Fact Sheet for Sailability activities operating from Royal Perth Yacht Club:
The Sailability Sailing Season opens in early October and closes at the end of April each year.
Where ? The address for the activities is at Royal Perth Yacht Club, Australia II Drive, Crawley, WA, 6009.
The meeting point for participants is the shaded area at the rear of the Club's Training Centre building.
Parking is available in an area opposite the club gates. There is also some disabled parking available adjacent to the sailing pontoon/meeting area and to gain access to this area you will need to apply to the Co-ordinator for a pass.
Bookings and Membership - sailing places are generally booked for the whole season with an annual membership fee applicable. Membership covers the participant for Liability Insurance. Invitations to register for Membership are issued in September each year.
Individual or Family memberships are available.
Agency Membership allows different participants booked through the same Agency to be rotated through the their available sailing places. This allows more people to experience the activity over the year.
Low Support Sailing on Wednesday mornings is for mobile participants able to board the boats without hoisting.
High Support Sailing on Thursday mornings is for wheelchair users who require hoisting aboard the boats. They are laid into beanbags for support. There is also a rigid motorised floating pontoon called Nev Thomas which we can use for totally wheelchair bound participants, unable to be hoisted.
Session Times - each morning has a 1000 departure and an 1100 departure. You will need to arrive half an hour earlier than your sailing departure time, to allow time for pre-sailing preparations. Late arrivals may miss their sailing opportunity as boats leave on time.
Boats - Sailability activities provide sailing places for participants in a variety of vessels. In a large yacht, a support person can accompany a participant if necessary. In smaller two-person dinghies, the participant is accompanied by a volunteer skipper and the support person stays ashore.
A support boat is always on the water during Sailability activities in case assistance is needed.
Provided - sunblock, chilled water and a shaded, seating area. All participants and their supporters are fitted with lifejackets before entering the floating jetty area.
Bring - hats (with ties), a water bottle, warm/extra clothes, a healthy snack.
Volunteers - are in attendance to assist participants with the sailing activities only and they are trained in boat handling, rescue techniques, First Aid and have 'Working With Children' clearance.