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Special Olympics and Port Stephens Cup

Special Olympics and Port Stephens Cup

Sailability Port Stephens will be conducting its Special Olympics and Port Stephens Cup Regatta on Grahamstown Dam on the weekend of 11-12 March 2017. Entry fee is $10 per boat per entry.

We will accept as a competitor in the Special Olympics competition anyone with an intellectual disability, whether or not they have been assessed by Special Olympics officials. They will also compete in the Cup.

Sailors do not need to hold a SA Silver Card or be members of the Hansa Association to compete in this Regatta.

You will find the Notice of Race and Entry form on Sailability Port Stephens` Facebook page. Please return your entry by Tuesday 7 March to PO Box 159, Medowie NSW 2318.

Created on 13/01/2017

Hansa Equipment_Modifications_Memorandum

Memorandum from Chris Mitchell stating no modifications to be made to Hansa equipment: C Crane and Hansa Boats

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Created on 21/07/2016

Hansa Equipment_Modifications

Advise issued by Chris Mitchell in July 2016 regarding Hansa equipment and their modifications. Instructions to be issued in the near future on specific equipment items

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Created on 21/07/2016

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
graemeadam1@bigpond.com Mobile: (0423) 741 681

Created on 25/02/2016

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


Adam graemeadam1@bigpond.com Mob: 0423 741 681

Created on 11/11/2015

Alyse Saxby - Gold Medal - Special Olympics 2015

Alyse Saxby and Melissa Nelson won GOLD at the LA Special Olympics 2015

Created on 25/09/2015

Australia Day Award - Port Macquarie

Sailability Port Macquarie has really made a difference in getting people on the water. This is what Sailability is all about, making a difference to people’s lives and bringing happiness to all concerned.

Sailability Port Macquarie has made significant achievements in their short period of existence. It is fantastic that they have been acknowledged with this award for the work that they have done in their community in getting people with a disability on the water to enjoy the freedom of sailing.

Congratulations to all at Port Macquarie.

Created on 27/01/2015

Sailability NSW President`s Cup 2014 - report

The third President`s Cup was held on Sunday 7th December at Dobroyd Aquatic Club

There was little wind in the morning, but the Easterly breeze came up around midday.

DAC race organisers set a course to allow us to squeeze in two races before lunch.

A storm then threatened from the North, but fortunately moved South-East towards the city.

After the wind dropped a touch we set off for the third race and made it back to the boathouse and packed up just before a shower passed over.

Created on 13/01/2015

Volunteer of the Year Award Northern Districts

Sailability NSW has won the `Volunteer of the Year - Northern Districts` Award.

Malcolm from Pittwater, Mark from Middle Harbour, Jack from Penrith, Helen, Denis and Eli from Manly attended the Presentation at Dee Why RSL.

A $200.00 donation is forthcoming.

The State Presentation will be held at Kirribilli on Thursday 5 December at approx. 10.00am

Further details will be advised for those interested in attending closer to the date.

Created on 31/10/2013

2012 Inner City West Volunteer of the Year Award

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the 2012 Sydney Inner West Volunteer of the year Award goes to Paul Tayler.

Sailability is a not-for-profit, volunteer organisation which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with a disability, the elderly and the financially and socially disadvantaged. In 1995 Paul Tayler joined Sailability NSW, at that time a fledgling branch offering sailing experiences at Dobroyd Aquatic Centre. Within a year there were 6 branches established around Sydney and in regional NSW. Due to this growth an umbrella body was established to oversee the various management responsibilities and in 1997 Paul became Treasurer.

Not only was Paul responsible for the financial management of the group, he also needed to establish its role as a Charitable Organisation, as well as incorporate it, and create the safety and volunteer manuals.

By 2000 the organisation had grown to 19 branches across NSW and the challenge was how to retain the charitable status of the organisation while maintaining the branches tax affairs. In addition, Paul was ensuring that the branches were following the rules of registration for sailing and insurance.

One of Paul’s key achievements is having all the branches collaborate on fundraising events and grant applications. This strategy, which may seem like such a small idea, has resulted in Sailability now owning around 300 boats across NSW worth in excess of $2.5 million dollars.

By 2002-2003 Paul was spending a significant amount of time travelling to the 26 branches across NSW teaching the members about the rules and governance structures and the importance of adhering to them. Paul’s patience and skill in explaining these dry and sometimes technically difficult rules has been integral to Sailability’s ongoing success.

Paul received a $300 donation to the not-for-profit of his choice. As the winner of the 2012 Sydney Inner West Volunteer of the year Award Paul is now in contention for the title of NSW Volunteer of the year Award which will be announced on 5th December.

If you are interested in finding out more about Sailability please contact Paul on xtn 8282. http://www.sailabilitynsw.org/

Created on 25/10/2012