Ship-shape Sailability

Thank you to everyone who joined Sussex Sailability for a busy morning recently getting everything ship-shape, preparing its specially adapted boats for storage over the winter months.

The hard-working team scrubbed, checked and de-rigged all 15 boats to make sure that everything was all ship-shape ready for next spring, when the charity begins sailing again.

Kevin Headon from Sussex Sailability said, “The autumn months bring a sharp drop in the temperatures of the water and the weather starts to turn.  For our sailors, who can’t necessarily move around to keep warm, this makes maintaining body heat very difficult – so we have to reluctantly finish sailing for the year.

“Packing everything away is quite a big task, however our determined team of volunteers simply get on with things until the job is done.  We are very grateful to them for everything they do to support the club throughout the year – without them there would be no Sussex Sailability.

“We are all excited about the 2020 season, which will see our fantastic new facilities completed at the new Sussex Yacht Club headquarters.  We’re looking forward to having some of the best sailing opportunities for sailors with disabilities in the UK and, who knows, maybe we’ll develop a world class disabled sailor right here in Shoreham.”

The Door to Shore Fundraising Campaign needs the help of people and organisations who can fundraise or perhaps provide sponsorship for the new facilities and equipment.  To find out more about the campaign visit

If you would like to join Sussex Sailability or become a volunteer please visit or email sussexsailability@gmail.comfor more details.