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2013 President`s Cup

The Sailability NSW President`s Cup for 2013 was held on 1st December 2013 at the Dobroyd Aquatic Club.

Attached are the official results.

Alan Bimson from Manly took home the President`s Cup this year.

The unofficial result was that it was tremendous success with many smiling faces. The event was well organised and run by the members of the Dobroyd Aquatic Club and Sailability Dobroyd. Thanks goes to all concerned and the band of volunteers who helped on the day.

Following is an article sent by one of the participants that says it all:

Good Morning,

I would just like to say a heart felt thank you!!!
Yesterday was a first for all our sailors. None of us have ever raced before, and to come to Dobroyd and be in the company of such lovely people was an exceptional way of being introduced to racing.
Callala has a club full of people with huge hearts and very little experience and having me as President who has had no prior experience in sailing doesn`t help them. But we are a determined and willing bunch and will aspire to do our best and continue to grow in our knowledge and experience of sailing.

I am very proud to be part of such a wonderful group as Sailability, I have raved to my club about the wonderful people I have met through Sailability and yesterday they got to meet you.

From the moment I started organising for us to come to Dobroyd the help that was offered from Sue, offering accommodation and help in storing our boats for the night, To when Wayne met us at the gate, they were welcomed with smiling faces and big hellos. To Jason helping us rig our boat, Sue giving our kids lollies and goodies, Jacks wonderful sense of humor and willingness to help us. To Russell`s sacrifices on the water, just to help me out and lastly Paul`s shit stirring that puts a smile on your face and makes you want to smack him at the same time. You are a wonderful bunch of people!!!

If you could please pass on our thanks to the volunteers in the safety boats, their smiles and willingness to help was fantastic!!!! Especially with us novices who were going in circle half the time and finding ourselves getting very frustrated.

As people you have set a wonderful example to all of us and have left a lasting impression on our families and sailors of their first racing experience.

On behalf of Sailability Callala and all of us that attended yesterday, we would like to thank you all very much and ask that you pass on our thanks to all involved.
We had a fantastic time!!!!

Cheers
Donna

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Created on 3/12/2013

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

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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.


Created on 25/10/2012