A positive impact on lives!
The opportunities provided by Cowes Sailability Club have a really positive impact on the lives of people who face enormous challenges in their daily lives. The sailing and boating activities we offer allow participants with a wide range of disabilities to:
Increase their self-esteem and confidence, by learning new skills in seamanship and helming
Improve their health and feeling of wellbeing, by undertaking a physical activity and spending time outside in the fresh air
Reduce their social isolation, by engaging with others in the community and making friends in a welcoming and accessible environment.
But don’t just take our word for it! Click on the stories below to hear direct from the many adults and young people with disabilities who have benefited from the services provided by Cowes Sailability Club.
A young adult with autism, Tristan has developed a love of all things boating!
After the sudden onset of a disabling illness left him feeling suicidal, Phil found fun and friendship at Cowes Sailability Club.
Read why Phil says ‘Cowes Sailability Club saved my life’
Belinda found joy and friendship at Cowes Sailability Club after multiple sclerosis limited her ability to participate in other activities.
12-year old Ben has grown in confidence after going on several boat trips organised by Cowes Sailability Club.
Although Evan cannot communicate verbally, his facial expressions say just how much he enjoys boating trips organised by Cowes Sailability Club.
Boating trips facilitated by Cowes Sailability Club are the highlight of Zach’s year!
After surviving three strokes, Chris is enjoying boating and making new friends as a member of Cowes Sailability Club
Adventure-loving Toby has proven that being non-verbal and having autism are no obstacles to becoming an experienced sailor!
For 28-year old Kate, boat trips organised by Cowes Sailability Club are sensory experiences that she can enjoy with her assistance dog Tammy.
For care home resident Marilyn, a boat trip organised by Cowes Sailability Club was the most fun she had had in ages!
With my disability, I never thought I would be able to sail again. However, through Cowes Sailability Club, I have had the amazing opportunity to go on day-long sailing trips on a 34-foot sailing yacht, the Spirit of Scott Bader.
Determined that his life will not be limited by his wheelchair, Stephen has enjoyed opportunities to helm a 35-foot sailing yacht.