"Freedom on the water regardless of ability"
Access Dinghies are specially designed to enable everyone to participate fully and enjoy sailing.
Sailability works closely with a variety of disability organizations around Australia, ensuring that people with disabilities have the opportunity to sail in safety and experience adventure and freedom-building mobility, self confidence and pride through achievement.
Sailability is a registered charity and run by volunteers for the whole community. There are adult and junior participants from Orange, Blayney, Cowra, Bathurst and surrounding districts. We also facilitate some of the local Schools' sailing activities. With the support of Carcoar Dam Sailing Club, we meet regularly between October and April each year. We have a fleet available of both 2.3 and 303 class Access dinghies.
To Contact Us:
Timothy Hone (02) 6365 4329
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Garry Starr (02) 6342 3094
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Sailability NSW Central West
PO Box 2546
Orange NSW 2800
Sailability Central West Internet Website
Sailability Calendar for 2011
Sundays 10.30 – 3.00 at Carcoar Dam Sailing Club
- October 30
- November 6, 13, 20, 26, 27
- December 18
Sailability Central West - the Video
Patron: Peter Andren, MP - Rest in Peace
John Davis Motors
Polar Bear Swimming Club
Rotary of Orange Daybreak
Anson St School
Cadia Valley Operations
Orange Ex-Services Club
Calare Credit Union
Tony Leahey Ford
Garry Starr is also editor of the online Cowra Community News
A Brief History - Sailability Central West
Sailability 'Freedom on Water' Newsletter
Winter Edn, July 2004
It is also great to see the integration of sailors when our members compete in the weekend Club races. Central West had small beginnings about three years ago with just one Access 2.3 launching from the dam foreshores with a handful of volunteers and participants. As the need for more equipment and infrastructure arose, much fundraising became necessary. Local businesses, individuals, social clubs and community organizations have been approached for various projects, and through their generosity we have been able to finance new Access dinghies, PFDs, pontoon and hoist, a reliable recovery boat, and storage shed. Government grants are the hardest to get, and we’ve applied for many, however, this year we’ve been successful with a Capital Assistance Grant to build a ramp into the clubhouse and wheelchair accessible unisex amenities block; plus funding from the Volunteers Small Equipment Grant for a Quickshade marquee and shore shuttle.
One particular aspect of Sailability, which is always inspiring, are the wonderful stories, smiles and happy tears of those involved; Sailability has touched the hearts of many, and its success lies in the physical and emotional experiences that sailing fosters. I believe that whenever one is doing something connected with Access dinghies or Sailability, one is somehow linked to a ‘higher source’; this energy is so pure it is no surprise that the Sailability network is growing worldwide!
Love and laughs
In His Own Words - Peter Worsley
I now sail every opportunity I get. I enter races with our able bodied sailors and greatly enjoy the opportunity to race on an equal footing. We have a very dedicated group of volunteer's who set everything up, put us in and out of the boats and pack everything away. Without our volunteer's and these great little servo boats sailing is just a distant memory for people who find themselves in the same boat as myself. I wish to thank our volunteer's and Access Dinghies for giving a lot of disabled people a lot of joy. Thanks again.
Information on Sailability NSW and Access Dinghies can be viewed by visiting their Web sites :