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The Disabled Sailing Association is non-profit making, run for the disabled and by the disabled.

We aim to give people with a disability, family and carers the opportunity to enjoy a safe and pleasurable experience of seagoing sailing, including short local cruising of about two to three hours and for the more adventurous, longer coastal passages.
We have Disability Awareness-trained volunteers, skippers and crew, all with CRB clearance, working with our disabled members to enabling them to participate as fully as possible in a seagoing sailing experience.
We encourage and support, when funding and grants permit, our disabled members and volunteers to take RYA training courses. Several disabled members have already achieved this.
Our vessels have all taken the RNLI sea safety checks and follow their recommendations.

In 2005 a group of people with disabilities
wanted to share the thrill and freedom of seagoing sailing which they had
experienced with other disabled people. The Disabled Sailing Association was
formed and registered as a charity in 2006. In our first season we sailed in a
20 ft Felicity called Moonshine.

In June 2007 we purchased a second hand 26ft
Westerly Centaur called Sainte Foy.

In November 2007 DSA won the Big Lottery Fund
Peoples Millions competition run by ITV. This enabled us to buy a brand new
Class A Ocean sailing 35ft Hanse 350 and adapt her for wheelchair users as well
as our other members with disabilities. October 2008 saw her official naming by
HRH the Princess Royal. She is called FREEDOM, the name chosen by our members.

The DSA is run entirely by volunteers, who have
CRB clearance to work with children and vulnerable adults.

Charity No: 1113330

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