Frensham Pond Sailability
Accessible Sailing for All
Over 75% of our operating costs and 100% of our capital costs are met from donations and ongoing fundraising events. If you would like to help by making a donation to
Frensham Pond Sailability please click on
The new Sailability season returns with the same protocols and procedures as we ended the season in October 2020:
- Only independent sailors will be allowed to sail unless buddied by someone from their own household/support bubble
- Boats will only be used once per session
- Time slots will be allocated for each sailor
- Social distancing will be respected, and face masks worn when a two-metre distance cannot be maintained
All volunteers can sign up here to indicate their availability, to help with the planning of each session. It is also possible to keep it up to date if your availability changes.
Please click on the link, scroll down to find your name and then put a ‘x’ in the relevant columns when you know you are available to help. Thursdays have two columns, one for the morning and one for the afternoon. If you only want to help for either am or pm please only put one ‘x’ for the time you would prefer. If you are happy to help for the whole day then a ‘x’ in each column. Volunteers will be allocated to specific roles on the days in question so you may not always be needed.
Thursday casual sailing
Sailors will be asked to register their interest in sailing each week and will be allocated a time slot from 10.00 am onwards.
Thursday coaching and racing
These sessions will start at the end of April, though the timing of the sessions has yet to be decided.
Saturday morning Youth and Progress groups
These will commence on the 3rd April with the two groups alternating on a weekly basis to start with.
The Progress Group will start on the 3rd April at 11.00 am.
The Youth Group will start on the 10th April at 10.00 am.
Sailability Activity Centre
As reported in the November 2020 issue of the Commodore’s Newsletter, we were delighted to receive the GC’s support for Sailability’s proposed ‘Activity Centre’ project. Located on the grassed berthing area facing Jetties 6 - 8, the facility will comprise a fully accessible multi-functional training, welcome, communication, shelter and safety open area, together with two integrated accessible toilets.
Further information on the rationale for the project and the interior and exterior building design can be seen by clicking here. The documents shown are extracted from an imminent submission to Waverley Borough Council for outline planning approval.
The projected budget cost is £130k. £40k will come from existing Sailability designated reserves, with the balance from a comprehensive fundraising campaign.
Key stages in the project are:
1st half 2021; seek and obtain Waverley Borough Council Landlord’s consent and outline planning approval; complete fundraising campaign.
2/ 3rd qtr 2021; complete detailed design, final planning approval, tender issue and contractor selection. Obtain final approval from the GC. Place order for works.
4th qtr 2021; construction period, with completion by year end – ready for the 2022 sailing season!!
The above schedule is particularly sensitive to the timing of receipt of the Waverley Borough Council approvals and successful fundraising in a very challenging economic climate!
We are confident that this significant project will be viewed by members as a very positive development for the Club. It will build upon the mutually beneficial relationship established between the Sailability activity at Frensham and the Club as a whole over the past 20 years.
Members will be kept informed on progress via issues of the Commodore’s Newsletter.
FPS Management Committee Chair and FPS GC member
As part of the plans for our 20th Anniversary in 2021, we have been looking at a new FPS logo and a new range of clothing. These were displayed for comment at the Forum last November. The designs have now been finalised and it will be possible to order new items of clothing when we start sailing again. We will have some samples for you to look at. I have reproduced the new logo below which, while specific for Sailability, has been aligned with the main Club logo to reinforce the fact that we are an integral part of the Club. Depending on clothing colour the logo colours will be varied to ensure good visibility.
T-Shirt short sleeve, 100% cotton £12.00 Ref GD001; S 34/36", M 38/40", L 42/44", XL 46/48", 2XL 50/52"
T-Shirt, long sleeve, 100% cotton £12.50, Ref 64400; S 34/36, M 38/40", L 42/44", XL 46/48", 2XL 50/52"
T-Shirt, sports 100% Polyester £12.00 Ref ST8000; S 34/36, M 38/40", L 42/44", XL 46/48", 2XL 50/52"
Polo Shirt 100% cotton £15.00 Ref 64800; S 34/36", M 38/40", L 42/44", XL 46", 2XL 48", 3XL 50", 4XL 52"
Polo Shirt, dry blend 50/50% cotton/polyester £15.00 Ref GD41; S 34/36", M 38/40", L 42/44", XL 46", 2XL 48", 3XL 50", 4XL 52"
Sweatshirt, crew neck £24.50 Ref GD056; XS 34", S 36", M 40", L 44", XL 48", 2XL 52"
Zip-up Hoodie £32.00 Ref JH 050; S 36", M 40", L 44", XL 48", 2XL 52
Fleece zip jacket £27.50 Ref BA408; XS 32/36", S 36/38", M 38/40", L 41/42", XL 43/44", 2XL 45/47", 3XL 47/49"
Rugby shirt £30.00 Ref FR01; S 36/38", M38/40", L42", XL 44/46", 2XL 48", 3XL 50/52"
Baseball cap £10.00 Ref BC02
Beanie £10.00 Ref BC045
To remind you of all the good times last year, and good times still to come, Tony Machen has kindly compiled a photo album of activities at the Pond in 2019, which clearly conveys the friendly competitiveness, team spirit, and wonderful social atmosphere that we all enjoy but miss so much at the moment.
The link to the photo album is below. There are a lot of photos so you can pick and choose or you can select the slideshow option - click on any picture, then the 3-dot icon at top right of the screen selecting "Slideshow"
The Benefits of Sailing with Frensham Pond Sailability
Have a look at this video to appreciate how beneficial sailing has been to many people
Please feel free to get in touch over the coming weeks about any matter. We are here to help if we can.
Wishing you well and hoping that you all keep safe
Chair - Sailability Management Committee
Frensham Pond Sailability meets on Thursdays and Saturdays between April and October at Frensham Pond Sailing Club, Pond Lane, Churt, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2QA. The Welcome Desk is situated to the far right of the car park.