Over 40 members and volunteers of Cowes Sailability Club gathered in Cowes on May 8th for the first Monday afternoon sailing session of the 2017 season.
Cowes Sailability Club’s 2017 sailing season was officially launched on 8th May, when the first sailing session of the year took place for members with physical disabilities, learning difficulties and long-term debilitating medical conditions. Over 40 members and volunteers got together to enjoy sailing and boating excursions in the Medina River, in breezy conditions.
“Seven people with a range of complex disabilities came along for the first time, which was wonderful,” says Patrick de Peyer, Commodore of Cowes Sailability Club. “These new members were quickly put at ease by our volunteers and soon chatting with other members, many of whom have been sailing with the club for over five years.”
Volunteer Simon Atwell adds, “I’ve never seen so many people at a Monday afternoon sailing session before and it was great to meet lots of new people from around the island. One new member, who is blind, was invited to helm Dougal on his very first time aboard and he thoroughly enjoyed this new experience.”
Sailing and boating trips take place every Monday afternoon from May until September for people with disabilities who are members of Cowes Sailability Club. They are supported by a team of skilled and enthusiastic volunteers who help to create a relaxed and friendly environment.