ACCESSIBLE SAILING

Do you have mobility difficulties?

WHSC recently joined forces with a club just down the lake - Phoenix Outdoor Centre to buy two Hansa sailing dinghies, which have proved to be very popular with members who are physically unable, for a range of reasons, to use our other dinghies.

The Hansa 303 Wide, an approved dinghy for disabled sailing in 30 countries worldwide, has seating for two adults, or can be sailed single-handed. It has two sails, a joystick for steering, and a weighted keel so heavy that the boat is virtually uncapsizable!

Between us, WHSC and Phoenix, our two clubs can offer sailing opportunities for all, whatever their needs. Both clubs are accredited RYA Training and Sailability Centres and both offer excellent training for beginners by qualified instructors. In addition, we both offer low-cost taster sessions.

WHSC hopes to enable all our members as far as physically possible to enjoy our full range of activities, on and off the water. WHSC taster sessions are available every Thursday evening from 6pm, April 13 to September and you are very welcome to come along to see what we can offer. Accessible sailing can also be arranged on other days.

Phoenix Outdoor Centre (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is very experienced at offering a range of water and land based activities to schools, colleges, universities, youth and community groups. In addition to RYA Sailability, the Centre is licensed by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority for kayaking, open canoeing, bell boating, improvised rafting, sailing and windsurfing.  

Both WHSC and Phoenix have accessible facilities, buoyancy aids and all you need to get on the water. In addition, there is a personnel hoist mounted onto the pontoon at the WHSC for lifting people into and out of their boat, if required; this allows easy access for wheelchair users.