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Special Olympics & Port Stephens Cup Regatta

Its on again at Grahamstown Dam (we are near Wade Close, Medowie) on the weekend 14 and 15 March 2015. NOR and Entry Form will be available early in February.


Created on 27/01/2015

Australia Day Award - Port Macquarie

Sailability Port Macquarie has really made a difference in getting people on the water. This is what Sailability is all about, making a difference to people’s lives and bringing happiness to all concerned.

Sailability Port Macquarie has made significant achievements in their short period of existence. It is fantastic that they have been acknowledged with this award for the work that they have done in their community in getting people with a disability on the water to enjoy the freedom of sailing.

Congratulations to all at Port Macquarie.


Created on 27/01/2015

Sailability NSW President`s Cup 2014 - report


The third President`s Cup was held on Sunday 7th December at Dobroyd Aquatic Club




There was little wind in the morning, but the Easterly breeze came up around midday.

DAC race organisers set a course to allow us to squeeze in two races before lunch.

A storm then threatened from the North, but fortunately moved South-East towards the city.

After the wind dropped a touch we set off for the third race and made it back to the boathouse and packed up just before a shower passed over.


Created on 13/01/2015

Sailability NSW President`s Cup 2014

The second President`s Cup event will be held at Dobroyd branch on Sunday December 7th.
Notice of Race and entry forms are available from the NSW section of this website under `Forms` menu.
Registration is from 08:30 including a provided Breakfast and racing begins at 10:30.
Parking is available in the car park.
If you have a disabled sticker, you may park inside the gate on the grass.
Lunch will be available at the Dobroyd Aquatic Club.
Come and enjoy a fun day!


Created on 19/11/2014

Volunteer of the Year Award Northern Districts

Sailability NSW has won the `Volunteer of the Year - Northern Districts` Award.

Malcolm from Pittwater, Mark from Middle Harbour, Jack from Penrith, Helen, Denis and Eli from Manly attended the Presentation at Dee Why RSL.

A $200.00 donation is forthcoming.

The State Presentation will be held at Kirribilli on Thursday 5 December at approx. 10.00am

Further details will be advised for those interested in attending closer to the date.


Created on 31/10/2013

2014 Hansa Class NSW State Championship

2014 Hansa Class NSW State Championships will be held at the Illawarra Yacht Club on February 8th-9th, 2014, in conjunction with Sailability Illawarra. Competing classes will be Hansa 2.3 (Singles and Doubles), and Hansa 303 (Singles and Doubles). Notice of Race will be available shortly. It is anticipated that there will be a Race Training Day on Friday 7th February, 2014 at Illawarra. Further information can be obtained from Michael Leydon (Mob 042 235 1975)

Unfortunately, there is not sufficient water depth or boat crane available to facilitate Skuds and Liberties at this venue.

This year, the Australian Hansa Class Association will be instituting two new initiatives for Australian Sailors – the Golden Egg and the President’s Trophy.

The Golden Egg prize will see a draw held for place getters across all combined classes at the State/Territory Hansa events prior to the Nationals. The winner of this draw will receive one FREE class entry to the 2014 Australian Hansa Class Nationals to be held at Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club PLUS $250 to help with costs.

The President’s Trophy is designed to reward consistency across State/Territory events and Nationals, while encouraging sailors to enter events in other States. Place getters in each class at each State/Territory Championships will be awarded points, with bonus points awarded if they are competing at an event outside their home State/Territory, and double points awarded at the Nationals. At the end of the Nationals, the sailor (or sailors) with the most points will be awarded the President’s Trophy.


Created on 23/10/2013

NOR Access Class Championships 2013

Notice of 2013 Access Class NSW Championship to be held February 9-10 at Gosford Sailing Club located at 24 Mason Pde Gosford - Phone 02 4325 7216

Open Pdf


Created on 11/12/2012

2012 Inner City West Volunteer of the Year Award

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the 2012 Sydney Inner West Volunteer of the year Award goes to Paul Tayler.

Sailability is a not-for-profit, volunteer organisation which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with a disability, the elderly and the financially and socially disadvantaged. In 1995 Paul Tayler joined Sailability NSW, at that time a fledgling branch offering sailing experiences at Dobroyd Aquatic Centre. Within a year there were 6 branches established around Sydney and in regional NSW. Due to this growth an umbrella body was established to oversee the various management responsibilities and in 1997 Paul became Treasurer.

Not only was Paul responsible for the financial management of the group, he also needed to establish its role as a Charitable Organisation, as well as incorporate it, and create the safety and volunteer manuals.

By 2000 the organisation had grown to 19 branches across NSW and the challenge was how to retain the charitable status of the organisation while maintaining the branches tax affairs. In addition, Paul was ensuring that the branches were following the rules of registration for sailing and insurance.

One of Paul’s key achievements is having all the branches collaborate on fundraising events and grant applications. This strategy, which may seem like such a small idea, has resulted in Sailability now owning around 300 boats across NSW worth in excess of $2.5 million dollars.

By 2002-2003 Paul was spending a significant amount of time travelling to the 26 branches across NSW teaching the members about the rules and governance structures and the importance of adhering to them. Paul’s patience and skill in explaining these dry and sometimes technically difficult rules has been integral to Sailability’s ongoing success.

Paul received a $300 donation to the not-for-profit of his choice. As the winner of the 2012 Sydney Inner West Volunteer of the year Award Paul is now in contention for the title of NSW Volunteer of the year Award which will be announced on 5th December.


If you are interested in finding out more about Sailability please contact Paul on xtn 8282. http://www.sailabilitynsw.org/


Created on 25/10/2012