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Pittwater YHA

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Manly Junior

Sailability Manly NSW

NSW Maratime



.Sailability is an International Organisation which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to sail. The philosophy of ‘Freedom on the Water’ is turned into a reality for people of all ages, with a wide range of abilities.

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An established charity, Sailability operates in 19 countries, with 350 branches worldwide, 56 of these in Australia. NSW is very active, with 25 branches, 10 of which are in the Sydney area. The most successful model is the one adopted at Manly, and now copied nationwide, where Sailability is included within all activities of Manly Yacht Club.

The membership at Manly is fairly constant at 100, with 60% volunteers, the rest sailors with disabilities. An additional steady stream of casual sailors and volunteers ensure our regular Sailing Days are extremely active, and all are welcome to give sailing a go.

Sailability is funded by sponsorships, donations and the occasional grant for projects such as the Accessible bathroom, new boats, and fuel for our safety boat. All positions are filled by a dedicated team of volunteers who are the backbone of the Club.

Some of our regular sponsors are Manly Rotary; Bendigo Community Bank, Freshwater; Manly Boatshed; Cromer Golf Club; Hansa Sailing Systems; Premier Automotive; Balgowlah Masonic Club; Lion’s Club of Manly;  Northern Beaches Council; the Webb Family; the Baines Family; Lynnette Gould.

Our patron is Michael Regan, Mayor of Northern Beaches Council. Volunteers come from all walks of life and are not necessarily sailors. There are many shore-based jobs that need doing, but those who would like to learn to sail or drive the safety boat, get the opportunity to add to their skills.

Those sailors who are keen are encouraged to take part in Regattas. Others just love the feeling of floating around on Manly Cove, being close to nature in a very soothing way.

There is nothing more rewarding for volunteers and carers than helping our sailors achieve a feat they never thought possible, and the benefits are amazing.
Sailing Schedule

Shown in Section 5.7 MYC Calendar (every second Saturday and Wednesday in summer) and one Saturday and one Wednesday a month in winter.

Volunteers and Membership
Manly Sailability volunteers are an amazing team of reliable, caring individuals. Sailing Days are fun, fulfilling and rewarding. If you have a few hours a month to spare, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Eli Demeny on 9976 2747.

Visit and click on training tutorials to check out what we do.


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.

Sailability Manly

On Wednesdays during the sailing season, the following groups enjoy sailing from MYC:

  • Brain Injury Unit - Epping
  • Fisher Road Special School - Dee Why
  • Moving Ahead Program - Dee Why
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society - North Shore



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:


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Sponsors: Manly Rotary , Bendigo Community Bank Freshwater, Manly Boat-Shed, Cromer Golf Club, Hansa Sailing Systems, Premier Automotive, Balgowlah Masonic Club, Lion’s Club of Manly, Northern Beaches Council

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.