Sailability

Sailability is the Royal Yachting Association initiative to enable disabled people to sail, and the Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club is registered as an RYA  Sailability Centre as part of our RYA Training Centre.

Set up by club members of the Sailability Group, Newhaven and Seaford Sailability (NSS) offers accessibility to sailing and boating for disabled people in our area, at our lake in Piddinghoe, just north of Newhaven, within easy reach of Lewes, Brighton and Eastbourne.

We have Hansa dinghies that are specifically designed for disabled sailors, with hand steering and weighted keels to ensure they can’t capsize, providing a very safe experience on our 14 acre lake.  We have single handed and two person dinghies (novices can go out with an instructor) so even if you have never sailed before, you can still come and enjoy the experience, or two people can have fun at the same time. We supply buoyancy aids and have some waterproof clothing.

We have several power boats with experienced crews in attendance, so if you do become stuck or have difficulties getting back to the shore,  you do not need to worry, we will look after you.  If you just wish to come along and have a look initially, rather than going out on the water you are more than welcome to come along.

Our site is wheelchair accessible, with access to the galley, toilet and launching area where you can transfer to a sailing dinghy.  We have a hoist to allow wheelchair bound sailors to safely access the dinghies.

As we grow, we have plans to expand and add more facilities to help people who would benefit from this Sailability group.

We also have access to a single-handed Hansa dinghy for the more experienced sailor who wishes to experience the total freedom that sailing single handed can provide, or indeed race against others.

Our core of  enthusiastic volunteers will help you on and off the water to rig, launch, recover, wash and put away the boats, or on shore to make sure you get the best out of your time with us.

We look forward to welcoming more helpers from the Club to assist this rewarding venture.

Newhaven and Seaford Sailability runs alongside our RYA Training School and we will develop a pathway for those that wishing to obtain their RYA sailing qualifications using the Hansa dinghies. Sessions will generally run on Tuesdays or Thursdays depending on the weather, so do contact the Sailability Co-ordinator Chris Turner for more information.                   sailability@sailinginsussex.org           Mobile 07485 192578

Once you’ve spoken to Chris and want to proceed to book a slot, use our on-line payment system here.