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Rutland Sailability members show off their new bit of kit
Rutland Sailability members show off their new bit of kit

Rutland Sailability is celebrating its latest piece of wizardry that enables disabled people to learn to sail - and then go solo.

Based at Rutland Sailing Club, Rutland Sailability is a charity that was established to enable people with any disability to enjoy sailing in a safe environment.

The new kit has been purchased thanks to the Rotary Club of Stamford, which stumped up £5,852.

Rotary Club members had the chance to see the kit they had helped to purchase on a recent visit to Sailability, with senior instructor John Deane and his colleagues demonstrating how it works.

Unfortunately the wind strength was such that there was no sailing that morning but they still got to see it on the shoreline with John demonstrating how it works.

Members who are currently in a wheelchair, will be the main beneficiaries as the new kit enables them to control a high performance boat unaided.

John’s colleagues at the club had, on observing one of their paraplegic members in her wheelchair and how she steered it with her head, had adapted a similar headrest so that merely by tipping her head to left or right, she could steer the boat herself.

John said: “There are many disabled people who are members of Rutland Sailability and I would like to thank Stamford Rotary Club for their generosity, because this latest development will enable those members to compete with their able-bodied friends, on an equal basis.”

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