On the 11th of October our Patron Sir Miles Walker and Lady Walker celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary with family and friends at Colby Football Club. The happy couple who were married in Peel Methodist Church had among their guests some of those who attended the wedding.
Donations to Sailing for the Disabled were requested in lieu of gifts. All at the charity wish the couple congratulations on the occasion
Its two years ago on the 28 September 2014 that members of the charity and friends gathered together to greet Pride of Mann III as she first sailed into Douglas harbour.
Time and tide wait for no man and how true this is. Its hard to believe that two years have passed and that we now take for granted having this amazing yacht and her facilities. Over the two years she has sailed over 5400 miles and had on-board a number of first time sailors, some in their wheelchairs, along with our regular members and community group users. In total over the two years 1500 berths have been filled on 200 sails. Not bad going for an organisation run entirely by volunteers and funded by donations!
We are still sailing and will do so throughout the winter. Whilst it’s the autumn sailing it’s a good time to get out on the water for a sail, so come on and book your sail.
On Saturday 17th September the weather was kind to us for our Flag Day collection at Port Erin, but the kindness and warmth of the of the people who made donations out shone the weather.
With the help of Adrienne, Frank,Margaret, Michelle,Steven,Phil, Monica,Ian and Frank B the magnificent sum of £409 was raised which will be used to purchase replacement life jackets.
Organiser Adrienne Sanderson who is an adopted southsider said "Living in Port Erin I know the warmth and support the people of the Port Erin and the area give to community causes and I was delighted today with the support we received and the recognition Sailing for the Disabled has in providing the service offered"
Thank you to all who contributed, our helpers and Port Erin Commissioners for allowing us the make the collection..
August saw the end of the annual measurement period and the second year of Pride of Mann III being in service. The statistics which are used to assess the sailing performance of the Charity provide an insight into how things have gone during the year. The year included no sails taking place in November and December due to the very bad weather we experienced, this led to flooding in December in many parts of the Island.
The number of berths filled by members with a disability was 149 and community groups occupied 229 berths, this resulted in a 55.10% of the berths on sails being taken by these two sectors.
The total berths that were filled during the year were 749 with an average of 6.81 people being on each sail.
Six off Island cruises took place along with 45 short sails a slight improvement on last year’s 39 short sails, 6 day sails and 30 community sails.
As in past years the weather resulted in cancelled sails; 42 this year and no sails being scheduled in November and December due to very bad weather.
Given the loss of November and December for sailing the figures are reasonable but it’s once again disappointing that more members haven’t taken the opportunity to sail. But included in those who did sail were a number of new members and users.
Come on you passive sailors get out on her and enjoy the experience.