Our current base, at the Sussex Yacht Club in Shoreham, is going to be demolished to make way for flood defences to protect the town. However, this has given us an exciting opportunity to ensure that the new clubhouse is rebuilt with accessibility at its heart.
With the right facilities and kit, our members will be able to access sailing with the freedom of total independence from their front door to the point that they need to get out on the water.
To realise our dream of creating a fully accessible centre of sailing excellence we need to raise £538,000. Our first ambitious target is to reach £225,000; this will cover the costs of the essential access ramps.
We want many more people, with all kinds of disabilities, to have the confidence to try sailing and experience the feeling of freedom it gives.
Work has already begun on the new clubhouse and facilities, which have been designed by specialist architects in conjunction with the charity Changing Places.
Door to Shore Campaign video
Yachting Monthly becomes our media partner
We are delighted that the UK’s biggest Yachting magazine- Yachting Monthly – is adding its weighty support to the Door to Shore fundraising campaign by becoming our official media partner. This is a tremendous coup for us and will significantly raise the profile of Door to Shore nationally.
There will be a news story in the January edition about the campaign and the inspirational approach of Sussex Yacht Club in fully embracing the needs of all members in the design of the new clubhouse. The editorial team is also planning a number of follow-up articles and will be visiting us next year, with the plan of writing a major feature once the build has been completed.
It is extremely rare to achieve this level of support from a major publication like Yachting Monthly. We should all feel very proud for this recognition.
Campaign Updates9 September 2019
Sir Ben Ainslie CBE throws his support behind Door to Shore. He said, “I am delighted to support the Sussex Sailability ‘Door to Shore’ fundraising campaign; which will enable the building of brand-new facilities to allow disabled sailors full independent access to the sport. It’s essential that sailors with disabilities have access to the right kit and facilities to be able to do that. I wish Sussex Sailability the very best of luck in their fundraising towards this goal.”
20 August 2019
Our members became film stars for the day as cameras were welcomed to a Sussex Sailability session at Sussex Yacht Club. The finished film will explain the importance of the Door to Shore Fundraising Campaign and will be featured on this page, as well as being shown to potential donors.