Sailability is an International Organisation of Sailors with Disabilities with branches established in over 19 countries, and with approximately 350 branches internationally. 56 of these are in Australia. Of these, 25 are in NSW with 10 in the Sydney area. We are generally integrated into the normal sailing program of local sailing clubs, a model started at our own Manly over 12 years ago, and now being introduced into Sailing Clubs throughout Australia.
Our aim is to give people with a disability, opportunities to sail as frequently as possible, so that our philosophy of Freedom on Water becomes a reality for people with a large range of abilities. Here at Manly our membership numbers about 100 every year. About 70 of these are registered as volunteers, the rest simply as Sailors with a Disability. Because of the nature of our organisation, we are often granted amounts of money from various bodies for projects such as the Accessible Bathroom, new boats, our newsletter, fuel for our Safety Boats, etc. At the moment we have major sponsorship from Manly and Warringah Councils, Family and Community Services, I.N.G., Manly Sunrise Rotary, the Master Builders Club of D.Y., and some smaller groups. Our current patron is Councillor Jean Hay AM (Mayor).
We were thrilled early in 2009 to notice the completion of the walkway between the top and bottom levels of East Esplanade, giving our people access from the top level of the Yacht Club to our sailing area. We are very proud of one of our members Greg Hyde, who has been selected for Paralympic Training. Currently, Greg is travelling to Pittwater 4 times a week to train in his 2.4m which was donated to him by the Windsurfer Association of NSW. We were also very happy to announce that our project to train young people with a disability is about to commence with the help of a grant from I.N.G.
SAILABILITY IN MANLY
In Manly, Sailability is integrated into Manly Yacht Club. Our sailing days provide social sailing with some opportunities for competition for our more able sailors. We currently have 8 Access dinghies. The Access Dinghy design features allow total novices of any ability to sail.
On Wednesdays during the sailing season, the following groups enjoy sailing from MYC:
Click on the following link MYC Calendar.
People of all abilities are welcome to join our group. Please call Eli Demeny (02) 9976-2747 if you are interested or are taking care of a disabled person.
The number and quality of our sailing days is dependent on an excellent team of willing volunteers. We sail every second Saturday, and one Wednesday a month. Please check our sailing calendar, and if these dates are available, please contact one of these people:
Patrick Alexander (02) 9971 5988
Peter Hamilton (02) 9975-1434
Eli Demeny (02) 9976 2747
Visit our website at www.manlysailability.com.au
This web page is for information only. In the case of a conflict between the information on this web page and the Manly Yacht Club Handbook, the Handbook takes precedence.