Disabled Sailors Association


We have launched a fundraising Appeal to provide a new 44ft catamaran uniquely designed and purpose built for all children and young people with disabilities to sail, providing an opportunity that does not exist anywhere else in the world.
raised of £1,595,712 target
by 21 supporters
RCN 1028993

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In 1993 Mike Wood MBE, a wheelchair user himself, founded the Disabled Sailors Association. Since then the charity has enabled 50,000 disabled people to go sailing in specially designed dinghies, yachts and our existing Catamaran, The Spirit of Scott Bader. Which is now 25 years old and has taken over 12,000 disabled people sailing.

The yacht was perfect, and as one of the only wheelchair boats like it I was able to just roll on and access the whole boat completely independently. I was able to helm, get the sails up, everything! Im certainly looking forward to going out again!

Currently 70% of our sailors are aged 5-25 and wish to sail with us and take advantage of our sail training opportunities, including RYA and DofE qualifications. The demand has increased considerably for young people wanting disabled sailing places, including those with the most complex of disabilities. Our current Catamaran, Scott Bader now needs replacing due to extremely heavy usage/wear and tear from its 25 years service. The proposed new HH44 Open Catamaran is a uniquely designed, specially equipped and fully wheelchair accessible Catamaran, with its design focussing specifically on the needs of disabled children and young adults.

This is an image of the proposed new Catamaran.

We have recently launched our fundraising campaign to raise the funds needed for this incredibly special and one of a kind Catamaran. It will allow anyone to access and experience the joy, freedom and independence of sailing. The Disabled Sailors Association is a non-for profit charity, which relies solely on donations from individuals and the voluntary sector to be able to continue its important work. The charity is unique by offering opportunities and experiences to disabled people that are simply not available anywhere else.

We enable people with any disability to go sailing, including those with physical, hidden and learning disabilities, those with serious illnesses, life limiting illness or disability and mental health problems.

Being able to sail and compete against able bodied people is the best feeling, we are no different, we are no less able

About the charity

The Disabled Sailors Association (DSA) provides real sailing opportunities for people with any disability. We are now fundraising to replace our current wheelchair accessible catamaran to ensure we can continue to meet the needs and demands of disabled people who want to go sailing.

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