General Disability Services

Sailability Port Macquarie

Sailability Port Macquarie

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About Us

Port Macquarie branch of Sailability NSW Inc. commenced in 2012 and is an all volunteer organisation dedicated to providing sailing for people with disabilities, regardless of age gender or disability. Our crew (persons with disability) embrace their sailing activities and find that sailing is a fun, safe and rewarding activity in which all can participate. We offer individual sailing with one of our volunteers n specially designed sailing dinghies.

Carers confirm the differences that Sailability makes to the often very restrictive lives of our crew with a disability and our aged friends. People with all types of disabilities are catered for. People with restricted mobility and in wheelchairs are able to sail with us as well.

What boats do we sail?  We have a fleet of Hansa 303 Access (purpose designed) sailing boats, sailed by experienced sailors and steered with a joystick. A one metre keel (actually a weighted centreboard) offers outstanding stability. Seating is side by side and sailors and crews recline in a webbing ‘lazy chair’.

Volunteers Welcomed  Programs such as Sailability could not exist without the dedicated support of volunteers. It is a very rewarding activity with opportunities to share time and skills with some very enthusiastic and adventurous people. You don’t have to be a sailor to volunteer, people are also required for on-shore duties and we will teach you to sail if you would like to learn.

Activities are many, varied and include:

  • Setting up ready for sailing

  • Sailing with our crews

  • Skippering our Recovery Boats

  • Teaching people with a disability to sail

  • Radio and winch operation

  • Signing crew in, assisting with life jackets

  • Catering and General Assistance.

 

Sponsorship / Supporters  We are a registered Charity and a not for profit Organisation. At this stage we are able to provide this service free of charge. Sailability Port Macquarie gratefully acknowledges the support of Port Macquarie service clubs, Port Macquarie Yacht Club, local Businesses and State Government agencies and private citizens. We need ongoing support to keep this vital program running and to maintain our boats and equipment.

If you would like to support our fantastic team of volunteers, we invite you to come and see us in action every Wednesday 9am-12pm at McInherney Park, Port Macquarie during sailing months. See Facebook.com/sailabilitypm or www.sailabilitypm.com.au

Quick Facts About The Region

Sailability Port Macquarie is located in the suburb of Port Macquarie, the council of Port Macquarie-hastings and the federal electorate of Cowper.