Water Sailability is a charity based at Grafham
Water in Cambridgeshire. Our objective is simply to enable people with many
types of disability to enjoy the thrill of sailing.
Many of our members are wheelchair users or have other physical
disabilities. Some members have learning disabilities and some are
visually impaired. Several of our sailors are partially or profoundly
deaf. Out on the lake everyone sails on equal terms and disability is no
We welcome new members with disabilities - and helpers, even if
you have never been
sailing before. We also welcome new associate members, our hard working
supporters without whom we
wouldn't get afloat.
Scroll down this page to the Contact section, send us an email then come along
and meet us. Your first visit and maybe a trial sail is completely free
and without obligation. You'll find us a friendly and welcoming club.
The 2018 Sailing
Season started in April
and continues every Thursday until late October. Sailing starts at 1.00 p.m. and
finishes around 4.30 p.m. All sailing is, of course, subject to the
weather which is assessed at the start of each session.
Scroll down to our online publications list for our 2018 calendar.
solo and accompanied sailing opportunities for our disabled members. Our focus is very much on the active participation of sailors in
all our activities. We coach all new members to sail to the best of
THEIR ability, whether with our very experienced sailing buddies or solo
Our Fleet Of
Boats includes eleven Challenger trimarans which can be sailed solo or
with an accompanying sailing buddy, two
Hobie Tandem Mirage trimarans and a Drascombe Longboat which can
accommodate a group of six. We also have our own fully equipped
Safety Boat and a coaching RIB..
So whether you're
interested in racing or relaxed sailing come
along and meet us. You may be surprised by how much we have to offer.
You can still support
Our Endurance Sail on 14th July by donating
via our MyDonate page. Click on the link at the head of this page for info
on the event and to donate. The event was a huge success, with fourteen
sailors ensuring at least one Challenger was under way on the lake for a
continuous ten hours. So far just over £4,000 has been raised for our
Eric Joyce by clicking on this email link then come
along and meet us:
Grafham Water Centre,
Off Chichester Way,
Cambridgeshire PE28 0GW
For a Google location map
in PE28 0GW
We are located at the 'A' symbol, by the waterside at Grafham Water Centre
Grafham Water Sailability is a Registered
online information files at the foot of this
Figgures M.B.E. It was with immense
sadness last year that we announced the passing of our co-founder Judi Figgures M.B.E.
Judi died peacefully at home in Huntingdon on 28th November 2017. She
brought inspiration to sailors and volunteers at Grafham and other
Sailability groups throughout Britain and abroad for over many years.
For all of us who sail or help with Sailability Judi will be with us in
many years to come.
You Grafham Water Sailability obtains
funding through the efforts of its own members and our Rotary supporters.
We receive no funding from statutory bodies. We offer thanks to many
organisations, including £300 recently donated for a new boat cover by
Ridgeons, the Cambridgeshire Builders Merchants.
GWS Information Files:
Download Notes On Challenger Sailing
Guidance for GWS Sailors and their Carers
Safety and Operating Procedures
Our GWS Policy
Equal Opportunities Policy
Risk Management Plan
Bullying and Harassment Policy