Bray Sailing Club and Lakers (a sport and recreation club for children and adults with an intellectual disability) were delighted to partner this week to offer an introductory “Try Sailing” course to seven Lakers’ members. The programme took place over three evenings, starting with a land-based familiarisation session on the first day, during which the newcomers to sailing learned how to rig and sit in a dinghy. On the second evening, the group took to the water and experienced their first taste of the thrill of sailing inside the confines of Bray Harbour while the cruiser fleet raced with 25+ knots of wind outside. This session was followed by capsize drills near the beach in the harbour. On the third evening, the dinghy fleet left the harbour and the trainees had a chance to helm their own boat, before heading into the clubhouse for a BBQ and presentation of Irish Sailing “Taste of Sailing” certificates, including Irish Sailing’s first ever braille sailing certificate.
Speaking after the event, Lakers’ Services Manager, Anthony Finnegan said “We really appreciate the contribution of the amazing instructors and assistants in Bray SC in giving our members the opportunity to try sailing for the first time. The enthusiasm and excitement evident around the harbour was great to see, and we hope that some of our members will have the opportunity to participate in sailing on a regular basis in the future”.
Bray SC’s Senior Instructor, Jack Hannon, commented: “I’m grateful to our team of instructors and assistants who gave of their time so willingly to make this partnership such a success. Sailing really is a sport for all, and our members were delighted to have the opportunity to share their passion for sailing with seven newcomers to the sport this week.”