Sailability

This Programme is open to all Children aged 8 to 17 with physical and sensorial disabilities.

First, a change in name. Last season, we operated under the name of Sailability Dun Laoghaire following the decision by the IDSA to adopt this name as a result of the merger with the Northern Ireland RYA Sailability.

Our Sunday morning programme continues to be a great success with 20-25 sailors turning up each week for their hour's sailing in one of our Hansa Dinghies with an instructor. Meanwhile, parents and siblings can enjoy a coffee and scone on the forecourt, a vital social element to the programme for families who have a lot to cope with.

We are entering our 7th year of operation and many of the children who started in 2009 are still with us and have progressed significantly with their sailing skills. Last year, the emphasis for these participants was coaching in racing skills for the 2 national competitions in 2015: the Hansa Nationals in Carrickfergus and the Presidents Cup hosted by the Irish. We are grateful to the Club's coaches who volunteered to give our sailors some tuition in preparation.

There are of course many who have no ambitions racing wise and are quite happy to turn up every week for a sail around the harbour and that is fine. However, we do have to provide opportunities for progression for those who do. 

The mainstay of the Sailability Sunday morning Programme is the loyal team of volunteers who come down to the Club every week to help in all sorts of weather conditions. 

We are hoping to run the adult course for those with similar disabilities over four Sunday afternoons from mid-June starting on 19th June. The course will be run using the Hansa dinghies, the specially adapted two person dinghy, some squibs and also the newly acquired 2.4m boats which are solo dinghies and are more appropriate for people with some sailing experience.

If you know of any adult with a physical or sensorial disability who would be interested in the course, they can obtain details from:
Deborah.horan7@gmail.com

I should emphasise that no previous experience is necessary!

Also, we are looking for some George Members who would be prepared to assist with some of the shore work, such as launching and retrieving on these four Sunday afternoons from 19th June.

If you are in a position to help out, you can contact ianafrench@eircom.net or deladiennee_alain@yahoo.com

We are always looking for volunteers and new sailors so if you are interested, please do let us know. It is very rewarding!

Please contact: Ian French at 087 2456834 or ianafrench@eircom.net.