RUTLAND SAILABILITY GEARED UP FOR REPEAT SUCCESS news article
RYA Press Release
1 September 2010
Rutland Sailability’s sailors will be looking for a repeat of their recent RYA Sailability Multiclass Regatta success when they travel to Swarkestone Sailing Club in Derbyshire for the 2010 Access National Championships this weekend (4-5 September).
Rutland’s sailors ruled the waves at the national Multiclass championships, staged at Rutland Sailing Club last month, as they landed more trophies in total than any other club and it was the Access class events in which Rutland particularly dominated.
Among the winners were Southern-based member David Durston whose success in his Access Liberty boat landed him the regatta’s biggest prize, the Ken Ellis Trophy for the overall multiclass champion, while his Rutland clubmate Clare Andrew had taken the Access Liberty honours on day one.
Graham Hall, from Blackfordby near Ashby-de-la-Zouch, also landed silverware for Rutland, taking both the Saturday and Sunday trophies for the Access Challenger fleet while Craig Nairn with Iain McNair were the other Rutland victors, taking the Access 303 (two-person) title on Saturday.
Sailability is the RYA’s charitable arm enabling people with a disability to experience sailing and sail regularly and the Access class dinghy, which caters for all sailors regardless of physical, intellectual, emotional status, has become one of the most popular dinghies for enabling people with a disability to get out on the water.
Hosted by Swarkestone Sailability, the 2010 Access National Championships get underway at Swarkestone SC, with a training day led by RYA Disability Racing Development coach Matt Grier, on Friday before racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information on the Access National Championships at Swarkestone Sailing Club visit www.swarkestonesc.co.uk
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