Let’s secure the future of accessible sailing


for people with disabilities on the Isle of Wight.

Safety Boat Appeal


Cowes Sailability Club has launched an appeal for funding to help purchase a new rigid inflatable boat (RIB) to use as a safety vessel during sailing activities for people with disabilities.  Our current RIB, Zebedee, will be capable of meeting our needs in 2024 but is approaching the end of her usable life.  If we do not have a replacement safety vessel ready to use by early 2025, the future of accessible sailing on the Isle of Wight will be in jeopardy. 

No safety boat, no sailing!


“Having a reliable RIB is absolutely critical.  For the safety of our members with disabilities and our volunteers, we have to have a RIB in the water whenever sailing takes place.  No safety boat, no sailing.  It’s as simple as that.”

Roger Sutton, Commodore, Cowes Sailability Club. 

Safety Boat Appeal


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Thank you
to everyone who has supported our campaign so far, including:

  • Jeanie Pelling and Roger Rudrum
  • Jane and Christopher Sawyer

Rib Specification


The RIB that Cowes Sailability Club aspires to purchase is 6.8 metres in length and includes a Suzuki outboard engine, a fixed VHF radio with antenna and navigational equipment.  It will be built to commercial standards by Island RIBs, a company with an excellent reputation for RIB design and manufacture.

More information is available on request from [email protected]

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