Sailability Regatta starts this Thursday

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Foyle Sailability will host the first ever local Regatta for people with disabilities this Thursday and Friday, May 16-17 at The Foyle Pontoon, situated at the Riverfront Walkway, off Baronet Street in Derry between 11am and 3pm.

Foyle Sailability is a recently established voluntary organisation to offer people with disabilities from the north-west area, including the cross border region, the opportunity to take part in boating activities. Foyle Sailability is one of 200 clubs to be affiliated to RYA Sailability group, a volunteer-based organisation which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with any type of disability.

This event is the first time that a fleet of accessible dinghies for people with disabilities have been available on the Foyle. The aim is to provide safe and enjoyable sailing opportunities to people with disabilities interested in experiencing the sport of sailing and other “on the water “activities. With the kind assistance of Belfast Sailability who have volunteered their dinghies and instructors, along with local volunteers from Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly Yacht Clubs and Moville Boat Club and others, people will be able to try out sailing on the Foyle and experience the thrill of sail and being on the water. Contact Foyle Sailability either by telephone: 71 266593 or send email to: foylesailability@gmail.com.

This initiative is supported by Derry City Council, Derry District Sports Council, Donegal County Council, Donegal Sports Council, Foyle Port, The Loughs Agency, Lough Foyle Yacht Club, Moville Boat Club, Ocean Youth Trust, Royal Yachting Association, Lough Swilly Yacht Club, Belfast Lough Sailability and a wide range of other disability organisations.