14.9 C
Byron Shire
July 4, 2022

As long as we can sail away…

Latest News

ARTEXPRESS to visit Tweed Regional Gallery

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is one of only two regional venues exhibiting ARTEXPRESS 2022. The exhibition is an annual showcase of exemplary artworks from the HSC examination in Visual Arts in NSW.

Other News

Tenth Nannaversary of those mischievous knitters

Would you believe it, petals, it's been 10 years since the guerilla espionage not-so-sweet little ladies now known as the Knitting Nannas started their ruthless needling of CSG miner Metgasco.

Lismore Lantern Parade – Vale John Lush

Once again the community of Lismore came together to celebrate with the Lantern Parade on June 25.

Australia to light the way with industrial-scale power

Big ideas are easy. Finding the big money and big names to back them is not. But a long-term plan to turn WA’s Pilbara into the largest renewable energy hub in the world has just taken a giant leap forward.

Teen missing from Coffs Harbour

NSW Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a teenager missing in the Coffs Harbour area.

It’s plastic free July!

Did you know that plastic packaging and single-use plastic items make up 60 per cent of all litter in NSW?

Australia Anti-Nuclear Delegation

We are delighted to share the news that Australia will attend the first Meeting of State Parties to the...

Story Eve Jeffery. Photos Andrea Francolini.

Sailing is one of the most liberating activities you can do. The feeling of rushing across the water sends tingles all over and it really must be experienced. Sailability is a volunteer-run charity that teaches and introduces people to sailing in a safe and fun way.

Sailability operates in many countries throughout the world, through activities at 350 local Sailability clubs. Sailability is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organisation which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with any type of disability, the elderly, the financially and socially disadvantaged.

Under various names, Sailability operates in France, Greece, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Japan, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Timor Leste and the USA with new national Sailability organisations currently being established in all parts of the world. From its birth in the UK about 20 years ago and its arrival in Australia about 17 years ago, Sailability now has over 70 clubs in the country and, in New South Wales alone, there are 28 Sailability organisations.

Sailability is run for people not necessarily with a disability but people who would find it difficult or impossible to participate to a reasonable level in an ordinary sailing club.

Chris Cook has been running the northern rivers branch since it started 15 years ago. ‘We have specially designed sail boats that cannot sink or tip over due to their unique design,’ says Chris. ‘An experienced sailor goes out with each person until they are competent and confident to sail by themselves, or you can then take someone out yourself.’

Chris says the group have sailing and non-sailing volunteers and are always looking for more. ‘Most of our sailing volunteers have vast sailing experience, and others we have taught. Sailability Australia runs regional, state, national and world championship regularly and if the thought of competing appeals to you, then we can train you to whatever level or how far you’d like to go with our vast wealth of champion sailors.’

Sailability Northern Rivers uses the water on Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head to express their passion and sailing days are usually on the second and fourth Sundays of the month between October and April. ‘It is quite a social affair,’ says Chris. ‘We have swimming and canoeing also available for volunteers and budding sailors. We can handle any disability and have a hoist and accessible toilets/showers so, if the idea appeals to you, come along and give it a try.’

Whether you’d like to learn to sail, be taken for a sail or become a volunteer on a casual or regular basis it’s great fun. Sailability is located at the Dept of Sport and Recreation at Lake Ainsworth. Sailability is $5 for a casual day’s sail and then if you like it you can join for only $25 per season. Friends, relatives and siblings of budding sailors and volunteers are also encouraged to come along. Go along and give it a go – you will never know how much fun it is until you try it.

Sailability will also take special groups during weekdays. Call Craig for more info on 6685 9086 or email [email protected].

Previous articleSay no to McMurbah
Next articleBush Futures praise

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Australia to light the way with industrial-scale power

Big ideas are easy. Finding the big money and big names to back them is not. But a long-term plan to turn WA’s Pilbara into the largest renewable energy hub in the world has just taken a giant leap forward.

Koori Mail wins NAIDOC Week award

Local media outlet and responder to the February and March floods, the Koori Mail was honoured at the annual National NAIDOC Week Awards held on Narrm Country on Saturday evening.

Active Fest and Olympics heading to Byron

Want a fun day of netball, rugby league, soccer, skateboarding, BMX, baseball 5, or tennis? The Active Fest is coming to the Cavanbah Centre in Byron on July 14.

First Nations Voice in Council moves closer

Byron Council will aim to give local First Nations people a role in its decision-making process by September 2024, echoing the newly-elected federal government’s pledge to honour the Uluru Statement from the Heart.