Please select your home edition
Typhoon 2022 LEADERBOARD

Cirencester Round Table support disabled sailing

by David Durston 22 Jan 2017 11:27 GMT 22 January 2017
(l-r) Simon Clark, David Durston, Simon Franklands, Guy Elkins and Tony Wootley © Whitefriars Sailing Club

Sailability @ Whitefriars, the disabled sailing section of the Whitefriars Sailing Club in the Cotswold waterpark, is kitting up for the new season. Cirencester Round Table have very kindly donated £6000 for the purchase of a new Hansa 303 dinghy.

Other grants have been received from Barnwood Trust, Gloucester County Council, Awards for All, as well as an anonymous donation, which has enabled us to purchase a RS Venture with adaptive equipment to enable people with more severe physical disabilities to sail independently. They have also enabled us to fund essential equipment for safety, such as more appropriate lifejackets and helmets.

Last season the group welcomed several new individual members, as well as new groups such as Asphasia Now, a charity supporting people living with the affects of a stroke, and Forget-me-Not who support people with dementia. An influx of new volunteers from within the club, from other clubs within the Cotswolds, and also helpers from the local community, has helped our group to be able to provide sailing for more people with disabilities. We are incredibly grateful for their support, and we hope to attract more this season to help with rigging boats, safety cover, administration, instructing, and as sailing buddies.

Our group have been implementing the RYA Achievement Award scheme, as well as the traditional level 1 & 2 system as appropriate. This has delivered some fantastic results, enabling people to be more involved and fulfilled through sailing; with some going on to sail independently, and even taking their parents out for the first time. Whitefriars are an inclusive club, and disabled sailing is integrated. We encourage sailors with a level of competence to join the main club, and take part in racing, regattas, and social events. This year we are planning to provide support on some Saturdays, so that people with disabilities who cannot attend Wednesday sessions can have an opportuity to sail.

Our season starts in March with training for our volunteers, followed by sailing which starts 5th April. We would be delighted to welcome new members and volunteers. Please get in touch if you feel you are the person to help disabled people achieve something from sailing.

For more details on disabled sailing please contact David Durston by email on or visit the Club's website

Related Articles

Whitefriars Albacore Open
Unseasonably warm weather and moderate but gusty conditions Albacores from the midlands and south coast converged on the picturesque and friendly Whitefriars Sailing Club in the Cotswolds for their open meeting on 29th October. Posted on 10 Nov 2022
RS300 Rooster National Tour at Whitefriars
How to run an event 101 There are pros and cons of hosting an RS300 event. On the plus side you don't have to get up at silly-o-clock in the morning to collect and pack up your boat then drive half way across the country. Posted on 16 Jun 2022
2022 Hansa TT at Whitefriars
Blustery, shifty conditions for the sailors In blustery, shifty conditions, sailors from across the country, including 2 from Scotland congregated at Whitefriars SC for the second Hansa Class Traveller Trophy event. Posted on 26 Apr 2022
Comet Trios at Whitefriars
A weekend of Snakes and Ladders The Comets turned up, the sun turned up, but the wind didn't get the memo and failed to materialise making the racing, course setting, and a consistent set of results, very difficult, however it was ideal weather for the barbecues! Posted on 15 Jun 2021
Whitefriars Comet Trio Open preview
Two days of great sailing in June Trio sailors come on down... Whitefriars Sailing Club is pleased to announce their first Comet Trio Open Meeting for a very long time. Why not join us in your Comet Trio for two days of great sailing and friendly company? Posted on 30 May 2021
RS300 Rooster National Tour Round 1
A breezy start to the series at Whitefriars Friday 7th May we all sat watching the weather forecast thinking must be mad. But we all set off on Saturday morning, driving through torrential rain to arrive at the friendly Whitefriars Sailing Club. Posted on 13 May 2021
2021 Hansa TT at Whitefriars Sailing Club
Hansa sailing events finally restart! Finally, for the first time in over 19 months the Hansa Class UK have been able to run a TT event on 24th April. It wasn't quite the scale or format of old, but everybody agreed that it was fantastic to be able to take part in competitive racing again. Posted on 2 May 2021
Noble Marine sponsor 2021 racing season
Combined Comet class have events at Whitefriars, Llangorse and Exe The Combined Comet Class Association is delighted to announce the continued sponsorship from Noble Marine Insurance for the 2021 racing season. Posted on 30 Apr 2021
Making your bars and catering safe & successful
RYA RDO Rob Howlett talks to Dave Kelly from Whitefriars Sailing Club RYA RDO Rob Howlett talks to Dave Kelly from Whitefriars Sailing Club. Dave has experience working for Hilton, in New York as a chef and for CPMG as a consultant. Posted on 29 Oct 2020
Whitefriars SC Celebrates 50 Years
Racing for a newly-established Founders Cup Whitefriars Sailing Club in the Cotswold Water Park, celebrated 50 years with two days of fun-packed celebrations and exciting sailing, culminating in the presentation of a newly established Founders Cup for a handicap race competition. Posted on 4 Jul 2019