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Dobroyd Aquatic Club hosts Australia Day Regatta

This year it is the 183rd Australia Day Regatta, the oldest continuously-conducted annual sailing regatta in the world. It is conducted at a variety of clubs for different classes of boats.

Created on 24/01/2019

Pittwater and Crystal Bay Sailability Clubs combine to train Ex Diggers for Invictus Games

During the months leading up to the Invictus Games in Sydney in October 2018 Pittwater Sailability supplied their boats and Crystal Bay Sailability rigged these boats and supplied and arranged Tenders and trainers to train two returned diggers in the art of Competitive 303 sail racing on the Pittwater.
The Competitors in the Games are Davin `Bear` Bretherton with one leg prosthesis and Pete Arbuckle with one leg prosthesis. Volunteers from both clubs and other associated arms of Sailability NSW ruan training days including Match Racing Practice.
Davin and Pete will compete on Sydney Harbour on Sunday 21st October and can be viewed on ABC iView Stream 2 between 10.55am 5.30 pm.
Sydney Harbour will provide a spectacular backdrop for the Invictus Games debut of sailing. Boats will sail from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia at Rushcutters Bay to Farm Co. See Photos in Photo Albums

Created on 20/10/2018


David Wormleaton together with Laurie and Malcolm Murray attended at the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club on the evening of Friday 4th May to be present at the Ryde Foundation Awards Night. The purpose of our attendance was the presentation to Lindsay and Maria of the Royal Rehab Achievement Award.

The dinner was held in a large room with 186 persons attending including the anticipated guests and celebrities. The evening was superbly conducted, and kept the evening moving, by the Master of Ceremonies, Steve Robilliard.

Twelve Monthly Sports Stars were presented during the evening with their Awards and a short interview was carried out by Steve with an amazing variety of questions to the young recipients.

Next came the Special Presentations. Lindsay and Maria were presented with their Royal Rehab Achievement Award by Louise Sauvage to great acclamation – especially from our table. Much photographing ensued and a message of thanks was read out for Maria.

Maria is selling her and Lindsay’s lifetime story book for the Princely sum of $10 and all proceeds will be donated by Maria and Lindsay to Sailability Pittwater – a good number were sold on the evening.

All in all a great evening and a great tribute to Lindsay and Maria who have done so much on many levels to promote the work of the Royal Rehab Society and at the same time they sincerely thank Sailability Pittwater Volunteers for the input into their lives through sailing.

Created on 8/05/2018

Photos Lindsay and Maria Royal Rehab Achievement Award 2018

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Created on 8/05/2018

AGM at 3pm 27th Aug 2017

The Sailability Dobroyd AGM will be held at the Sailing Club following the Working Bee/Volunteer day on 27 August 2017.

At this meeting the new committee is elected.

We would encourage anyone involved in the Club to put their names forward to help out with the committee.

The involvement is as little as attending one meeting a month and we would welcome new committee members to ensure the Club stays vibrant and enthusiastic and relevant to the members.
If you would like to talk to us about becoming a committee member please contact any of the following people.

president: Margy Sanderson 0414 861 813
secretary: Sue Slattery 0409 036 654
treasurer: David Stewart 0412 421 117

Created on 2/08/2017

Working Bee & Volunteer Day 27th Aug

The new season is upon us!

We will be starting with a working bee and volunteer day on 27 August

All are welcome and hope that Saturday and Sunday sailors and volunteers and their families will attend.
It will be a fun day catching up with other sailors as well as spending time getting the boats ready for the new season.
Bring along any friends or relatives or work colleagues that you think may be interested in sailing and stay for an hour or two or stay for the whole day.

We will be having a free barbecue lunch.

The day will conclude with the AGM at the boathouse at 3pm

See you there!

Created on 2/08/2017

President`s Cup photos

Thanks to Robyne Stewart of Sailability Dobroyd for these photos of the 2017 President’s Cup held at Rodd Point on 25th March.


Saxby won the 2.3 section and also made off with the magnificent President’s Cup trophy.

The President’s Cup will be held at the Manly branch next year.

Created on 3/04/2017

Australian 2.4m Championship 2016/17 * Notice of Race *

Saleability NSW Inc. Crystal Bay Branch Pittwater, NWS
14-16 April 2017

Created on 22/01/2017

President`s Cup 25th March

The President`s Cup will be held at Dobroyd Aquatic Club on Saturday 25th March 2017
It will be jointly run by volunteers from Manly and Dobroyd branches with race organisation from DAC.

Created on 21/01/2017

Special Olympics and Port Stephens Cup

Special Olympics and Port Stephens Cup

Sailability Port Stephens will be conducting its Special Olympics and Port Stephens Cup Regatta on Grahamstown Dam on the weekend of 11-12 March 2017. Entry fee is $10 per boat per entry.

We will accept as a competitor in the Special Olympics competition anyone with an intellectual disability, whether or not they have been assessed by Special Olympics officials. They will also compete in the Cup.

Sailors do not need to hold a SA Silver Card or be members of the Hansa Association to compete in this Regatta.

You will find the Notice of Race and Entry form on Sailability Port Stephens` Facebook page. Please return your entry by Tuesday 7 March to PO Box 159, Medowie NSW 2318.

Created on 13/01/2017


This year Sailability Pittwater celebrates 20 years of “Freedom on the Water” in our local area. After initially trying Narrabeen Lagoon, too shallow, and BYRA, low tide issues, we settled on Rowland Reserve Bayview, our current home.
With lots of support from local groups and businesses, and especially Pittwater Council, we have excellent facilities including a storage shed in the Council compound. More recently Pittwater RSL, through their Club Grants program, have allowed us to upgrade our fleet of specially designed Hansa 303 dinghies.

Sailability is a totally Volunteer run program, providing sailing for people with a disability of all ages and abilities. Many of our volunteers have enjoyed sailing for many years and want to give back to the community and share this with people with a disability.

In celebrating 20 years, we especially applauded Lindsay and Maria Dalmon, an inspiring couple living with Cerebral Palsy who have been sailing with us from the very start. Sailability has allowed Lindsay & Maria to sail competitively at all levels including regattas in France, Greece and Japan, winning many trophies along the way, Lindsay being voted the Disabled Sailor of the Year in 2003.
Nowadays they enjoy sailing a pair of Access 2.3 Electric dinghies, where they can control the rudder and mainsheet with a joystick .

Another great success story is Alyse Saxby, who started sailing with a school group 10 years ago and has now achieved 1 Silver and 2 Gold medals at Special Olympics. She now sails high performance dinghies with Sailability Crystal Bay at PRAYC Newport.

For more information on Sailability go to www.sailabilitynsw.org/pittwater

Created on 22/09/2016

1 Fleet Update September 2016

at the end of 2015 we replaced 2 of our older Access 303s with new models, thanks to the generosity of the St George Foundation, and accumulated funds from Pittwater and Avalon RSL Club Grants programs.
One we named St George with its red deck and sails, while the other is named Little Digger and has blue deck and sails.
Along with our two electric 2.3 singles and two Access Breezes, we have four 303s all in very good condition.

Created on 22/09/2016

Australia sweeps sailing compation in Rio !

last day of competition in the paralympics Australia gets two Gold Medals and one Silver Medal.

Created on 19/09/2016

Big win for our family;

For our family Disabled and Special Needs people supported by the RPAYC.

Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch (SKUD18)

Australia’s defending Paralympic champions in the SKUD18, Daniel Fitzgibbon & Liesl Tesch have eight wins and two second places on their near perfect scorecard. This gives them a Gold Medal in Rio.

“We’re loving it!” said Fitzgibbon at the conclusion of racing today. “Liesl and I can deal with everything and still come out on top!”

“This is a crazy sport!” said Tesch. “All those conditions that were getting flung at us out there on the bay, meant we had to be adaptable this week and we’ve shown we can deal with anything. We’ve really put in some hard yards in the lead up to Rio, and it’s paid off.

“It’s awesome having the Sonar boys in the gold medal position too, but now we need to hold it together for Matt Bugg to get him over the line.”

Created on 19/09/2016

Easter Regatta 2017

We`re host the 20th 2.4 Yatch Easter Regatta on Pittwater, April 14-17, 2017.

Created on 19/09/2016

Hansa Equipment_Modifications_Memorandum

Memorandum from Chris Mitchell stating no modifications to be made to Hansa equipment: C Crane and Hansa Boats

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Created on 21/07/2016

Hansa Equipment_Modifications

Advise issued by Chris Mitchell in July 2016 regarding Hansa equipment and their modifications. Instructions to be issued in the near future on specific equipment items

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Created on 21/07/2016

Sailability Belmont NSW - We`re on Facebook

For the most up to date activities, photos and events, please check us out on Facebook. Search for Sailability Belmont.

Created on 22/05/2016

Community Group of the Year 2015

In January 2016, Sailability won the Community Group of the Year Award in the Shortland Electorate.
Barry Clarke received a special commendation in the individual community Volunteer category.

Created on 22/05/2016

20th Anniversary SNSW_Media Release


24th February 2016

Sailability NSW celebrates its 20 year anniversary; a proud tradition of bringing the joy of sailing to everyone, regardless of ability

This weekend, Sailability NSW celebrates its 20th anniversary with a regatta and gala lunch.
In fact, the organization was established in December 1995, but due to a busy 2015 sailing season, the celebrations have been held over. On Saturday 27th February, there is an Anniversary President’s Cup regatta, held at Dobroyd Aquatic Club and on Sunday 28th, a 20th Anniversary lunch.

Sailability NSW started as a committee of Yachting NSW) chaired by yachtie/wheelie Denis Critchley. Sailing commenced in early 1995 at Gosford. In May 1995, Dr Phil Vardy, Neil Anderson, Paul Tayler and Chris Mitchell organised a ‘Come & Try’ day at Dobroyd Aquatic Club in Sydney. Jackie Kay brought a group from her work at North Ryde Rehabilitation centre.

On December 21, 1995, Sailability NSW was incorporated as an association with Sailability Gosford and Dobroyd the first branches. In 1996, Neil Anderson became the second Sailability NSW President. (Neil today is Chair of the National Sailability Committee of Yachting Australia.)

By end of 1996, Sailability NSW had spread to North Sydney (now Manly), Pittwater, Illawarra, Narooma, Belmont, Albury, Northern Rivers and Middle Harbour. There are now 27 Sailability programs in the state, making NSW the largest Sailability organization in Australia.

In 1995, global solo sailor David Adams became Patron (now Paralympic sailor Liesel Tesch). The late Bluey (Ian Ryan) and Greg Mott sailed an electric Access 2.3 by themselves. In 2000, Nava George was the first ventilated quad in the world to sail solo (in an Access 303 on Sydney Harbour.

Other highlights: the 10 year celebration of SNSW at Rushcutters Bay in 2005, Sailability wheelie Lindsay Dalmon being awarded YA’s Disabled Sailor of the Year, launch of the Access (now Hansa) 303 in ‘98 and Liberty in 2004. There was the first state conference in 2007. In 2011 Ame Barnbrook received the Sir Roden Cutler Award for outstanding sporting ability.

But, according to John Price, President of Sailability NSW, the most meaningful developments have not been the ones that made news, but the steady improvements at the grass roots. “We have gone through a period of rapid growth, which has caused some problems with issues of governance, so we have tightened up our conditions of entry into the Sailability family.

“Growth has been solid in regional NSW and over recent years, we have achieved a good balance between physically and intellectually disabled sailors. Sailability is for everyone!”

Sailability NSW is part of Sailability Australia, comprising seven state or territory Sailability Associations and some 76 programs. Australian sailors with disabilities are represented nationally by delegates on Yachting Australia’s National Sailability Committee (nominated by State yachting Associations). Sailability Australia is part of Sailability World.

Issued by Graeme Adam, PR, National Sailability Committee of Yachting Australia
graemeadam1@bigpond.com Mobile: (0423) 741 681

Created on 25/02/2016

Continuing success in SKUD 18 for Fitzgibbon and Tesch

11th November 2015
Continuing success in SKUD 18 gives Fitzgibbon and Tesch
Yachting Australia’s 2015 Sailor of the Year with a Disability Award

Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch have continued to dominate in their SKUD 18 Class since winning gold at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. This year, they have been dual World Cup winners. The pair is aiming to compete in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in the SKUD class.
Now this all-conquering duo has won the Yachting Australia Award for Sailor of the Year with a Disability. “It was a pretty tough field out there,” Tesch said. “The other sailors have done some amazing things. It’s a great honour for us and it reinforces that we have a big year ahead of us and a big responsibility on our shoulders on behalf of Australia.”
This makes 2015 the third year that the pair have won the award in their own right – 2010/11, 2012/13 and 2014/15. Liesl is Patron of Sailability NSW.
Other finalists for Sailor of the Year with a Disability were: Matt Bugg, Australian Champion and World Cup winner and silver medallist in the International 2.4m class; Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris and Russell Boaden, Paralympic Champs; World Cup winners and silver medallists in the Sonar; Allister Peek, Australian Hansa 2.3 Class Champion and Special Olympic World Summer Games gold medallist in the Laser 4.7
Two of the finalists were Special Olympic World Summer Games gold medallists: Alyse Saxby and Melissa Nelson in the Level 3 Cal 20. Alyse is a member of Sailability Crystal Bay and Melissa is a member of Sailability Port Stephens.
All seven finalists were at the Yachting Australia Awards Dinner in Sydney on 6th November.
For details of all the awards, go to


Adam graemeadam1@bigpond.com Mob: 0423 741 681

Created on 11/11/2015

Great Lakes Come and Try Sailing Day

Our First come and try day was held on the 21st September,
with great support from the community,

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Created on 26/10/2015

Volunteers of the years

Created on 12/10/2015

Alyse Saxby - Gold Medal - Special Olympics 2015

Alyse Saxby and Melissa Nelson won GOLD at the LA Special Olympics 2015

Created on 25/09/2015

Bringing the Gold Medal home.

Special Olympics World Games Sailing August 2015.

Alyse Saxby has once again won a Gold Medal in Special Olympic at the World Game in Los Angeles, August 2015. She was teamed up with Melissa Nelson from Port Stephens to win Gold in level 3 compatishion. She secured the victory on the third and last day of racing they won by a 3 points margin. Alyse won her first Gold at the Greek Games 2011, sailing in level 2 compatishion. Followed by her second Gold medal in Beijing sailing as a forward hand, in her pairing on a Level 3 boat.

Australia contested 4 of the 5 posable levels at this World Games.

* Level 1 requires the athlete to control the jib and help ballast the boat while the boat is skippered by a unified partner.

* Level 2 the boats must be skippered by Special Athletes at least 50% of the time and by an unified partner the rest of the race.

* Level 3 the boat must be skippered and crewed entirely by the Special Athletes, to be assisted by a forward hand that helps adjust the sails. The on board coach can assist by ballasting, but must not steer or adjust the sails.

* Level 4 requires a team of 2 Special Athletes to race entirely unassisted.

* Level 5 requires a single athlete to sail alone and unassisted. The boat used for this was the Laser 2.4.

If there is a large fleet of contestants in at any level division races before the actual compatishion the officials will break the fleet up into smaller divisions. Sonja Gilmore from Queensland achieved silver in level 1 division 2. Jacob Williams from Queensland achieved silver in level 2 division 3. Both levels 1 and 2 raced in CFJ’s (California Junior dinghy).

There were no Australian entrants for the level 4 composition.

Australia blitzed level 5 racing; with Allister Peak wining (Gold) and Bronwyn Ponder wining ( Silver), thus repeating their dominant effort from Greece 2011.

Created on 7/08/2015