Sussex Sailability at Sussex Yacht Club provides sailing opportunities for disabled Sailors
Sailability was founded by the Royal Yachting Association to enable disabled people to sail. With the aid of a National Lottery Grant, the main Club premises at Shoreham have been modified for disability access. We have installed hoists on our jetties to lift sailors from and to their wheelchairs, so that we can provide sailing opportunities for people with a wide range of physical, sensory, learning and other disabilities or difficulties. It's fun, friendly and affordable. If you love sailing or want to try it, do come and join us as a novice, crew, helm, volunteer, fund raiser, or to give a donation. Come and have a go – see Taster Sessions.
We are a 100% volunteer organisation. Our volunteers drive safety boats, help maintain, rig, launch, wash and put away the dinghies, as well as helping with coaching and sailing on and off the water.
Come and help – see Volunteers. We have 15 boats suitable for people with disabilities to helm and to crew. These range from single-handers (one equipped with servo assisted controls) to 23 ft. racing keel boats.
Play the RYA Come and Sail video
SCHEDULES - As the tide times vary – see ourSailors schedule or our Powered session schedule for dates and times.
CONTACTS - If you would like to talk about sailing with us or volunteering – see Contacts
given me the opportunity to practice & enhance my sailing skills in a safe environment. I particularly enjoy our keelboat races which have been a new experience for me. It’s great to meet up with new friends at the weekends and go sailing together. Sailability, together with the excellent organisation & instruction, has made this possible!" Chris
''The best things I see for my son are his growing self-confidence, fitness, verbal and physical skills. There is 'a can do' attitude amongst fellow volunteers and sailors alike, of all ages. They are never challenged, always encouraged with care and respect''.
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