Competitors will look forward to getting on the water.
Competitors will look forward to getting on the water.

Sailing accessible on Saturday

THE Big River Sailing Club is hosting Accessible Sailing this Saturday.

The program is aimed at providing sailing opportunities for anyone and specifically caters for people with disabilities.

While the program is a regular feature within the sailing calendar, this week takes on extra significance as it immediately follows the 2010 International Day of People with Disability.

The BRSC has developed Accessible Sailing over the preceding three years with support from the Clarence Valley Council, NSW Department of Sport and Recreation and various groups of local volunteers.

In that time the club has acquired three Access 303 dinghies, built amenities with wheelchair access, and provided other infrastructure to complement the program.

A number of structural and aesthetic improvements have also contributed to the inclusiveness of the club’s facilities.

The Access 303 dinghies are an internationally recognised class and a popular choice amongst sailing clubs that offer sailing for people with disability.

The boats have a lead-weighted centreboard to prevent capsize and simple rigging that makes the boats enjoyable and safe.

The ease with which they can be sailed and the flexibility of the design allows the boats to be sailed with one or two people.

You can sail this Saturday from 10am to 12noon. Reasonably priced food and drinks are available from the canteen. There is no charge for the sailing.

For information contact Susan Howland on 6645 0001 or Sandra Culph on 6645 5020 and www.bigriver.yachting.org.au.



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