A grant from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Fund has enabled Cowes Sailability Club to acquire new lifejackets and VHS radios.


Cowes Sailability Club has been able to purchase vitally important new safety equipment, thanks to a grant of £749 from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Fund and £250 raised in local fundraising activities. The newly-acquired kit comprises ten blue Pro-Zip life jackets and two VHS radios with GPS positioning functionality that automatically report a precise position in the event of an emergency call.

The successful grant application was made on behalf of Cowes Sailability Club by volunteer Trish Rooke, with support from Paul Wilks. “The eleven page application form was a bit daunting, but I worked through it,” Trish says. “I was so thrilled when I heard that we had been awarded the funds we needed. It’s fantastic to be able to supply this new equipment for our members and the volunteers who work so hard.”

The VHS radios were supplied by island firm Richardsons Yacht Services. The Pro-Zip life jackets were supplied by the Cowes-based business Seasafe and feature the Cowes Sailability Club logo. Both companies have been long-term supporters of Cowes Sailability Club and provided generous discounts to enable the purchase of good quality products.

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