• by Dart Sailability
  • 27 Feb, 2017

Dart Sailability Group - Announcement

Mike Breed has been chairman since 2015. He has decided that for personal reasons he wishes to stand down as trustee and chairman with immediate effect. He will continue as treasurer until a replacement is found. Mike has put great effort into these two roles and trustees wish to express their thanks for all that he has done and wish him well for the future.

At their next scheduled meeting on 20 March the trustees will meet with the Management Committee to deal with priorities ahead of this year’s sailing season and consider appointments for the positions of chairman and treasurer and arrangements for the management of a new membership database.

The trustees have reviewed the current membership arrangements of the Group and have agreed that from 1 May there will be a new structure in place. In summary this will provide that:

    • all sailors and volunteers pay an annual membership fee of £5.00. This will allow clear identification of who is engaged with the Group, and give all a vote in its running. For volunteers, it provides their insurance cover for the year and also access to the social functions and river trips (due to our ‘charitable objectives’ it does not include recreational and race sailing except where it occurs in direct support of the disabled).
      • sailing members pay an annual sailing subscription of £30.00.
        • there will be no session fees which will cut down the load on the shoreteam.
          • At the time of membership renewals, all members will be offered the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the Group.

          There will be arrangements to reduce the sailing subscription in cases of hardship; for example students and unemployed. The arrangements for group membership will be decided after further consultation with these parties.

          The trustees and Management Team look forward to the start of the sailing season in a little over two months time and more immediately to the Annual Dinner and Prize Giving on 15 March.

          The Trustees
          27 February 2017

            Dart Sailability News Blog

            by Dart Sailability 19 Sep, 2017
            Eighteen of us cruised to the Mewstone for some seal watching.  We then visited the Blackpool Beach bay before anchoring in Shingle Cove for our picnic.  The Sonars (a girls crew and a boys crew) then raced back to Dartmouth with the girls clear winners.  Well done to Anna, Emily, Pam and Denise.
            by Dart Sailability 18 Sep, 2017

            The sea cruise is set to go ahead. You should have had an email from Bob so if you plan to come with us and have replied to Bob we will see you at Noss at 10am. 

            Paul S


            by Dart Sailability 14 Sep, 2017
            Mayfield School took to the water in Farries Flyer today (14th Sept) for a trip to Stoke Gabriel.  Mayfield's visits this year, have been generously funded by Rotary.  Although severely disabled, it was obvious that the children all loved the experience.  The carers did too and each took their turn at the helm.
            by Dart Sailability 02 Sep, 2017
            Robert Boyd came 3rd in the 303 single Hansa dinghy class at the RYA Multiclass regatta held at Rutland Sailability between 4-6 August.
            by Dart Sailability 01 Sep, 2017
            Thirty of us sizzled and guzzled at The Salmon Trap at Galmpton.  The sun shone, the matches were remembered and thanks to MDL at Galmpton, the Road closure at Noss did not spoil our fun.
            by Dart Sailability 29 Aug, 2017
            Well done to all those who attended and helped out at the 'Classic boat parade' great fun was had by all and we even won a prize. 
            by Dart Sailability 28 Aug, 2017

            Regular sailors in Dartmouth Regatta were taken by surprise this week. Experience says that the last week of August will be windy and very changeable, so four days of light wind and full sunshine came as a bit of a shock.

             Our two Sonars raced every day with the exception of Saturday when lack of wind early on and a decision by the Race Committee to abandon meant that there was disappointment for those who were down to sail that day.

             Our boats now race under a different scoring system (IRC) and without spinnakers were less competitive. However all acquitted themselves well and both boats finished in the middle of the fleet, while Krak-On squeezed into third place overall.

             Sunday crews probable fared best with three races in a lovely breeze and the bonus of being offered gin and tonics at the end of the last race.

             None of this would have happened without the enthusiastic organisation of Fleet Captain Keith Cockburn. Thank you Keith.


            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.

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