23 November 2009

New Isle of Wight boat for wheelchair users

Wed, 22 Apr 2009 Sally Coffey / Motor Boats Monthly

A club on the Isle of Wight has raised funds to buy a catamaran to enable people with disabilities to get on the water

The Fishbourne Sailability Club has raised funds to buy a catamaran to enable its members to get a taste of motorboating.

The Fishbourne Sailability Club was founded in 2002 to enable people with disabilities to enjoy water-based activities in both sailing and motorboats. Last year it looked into a suitable motorboat and the catamaran was chosen due to its ease of access, stability and working space.

The boat is now ready for use and to celebrate a naming ceremony will be held on Saturday 25 April at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Fishbourne, Isle of Wight from 12pm. The ceremony will be presided over by the High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, Gabrielle Edwards and yachtsman, Geoff Holt.

A spokesperson from the club said, "We believe that the availability of this boat will make a real difference to many people with disabilities on the Island."

For more information call 01983 882560.

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