Frensham Pond Sailability provides disabled people of all ages the opportunity to experience the thrill of sailing. Sailing ranges from therapeutic cruising in the relaxing surroundings of Frensham Pond to competitive racing, on and off site, in Paralympic class mini-keelboats.
It costs about £40,000 each year to run Sailability. This includes major capital items such as replacing or adding to our fleet of 29 boats, as well as on-going operating costs such as insurance, boat maintenance and the use of Frensham Pond Sailing Club facilities.
Less than 20% of our annual income comes from sailing fees paid by our sailor members. These fees are kept as low as possible to minimise any economic barriers to participation. The balance has to come from on-going donations, sponsorships and a range of fundraising activities.
Alternatively, if you would like to make a donation now, please visit our fundraising site by clicking here Using this system enables us to benefit from Gift Aid recovery if you are a UK tax payer.
Over the years, Frensham Pond Sailability has been fortunate to enjoy the support of many local charities, companies and organisations. This has enabled us to buy capital items such as boats, vital equipment such as buoyancy aids and life jackets and contribute towards annual maintenance costs. Two examples where sponsorships have been particularly valuable are:
- a) In 2016, the completion of a £32,000 jetty extension project which significantly increased our capacity to safely handle sailors who require hoisting to and from boats.
- b) In 2014, the establishment a Saturday morning youth development programme to help young sailors follow a constructive step by step approach to sailing appropriate to their level. This has proved to be very successful and popular
Over the years, Frensham Pond Sailability has been fortunate to enjoy the support of local charities, companies and organisations. This has enabled us to buy capital items such as boats, vital equipment such as life jackets and contribute towards annual maintenance costs. We have recently been able to start a youth development programme to help young sailors follow a constructive step by step approach to sailing appropriate to their level. This has proved to be very popular.
If you would like to find out more about sponsoring a capital item, equipment or activity and how this could work with you or your organisation then please contact Brian Grimwood as above.
What your money would buy
£10 2 Taster sessions £25 1 Buoyancy Aid £50 would provide protective clothing for one sailor
Personal hoisting sling £350 would buy a set of replacement sails for one of our boats designed specifically for disability sailing
The cost of a new Hansa dinghy would be between £5,000 (Hansa 2.3) and £7000 (Hansa 303)
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