A big Thank You to Tim the manager of The Coop in Port Erin for making an extra donation of £105.42 to SFTD on behalf of The Coop.
We are very grateful for this extra amount in addition to that raised in the SFTD box on the counter.
Another succesful Flag Day was held Saturday 23 September. The total collected was £328.54. Good work! A big thank you to all volunteers who gave up their free time and to Port Erin Commissioners for allowing Sailing for the Disabled to organise a Flag Day.
In June this year, a visiting RYA training company offered their free time to the charity and assessed some members for a certificate of competence. Fast forward three months and after lots of planning, four anxious aspirant
yachtmasters set sail for North Wales, wondering what they'd let themselves in for!
As there was forecast poor weather, our enthusiasm and perseverance were sorely tested but once we were in Deganwy and met Ian Thomas our instructor, we regained composure and confidence. We worked hard as a team to rehearse all the processes and manouvres that were likely to be part of the exams.
Two days of navigating, pilotage and boathandling, one day of reading the theory, and we were into the exams with strong winds and tides in unfamiliar surroundings! Our examiner was thorough but pleasant, asking us lots of questions and directing us to undertake actions and manouvres we'd| (luckily) rehearsed! Morning, noon and night, we returned to Deganwy to receive the news that we'd all passed.
So, now SFTD has more skippers more highly qualified to continue the good work of providing more sails for our members!
On Saturday 23th September we have a Flag Day collection at Port Erin. We are looking for some enthousiastic volunteers to make this day as succesful as the last one.
If you are willing to help, please get in touch with Adrienne or Margaret via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Part 2 of the Awareness training will be on Sunday the 24th September and will be held on the boat Pride of Mann III. Part 2 is the more practical part of the awareness course and will be run by our Awareness Officer David Killey with assistance of Simon Lumb. This course provides the opportunity to give helpers practical advice and understanding of what is involved in working alongside disabled sailors.
Please contact David on 409345 to book places and for further information.