Rotary Funds New Boat for Sailability

Ellie 2 - Maiden Voyage

Ellie 2, a specially adapted sailing dinghy for disabled people.

Rotary Funds New Boat for Sailability

A group of Rotarians from 6 local clubs gathered together at Frensham Pond Sailing Club to celebrate the launch of the new Sailability boat, Ellie 2, a specially adapted sailing dinghy for disabled people.

The 6 Rotary clubs have come together and raised sufficient money to provide a replacement boat for Ellie. That boat was originally bought by Camberley Rotaract in 2004 and has now come to the end of its life at Sailability. Several Rotary clubs have close links with Sailability, and a number of Rotarians belong to the army of helpers

Ellie 2 is a Hansa Class boat and is a single seater. Brian Grimwood of Sailability, in welcoming the Rotarians, explained how important this type of boat is. It provides the springboard for disabled sailors, once they have learned the basics, to improve their skills and sail independently, an important step for them, which lies at the heart of what Sailability does.

The boat was launched by John Grenham of Farnborough Rotary Club, who is Assistant District Governor of District 1145, the District to which all the clubs belong, who wished success and enjoyment to all who sail in her.

The Rotarians present were John Grenham (Farnborough and Assistant Governor District 1145), Peter Sauter (Farnham Weyside), Stuart Bass and Dick Harris (Hart), John Forsyth and Chris Johnson (Fleet), George Alford (Farnham), and Alan Costello (Camberley).

Michael Buttler

29 April 2016