Sailability is a charity that encourages and teaches the disabled to sail. Many members are highly proficient sailors competing in regarras and even sailing around the British Isles. Rotary Clubs can supprt a Sailability Group by volunteering to help at acentre or by raising funds. For many years Clubs in District 1070 have  been actively involved in helping sailability Groups in our area. Sailability is a charity which helps encourage and teaches the disabled sail and many members are highly proficient sailors competing in Regattas and even sailing around the British Isles!
see For further information, contact Rotarian Tony Robbs (Rotary Club of Kettering)In our District we are lucky to have FIVE groups and their contact details are:-



Contact at:

Grafham Water Grafham Water centre
Perry, Huntingdon
PE28 0BX
T. 01234 376646
Mosaic: Shaping Disability Services John Merricks lake
T. 0116 251 5565
Northampton Pitsford Water
Rutland Rutland
Rutland Sailing Club
Gibbetts Lane
Edith Weston
LE15 8HJ
Rotary Liaison:

Phil Ashton (RC Lutterworth Wycliffe)

Peterborough Watersports Centre
Ham lane
Orton Waterville

If your club does not currently support a Sailability Group and would like to DO contact Tony Robbs (Kettering Club) the 1070 Sailability co-ordinator who will be pleased to help with information and in making introductions.
Whilst Groups are always pleased to receive new boats they also very much welcome donations towards their  running costs which are considerable.

2012 Paralympic Sailing comes to Rutland

The Friends of Rutland Sailability are a group of people who welcome disabled people who want to have a go at sailing on beautiful Rutland Water. Each year we hold a few exciting events and our first of this season is on Wednesday 19th June at Barnsdale Hotel from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Our talk will be about the 2012 Paralympics Sailing at Weymouth and we are fortunate  to have Rutland  Sailability member Neil Wilkinson, East Midlands Regional Organiser of the Royal Yachting Association, to tell us about these Games and the safety organisation that went in to it. There will also be three short presentations about how and what people actually get from being a member of Sailability. Plans have also been made to link-up with Oakham adventurer Sarah Outen as she rows across the north Pacific Ocean – part of her circumnavigation by kayak, bicycle and rowboat. Sarah’s reached Japan in 2012 before her boat was wrecked – she starts again from Japan in April to complete her journey.  We expect to be talking to her at 3.00 a.m. her time ! Come and hear all about what Rutland Sailability is doing in your local community. IT REALLY IS WORTH IT ! We hope to be joined that evening by the Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff  of Rutland, along with our local Mayors to make this a memorable evening. RUTLAND SAILABILITY NEEDS YOU !! So please do come and join us. Tickets are £15 each and include welcoming drinks and canapés.  There will be a Cash Bar and Tombola for exciting prizes! The Reception is sponsored by Barnsdale Lodge Hotel and Hambleton Hall. More information and  tickets can be obtained from Jim Fleming, Treasurer:  Cheques payable to ‘Rutland  Sailability.’ Please include a stamped addressed envelope. We look forward to meeting you. Andrew Hunter – Chairman of Friends of Rutland Sailability

RIBI President Visits Sailability in 1070

On Thursday 18th August 2011, RIBI President Ray Burman and wife Rotarian Victoria Burman, District 1070 Governor Linda May and her husband Past District Governor, Roger May, together with Rotarians from twenty Rotary Clubs and six other Sailability Clubs, more that sixty guests in total, visited Rutland Sailability to see Disabled sailors in action at Rutland Sailing Club. The Rotary/Sailability Collaboration project was truly visible that day.

Despite the wet weather, guests toured the clubs facilities and fleet of boats and some even took to the water.

The presentation of a cheque for new two boat Challenger Trimaran Road Trailer for the Rutland Sailability racing Team from The Rotary Club of Stamford supported by a District 1070 Grant was made and The Rotary Club of Lutterworth Wycliffe presented a cheque for the annual maintenance of its sponsored Access Boat, Penny. Past President of the Rotary Club of Holbeach, Fred Yarwood was thanked for all his hard work for the Club and presented with a momento of his time as a volunteer at Rutland Sailability. Fred is leaving to move to Yorkshire.

Photograph: The Lutterworth Wycliffe boat, Penny, shadowed by a much larger rescue boat.

The photograph shows the Rotary Club of Lutterworth Wycliffe boat, ‘Penny’, shadowed by a much larger rescue boat. (Click to Enlarge)

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Photograph: Seen in this photo with members of the RC of Grantham and RS members with their new Challenger trimaran "Swimarathon" presented to RS from some of the proceed of their recent Swimarathon. See the full Photo Album