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Accessible Boating Thames is extremely grateful to the Moving Our Community Fund which is a Leap/Sport England charitable fund held and managed by Heart of Bucks for a recently awarded grant. The grant is to cover a number of the fixed cost associated with running the charity including insurance, outboard engine annual maintenance and life jacket maintenance as well as the cost of a powered winch to be used for the launch and recovery of the sailing dinghies.
The design of the winch mounting is to be undertaken by REMAP South Bucks which is a branch of Remap, a national charity that provides custom-made equipment for disabled people. Its skilled volunteers provide innovative, practical solutions to everyday challenges encountered by disabled people.
April2021 – Accessible Boating Thames have launched our new sailing dinghy, the Edward Gostling, a NEO 495 which will be named after the creator of the Edward Gostling Foundation who provided the money for the dinghy.
The unique aspect of the NEO is that it allows two people to sit side by side and will allow us to provide sailing opportunities for a wider group of people including the visually impaired. The Edward Gostling is now available for use and we are looking for more volunteers to help us as ‘buddies’ so that people with disabilities can have help in sailing and in learning to sail. Volunteers who have some sailing experience will be the most valuable but there are opportunities to train at Bisham Abbey Sailing School where we are based.
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