Sailability was established in Australia by the Victorian Yachting Council in 1991. By 2000, Sailability Victoria had been incorporated as a not-for-porfit charitable organisation while countinuing to operate as a committee of Yachting Victoria. At that time Yachting Victoria provide a part-time Sailability Coordinator and a mobile unit of four Acccess (Hansa) Boats an SAfety RHIB supporting just four Sailability Programs. Sailability Victoria amalgamated with Sailing for Everyone in 2003, including an additional four programs. From this we have now grown to 22 programs around the State offering sailing experiences to many sailors of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, enabling them to become involved in sailing and their local sailing club.
The Sailability name or band describes the introductory and recreational sailing programs designed for people with a disability and conducted at sailing clubs.
Sailability Victoria is a Yachting Victoria Committee focused on supporting the network of exisiting volunteer run Sailability programs, growing participation and increasing the opportunities for sailors of all abilities to develop within the sport.
Sailing for Everyone
Sailability Victoria also promotes the concept of "Sailing for Everyone", advocating for Victorian clubs to be more inclusive and grow the number of opportunities for people of all ages, abilities an backgrounds to participate.
Inclusion is not just about opportunities for people with a disability. It extends to people fromculturally and linguistically diverse communities, indigenous Australians, those who are finincially and socially disadvantaged and other groups within our community not traditionally attracted to sailing.
The equipment and approach used by Sailability - using safe, stable, easy to sail boats that build confidence, and providing a welcoming, non-threatening and encouraging recreational environment - can easily be adapted to Discover Sailing programs and club environments.