions 2015

11th April, 16th May, 13th June, 11th July, 8th August, 15th August, 22nd August, 29th August, and 12th September.

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We are fortunate enough to have two hoists which enable us to transfer people safely in and out of the boats. Also, there is a large, stable pontoon which was built for purpose, where one of the hoists is located. A number of seating options enable us to deliver safe sailing for a range of needs. We also have a WC for the disabled.


At present we have two Access 2.3s, which are designed specifically for sailing with disabilities, enabling the sailor to stay seated in the centre of the boat. For the less confident, or more sociable sailor, one of these will carry two people. We also now have a Flying 15, a Challenger and a Wayfarer available. There are other disabled sailors at the club who own their own boats, namely a Martin 16, and an Access Liberty. The group also have access to the club boats by arrangement, which include Comet Trios. There are likely to be some exciting new additions to the fleet this year. We are well aware that people will have very specific needs, and once we understand those needs we can strive to accommodate them.

Disabled sailors are also welcome to bring their own boats and use them on the lake (subject to completing an insurance declaration).


The club is fortunate to have many volunteers who are prepared to give their time to this project on a voluntary basis. We are very grateful for that, and welcome enquiries from potential volunteers. The group will meet throughout the summer from 2nd April on Wednesdays from 11am to 3pm.
The club facilities will also be available at all other times, however any extra support required will have to be arranged.


All sailors, including those with disabilities, must join the club either as a Concessionary Single member (Wednesday sailing) or as a Single member, where sailors can take part in all activities and racing.
Day membership is also available for the disabled/less able people at £15 per day up to a limit of three visits.
Guests are welcome to come and see what we do, but must be signed in by a Club Member.


For more information please contact:

Chris Stout or David Durston or call 01285 642390

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