• 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 the Island

  • Ballacottier Rainbow Group

  • Visitors to our waters


Disability Awareness Training, update July 2019

Two training sessions of disability awareness training have now been completed by 16 crew members, and attenders were asked for feedback as this training is quite different from that previously offered by SFTD.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to pass backtheir thoughts and ideas- this is vital to ensure we have the right course for the needs of the charity so we can offer our members the safest and best of experiences when sailing with us.
As a result of the feedback, the training will now take place over one (slightly longer) day- the morning in the classroom and the afternoon on POM III on the pontoon- and will include more hands-on experiential learning.
The next training session is planned for Saturday 5th October, 10am-4pm, beginning at ARC Learning in Union Mills. Those of you who have only completed a single day of the training so far can attend this new format in order to complete the course.
Places are limited to 8 people so anyone wishing to attend will need to contact me ASAP via the SFTD WhatApp group, or email carolequayle@gmail.com  or message 480652.

Carole Q

Whitehaven Marina

An advert in our local Manx paper prompted us to consider Whitehaven as the first destination of our passage plan. So, we set sail from Douglas IOM in frisky conditions for the welcoming sight of the Sea Lock, almost on free flow. Directed to an ideal berth bearing in mind we had wheelchair users on board, we settled down for an evening meal.

Deteriorating weather forecasted for the next few days, confirmed our choice of Whitehaven, where at least there were coffee shops and the town in close range. What started as a 'stopover' rapidly became a 'base' as the first better weather forecast was in four days' time!

With the help of the Marina team we were able to access four wheeled transport and toured the surrounding lakes for two halve days, making a benefit out of what was more than a strong breeze. Everyone really enjoyed our stay (and want to return!) made possible by the Marina team who went way beyond 'normal service' to a level we really appreciated.

Many thanks to Whitehaven Marina for enabling us to snatch success from the jaws of poor weather!

Lucky 100 Club winners June 2019

The lucky winners of the 100 Club prize draw of June are:

1st  nr.47  - Ray McMullan   £30
2nd nr.55  - Paul Atkinson    £12.50
3rd  nr.19  - Neil Gavin.        £7.50


The 100 Club is a prize draw that helps to raise funds for your charity. We need more members joining the 100 Club so more funds will be raised. The more members we have the bigger the prizes, so please consider joining.
The cost is only £2 per month, that is £24 usually paid annually. Members stand a very good chance of winning and recuperating their subscription. Application forms can be downloaded from this website.

Port Erin BAG PACK results

Thank you all the team on Saturday's bag pack adventure! - Peter, the two Sarahs (Sarah Spencer with Rocky and Samantha and Sarah Cowell) Carole, Ann, Margaret and son James, Issie and Frank. And thank you for counting the lolly, Stuart.

We collected £549.00 which includes £25.00 for the sale of 5 of our magnificent shopping bags.

Many thanks also goes to the Port Erin Shoprite store for their continuing support. Please extend our thanks to the staff at the store, always so friendly and helpful, making the time spent there a most pleasant experience for all.

Passing of Mr Adam James Kelly

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the sudden death of Adam James Kelly. Adam was an enthusiastic member of Sailing for the Disabled and bass singer in the Isle of Man Choral Society.

Our thoughts are with his wife Margaret, his doughters Ruth and Miriam, family and friends. 

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