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Ian Wakeling, Principal

ian wakeling dart sailability principal

As restrictions ease on our activities, I am looking forward to welcoming existing and new members to Dart Sailability’s new home at Galmpton with the move starting in April. Volunteers and sailors are ready to start preparing our new home and moving boats as soon as lockdown is eased Our new premises will provide members who have a wide range of physical and learning disabilities, the opportunity to get back out on the wonderful River Dart. For the first time the charity will have its own club house for that all important chat, cuppa and piece of cake and there’s also some outside space for socialising too. I’m sure that everybody is keen to get back on the water and we very much look forward to welcoming new sailors and volunteers.” 


As soon as groups are allowed to meet at the end of March, we’ll start on site works at Galmpton and relocate the boats. All offers to help decorate and fit out the clubhouse and prepare the boats are very welcome – please just contact a member of the Management Team. We hope to conduct volunteer familiarisation and training towards the end of April with a practice session in the first week of May. The first day of full sailing is planned for Monday 17th May.

This timetable is of course dependent on the easing of lockdown and our operations may be constrained by ongoing rules and guidance on numbers and social distancing. We are liaising with the RYA to ensure that we understand and follow the latest guidelines as it applies to those with disabilities. 

Sailing this season will be on Mondays and Saturdays on alternate weeks due to tidal restrictions at Galmpton but options are being explored to provide activities at other times. 

Dart Sailability welcomes members with any form of disability who might wish to try boating, and volunteers to help deliver the operation. These opportunities include cruises on the river in a specially built landing craft which can take a number of wheelchairs. Members can also sail a range of purpose built and adapted sailing boats or learn to drive a power boat. 

Full training is given for volunteers including RYA courses. Volunteers are needed to help on the water, ashore and in the background administration. 

Membership applications can be made through the website 

Dart Sailabiity is a charity and relies on donations to purchase equipment and for general running costs. They are extremely grateful for the many donations of all sizes received to assist with the re-location but more support is always needed.


Call me: 07768 398715        Email me:

Ian Wakeling, Principal

Principal's Welcome

Bob Miller Training officer at Dart Sailabiliy

Bob Miller

Training Officer

Bob is an RYA Senior Instructor who was brought up in Brixham and has made the most of living by the sea; swimming, SCUBA diving, surfing and sailing. Bob joined Dart Sailability six years ago. Is keen to meet would be members to ensure that they get the most out of what the charity has to offer.

Call: 01803 844665

Mobile: 07845 391 121



Anna Chrystie Cheif sailing instructor a Dart Sailablity

Anna Chrystie

Chief Sailing Instructor

The RYA played a role enabling much training and experience in teaching children and adults the wonders and fun of messing around in boats, oh and learning to sail. It is a privilege to be able to volunteer with Dart Sailability and help people who are equally keen to enjoy the water on our beautiful river.

Call: 07929 086345



Graham Gardner chief power instructor

Graham Gardner

Chief Power Instructor


“I have lived in Devon for 20 years and have always enjoyed being by and on the water.  I joined Dart Sailability 4 years ago and value the warm welcome I was given by the volunteers and sailors alike.  Over this time, I qualified as PB2 and then powerboat instructor.  I have now taken over the role of chief power instructor and look forward to thinking of new ways to enhance the powered side of DSG so that this fantastic river can be enjoyed by all.”.


Roger Marsden Publicity officer at Dart Sailabiity
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Kate Graeme-Cook


Kate was a journalist before a successful career in fundraising and marketing for charities. She has extensive business mentor experience and has worked as a volunteer for several charities. Kate joined DSG in early 2021 and was closely involved with the relocation appeal. She is also a Trustee of the charity.


Call: 07800-910413


Gill Pendlebury Membershp Secretary at Dart Sailabiity

Gill Pendlebury

Membership Secretary

Gill is a retired Optometrist and has only recently started to enjoy being afloat.

She can often be found with the shore party at Noss. Gill is happy to talk with potential new sailors in person.

Call: 07764 608834




Roger Marsden


Roger has been sailing and boating since his teenage years – from racing dinghies to cruising yachts, from RIBs to power boats, on lakes, rivers, canals and the seas.  He is retired from a varied career in global IT management and strategic business consultancy.

Call: 07785 901066


Carrie Sawyer Social Secretary at Dart Sailability

Carrie Sawyer

Social Secretary

I have lived in Torbay for over 44 years and have always loved being on or by the water.  I joined Dart Sailability at the beginning of the 2018 season. 

I feel very privileged to be involved in such a friendly organisation which offers great opportunities to develop skills and enjoy boating on the wonderful River Dart and out to sea.  Come and join us!


Call: 01803 606113


Dolly Marsden Welfare & Volunteer Secretary at Dart Sailability

Dolly Marsden

Welfare Secretary 

(DBS, Welfare and Safeguarding)

Dolly has lived in Devon for much of her life and has been sailing for 15 years or so. She loves being on the water on and around the river Dart and Dart Sailability has given her the opportunity to learn new boating skills, meet lots of new people and have a lot of fun sharing the water with them.

Call: 07803 929770


Louise Harris Groups Co-ordinator

Louise Harris


Groups Co-ordinator

London born and retiring from a varied career path in 2016, I moved to Devon in mid summer of 2017.  Within a couple of months of arriving here I heard about Dart Sailability and have enjoyed being a volunteer  involved in its charitable work ever since.



Call: 0741 535 5407

Keith Cockburn racing officer

Keith Cockburn

Racing Officer

Keith Cockburn is a 65 year old Australian with a shaving problem who lives in Dartmouth with his wife CC, and he likes the English weather. He loves sailing and enjoys taking our members and volunteers in one of our two Sonars keel boats. Keith is a bright and cheery chap and love to have a talk especially about Rugby, but only when Australia wins.


Jo Heaton webmaster Dart Sailablity

Jo Heaton


Jo is a disabled sailor due to a horse riding accident and has made the most of life since the accident through sport. She has volunteered for several disabled charities prior to her move to Devon.

Call: 07920 482152






David Pendlebury Safety Officer at Dart Sailability

David Pendlebury

Safety Officer

David enjoys both power boating and sailing.

He joined Dart Sailability in 2017 when he retired from a career in manufacturing management.