Accessible Boating and Sailing
For many people, boating is more than a way of relaxing or
competitive tendencies, it's the chance to meet other people and
build bonds over common tasks regardless of individiual ability.
Boating is a team activity and well suited to this purpose.
There are a number of organisations who assist people with
The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST)
Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST), a registered charity that owns and
operates Lord Nelson and Tenacious. These are the only two
tall ships in the world designed and built to enable people of all
physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals. Tall ship
sailing with the JST provides everyone the thrill and
adventure of life at sea and you can be involved in
almost every activity on board. Take the helm, set sails and keep
watch, all regardless of your physical ability and previous sailing
knowledge. You can sail from as little as 1 day in the Solent up to
30 days transatlantic. Anyone can sail with the Trust,
whether you are brand new to the sea, an experienced sailor,
disabled or able bodied. So what is stopping you, come and sail
with us! For more information, contact email@example.com or visit
Wetwheels is a 9m fast power catamaran.
Available for individual and group charters. Wetwheels fulfils a
number of rolls including providing disabled powerboating
facilities for those with disabilities, including wheelchair
Wet wheels takes people out for sea fishing, fast powerboat
trips and more leisurely trips around the Solent forts and
Famous Disabled Sailors
Here are some well known and inspirational disabled sailing
ambassadors. Why not find out more about them and their passion for
Geoff Holt became an inspiration to many when he completed his
‘Personal Everest’ challenge. Geoff sailed 1,445 miles, solo,
around Great Britain in a fragile 15-foot dinghy in 2007. Hailed an
extraordinary, courageous achievement, Geoff is a passionate,
talented yachtsman who uses a wheelchair.
Paralysed from the chest down after a swimming accident, Geoff
secured another place in the history books when he become the first
quadriplegic sailor to sail across the Atlantic in January 2010. As
someone once joked, Geoff Holt is now the most admired disabled
sailor since Nelson!
On 31st August 2009 Hilary Lister became the first disabled
woman to sail solo around Britain. In a series of day sails
starting from Dover in June 2008 and restarting from Plymouth on
the 21st May 2009.
Hilary sailed clockwise along the coasts of Cornwall, Wales, The
East Coast of Ireland, Scotland, The Caledonian Canal, The East
Coast of England and home to the finish line in Dover.
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The On The
Water Weekend took place on the 27th & 28th April 2013
with events taking place Nationwide.
Two of the biggest in the UK are the London Boat Show and
PSP Southampton Boat Show
but there are loads of other regional and specialised shows which
are great too.
On The Water Events!
Over the next 12 months, On The Water will be attending a
series of live events across the regions bringing boating and
watersports to you.
On The Water will be providing water-based activities such
as ‘try-a-boat’ or land-based activity with simulators at events
around the UK.
More Events >