Frensham Pond Sailability Highlights





Hansa Traveller Trophy, Burghfield


Perfect conditions at Burghfield SC on 28 April saw the Hansa Traveller Trophy get under way. 27 boats from 8 clubs took part in the competition and FPS sailors, for the first time, competed successfully in all four classes. Paul Phillips had his competition debut  in his new Liberty, “Saoirse”, and gained 3rd place overall. Lindsay Burns raced in the new 2.3 “Kestrel” and saw off a challenge from Martin Stone of Burghfield. Paul Kingston came 3rd and Greg Parker 4th, having coped well with the strong gusts. The 303 singles were won by James Woosnam in the new boat “Andy the Bear”, with Kate Hedley coming 2nd and Leslie Philip 3rd. The 303 doubles had three races, with the Ethertons winning the crucial final race, and Andy Sheath and Kate Lintott coming 2nd.


Hansa Grand Prix


This took place at Whitefriars SC on the weekend of 9/10 May. A number of FPS sailors competed, with James Woosnam and Steve Wooding finishing 2nd in the 303 doubles, and Andy and Ced Sheath coming 3rd. Lindsay Burns took the 2.3 honours.


2.4mR Open


6 races were held in very gusty conditions on 9/10 May. The first race was won by FPS sailor Bruce Hill, while Steve Bulmore won two of the other races. Richard Smallwood came 3rd overall, John Brooker came 7th and Peter Gregory 9th.


Paul Phillips wins the Liberty Class European Championship


The outstanding result of the 2015 season was the win by Paul Phillips, FPS Finance Officer, at Rutland Water in July, sailing his new boat “Saoirse” in the European Championships


Hansa UK National Championships


Paul followed his success at the European Championship by gaining a second place in the UK National Championships at Weymouth in August. Kate Hedley gained second place in the 303 1-person class. Lindsey Burn retained the 2.3 class National Championship.


Final Hansa TT at Frensham Pond


In the 2.3 design, FPS came 1st (Ann Lewis), 2nd (Gregor Parker) and 3rd( Harry Kenniggton). In the 303 single-handed), FPS again took the top 3 places with 1st (Tessa Watkiss, 2nd( Kate Hedley) and 3rd (James Woosnam). With the two handed 303 the contest was more open where the winners were Peter and Peta Etherton. The full results can be seen at The happiest moment came when FPS were awarded the Ben Ainslie Team Trophy for the ninth time.  


Youth Group visit the America’s Cup


A group pf young sailors from various Sailability clubs, including Lara Sturgis and John Brooker from FPS were invited by the RYA to watch the America’s Cup World Series event in Portsmouth on 24 July. They were given VIP treatment and met Sir Ben Ainsley and Sir Robin Knox-Johnson.






New Boats


Thanks to energetic fundraising and generous donors we were able to launch a number of new boats during the year.


Andy the Bear, a 303W,was named in memory of Andrew Bridge, who used to be a FPSC sailor. Tragically he was lost at sea in 2014, and three of his friends raised sponsorship money by cycling from London to Paris in 24 hours. Andy’s mother, Mary, launched the boat.


Dennis, a 2.3, was funded by a sponsored cycle ride, and was named in memory of FPS sailor Dennis Maisey who died in 2014.


Kestrel, also a 2.3, was named after the organisation that sponsored her.


Lionheart 2, a new safety boat to replace Lionheart1, was generously funded by the Lions Club of Farnham.


Jemima, a Laser Stratos Keel dinghy, obtained thanks to the fundraising efforts of Farnham-based charity Help Autistic Children. The boat is named after the young person with autism who inspired the formation of the HAC charity.


Farnham Sports Awards


Awards at the 42nd Farnham Sports Awards went to Lisa Skirrow, John Townsley and Ted Bonner, with Paul Phillips being named as Disabled Sports Personality.


Surrey Sports Awards


The Surrey County Council Disability Sport Award was presented to Paul Phillips at their annual ceremony in December 2015.










 Access National Champions for Frensham Pond Sailability!

Seven FPS sailors enjoyed three consecutive days of great racing at the Access National Championships on Rutland Water on the 20 - 21 September with some of the best sailing conditions they could have hoped for at this time of year. Lindsay Burns fought off a strong challenge from Rutland Water's Rob Risbridger and Chris Hole to retain her 2.3 National Champion title. The Access 303 singles class had four FPS sailors battling for the overall title - Paul Philips prevailing with a timely win in eight races to take his first National Championship from Tessa Watkiss (2nd) and defending champion Margaret Foreman (3rd) very closely followed by Monique Foster (4th) and Martin Renouf (6th).

The Access 303 doubles class was also keenly contested with FPS sailors Peter and Peta Etherton finishing 3rd overall.

Youth Fun Day 28th August

After the success of last year we repeated the  Youth Fun Day at Frensham Pond Sailability and had 23 youngsters join us for a special youth day.  The sun shone brightly and everybody had a lot of fun on the water with some short races and games followed by a picnic lunch and prizes.

To watch a video of the day click here.


Frensham Pond Sailability participate in the Farnham Community Games on August Bank Holiday

The Farnham Community Games were arranged to encourage more people to become involved in sport and local clubs. Although unable to offer taster sessions on the day Frensham Pond Sailability had two boats on display - Weysider our new Access 303 boat donated by Farnham Weyside Rotary Club and Cloud Nine our new Access 2.3 boat donated by the Wisley Foundation.

The day also gave us the opportunity to meet Jeremy Hunt MP and to update him on our activity this season.



Youth Trip on the Scott Bader Catamaran on the Solent - 19th August

6 youngsters from the Frensham Pond Sailability Youth group had a fabulous day sailing on the Spirit of Scott Bader an eleven metre catamaran with the Gwennili Trust.  The boat is particularly suited to wheelchair users with ramped access from the pontoon.  The youngsters had to learn how to use a safety harness as they moved around the boat,  as well helming using a wheel and keeping watch for the large ships on the Solent - quite a change from the Access boats on Frensham Pond.


Olympic Sailor visits FPS

Pippa Wilson MBE was a very welcome visitor to Frensham Pond Sailability on 16th May.  Pippa won a Gold Medal with Sarah Ayton and Sarah Webb in the Yngling Class in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  She came to see the pupils from the Abbey School in action with Sailability. 


We were joined on the morning by Jeff Dolton Commodore FPSC and a representative from Active Surrey. It gave us the opportunity to highlight the range of sailing on offer at Sailability and our valued integration into the Club.


Cloud Nine Launch

The official launch of our new Access 2.3 boat, Cloud Nine on Saturday 11 May. This boat was funded by a grant from The Wisley Foundaton to support the FPS Youth project. Dawn Lee, a trustee from the Wisley Foundation and Megan Pascoe, a 2.4mR Paralympic elite sailor joined us for the morning.

Before the Launch, Dawn Lee presented the Wisley Youth Endeavour Trophy to David Pittman for his sailing achievement and positive attitude to sport and a small gift to Lara Sturgis for choosing the name "Cloud Nine"

The Wisley representatives were able to see the Youth Group in action sailing. As part of our goal to further integrate into the Club we arranged a joint sailing session with the FPSC cadets. The Youth group were each buddied with a cadet sailor in the Access 303's and enjoyed a race training session led by Megan.

To watch a video of the day click here.



Frensham 2.4mR Open

The Frensham 2.4mR Open was held on the 11th and 12th May when 24 helms competed, 8 of whom were visitors. It was won for the 8th time by Megan Pascoe from Weymouth Sailing Club.

Access 2.3 June B

It was with much sadness that we had to report that June Bonner passed away in May of this year. Sailability owes much to June and her husband Ted from the very beginning of Sailability at Frensham. Ted started disability sailing at Frensham, run by Farnham and District Sports Association (FDSAD) in 1982. Together with her role within FDSAD June was membership secretary for Sailability from 2001 to 2011.

Our Access 2.3 "June 2" (and June before that) was named after her. To ensure that June will always remain in our thoughts June 2 will now be known as June B.

June B shown here sailed by a member of the FPS Youth Group, Kieran Benham.

Launch of new Access 303 "Weysider"

FPS was fortunate to be the primary beneficiary from funds raised from the September 2012 Farnham Weyside Pilgrims Marathon and were able to purchase a new Access 303. Linda Pattie the President of the Rotary Club of Farnham Weyside formally launched "Weysider" in May of this year.

Following the launch Linda went for a sail with FPS sailor Christine David around the Pond (and back) in "Weysider".

We would like to thank all the Farnham Weyside Rotary members and particular thanks to David Holdford, the primary organiser of the marathon event.



My Express FM Radio Trip
With Mark Greenwood, Kate Richardson and Terry Powell

An article by Lara Sturgis

 On Monday the 14th March. I when n to Portsmouth to do an interviendex.php/sailability/newsw at express FM which is the local radio station in Portsmouth.

 I went down to the radio Station Express FM with my Dad. It was a snowy and cold day. When I arrive at the radio station I went in the lift with my dad to the waiting area. Where I chatted to Terry who was going to be interviewing me in the radio studio. I also got to chat with some other people who worked at the radio station doing different job. Also I had some picture taken.

 Then I when down in the lift with Terry first so that I could see what went on behind the radio desk. This was interesting because I got to see what all the control did on a radio desk. I even got to press some button on the radio. This all happen before Mark and Kate came down in the lift to the radio studio for the radio interview.

 Where we talk about.

  • What it means to have Frensham pond sailability
  • How nice it is to be able to sail with rest of sail club.
  • We also talk how sport is so important to disable people to active.  
 Lara Sturgis in the Express FM waiting area Lara Sturgis and Kate Richardson,
Chairman of Frensham Pond Sailability
Terry Powell the interviewer checking the sound  






Click here to download the radio interview and listen to it with Media Player.


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