Sussex Sailability Racing Team: Sonar and Dinghy Racing
Sussex Sailability takes part in SYC's programme of dinghy and yacht racing. We also aim to take part in open regattas held by other clubs on the south coast. This gives disabled sailors the chance to compete on level terms with able-bodied crews.
Sussex Sailability Racing Team is open to all Sailability members who wish to develop their sailing in a competitive direction. You don't have to be an experienced sailor. There are plenty of jobs to be done on a racing boat and as you build confidence and skill levels you can progress to different roles.
Please be aware that both yacht and dinghy racing can require a long period on a small boat (no toilet facilities!) and can be physically and mentally demanding.
Sussex Sailability Racing Team also requires able-bodied volunteers, both experienced racing skippers and volunteers who wish to learn about racing and can help with the tasks that are more difficult for some disabled sailors (such as spinnaker hoists from the foredeck).
If you would like to take part in the Sussex Sailability Racing Team please email Chris Hodge
The club has two Sonars which are 23ft keelboats. Sonars are the 3 person Paralympic-class boat. But when sailed with a spinnaker require a crew of up to 5.
The Sonars are highly competitive within SYC with the Sussex Sailability Racing Team winning their class in SYC race series.
Sussex Sailability has also sailed Sonars at Cowes week.
Sussex Sailability has several 16 foot dinghy style keelboats that are suitable for dinghy racing. We take part in SYC club races throughout the year.
In recent years, Sussex Sailability entered two boats in the Chichester Harbour Federation Race Week held at Hayling Island Sailing Club.
For sailors with the ability to move across a boat, the Laser Stratos can be competitive with lighter dinghies with the added advantage of a keel to keep you upright.
The RS Venture Sailability Keel boat has opened up the opportunity of dinghy racing to all people as it is not necessary to transfer across the boat even when sailing hard.