Based at Rutland Sailing Club (RSC), our primary aim is to enable people with any disability to enjoy sailing in a safe environment.
We are proud to be an RYA Centre of Excellence; we work in partnership with the Rutland Sailing School (a recognised RYA Training Centre) to provide instruction to RYA standards. In 2010 we were awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
Sailing activities take place at Rutland Sailability from April to October (or later, depending on the weather). During the winter months, in addition to sailing and racing as the weather permits, a range of talks and social activities are arranged providing members with year round opportunities to get together with friends.
Membership is open to all from age 7 years upwards. If you are able-bodied and would like to come along to help, we welcome you too - as equal members.
· Clubhouse has ramp access from the parking areas, leading directly into the Wet Bar where Sailability reception can be found
· Lift from main Rutland Sailing Club Reception area to first floor where Sailability Reception is located (via Dry Bar)
· Buggies, with competent drivers, for those requiring assistance from Clubhouse to shore-side.
· Shower, Changing and Toilet facilities for those with disability, including provision of hoist. Please note, if you require carer assistance we are unable to provide this.
· Hoists and fully trained hoist operators, on jetty for those requiring them to get in and out of boats
· Helpers able to escort you to and from the water, if needed, and help with getting you afloat
· Bean bags for passengers who would find it difficult to sit in traditional boat seats
· Waterside Cafe situated in Wet Bar for drinks, snacks and hot and cold meals
· Or bring packed lunches - in wet weather Wet Bar is recommended; on warm, sunny days there is seating on the balcony, with lovely views over Rutland Water
· Usually possible to find parking spaces close to ramp entrance to Clubhouse. (Turn right after you enter site at barrier). There is no charge.
· Life-jackets and buoyancy aids: THESE MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES when by the water, on the jetty and in boats. All life-jackets and buoyancy aids must be fitted correctly.
· Waterproofs (but only sized XL)
· Whistle: when sailing this must be taken with you
· Slings for hoists
· Some of our members prefer to provide their own buoyancy aids and slings
What to Wear
· Comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting wet. No specialist kit to begin with - ideally fast drying trousers (jeans are best avoided as they soak up too much water), t-shirt, warm jumper. It is worth remembering that it is cooler on the water than on land usually.
· Bring a waterproof jacket and hat - to keep your head warm on chilly days and the sun out of your eyes on that elusive summer's day! For cool days gloves are a good idea, too.
· Trainers or non-slip shoes are fine but please do not wear open-toed sandals.
What to Bring
· A change of clothes and a towel. Hopefully you won't need them, but just in case . . .
· Suncream - it is very easy to burn when out on the water
· Sunglasses - lot's of glare off the water if the sun should happen to shine
· A smile and lots of enthusiasm!!