Belfast Lough Sailability Support Launch
Belfast Lough Sailability is based in Carrickfergus is currently equipped with six specially constructed Disability Friendly Access Dinghies for beginners and a recently purchased Skud Paralympics Class Boat for the more advanced Sailors. They also provide all the necessary safety equipment to ensure that they have safe and pleasurable experience.
The Group has grown rapidly over the last two years and is exceptional in that it provides an activity not only for the Disabled Individual but for the whole family unit. Indeed some of the Group Members, who themselves have Disabilities, have gone on to gain Coaching Awards and are now passing on their skills. Once such member is Steve Frecknell Vice Chairman of the Group a wheelchair user and 2012 Paralympics hopeful said “I joined the group back in 2001 and since then I’ve gained my Royal Yachting Association Keel Boat Instructors Certificate and a considerable amount of on the water experience. It’s a great feeling being able to give something back to the sport that really has changed my life.”
The proposed purchase of the Sea Rover will allow Sailability to provide full on the water support from the Sailors carers, supporters and family. It will also give Steve Frecknell and his fellow volunteers a stable Wheel Chair friendly platform to coach from and also the ability to provide that vital safety cover for all the sailors.