This Could Be You
Sailing is a sport that everyone can enjoy and be competitive in and that, as our own Dawg will tell you, means disabled people too. The UK’s Royal Yachting Association isn’t just about making sure Brits take a ton of medals in the Olympics, it also has a great program for disabled sailors called Sailability. For the last two years they’ve had a multi-class regatta, which last year attracted 85 disabled sailors. This year they want to see a ton more racing and have already announced opening of entries for the August event, in the hope of getting more people to have a go.
The event is a real fun one, with something for everyone, from first time racers to Paralympic hopefuls, and there is still time for disabled non-sailors to start learning and have a go. If you’ve never sailed Sailability will teach you! So, if you are in the UK and a disabled sailor get in touch with Sailability; if you’re an able bodied sailor and know a disabled non-sailor tell them about the freedom that sailing can bring to them.
The multi-class regatta kicks off with fleet training on day 1, opening ceremony and barbeque for all competitors and helpers. A full day’s racing on day 2 is followed by an evening regatta dinner and cabaret, as well as spot prizes for the day’s notable performances. On day 3 all the fleets come together for a giant pursuit race, with the first boat over the line crowned Champion of Champions. The weekend culminates with prize giving presentations with prizes for the top boats in the fleet and pursuit races. The entry fee is just £10 for the weekend and, as the regatta dinner is free to competitors, it really means it’s a free entry. Take a look at these pix of disabled sailors having fun on the water.