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NAMING OF NEW SAFETY BOAT FOR SAILING CHARITY

Trustees, volunteers and sailors from Chesil Sailability gathered at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy at Portland on Tuesday 23 April with Trustees of the Dorset Health Trust charity for the naming ceremony for Chesil Sailability’s new Safety Boat.

The purchase of the new Safety Boat, a 5.8m Ribcraft RIB, was made possible by a very significant grant from the Dorset Health Trust charity, whose objectives are ‘Promoting the relief of sickness primarily by making grants to organisations and medical providers which it deems worthy of support’. A few other grant making bodies also contributed to the full cost of the boat.

Trustees, volunteers and sailors from Chesil Sailability together with the Trustees of the Dorset Health Trust charity gathered on the pontoon where the new boat was moored alongside for the official naming ceremony. The new boat was named Juniper at the request of the Dorset Health Trust in recognition of the endless support given to its late Chairman John Greener, by his wife Juniper.  John Greener led the DHT in creating the Joseph Weld Hospice (now known as Weldmar Hospicecare). The naming of the boat was done in the traditional way with champagne poured over the bow of the boat.

David Griffith, Chair of Chesil Sailability said “We are very grateful to the Trustees of the Dorset Health Trust charity for their generous grant which has made it possible for us to purchase a new safety boat. Our previous main safety boat was taken out of service after many years just before the COVID pandemic as it was beyond repair. We have been fortunate to be able to borrow a safety boat from the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy each week over the last couple of years, but having a new boat which has been built specifically to meet our needs and with which our volunteer safety crew can become familiar and confident in, is the best way to ensure the safety of our sailors and volunteers”.

Mrs Lavinia Barbour, Vice Chairman of the Dorset Health Trust said. " The Dorset Health Trust is delighted to have been able to support the wonderful work undertaken by all the dedicated volunteers of Chesil Sailability.  Their work to provide the ability  for sailors with disabilities to take to the water is to be commended and this new safety boat will ensure they are able to continue and expand their amazing work".  

Chesil Sailability, operating from the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy, is an RYA affiliated sailing group, making sailing accessible to people with physical disabilities, long-term health conditions, learning difficulties and mental ill-health. Its motto is: “Whatever your disability, whether you know how to sail or not, you will end up smiling!" Chesil Sailability has around 50 volunteers, who skipper boats, kit up sailors, hoist sailors into boats, maintain the boats, provide first aid, provide instruction and drive the safety boats. Each year Chesil Sailability gives around 140 sailors and carers sailing experience on the waters of Portland Harbour in around 20-25 sessions. The charity has use of 4 Hawk and 5 Hansa sailing boats, and has 2 safety boats. The charity also soon hopes to announce the launch of a new boat that will allow people with disabilities to enjoy powerboating and also take formal RYA powerboat qualifications.

Admin: 1st May 2024 21:12:00

 

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