Sailability News

The latest news on and off the water


Jim Donaldson of Fife Sailability has asked me to promote his fund raising effort.  Jim has set himself the challenge of cycling 300 mile in the month of March to raise funds for Cancer research.  Follow this link for details of Jim's progress and if you wish to support him.


This years AGM will be held via zoom on Saturday 20th March at 14:30
All members will be emailed a link closer to the time, we look forward to "seeing you all again even if it is only virtually.


14th Feb 2021
Unfortunately the committee has received the resignation letter from our secretary Neil MacDougall. Neil will perform his final duties as secretary at our forth coming AGM ( notification to members with further details of the AGM will be sent out under separate cover shortly).
Neil has been with us for two years and his knowledge and experience has made him a highly valued member of the committee. He will be missed. His departure will open up the position of secretary on the committee ( all office holders need to be re elected at AGM ). If anybody feels they can make a positive contribution I would very much appreciate it if you could let me know. Treasurer@sailabilityscotland.org.uk
I would be more than happy to hear from you!
This year has been a nightmare for all of us and we still do not know when it will end. With the absence of sailing we have not had an opportunity to meet up for nearly a year. Because of this there is a proposal that membership fees for next year will be set at zero as no sailing occurred in 2020. ( to be voted on at AGM)
Time moves on and we all get a little older, can I ask all members to respond to this post and indicate if they wish to continue their membership from April when present membership expires?
I have to be honest, there is a strong possibility that the charity may fold if membership falls away or if no one steps up to replace Neil on the committee.
Sincerely
Steve Laycock
Treasurer



11th February 2021
Sadly this years chance to join in the multi class regatta at Weymouth has been lost. 🙁 
RYA Sailability

It is with considerable regret that we have to advise that the 2021 RYA Sailability Multiclass Regatta, due to be held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy between the 11 - 13 June 2021, is being cancelled. This has been a difficult decision but we believe is the right one in the current climate of uncertainty. We will be focussing our energies into a number of alternatives that we hope will have an impct on restarting and rebuilding Sailability post pandemic. Part of this will be to engage with sailors, class associations and venues to ensure that this alternative activity supports those sailors who we know get so much from attending the Multiclass Regatta every year. Watch this space to find out more about what we are planning.



 Latest news as at 23/08/2020
Challenger Open to be held at Ogston water on 3rd - 4th October
I have today been informed by Dave Driffell of Ogston that this event has been Cancelled
 due to additional logistics and risks associated with Covid-19
He wanted to pass on his good wishes to all Scottish Challenger sailors and hopes to see us next year! Thanks Dave!
 Latest news as at 10/08/2020
Round Shuna setting off from Croab Haven on 29th - 30th August will be going ahead on a limited basis. Unfortunatly due to safety boat cover issues and covid 19 safety issues the challengers will not be participating this year
For us then, it has been Cancelled
 Latest news as at 23/05/2020
RYA Multiclass Regatta due to be held at Rutland on 31st July through to 2nd August
has been Cancelled
 due to Advice from RYA. "It is clear to me that the event could only be organised when we are in a 'new normal' phase of activity, rather than the first tentative steps in a return to boating. Despite all the guidance from Government in the last week there are still too many unknowns about the situation in August for us to realistically organise an event of this scale. Most importantly, even if we could run it, a significant number would feel excluded, or may feel pressure to attend whatever the impact. So I don't think it can be an event for the whole community." Joff McGill Sailability Manager RYA
Latest News as at 19/05/2020
The Round Shuna Pursuit race scheduled for 29th - 30th August has not yet been cancelled. A decision to hold the event or not will be made in early July. This should give intended participants to either book or cancel accommodation!
Latest News as at 18/05/2020
Scottish Challenger Open scheduled to take place 15th - 16th August at Bardowie (T5) Postponed/Cancelled.
We will try to reinstate this event if at all possible, venue may change.
 Latest news as at 15/05/2020
Reluctantly the Challenger Class Association have bowed to the inevitable and the Ruby Regatta is POSTPONED (note: postponed not cancelled) until 2021 ☚ī¸ No date has been fixed but the intention is that we will SAFELY gather at Oxford Sailing Club for a fun-filled weekend to celebrate 40 years of Challenger sailing 😊
   Latest news as at 04/04/2020
Scotish Challenger Open ( T4) at Loch Venachar SC
has been Cancelled
 due to Government advice amid concerns for public health.
Latest news as at 21/03/2020
Scottish Open Challenger Championship (SOCC) scheduled to take place on 6th-7th June at SYC (Kippford)
has been Cancelled
 due to Government advice amid concerns for public health.
Latest news as at 20/03/2020
Challenger Class Association UK have just informed us that
The following events have been cancelled:
    Burghfield (Challenger Open) 8th and 9th May
    Grafham (Challenger Open) 27th and 28th June
More events may be cancelled pending Government/RYA advice
T2 Latest news as at 19/03/2020
T2 Due to be held on 4th - 5th April at Castle Semple has been postponed - (possibly cancelled) on the advice of the RYA. Castle Semple have indicated they would consider hosting this event later in the year dependent on the Coronavirus situation.
T1 Latest news as at 18/03/2020
We have been unable to locate a suitable alternative to Monklands for T1. It is with regret that this event has been postponed/canceled. The situation will be kept under constant revue and any further developments will be posted here.
Monkland SC T1 Latest news as at 10/03/2020
Due to adverse conditions underfoot at Monklands SC due to the wet weather, the Committee have thought it prudent to relocate this event. As yet no firm substitute club can be confirmed. As soon as alternative venue is confirmed the Diary will be updated.


Whats Going On?

14th Feb 2021
Unfortunately the committee has received the resignation letter from our secretary Neil MacDougall. Neil will perform his final duties as secretary at our forth coming AGM ( notification to members with further details of the AGM will be sent out under separate cover shortly).
Neil has been with us for two years and his knowledge and experience has made him a highly valued member of the committee. He will be missed. His departure will open up the position of secretary on the committee ( all office holders need to be re elected at AGM ). If anybody feels they can make a positive contribution I would very much appreciate it if you could let me know. Treasurer@sailabilityscotland.org.uk
I would be more than happy to hear from you!
This year has been a nightmare for all of us and we still do not know when it will end. With the absence of sailing we have not had an opportunity to meet up for nearly a year. Because of this there is a proposal that membership fees for next year will be set at zero as no sailing occurred in 2020. ( to be voted on at AGM)
Time moves on and we all get a little older, can I ask all members to respond to this post and indicate if they wish to continue their membership from April when present membership expires?
I have to be honest, there is a strong possibility that the charity may fold if membership falls away or if no one steps up to replace Neil on the committee.
Sincerely
Steve Laycock
Treasurer

Your executive committee once elected will serve for upto 4 years. After this they may seek re-election. At the AGM in March 2020 your Chairman and Secretary are due to retire 
If you have a vision,
If you have a little spare time,
if you have an interest in sailing or would like to become involved  contact: Chairman@sailabilityscotland.org.uk
We are looking for volunteers to help continue Sailability Scotlands work and success,

In 2020 we will arrange 6 regattas as well as international events and fun sails.  These events have in the past been solely for Challenger trimarans but this year we also hope to involve Hansa sailors For details see Diary 

Monklands project will continue to be developed and with new infrastructure in place will become a central attraction for Disabled Sailing in Scotland.  Sailability members enjoy free boat storage at this secure site. More on Monklands 
After the exec meeting at Monklands on 26th Jan 2020 we learnt that a new road is planned to be constructed to gain access to a second (existing) slipway.  This will mean access to the water even when water levels drop!  Also the club house facilities are continuing to progress and we were assured the access to th disabled entry access ramp will be tidied up and concreted before the first Traveler of 2020

Last year (2019) 8 Challengers travelled to Craobh Haven to take part in the 7 mile sea race around the Isle of Shuna.  As this year (2020) is the 40th anniversary of the very first Challenger to be produced we hope that many more boats will participate in this years event AND by obtaining sponsorship use it as a means to raise funds for the Charity Click here to download sponsorship form

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