Our Sail Boats
Our fleet of Hansa 303 sail boats are built for one or two sailors and are perfect for beginners with or without disability.
They are designed to be very stable on the water thanks to a weighted centreboard, and feature a central joystick to steer the boat, and a simple pulley system to adjust the sails easily.
We also have a Hansa Liberty, a slightly larger boat and well suited to our more advanced sailors.
"I just had my first sail. So impressed that the boat put no strain on any part of my body, especially my spine. Can't wait for my next sail!"
- Elisha, media manager, sailor, trainee RIB skipper.
Living well with degerative rheumatic disease.
Our Support Boats
We use motorised RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) and each boat has a qualified skipper to drive the boat and a crew member to manage the ropes.
Our support boats are out on the water to supervise each sailing session.
They perform a number of essential tasks:
Safely tow the sail boats from the dock out to the harbour where sailing takes place. (see video below)
Shadow the sail boats to make sure everyone is happy and safe.
Placement of buoys to set a small course.
Safely tow the sail boats back into the dock.
Communicate regularly via marine radio with the Officer of the Day onshore who continually monitors the sailing conditions.
We are always looking for more support boat volunteers: skippers and crew. So if you already have the skills or would like to learn, we offer a training programme for support boat skippers and crew.
We'd love to welcome you into our
Sailability Smiles Club soon.
There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about with boats.