Clubs

 

There are many Sailing Clubs and Centres in Scotland which offer sailing for disabled people - details of all these are below (click on name for more details) :-

 

Sailability Scotland Member Clubs

 

Centres of Excellence

 

Other Clubs

 

 

Fife Sailability

 

Fife Sailability is a Club specifically for those with a disability, it is based at Lochore Meadows Watersports Centre in central Fife, which as well as a lovely sailing loch, has disabled friendly access and facilities.

Club days are held on alternate Saturdays from 16th April 2016 to October, providing one hour long sailing sessions. Trial sessions cost £5 which includes the use of equipment.

On the water suitably qualified instructors teach the art of sailing and act as buddies until members are confident to sail solo in a single seater trimaran, or be part of the crew in our

20 foot long yacht.

To book a session call 01592 583388 or contact:-  info.lochore-meadows@fife.gov.uk

 

Fife Sailability also provide sailing sessions, by arrangement at other times, for groups from Care Homes, School learning support units and centers catering for the disabled. To arrange a session contact:-  fife.sailability@gmail.com

 

Volunteers required - Fife Sailability is run and organised by a dedicated group of volunteers. New volunteers are most welcome and training is available in all aspects of the Club. Including: learn to sail – disabled awareness – safety boat handling – first aid and IT skills associated with the club activities.

Come along and see what we do and what fun it can be helping others to achieve the unimaginable. Contact : Neil MacDougall on 07771 580395 or Merrick Yates, 01577 864876 or

Jim Galloway 01383 731345.

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Loch Venachar Sailing Club

 

Loch Venachar Sailing Club (http://loch-venachar-sc.org.uk) Sailability Group intend to have Challenger and Wayfarer boats available for use from midday on Sun afternoons throughout the Club’s season, to 18th October. Boats will also be available on Wednesday evenings from 18.00hrs commencing 6th May to 9th Sept.

These times coincide with Club racing and thus safety cover, Club Sailability members are free to join the races if they so desire. Visiting non-members are however restricted to recreational sailing.

 

Members are of course free to sail at any time but must recognise in such circumstances they do so on their own responsibility and must ensure they have all necessary support.

The Sailability contact at the club is Keith Wilson (01786 832985, keith_wilson@lineone.net). Requests for the use of boats etc should be lodged beforehand and reports of actual use submitted to him.

Specific "Come and Try It" events are currently being arranged and will be notified in due course.

 

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Castle Semple Centre

 

Scotland's Sailability centre of excellence is Castle Semple Centre in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire. Castle Semple is the education hub to help any club or centre in Scotland that wants to find out more about how to offer boating to people of any ability along with offering training for club members or instructors who may be volunteering to help a sailability group. 

There will also be open race training on offer at the centre for sailors of access, challenger, Hansa 303 and 2.4mr class boats.

 

A centre of excellence is about a lot more than just having the right equipment; it is about the community around the centre. This community of professionals, participants and volunteers are who help the centre truly excel.  Castle Semple is happy to have volunteers and instructors who want to improve their skills come along and work with them during their normal work, contact David at the centre for more information.

The Sailability Regional Organiser in Scotland is David Hill, who can be emailed on ryas.sailability@ryascotland.org.uk  David is the RYA Principal at Castle Semple Centre so you can also contact him at the centre on 01505 842882 ext 21

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Helensburgh Sailing Club

www.helensburghsailingclub.co.uk/sailability

 

The dates for the  2015 Challenger sailing season are: 25 April (training session for new volunteers), 2 May, 30 May, 27 June, 11 July, 01 August, 22 August, 19 September and 3 & 4 October (Eric Chesher Regatta). All sessions take place on Saturdays between 10am and 3pm with the exception of the Eric Chesher Regatta which are full days on both Saturday and Sunday. The group has 4 boats, all in good condition, plus hoists and skills necessary to get anyone afloat.

 

If you want to sail, just turn up. If you want to know more or can help at any of these events please contact challenger sailing or Joanna Martin (07961 483068) or Howard Marsden (0781 498 2529).

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Clyde Cruising Club - Dinghy Section

www.clyde.org/dinghy-section

 

Based at Bardowie Loch near Milngavie. Challenger trimarans and Access dingies are available for sailors who have difficulties sailing independently.

Tuesday nights through the summer is the regular sailing evening for Challenger Group of Clyde Cruising Club Dinghy Section - Members only.

Prospective new members welcome - contact the CCC Administrator, Jennifer Rolland : office@clyde.org or 0141 221 2774 - or come down to the loch and see what is happening for yourself.

 

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