The grant-making foundation WightAid has presented a cheque for £2,000 to Cowes Sailability Club to help fund a new patrol boat.

Cowes Sailability Club’s appeal for funding for a new patrol boat has been answered by WightAid, a charitable foundation that distributes grants to good causes on the Isle of Wight.  The organisation has awarded Cowes Sailability Club a grant of £2,000 towards the cost of a new RIB, in recognition of the critical role that this vessel will play during the club’s activities on the water next year.

“The patrol boat really is vital,” says Barry Myland, Secretary of Cowes Sailability Club. “Whenever we take people with disabilities and learning difficulties onto the water in our sailing boats, trained volunteers are on hand nearby in our patrol boat to help ensure that everyone has a safe and thoroughly enjoyable experience.”

Cowes Sailability Club’s Commodore, Patrick de Peyer, says, “We estimate that the total cost of a new patrol boat will be around £8,500.  The grant from WightAid is a significant contribution towards this sum, and we are extremely grateful to the organisation for its ongoing support.”

The club’s current patrol boat, Zebedee, has been used by Cowes Sailability Club for around seven years and has begun to experience mechanical issues that are beyond economical repair.  Cowes Sailability Club, therefore, needs to replace Zebedee before the sailing season recommences in May 2018 and is appealing for more sponsors to come forward to help it raise the additional funds needed.

Established in 2016, the WightAid Foundation receives funding from island companies, investors and individuals and distributes it to charities, groups and organisations that aim to improve the lives of people living on the Isle of Wight.  For more information visit:

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