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Weʼre raising £13,000 to to buy a RS Venture Connect Sail Boat Versatile, safe & secure boat Fully supportive seat Sailable in a variety of conditions. Self-righting

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Madi is nearly 15, lives with quadriplegic athetoid Cerebral Palsy, is fed via a tube, uses an eye gaze computer system to talk and relies on specialist seating for all her balance/seating needs. Madi has a wicked sense of humour, loves to watch You Tube, listen to her music (especially Ed Shearen) and attending music school (including performing with them at the London Palladium and is due to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2019), but.. she would also love to join her Dad and siblings on the river sailing….

Madi is fed up with sitting and watching….

Dad visited the dinghy show earlier in the year to discover a boat that Madi can sail in. Like all things new Madi would start by learning the basic principles of sailing, just as her brother & sister did, the great thing about the RS Venture Connect is the ability to add in switch controls so as Madi progresses she has the ability to control the rudder, or the main sail, but until that time Madi can sit and enjoy all that there is to enjoy of sailing on the water…. No more noisy engine…. Just the sound of the sails (and the seagulls!!).

At the dingy show Bryan and Max met with Steve (RS Sailing) who introduced them to the:

RS VENTURE CONNECT – PARA BOAT – This is a dinghy with lifting keel (125kg) so is stable, can seat 2, but spacious enough for the whole family.

We decided we needed to see, and let Madison see and trial the boat, so after a long trip (stuck in traffic both ways) to the national sailing centre in Weymouth/Portland, a lovely chap called Tom lending Madi his boat, Steve from RS and the facilities that included pontoon hoists!, Madi got to sail around Portland Harbour.

Madi can communicate ‘yes’ and ‘no’ very well…. She tends to like the ‘no’ more than ‘yes’ especially when it comes to doing things with her Mum and in particular if it involves her Mum singing!! (It really isn’t a good sound….)

Madi was on the water with Dad and Steve from RS for about 45 minutes (that is a very long time for her to be doing something new), Mum was on the pontoon waiting and waiting, chatting with Tom and his PA and waiting…. wondering how Madi would be on her return.

Madi did you enjoy your sail – A mighty big fat ‘YES’.

Madi did you want to stay out – A mighty big fat ‘YES’

Was it worth the drive (Madi had been a bit cross during the journey) – A mighty big fat ‘YES’

Madi, if we could find the money would you like a boat like this of your own – A might big fat ‘YES’.

Madi loved it, absolutely loved it… and as her Mum I am always pessimistic with these things because physical and sensory things have often caused Madi distress in the past…. But I could see from her face that she truly deeply did love it.

Us as parents - ‘We have to get her this boat’…. Can you help us?

Boat details:

The boat is an RS Venture Connect, it is manufactured in the UK by RS Sailing

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  • Bryan Haynes1 month ago
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    Bryan Haynes

    1 month ago

    And he is off....

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    1 month ago

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  • Steven Hadley

    Steven Hadley

    Aug 10, 2018

    Well done Bryan. I hope you reach your total soon and have some lovely journeys together. Best wishes, Steve and the Central Piling team.


  • Tim Benham

    Tim Benham

    Aug 1, 2018

    Congratulations on your achievement. Hope you raise all the money.


  • Alan Snowball

    Alan Snowball

    Jul 31, 2018

    Bon voyage


  • Matthew Barr

    Matthew Barr

    Jul 30, 2018

    Good Luck From The Barr's


  • Greg Keating (NOble HOuse)

    Greg Keating (NOble HOuse)

    Jul 30, 2018

    Good luck.


  • craig lewis

    craig lewis

    Jul 27, 2018

    Hope you get to sail with Maxi with again soon


  • Sandra Turner

    Sandra Turner

    Jul 24, 2018

    Good luck with the cycle and happy sailing!


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Bryan Haynes

Bryan Haynes

Essex, UK

Dad to Team MH, consisting of my wife Sally, eldest Madison, son Max & youngest Meghann. I'm a keen sailor, sailing boats of different shapes and sizes since I was small. Max and Meghann now share this hobby. Madi has a dream to sail too... Help me to make this dream come true

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