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A "H Type" pontoon as been lent to us by Steve Sawford of Speedy Sports to see if it will be better for us than the "T Type". It as the fittings for our hoist. This will also enable us to see if we can get enogh depth of water to have our dinghies rigged and ready for use when hoisting. If it fits all our needs we will hopefully be purchasing a new one later in the year

Fundraising as started for the purchase of a T Type pontoon see link http://www.sailingforall.com/spage-equipment-access_pontoon.html
It is at the bottom of the page. The cost is £10,700.
We also need to keep up our volunteer training program, and we estimate that this year will cost around £2,300. This will bring the total needed up to £13,000
We have applied to Sporting England and Wooden spoon. If you know anyone else who might be able to help please get in touch.
We are also going to run some charity nights in Telford. The first of which will be a race night at Wrockwardine Football Club, in June. We have not set a date yet but it will be on a Friday night.

Telford Sailability’s New Paralympic Class Dinghy

In March Telford Sailability was lucky enough to have a Stradavai 2.4 keel boat donated to them by the Sailing for the Disabled Charity. This dinghy is an International class boat which is not only raced annually in the international arena but is one of the classes used in the Paralympics. It is a single handed boat with a mainsail and a jib but can be sailed just on the mainsail if necessary. It’s hoped that this boat will attract keen young disabled sailors who may be talented enough to qualify for the 2020 Paralympics.

Paul Devey, Chairman and sailing instructor of Telford Sailability said “We have been promised funding from the Sailing for the Disabled Charity who donated this boat to train any promising young people for the 2020 Paralympics. During the summer this year we will be running Learn to Race courses for any young disabled sailors who want to move on from basic sailing”

Telford Sailability are now raising funds to buy a second 2.4 keel boat so that the two boats can be raced against each other on Priorslee lake. Paul said “We are really excited about this new addition to our fleet of dinghies. It will give youngsters the chance to try a more exciting sailing experience and hopefully find Telford’s next Paralympian”

Celia Devey

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