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Ian Wakeling, Principal

Principal's Welcome

Welcome to Dart Sailability. We aim to encourage anyone with a disability to take part and enjoy the sport of sailing or boating on The River Dart and welcome volunteer members to join us to share the pleasures of getting out on the river and helping others.

I joined Sailability recently with the aim of continuing to help people to share my love of sailing and have found everybody to be most friendly and helpful. I have been around boats almost all my life. I bought my first dinghy aged 11 and continue to race a Laser dinghy at Dittisham and an Enterprise at Cheddar. I have done some cruising and off shore racing including a Fastnet many years ago. As an RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor and Racing Coach who has introduced many children to sailing and racing I am looking forward to helping a new group of prospective and current sailors share my enjoyment of being out on the water. My favourite quote is paraphrased from Ratty in Wind in the Willows “There is nothing so good as messing about with boats”.

My wife Cherry and I recently moved to Dittisham after a career in Naval Ship Design and Project Management. As Principal I  hope to use my management experience to help Dart Sailability to meet its future challenges and grow to meet the needs of current and future members. I welcome any comments, suggestions or questions and wish you all good boating on our beautiful river.


Call me: 07790 771405         Email me:

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

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


“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.”.


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: 01803 606113

or: 0741 535 5407



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

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 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

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

Sonar Racing

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


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

David enjoys both power boating and sailing.

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


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Noss on Dart Marina, Bridge Road,Kingswear

Dartmouth. Devon. TQ6 0EA