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RYA Sailability invitation to launch of new Beginner to Winner Programme

24th February 2009

RYA Sailability invitation to launch of new Beginner to Winner Programme news article

RYA SAILABILITY welcome you to the LAUNCH of the NEW ‘BEGINNER TO WINNER’ PROGRAMME

Date: 7th March

Time: 16.30

Where: RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009

Location: Londesborough Room, Alexandra Palace, London

RYA Sailability, the charity of the Royal Yachting Association which provides disabled people with access to sailing activities, will be launching its brand new ‘Beginner to Winner’ Sailability and Paralympic programme at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009.

Thanks to funding from Sport England and Skandia Sailing Club the new programme will offer a clearer development pathway for disabled sailors looking to get involved in sailing and racing right through to potentially training for the Paralympics.

Debbie Blachford, RYA Sailability manager said: “We didn’t have a transparent system for disabled sailors who wanted to get involved in racing and to develop talented sailors through the racing programmes of the RYA.

“So we have introduced this new ‘Beginner to Winner’ programme so sailors can see where they are with their racing, where they can go and we have a better way of identifying and developing talent for the future.”

The new programme will also be enhancing the training given to coaches of disabled sailors and coaches who are disabled themselves to ensure the best standard of training is being given to all the sailors.


“It will now be a lot easier for disabled sailors to get involved in competitive racing and allow us to identify and fast track talented sailors in to the Olympic training programmes”, concluded Debbie.

Join as at the launch to find out more.

Sailing is a great sport whatever your disability and the Sailability scheme makes it even easier for disabled people to get sailing. There are over 100 Sailability sites over the UK; to find details of your local site visit www.rya.org.uk/sailability or call 0845 345 04 03.


The launch of Sailability’s ‘Beginner to Winner’ programme is just one of the many activities taking place at this year’s RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009, in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki, at Alexandra Palace, London 7th – 8th March.

Visit the website to find out more about what’s on and to book your tickets; visit www.dinghyshow.org.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0845 345 0424. By pre-booking your tickets you will be entered in to a free prize draw to win a fabulous RS-Tera dinghy, courtesy of LDC Racing Sailboats.


Connie Lebrun

Project Assistant - Sailability


t 023 8060 4247

e connie.lebrun@rya.org.uk

w www.rya.org.uk/sailability


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