What is Sailability?
Sailability programs provide sailing opportunites for people with a disability regardless of their ability, mobility or circumstances. A variety of vessels are utilised, from small stable 2-person dinghies to 20 foot and larger yachts. The sailing areas are safe protected waters and all activities are supported by a safety boat.
Sailability WA Inc is a "Not for Profit", Incorporated Association, organised by an Operational Committee and a part-time Co-ordinator. The programs are run by trained and experienced volunteers. It is governed by a constitution and has audited accounts. It is dependent on the generousity of private donations and sponsorship, limited government grants, and it's volunteers, who are passionate about sharing their love of sailing with people with disabilities.
Sailability WA began following the Gold Medal success of Noel Robins, Jamie Dunross and Graeme Martin at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, when the Royal Perth Yacht Club decided to develop a programme for people with disabilities to participate in all manner of Club sailing activities, from trying sailing to club racing and high performance competitions.
Today the Sailability WA program offers three integrated levels of activity; Supported Sailing, Club racing and training, and High Performance Competition Sailing.
SAILABILITY PROGRAMS HOSTED BY ROYAL PERTH YACHT CLUB
On a weekly basis during the sailing season places on boats are provided to give people with a disability the opportunity to sail. Participants can be from agency networks or living independently within the community. They can be assisted by a support worker or family member or be completely independent, sailing in easily accessible, stable and safe boats under the control of an experienced skipper. The Hansa 2-person dinghy Class has been specifically designed to be extrememly stable and simple to operate. Several larger yachts are also utilised, which can accommodate more participants. Hoists are available to transfer wheelchair users into the boats provided. All volunteers are trained in safety and first aid, and a support powerboat is provided for all activities. We also have a stable motorised pontoon called Nev Thomas, owned by Fishability that we operate once a week for a very limited number wheelchair bound participants.
ASSOCIATED SAILABILITY GROUPS IN WA
Additional programs are available at:
THE SOUTH OF PERTH YACHT CLUB, APPLECROSS.
For more information go to the Sailability page of the club website at: www.sopyc.com.au
PRINCESS ROYAL SAILING CLUB, ALBANY.
For more information contact The Co-ordinator at email@example.com or visit the Sailability page of the club website at:www.prsc.com.au