We are proud to continue supporting Mylor Sailability this year, a Cornish charity which gives people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or health impairments the opportunity to take part in sailing and powerboating sessions. The charity brings joy to many people in our local community by making activities on the water as inclusive and affordable as possible, and the money Seasalt donates not only helps support this but also goes towards improving their facilities.
When we introduced our partnership with Mylor Sailability last year we interviewed Tracey Boyne, the founder, who mentioned they had been donated a new boat…
“The boat we’ve been given was owned by a couple who used to race competitively all over the world, but it has been laid up for about 15 years. It’s a really well-kept boat but it just needs some cleaning off and a little bit of maintenance. So, our winter project is to get that ready.” said Tracey.
To restore her to her former glory she was cleaned, painted, and kitted out with top of the range deck fittings, and she is now on the water and officially ready for her first inclusive sailing session.
We went down to Mylor on a beautiful day in February to see Mylor Sailability and the Mylor harbour team work closely together to launch her into the water. The local sailing community and the Mylor Harbour team are all incredibly supportive of Mylor Sailability, which is no surprise as it is one the only charities in the South West to help people with any kind of extra need get out onto the water. In fact the couple who donated the boat were so inspired by the work that the charity do that rather than selling the boat and donating the funds, they wanted to see her out on the water once more and sailing for a good cause.
Tracey is thrilled with the new addition of such a high spec, beautiful boat “This is a fantastic boat that is built for excellent sailing experiences. We plan to get as many people to enjoy her as possible”
This boat will offer a new and exciting sailing experience in addition to the Hawk 20 sailing boat and accessible powerboat the charity uses at the moment. She can sail in strong winds and can offer a higher level of technical sailing, allowing participants to learn new skills and develop their sailing expertise. Tracey is hopeful that they will get a race team together this summer to empower her customers to get involved with and compete alongside the wider sailing community.
Now that the boat is ready for a busy summer of accessible sailing sessions and races, there is one last job to do. The team at Mylor Sailability are looking for your help to name the boat and in return, you could win an amazing RYA Keelboat 2-day course for up to 2 people on the boat. The name must begin with the letter ‘H’ as the class of boat is an International H Boat. Remember, the team will need to say the name frequently on a VHF radio, so no tongue twisters please and ideally 1 or 2 words max.
Enter by commenting on Mylor Sailability’s Facebook post. Closing date 11.59pm on Friday 24th May 2019, full T&Cs on the Facebook post. Good luck!
For further information on accessible sailing sessions please visit the Mylor Sailability website or contact them on 01326 377633.
Did you know that 20p from every pair of single Seasalt socks sold goes to charity and this year we will donate over £100,000 to our charity partners? Find out more about our charity partners Mylor Sailability and Hospital Rooms as well as the other projects we support here.