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Press release

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

Image with rainbow heart saying "You've done it!, We have reached our relocation appeal. Thank you all
Charity hits appeal target and welcomes new and existing members!

8th April 2021

Thanks to the most amazing support from the local community and people and organisations from further afield, charity Dart Sailability is delighted to announce that it has reached its £25,000 relocation target in just three weeks.

Principal Ian Wakeling says: “We are absolutely astounded at people’s generosity and can’t thank them enough. The support the charity has received from individuals, trusts and community groups is staggering. We are truly grateful.”

The charity enables people with any type of disability to enjoy sailing and power boating on the River Dart together with a wide range of social activities. It is now looking forward to welcoming new and existing members for the start of the season in May. The charity’s new home is at Dartside Quay at Galmpton and members will benefit from regular sailing and social activities. Group memberships are available for organisations supporting those with disabilities. All members can gain valuable Royal Yachting Association qualifications appropriate to their abilities.

Aquatic adventures include the use of a variety of boats as passenger or crew and also taking control of vessels, participating in races, wildlife and heritage cruises up the River Dart, picnics, cream teas and the famous Sausage Sizzle on the beach with singing around the campfire optional! Dartmouth Regatta is a popular event for sailing and fancy dress with an annual barbeque on the lovely terraces of the Royal Dart Yacht Club a summer highlight. The busy social calendar continues with barn dances, quizzes, skittles, a prize giving ceremony and dinner, Christmas lunch and other fun events.

Ian says: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming existing and new members and for the first time we have our own clubhouse which I’m sure will be put to good use. Absolutely no sailing experience is necessary and we have a wide range of boats suitable for people with a range of disabilities.”

To find out more please go to

Ian Wakeling, Principal, Dart Sailability

01803 722737 (H)

07790 771405 (M)

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