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Set Sail with ‘Sailability’ at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park - Sailability Launch - John Hasler and client (March 2012)

Sailability Launch - John Hasler and client using the new hoist (March 2012)

Castle Semple Centre, part of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park in Renfrewshire has received national recognition as Scotland’s first Royal Yachting Association (RYA) ‘Sailability’ Centre of Excellence. This means the Centre is fully ready, having the specialised sailing equipment, experienced staff (over 25 years combined) and facilities to accommodate people with a wide range of disabilities.

During a special event at Castle Semple Centre on Sunday 18th March the RYA confirmed the award.  The day also marked the donation by the Rotary Club of Gryffe Valley of a special hoist on a pontoon beside the loch.  This is used to transfer sailors from wheelchairs to specially designed dinghies recently acquired by the Park Authority.

On the day some sailors from local disability organisations were out sailing in a range of boats and there was demonstrations of specialist equipment that help everyone access the sport. The Park would like to thank all of the sailors, Rotary Club Members, RYA Sailability representatives and all of our invited guests for their support on what was a beautiful spring day and fantastic start to the Park’s continuing development in disability sailing.

Senior Instructor at Castle Semple and RYA Sailability Regional Organiser for Scotland David Hill said, “Castle Semple Centre provides an outstanding programme of leisure, formal training and racing for disabled children and adults .We hope this opportunity will encourage even more disabled people to come and enjoy sailing”

Debbie Blachford, RYA Sailability Manager said, “Everyone has worked really hard to achieve Centre of Excellence status; it’s a superb demonstration of working in partnership with others to achieve a common goal, more sailing opportunities for disabled people”.

For more information, go to Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park website.

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