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RYA Sailability National Conference

This weekend was the RYA Sailability national conference in Befordshire, and our chair, Hugh de Iongh went along. There were about 100 people there from clubs across the country, and the day was filled with lots of interesting talks and workshops about different aspects of Sailability. It was a great opportunity to meet other groups, hear what they are doing and to share ideas. Through the day, it was encouraging to feel that although Chesil Sailability is the newest club in the country, we have made a good solid start and are measuring up well. Looking ahead, we picked up some great tips and ideas on how to develop as a club. Hugh de Iongh said there were two main highlights of the day, "seeing the keynote speaker Gerry Hughes, the first deaf yachtsman to sail single-handed around the world - he was inspiring because of the challenges he had overcome when he was younger to begin his adventure, let alone to complete it. His whole talk was signed with an interpreter talking it through. Seeing the new RS Venture, an accessible dinghy, was exciting, especially seeing the seats, which Tom Harper, a Chesil Sailability sailor, had been so involved with the development of!" Thanks to RYA Sailability for organising the conference, which was a great day.

Chesil Sailability: 9th Feb 2014 18:34:18


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