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Disability sailing

What is it?

The combination of wind and water is one of the oldest ways of powering transport and harnessing these elements is the foundation of one of the world’s most popular sports – sailing.

Disability Sailing is practiced in over 50 countries worldwide and made its debut as a demonstration event in the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.

Why is it good for me?

  • You’re out in the fresh air, exerting energy trimming the sails and keeping the boat moving by harnessing the power of the wind
  • You’ll very quickly acquire a keen sense of balance
  • It gives you a great sense of escapism and your mind will be cleared of the normal tribulations of life on dry land
  • You’ll probably return to dry land feeling refreshed and with such a feeling of achievement!

How much does it cost?

  • Sailing lessons and sailing courses can vary in cost, depending on the type of facility, the boat and level of tuition needed. Ask your local sailing club, Sailability group or RYA recognised training centre about charges. Typically they range from between £5 and £20.
  • Of course, you may already have your own boat which means it will cost very little!

What equipment do I need?

Many facilities provide everything you need to start your sailing progression and the club or instructor will tell you what to bring along. Ordinarily you will be provided with wet weather gear and a personal floatation device. If in doubt, wear warm weather gear and be prepared to get wet!