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RYA Sailability Conference 

This weekend, Hugh and Marcus attended the national RYA Sailability conference near Bedford. 

The day was a great opportunity to meet other groups and learn and share about what we are all doing. RYA Sailability announced that in 2014, there were 53,000 people who got afloat - quite a number! One of the most interesting and important talks of the day was about life jackets and bouyancy aids, and has given us lots to think about ahead of our new season to ensure we maintain a high safety standard. After an inspiring workshop on Paralympic Pathway development, we heard the shocking news that sailing was no longer a Paralympic Sport - gutting and real blow this high level end of our sport which effects all levels. Since then, we've been supporting campaigns on social media and signing petitions for the decision to be reversed, and led brilliantly by Geoff Holt among other stars of our disability sailing world. 

As our fleet of boats grow, it was very helpful to hear from other groups about how they adapt certain boats for our sailors, and we picked up some good tips! The event also saw the laucnh of the RYA Sailability video, which features a few Chesil Sailability team members as well. 

: 4th Feb 2015 21:04:00

 

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