Media Release

Saturday 19th May, 2018
Andy Chappell

Media Release
Release Date: 18 May 2018


Once again the Newhaven Yacht Club, situated just across the Phillip Island Bridge, is hosting another Sailability day – this time our guests will be from Bass Coast Specialist School.

The development of the Sailability program has been a major project at Newhaven Yacht Club over the past few years that has seen:
– The building of a large new Sailability shed
– The purchase of a number of special small yachts designed to be incredibly stable and suitable for absolute novices and those with various disabilities
– Many fishing expeditions for groups of younger people experiencing a range of disabilities who just love being out on the water with our dedicated volunteers.

‘Sailabilty’’ is a nationally accredited program that offers an additional level of support, an established network of volunteers, and equipment to assist people of all-abilities to get into sailing. Through the activity of Sailing and Boating it enriches the lives of people of all abilities – the elderly, the financially and socially disadvantaged as well as people with physical challenges.

Committee member, Alen Garrett, has led this program for the Club and has big plans for the future to engage many more young people from varying backgrounds.

Commodore, Andy Chappell, said “Our club has a long history of deep community involvement and is proud of assisting so many in the local community get safely involved with water-based activities most affordably, or at no cost in the case of charity and community groups. Built from the ground up with many thousands of volunteer hours over some seven decades, our club also frequently welcomes community groups to use our simple but beautifully placed club rooms for their meetings and gatherings. In addition to Sailability we run a series of community-based programs including water safety training”

Andy Chappell


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