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20th Anniversary SNSW_Media Release
24th February 2016
Sailability NSW celebrates its 20 year anniversary; a proud tradition of bringing the joy of sailing to everyone, regardless of ability
This weekend, Sailability NSW celebrates its 20th anniversary with a regatta and gala lunch.
In fact, the organization was established in December 1995, but due to a busy 2015 sailing season, the celebrations have been held over. On Saturday 27th February, there is an Anniversary President’s Cup regatta, held at Dobroyd Aquatic Club and on Sunday 28th, a 20th Anniversary lunch.
Sailability NSW started as a committee of Yachting NSW) chaired by yachtie/wheelie Denis Critchley. Sailing commenced in early 1995 at Gosford. In May 1995, Dr Phil Vardy, Neil Anderson, Paul Tayler and Chris Mitchell organised a ‘Come & Try’ day at Dobroyd Aquatic Club in Sydney. Jackie Kay brought a group from her work at North Ryde Rehabilitation centre.
On December 21, 1995, Sailability NSW was incorporated as an association with Sailability Gosford and Dobroyd the first branches. In 1996, Neil Anderson became the second Sailability NSW President. (Neil today is Chair of the National Sailability Committee of Yachting Australia.)
By end of 1996, Sailability NSW had spread to North Sydney (now Manly), Pittwater, Illawarra, Narooma, Belmont, Albury, Northern Rivers and Middle Harbour. There are now 27 Sailability programs in the state, making NSW the largest Sailability organization in Australia.
In 1995, global solo sailor David Adams became Patron (now Paralympic sailor Liesel Tesch). The late Bluey (Ian Ryan) and Greg Mott sailed an electric Access 2.3 by themselves. In 2000, Nava George was the first ventilated quad in the world to sail solo (in an Access 303 on Sydney Harbour.
Other highlights: the 10 year celebration of SNSW at Rushcutters Bay in 2005, Sailability wheelie Lindsay Dalmon being awarded YA’s Disabled Sailor of the Year, launch of the Access (now Hansa) 303 in ‘98 and Liberty in 2004. There was the first state conference in 2007. In 2011 Ame Barnbrook received the Sir Roden Cutler Award for outstanding sporting ability.
But, according to John Price, President of Sailability NSW, the most meaningful developments have not been the ones that made news, but the steady improvements at the grass roots. “We have gone through a period of rapid growth, which has caused some problems with issues of governance, so we have tightened up our conditions of entry into the Sailability family.
“Growth has been solid in regional NSW and over recent years, we have achieved a good balance between physically and intellectually disabled sailors. Sailability is for everyone!”
Sailability NSW is part of Sailability Australia, comprising seven state or territory Sailability Associations and some 76 programs. Australian sailors with disabilities are represented nationally by delegates on Yachting Australia’s National Sailability Committee (nominated by State yachting Associations). Sailability Australia is part of Sailability World.
Issued by Graeme Adam, PR, National Sailability Committee of Yachting Australia
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Special Olympics and Port Stephens Cup
The Special Olympics and Port Stephens Cup will be held on 12-13 March 2016 at Grahamstown Dam. You will find the NOR on Sailability Port Stephens` Facebook page, along with the entry form. There are also photos of the Dam after the recent rain event - we have never seen the Dam so full!
Please note: we will NOT have an evening meal at the Dam (our cooks are away!). Those who wish may join us at a local club for a meal.
As many of our clients have an intellectual disability and hence likely eligible for Special Olympics, it would be great if clubs would encourage their members to try some racing.
All welcome for a most enjoyable event!
Continuing success in SKUD 18 for Fitzgibbon and Tesch
11th November 2015
Continuing success in SKUD 18 gives Fitzgibbon and Tesch
Yachting Australia’s 2015 Sailor of the Year with a Disability Award
Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch have continued to dominate in their SKUD 18 Class since winning gold at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. This year, they have been dual World Cup winners. The pair is aiming to compete in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in the SKUD class.
Now this all-conquering duo has won the Yachting Australia Award for Sailor of the Year with a Disability. “It was a pretty tough field out there,” Tesch said. “The other sailors have done some amazing things. It’s a great honour for us and it reinforces that we have a big year ahead of us and a big responsibility on our shoulders on behalf of Australia.”
This makes 2015 the third year that the pair have won the award in their own right – 2010/11, 2012/13 and 2014/15. Liesl is Patron of Sailability NSW.
Other finalists for Sailor of the Year with a Disability were: Matt Bugg, Australian Champion and World Cup winner and silver medallist in the International 2.4m class; Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris and Russell Boaden, Paralympic Champs; World Cup winners and silver medallists in the Sonar; Allister Peek, Australian Hansa 2.3 Class Champion and Special Olympic World Summer Games gold medallist in the Laser 4.7
Two of the finalists were Special Olympic World Summer Games gold medallists: Alyse Saxby and Melissa Nelson in the Level 3 Cal 20. Alyse is a member of Sailability Crystal Bay and Melissa is a member of Sailability Port Stephens.
All seven finalists were at the Yachting Australia Awards Dinner in Sydney on 6th November.
For details of all the awards, go to
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Events This Month
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17/05/2016 - Branch Meeting - Burwood RSL 6.30pm Ambassador Room
21/06/2016 - Executive Meeting - Burwood RSL 6.30pm Celebration Room
19/07/2016 - Branch Meeting - Burwood RSL 6.30pm Ambassador Room
16/08/2016 - Executive Meeting - Burwood RSL 6.30pm Celebration Room
20/09/2016 - Branch Meeting - Burwood RSL 6.30pm Ambassador Room
18/10/2016 - Executive Meeting - Burwood RSL 6.30pm Celebration Room
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