Olympic Access Dinghies

The Access Dinghy Aussie Titles have recently been held in Sydney. The Skud 18 they sail is the big brother of our 303s and 2.3s.

When Chris Mitchell, Mr Access Dinghies, delivered our new boats last year he was telling us about the name Skud. He is very keen on the concept of universal design i.e. a boat that can be sailed by anyone, able bodied or not. So when you build a SKiff with Universal Design you get a SKUD.

The titles were featured on Lateline. Watch this video. This is where we could be in a few years time. Fabulous. I want to sail one. Now. Or sooner.

Duo conquer sailing regatta, aim for Paralympics

Here we are well into 2012 already.

WhatÔÇÖs been happening at Sailability Capricornia?┬á We have had our ups and downs with the weather but on the whole it has been not too bad.┬á We are looking forward to the lovely winter months ahead.

Volunteer numbers have been constant and we thank our wonderful crew who come along to make things ready for the sailors when they arrive.

Sailor numbers have been low so far this year and we need to concentrate our efforts into spreading the word as wide as we can to encourage new clients to join our sail days.

Fundraising is ongoing and we had a successful raffle in conjunction with our ÔÇ£Getting to Know SailabilityÔÇØ day at Woolies ┬áin Yeppoon.┬á Thanks to the donors of our raffle prizes, Sailing Capricornia with Grace, Beaches Restaurant, Quality Street Hair Salon.

We also thank the Capricornia Cruising Yacht Club for their generous donation ÔÇô the proceeds of their open day held in March.┬á Also for their support in allowing us to store our boats, trailer and pontoon in their yards.

We have been booked for a BBQ day at Bunnings on Friday 25th May.  This is a good opportunity to help with funding for operating costs and we encourage our supporters to volunteer to help on the day.

Good news ÔÇô The Iwasaki Foundation has approved our application┬á for a grant to fund a lifting winch.┬á This can be used on the pontoon to assist clients into the dinghies.┬á We thank them for their ongoing support.

See you on the water.

Sail Day Chatter from Today

What a pleasant morning was had by all! Despite the temperature being 30 degrees, a gentle breeze kept us relatively cool. The new Sun Safe Shirts and Hats on parade by the volunteers and members was great to see.

Regular sailors Josh, Jamie, Connor and Charlotte had fun as usual. Welcome to today’s new sailor – Paul – we hope you enjoyed your day and will come again. A great turnout of volunteers, with 12 of us around, the work load was well shared. Thank you to all.

We would like to welcome Graham as a new member, happy you found your footing today and look forward to your participation in the future. This is also the perfect opportunity to thank all current members for payment of this yearÔÇÖs membership; we look forward to a happy, prosperous year on the water (or the shore!!)

DonÔÇÖt forget next Sail Day is Tuesday 6th March. 9am for volunteers and 10am for sailors.

Visit to Perth Sailability

Annie and Steve have been visiting their daughter in Perth and took the opportunity to have a sticky beak at what Sailability gets up to in the west.

They have a full time employed organiser, Shay Kennare, who kindly took time out of her busy morning to talk to us.

Because the wind was over 15knots they weren’t using the Access dinghies, although one older sailor did take one out. Every one else was taken out in one of their 3 small yachts, 3 or 4 sailors at a time. Plus a skipper and crew and carers to look after the sailors.

I’ve added some captions to the photos in the slide show below so they should be self explanatory. (You’ll need to click the text thingy in the bottom left corner to get the captions.)

The last slide is actually a video showing a sailor being lifted into the boat with a hydraulic crane. You might have to double click the slide to get the video to run.

They charge $7 per sail. They also have a sliding scale of annual charges for organisations depending on how many sailors they have.

They sail 3 times per week.

  • Wednesdays are for their less disabled sailors.
  • Thursdays they take out severely disabled people.
  • Sundays are for the serious sailors who are training for competition. Including blind sailors. The buoys emit different sounds so they can be identified.

Nth QLD games. What fun!

The Mackay Yacht Club has recently decided to host Sailing at the North Queensland Games to be held in the Mackay region 22-25 June 2012. The NQ Games is the largest regional sporting event in Australia attracting thousands of competitors in over 40 sports and the event is open to all.

The Mackay Yacht Club invites us to compete in the regatta. We are the closest Sailability club to Mackay.

Contact us to arrange your next adventure.

Access sailor wins

Are you aware that some sailors at Sailability compete in open dinghy racing at Southport Yacht Club?

Open ÔÇ£BÔÇØ division contains able bodied sailors as well. The only handicaps are for the boats not for the sailors. There are other types of boats in ÔÇ£BÔÇØ division.

Congratulations to Sailability Gold coast member and sailing competitor Brendan Hain.

Brendan is pictured here with his recently won trophies.

2011 Southport Yacht Club Access Dinghy Class Champion

2011 2nd place Southport Yacht Club Open ÔÇ£BÔÇØ division.

2011 Southport Yacht Club Dinghy Handicap series Division ÔÇ£BÔÇØ winner.

Well done Brendan

We can be athletes

 Latest in! If any access sailors want to compete with and learn from the best, get down to sailability and get sailing. Ask the friendly volunteers what to do to get your skills to the next level. Click here to look at the next international regatta, which is in Sydney. This is where Sailability can help you get to.
Racing with new friends

With the support of our all ability organisation, there is a pathway for you to compete with your local able bodied sailing club, as well as get to high profile events like the Access Worlds.  Its all fun! 



Trimarans for Disabled Sailors

I’ve been thinking about buying one of these New Zealand designed and made WETA Trimarans for myself. Go like a rocket and easy to handle for one person.

In the UK they are using them for disabled sailors as shown in this video.

They do have a centre board but nowhere near as long as on the Access Dinghies. And because of the two amas, the pontoons on each side, they don’t capsize. Would be great for exploring the far reaches of the Causeway Lake.

He also likes his land yachting.