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A blog from our Chair

The Chair of Chesil Sailability, Hugh de Iongh, has had a busy year to say the least getting us on the water for the first time... And it hadn't stopped for the winter even though we aren't sailing, with all the behind the scenes work. But here are some words from him on our journey so far! It all started when, as a family, we were lucky enough to see some of the Paralympics at the Olympic Park last year, as well as lots of the sailing down here. It was all just fantastic and really inspired me! I also wanted to create an opportunity for my daughter to go sailing competitively again - something she had to give up a while ago because of illness. I wanted sailing to be accessible for her and others. Being involved has meant a range of very varied tasks... the whole process of bringing together a team of people who are passionate about Sailability, finding partners, getting funding in and all the background work needed to get people on the water. It has all happened much quicker than we thought and has been a real roller coaster too. But I can definitely say that it has been one of the most exciting things I have ever been involved in! I'm looking forward to next year, to growing so than we can get more sailors on the water and give people the opportunity to progress, both developing their sailing skills and into competitive racing. Sailing is really important to me, because of the exhilaration, two races or days are never the same, and there is always more to learn. I love the great chat and banter onshore with friends. These are all the elements of sailing that I want to replicate and share with everyone at Chesil Sailability. As 2013 draws to a close, and I look back on a year which was just as memorable as the summer of 2012, the highlight for me was that first sail... We were GO! All the work leading up to that was worth it for the smiles from everyone, sailors and volunteers alike.... Smiles we will be seeing through 2014 and beyond!

Chesil Sailability: 21st Nov 2013 20:05:40


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