posted on July 17, 2014 12:49
Galway Bay Sailing Club, with the assistance of the ISA, is very proudly hosting an “All Ireland” sailing event for sailors with a disability. This national event will bring together the largest collection of disabled sailors ever assembled in Galway for a great weekend of competitive sailing. 17 boats have entered from Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Galway with 19 competitors.
The All Ireland HANSA 303 Nationals is in it's third year. 2014 in Galway will be the first time in Irish sailing history that both juniors and adults with a disability will compete in various races over Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th July.
The ISA have been assisting the club and organisers with preparations. They have provided a mobile pontoon and hoisting system and assisted with ensuring competitors and boats make it to the event. Regional Development Officer Ciaran Murphy will also be there throughout the weekend helping with the event.
Dave Vinnel, GBSC Commodore, is very excited to bring these Nationals to Galway – while the club has experience of running many national sailing events this is the first time we will do so for disabled sailors. With the help of our very generous sponsors and a strong band of volunteers we are all really looking forward to welcoming sailors from all over Ireland, North and South.
Due to its stability the Hansa 303 is ideal for disabled sailors. Sailing is one of the very few activities for people with a disability that achieves parity with able bodied peers on the water. The thrill, excitement and freedom experienced by all sailors becomes universal.
For the past number of years GBSC has had growing participation from junior sailors with a disability working closely with Galway Speeders the Galway based multi-sport club for children with a physical disability whose aim is to promote sport for young people with a physical disability. GBSC now has seven boats for use by sailors with disability and demand still out strips supply.
This week wheelchair users will also find the GBSC boat yard more accessible thanks to very generous sponsorship from Cold Chon Ltd who tarred a large section of the dingy park making it more accessible and wheelchair friendly.
Racing will take place from 1-4pm on Saturday and 11.30-2:30 on Sunday and all are welcome to come and visit.
Registration from 9.30 Saturday 19th for competitors
Club house open to all visitors all weekend
For more information phone Bridgette Brew 086 335 9962.