Cowes Sailability Club’s patrol boat Zebedee has returned to the Solent and is overseeing the club’s sailing activities, with backing from a local community fund.

Cowes Sailability Club has been awarded a grant of £1,600 from the Isle of Wight Grassroots Community Fund to cover the annual costs of berthing, insuring, fuelling, servicing and maintaining its patrol boat, Zebedee.  The rigid inflatable boat (RIB) plays a vital role in helping to ensure the safety of everyone on the water during member sailing sessions and group excursions.

Trish Rooke, Fund Raising Officer for Cowes Sailability Club says, “Zebedee is a critical part of the club’s fleet.  We simply couldn’t operate without it, so it has been a fantastic boost to the club to receive this wonderful grant from the Isle of Wight Grassroots Community Fund.”

The donation was administered by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF), an organisation that awards grants on behalf of companies, individuals and trusts across the two counties. “We are delighted to support the valuable services that Cowes Sailability Club provides for people with disabilities on the island,” says Jakes Ferguson, Chief Executive, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation.

Read more about Zebedee and Cowes Sailability Club’s other boats