THE COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR THE RYA SAILABILITY MULTICLASS REGATTA 2019
There’s under a week to go until the UK’s biggest disability sailing event comes to the south west coast.
More than 100 sailors are set to descend on the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), home of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this weekend (05-07 July).
First staged in 2007, the regatta is now the UK’s biggest disability sailing event of its kind, and will see sailors of varying abilities take to the water for a memorable weekend of sailing and socialising. Competitors range from those who have competed at an international level to beginners just getting started, as they come together in a celebration of everything that is possible on the water.
Alongside the fleet racing and the annual Ken Ellis Pursuit Race, there will be a whole host of opportunities for participants to try sailing, racing and to get out on the water.
RYA Sailability Manager, Joff McGill said: “This year’s RYA Sailability Multiclass Regatta is set to be bigger than ever before, with more opportunities to take part and in excess of 100 sailors set to get afloat at the WPNSA.
“We’d like to thank our partners and the team of more than 100 volunteers that will be offering their support over the weekend. It simply wouldn’t be possible without them.
“The event is always a highlight in the RYA Sailability calendar, it’s evolved over the years and is now a real festival for disabled sailing and a celebration of the impact sailing can have. It really is #MoreThanSailing and can change lives.”
· RYA Sailability is the leading UK programme offering sailing for disabled people.
· Through RYA Sailability over 4,500 people experience sailing each month, with 2,000 people taking part at least twice a month.
· RYA Sailability supports people with disabilities to take up sailing and other boating activities, encouraging a lifetime habit of activity.
· The benefits of Sailability include; increasing physical activity, improving wellbeing, connecting with others, feeling part of a community and learning new skills.
· RYA Sailability supports more than 200 recognised sites throughout the UK.
· For more information about the Sailability Programme please visit www.rya.org.uk/Sailability.
· You can find the RYA at RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4YA please visit www.rya.org.uk and look under RYA Information for directions.
For more information about all the different activities on offer at this year’s RYA Sailability Multiclass Regatta, the notice of race and to enter visit www.rya.org.uk/go/multiclass.
To find out more about sailing opportunities for disabled people or those that need specific support to get on-the-water visit www.rya.org.uk/sailability.
All text and images courtesy of the RYA