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Weʼre raising £8,000 to help BHYC fund the design and build of a specially modified Bembridge Swan dinghy for blind people, making sailing more accessible for all.

Bembridge, United Kingdom
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This ambitious but totally achievable project involves designing and building a specially modified Bembridge Swan. The Bembridge Swan is an incredibly stable one design dinghy for up to 4 crew. Moulds have been made available to the club (BHYC) and the boat will be designed and built with support from volunteers with boat building skills and support from local marine businesses including Cheetah Marine who have very generously donated materials for the hull production.

The Swan will be specially modified with features to help the sailors feel in touch with the boat, on a safe learning platform. These modifications will include bright, contrasting coloured ropes, labelling in braille, and other important features being made accessible with various touch stimuli. With these modifications, the Swan would also be suitable for members with a large range of other disabilities.

The project is endorsed by Lucy Hodges MBE from GBR Blind Sailing who has met with our working group and has offered to act as an advisory body. A number of our working team are also volunteering with her group to gain experience and first-hand knowledge of working with blind sailors and understanding their requirements.

We sincerely believe that ‘Project Swan’ will change the lives of many people Club – please support us in making sailing more accessible for all at Brading Haven Yacht Club.

Brading Haven Yacht Club

GBR Blind Sailing (Advisory Body)

Cheetah Marine (Supporters)

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    7 months ago

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Page last updated on: 1/14/2018 6:25 PM



  • Anonymous


    Jan 13, 2018


  • Susan Nichols

    Susan Nichols

    Jan 11, 2018

    Happy to support such a good cause


  • Matthew Smith

    Matthew Smith

    Jan 9, 2018

    Great Idea Duncan


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Duncan Bates

Duncan Bates

Bembridge, United Kingdom

Sailing has always been an integral part of my life both personally and professionally. I have spent a significant part of my career in the boat building industry and I am an experienced sailor and coach. I am passionate about making sailing more accessible for all.

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