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    Welcome to Dart Sailability

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    Welcome to Dart Sailability

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Dart Sailability exists to encourage anyone with a disability to take part and enjoy the sport of sailing or boating on The River Dart. Purpose built boats, which can be adapted to meet the needs of individual sailors are available to enable disabled people to get afloat. A hoist is available to safely lift wheelchair users into the boats.  We welcome new members with any disability, please go to the Information for Sailors page here or contact us here if you have any questions.



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Dart Sailability News Blog

by Dart Sailability 17 Jul, 2017

The forecast is great for tomorrow, sunshine and light winds from the north west. Bring your sunscreen and have fun. H/W midday.  OOD Anna Chrystie

by Dart Sailability 09 Jul, 2017

Round the Island Race 2017

This year there was a Dart Sailability official-unofficial team entry for the Round The Island Race, raced on Saturday 1 July, organised by the Island Sailing Club. This is reputed to be the fourth largest participation sport activity in the United Kingdom, attracting some 1,600 entries with an estimated 16,500 individual sailors taking part. And in 2017 our new member Keith White, fresh from his triumphant solo circumnavigation of the British Isles (marks to starboard!) entered the Marathon to race the 50+ nautical miles round the Isle of Wight (marks to port!), and invited Tim Trent, volunteer and our Safety Officer, to join the crew.

The race did not go as planned.

On Friday 30 June Keith met Tim from the RedJet ferry at West Cowes at lunchtime and they planned getting the Marathon ready for the race. There was to be a crew of seven for the race, no bad thing, she's a big boat and heavy to operate even though Keith sails her solo on challenges, but racing is a very different thing from solo challenges. During the afternoon that seven dwindled to four, but four was fine to race her.

by Dart Sailability 09 Jul, 2017

Dart Sailability hosted a team from the junior section of RDYC at Noss on Saturday 1st July. Six sailors took part from each team in a light breeze and there was close quarters racing around the course.  Three races were held and RDYC came out on top by a clear margin.  Janet Cottey put on a superb cream tea afterwards while RDYC were presented with the Sailability Team Racing cup.  Great fun was had by all and we look forward to meeting up again next year.

by Dart Sailability 09 Jul, 2017

Dart Sailability took part in joint training exercise today (Sunday 4th June) involving Dart RNLI and National Coast Watch Froward Point.

The exercise was organised by Dart Sailability’s Safety Officer, Tim Trent liaising with Richard Eggleton at Dart RNLI and Dave Scotson, volunteer watch keeper at NCI - Froward Point

Dart Sailability’s vessel Farries Flyer , designed and built to accommodate severely disabled sailors, was used for the operation with Tim Trent at the Helm. The vessel, based on an aluminium landing craft design, has specially designed dual control, side loading and a hydraulic ramp at the front to provide access. The Farries Flyer can accommodate up to 12 sailors including four in wheelchairs.

by Dart Sailability 09 Jul, 2017

We have been the Dartmouth Sainsburys charity of the year for the past 12 months. It has been an excellent year and Sainsbury's have kindly run lots of fund raising events for us including quiz nights, bingo & bric-a-brac sales. They have raised more than £5,460.77 plus we raised £600 in front of store. This will enable us to buy a new Hansa dinghy. This is the biggest amount that has been raised in their charity of the year programme. A massive Thank you Sainsburys!

by Dart Sailability 26 Jun, 2017

Keith started on 12 May and finished on 18 June.  He did 2,497 nautical miles.


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