Activities / Sailability
Swarkestone Sailing Club is situated a few miles south of Derby and is a small, friendly, family club. It has excellent disabled facilities and good access to the water. Volunteers run a ‘Sailability’ group on Wednesdays for the disabled so ALL can enjoy the benefits sailing can bring. Most disabilities can be catered for including people who have vision impairments, people with physical disabilities and the mentally impaired.
The club has a fleet of ‘Access’ dinghies that have been specially designed for people with disabilities. These dinghies are easy to control with everything done from a seated position. There is also a wheelchair friendly jetty, complete with a hoist for getting people in and out of boats. One dinghy is equipped with electric motors for controlling the sails and also the ‘Tiller’ (used for changing direction). The club also has a fleet of ‘Comets’ for people who are more mobile and these are used extensively by the visually impaired.
The ‘Access’ boats are used by club members to enter a national series of regattas throughout England with Swarkestone Sailing Club hosting an annual, much anticipated, event. The dinghy racing is very competitive and a series of national trophies are fiercely contested.
No experience is needed however, as a dedicated group of people are always on hand to help and teach new people to enjoy this fantastic sport. It is a very fulfilling and rewarding hobby offering a sense of freedom, in a delightful location many will enjoy.
In addition people with disabilities are encouraged, and welcomed to take part in all social events and enter into the true family feel the club offers.
MS Club is an activity group which forms part of the Derby Multiple Sclerosis Society. The group often meet to enjoy sailing, wheelchair pool, hand cycling, trips out and much more!! Further details www.ms-club.derbycounty.co.uk.