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, with some sailing on Friday mornings for schools. It caters for a wide variety of people with disabilities, from those having their first taster to paralympic competitors.Some come with schools or other groups whilst others come individually.
The section has a good selection of boats including wheel-steered Yeoman keelboats, Devon Luggers, one-man 2.4m paralympic keelboats, Access dinghies, and Challenger trimarans. There are platform hoists to launch the boats and ramps onto a large stable pontoon on the reservoir's more sheltered side. A person hoist is available on the pontoon to enable sailors with physical disabilities to get into boats.EventsThe 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 Pursuit.
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 QM Sailability with donations and volunteers.
To enquire about the group or if you would be willing to give some of your time to assisting, please email the group organiser and RYA Regional Organiser, Alan Woolford or phone 01932 252007.