• The Burro Dragon

  • Some of the helpers at the bag pack Shoprite Port Erin

  • Attending the Lusitania memorial 3 May at Peel

  • I enjoyed my birthday out sailing

  • We like sailing, why don't you join us.

  • Peel Clothworkers primary school pay their first visit

  • Visitors to our waters


Board Meeting 24 July 2023

The board met Wednesday 3rd April key points from the meeting were:- 

  • A skippers and Mates meeting is to take place soon followed by a Sailing Committee Meeting.
  • Richard Downing-Green has taken over as Corporate Fund Raiser.
  • Work is ongoing to update the website. Currently selecting a suitable supplier to build and host the website.
  • 2024 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Charity and work has started on how to celebrate this milestone.
  • Discussions about the arrangements for the Annual General Meeting on 13th September 2023.

Next board meeting 6th September 2023 followed by the Annual General Meeting on 13 September.


Annual General Meeting - Wednesday 13 September 2023

The Annual General Meeting of Sailing for the Disabled (Charity 1333)

Wednesday 13 September 2023 at 7.30pm.


The Meeting will be held at


Sight Matters, Corrin Court, Heywood Avenue, Onchan, IM3 3AP


Please note:

The rules governing the charity require that at least twenty paid up members vote at the meeting either in person or via a proxy vote, If you are unable to attend please can we ask that you complete a proxy vote included in the email sent by the secretary 20 August 2023. If you need a copy of this email, please contact the secretary. The meeting cannot take place without 20 votes.


Marathon Fund Raising

On the 9th September 2023 Abi Brierley is running the Richmond Marathon to raise money for Sailing for the Disabled - an amazing charity based on the Isle of Man 

Her grandparents, especially her grandad, Stuart Brierley, was heavily involved with the charity for many years. Stuart organised and coordinated the collection boxes all across the Island, and in 2017 won an RYA Sailability national award, for Volunteer of the Year for raising over £30,000 for the charity.

Very sadly, we lost Stuart suddnely just before Christmas, and Abi would love to be able to raise money for the charity he loved so much, in memory of him.

Please be generuous of your support of Abi!

Crowdfunding to support Sailing for the Disabled on JustGiving



Disability Awareness Training

There are 8 places available on a Disablity Awareness Training ("DAT") course Saturday 21 October 2023. The course is a mixture of classroom and practical work on the boat and is mandatory for all crew. 


To book or with any questions please email Carole Quayle (carolequayle@gmail.com) 

Update from the Engagement committee

Chaired by: Carole Quayle

Note taker: Karen Leiserach 

Committee members: Neil Johnson, Gerry Morley, Diane Renton, Frank Rush

Current topics under discussion

Social media – website development

Tenders for re-vamping the website are currently being discussed with on-island service providers

The Board are looking for a Sponsor to cover these costs of redevelopment. 



Boat-based training has been delivered this summer by Arne Dahn. Further sessions are being planned. Feedback from attendees has been excellent. Watch out for further sessions on the Sail Programme.

Disability Awareness training is currently being scheduled. The next session will be in the autumn we need a volunteer to take over the organising of new members to attend this well-established course.  Please contact CQ. 

Engagement and communications

Community Membership Work with engagement continues,and committee members are working in partnership withindividual group members to ensure that their needs are being fully met. 

Interaction with SFTD membership - Communication platforms include the Website, Email, Facebook, and WhatsApp.WhatsApp use is currently being promoted with an opt-in service.

Publicity - The 3FM news and publicity video has been completed and has been well received. As a reminder, see it here

Membership support - This initiative from CQ and GM is a service within the charity that focusses on providing ‘keeping in touch’ with members who are experiencing difficulties and challenges. 


Social events - Boat cleaning volunteers are always welcome! – Contact SFTD by Email, Facebook, or WhatsApp.

All events are advertised on Website, Email, Facebook, and WhatsApp


Celebration! – we are currently planning the Endeavour Award ceremony.

Next year we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of SFTD and the committees have a few thoughts. We would like to hear your ideas of how to celebrate this milestone. Please contact any of the Engagement Committee Members as above, or post on the WhatsApp groups.

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