What sailing does Frensham Pond Sailability offer?
Organised sailing for disabled sailors takes place between April and October, on Saturday and Thursday mornings. Helpers and qualified instructors are always on-site to enable you to do just what you want. Using very stable Laser Stratos, you can be taken for a cruise on the lake enjoying the local scenery and wildlife. Alternatively, you can, if you wish, learn to sail independently and competitively using the Hansa 2.3 and 303 dinghies, or 2.4mR Paralympic mini-keelboats.
The Hansa boats are designed for disabled sailors to sail solo, having the option of using power controls operated by a joystick similar to that used on a wheelchair. There is also a two-seater version of the Hansa dinghy for instruction. All of these are designed not to capsize. Disabled sailors are encouraged to participate as fully as possible within the regular sailing and social activities of Frensham Pond Sailing Club.
Who can sail?
Novice and experience sailors, aged from 10 onwards, with a very wide range of disabilities are very welcome. We welcome individuals attending independently and organisations supporting disabled people, subject to discussion and agreement on resource requirements.
Just because you have not sailed before is no reason for not having a go. It is a great sport. We are sure that you will enjoy it. Ask other members - the majority had not sailed before joining us.
Shore facilities include level concrete paths to all buildings, concrete parking area, a dedicated changing room toilet/shower, and relatively easy water access. FPS has two Oxford hoists to allow sailors to be lifted from a wheelchair straight into a boat alongside the jetty or whilst the boat is on shore.
FPS will supply you with buoyancy aids and sailing waterproofs if raining or windy. All you need to supply is soft footwear (training shoes) and a change of clothing if you think you may get wet. You may wish to bring a member of your family or a helper with you.
FPS has been awarded RYA Sailability Foundation Entry Level Status for the quality of its facilities for disabled sailors.
Sailing skills are taught by qualified and experienced volunteer sailing instructors, either informally or as part of the RYA National Dinghy Certificate Scheme. Frensham Pond Sailing Club is an RYA recognised training establishment. Other courses are regularly available, such as Safety Boat operation or Disability Awareness training courses.
Frensham Pond Sailing Club organises various activities during the year, including skittles evenings, talks, visits to the theatre, canal trips, summer BBQs and social evenings.