Queen Mary Sailability's role is to encourage and support people with disabilities to take up the sport of sailing and facilitate their integration into the boating community. Staffed by volunteers, the group meets every Thursday, from April to November, mornings for Special Schools and afternoons for individuals. The group also meets on Saturday mornings integrated with able bodied sailors for Saturday Club. Racing and race training has become a regular activity in Access dinghies.
The section has a good select of boats including wheel-steered Yeoman keelboats, Devon Luggers, one-man 2.4m paralympic keelboats, Access dinghies, and SKUD 18. There are boat hoists to launch the boats and ramps to a large stable pontoon on our more sheltered side. A hoist is available on the pontoon to enable sailors with physical disabilities to get into boats.
The section hosts a variety of events from the RYA National Disabled Championships to our own Special Olympic Regatta, Blind Sailing International events and Sailability entries within other events such as the Queen Mary Bloody Mary.
Our group is indebted to the National Lottery fund for original conversion work as well as Awards for All, Snow & Rock, Thames Water plc, Middlesex Freemasons and many more for their generous donations. We have an excellent relationship with the local Rotary Clubs of Spelthorne who have assisted the QM Sailability with donations and volunteers.
To enquire about the group or would be willing to give some of your time to assisting, please email the group organiser and RYA Regional Organiser, Alan Woolford firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01932 252007.