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New sails give courses for disabled a boost

Installing the sails at Sussex Yacht Club on July 26. Rotarian Peter Venning, in the boat, with other Rotarians, led by president Robert Dunn.

Installing the sails at Sussex Yacht Club on July 26. Rotarian Peter Venning, in the boat, with other Rotarians, led by president Robert Dunn.

A SAILING boat used to give disabled people experience on the water has been given a new lease of life.

Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club has paid for replacement sails, costing nearly £700, to help the RYA Sailability programme.

Rotarian Peter Venning organised the new sails, complete with the club’s logo, for the Drascombe Lugger open sailing boat used by the charity.

He said he hoped the new sails would allow the lugger to continue with Sailibility’s valuable work for the young disabled and give them many hours of good sailing.

The programme, which is run on the River Adur through Sussex Yacht Club, enables disabled young people to experience sailing.

Rotarian Les Baker said: “Sailability caters for all types of disability and at Shoreham, in addition to being able to learn to dinghy sail in a specially-adapted Access dinghy, the more severely disabled are able to go sailing in a larger boat.”

The lugger is fully-equipped to cope with up to six people, two crew, two carers and two disabled young people in wheelchairs.

Mr Baker said: “It is an extremely safe type of boat and gives much pleasure to many disabled young people.

“The boat is a few years old now and the sails were beginning to show signs of wear and tear, bought about by much use, so in order that the boat could continue its much-needed role, the Rotary club of Shoreham and Southwick agreed to look into replacement sails.”

For more information about Rotary’s work in the community, visit the website for the Rotary Club of Shoreham and Southwick.

The club meets at The Amsterdam, in Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham, on the first and third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, and on the Friday of other weeks at 1pm.

 

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