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Disabled-sailing program expands it outreach

After nine successful years with its Sail for a Fiver program, which introduced more than 10,000 British children to sailing, the program was extended to offer water sports opportunities to adults with disabilities.

Funded by the Chesil Trust sailing and seamanship training program in partnership with the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the new Chesil Sailability group was created to enable people with disabilities of any age from the Dorset, England, community to try sailing.

“The original Sail for a Fiver program now supports 1,600 children per year, and I am delighted that the opportunities for those people with disabilities is moving to a new level through the Chesil Sailability group,” Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy CEO John Tweed said in a statement. “Having witnessed children with special needs try sailing for their first ever time at the academy during the spring, I know that there is incredible value in opening up this opportunity to wider participation. The on-water experience will offer a whole new world to those with disabilities and much joy for years to come.”

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