“On my arrival to sail with the group from Barrow, the new Access 303 was being delivered and in my madness I said that I would take it out. The last time I had sailed alone was over 30 years ago whilst at school……” Steve Hague July 2010
Access 303 boats were designed to accommodate 1 or 2 adults. Instead of a tiller to steer, a joy stick is used. Having these boats has enabled us to offer what we do to a wider group of people with disabilities.
Our first Access Boat, Ultra, was given to us by Michelle and Tom Rothwell who raised the funding by completing the 2008 Ultra Trail. The race was incredibly demanding, involved running non stop for 20 hours, covering 60 miles and 6,000 metres of ups and downs! They raised enough sponsorship to cover the cost of the boat plus hydraulic electric controls which enable a sailor to helm the boat with just one finger on a rocker switch.
The most recent of our two Access Dinghies was purchased with funding from The Rotary Club of Windermere who raised the amount from the Windermere Air Shows. Now that we have two they can sail side by side, race against each other or, because they can be transported easily, taken elsewhere to sail. During the 2012 season we borrowed a 3rd boat which now belongs to the NW region of RYA Sailability.
Two very valuable additions to the fleet, as they can enable people with extreme physical limitations and no knowledge of sailing to safely try a new experience. “Access Dinghies were designed to appeal to that huge majority of the world’s population who would love to have a go at sailing, but find it too difficult or uninviting to do so.”