Sailability operates on Tuesday and Thursday morning from approximately mid-September to mid-April.  Sailability operates from the Gosford Sailing Club located on Mason’s Parade in Gosford.  Volunteers are encouraged to arrive at approximately 9:30.  Sailors are encouraged to arrive at about 10:00. 

Sailing is open to individuals with all levels of ability.  Sailability utilises a hoist for individuals with mobility challenges such as moving about via wheelchair.  If the weather does not cooperate… sailors and their carers and volunteers will be notified regarding cancellation.  

Sailing is conducted in sailboats called Hansa 303s. These sailing craft are designed to accommodate two people at a time, an experienced skipper and a sailor. Each person sits low in the boat and faces forward.  As the boats are designed for high stability, each person remains seated throughout the sail.  Lead weighted centreboards contribute to the craft’s stability. If winds become strong whilst the boat is sailing the sails the skipper can “reef”, reducing the sail’s area.

Weather permitting, sailors sail for about half an hour.  If desired, the length of the sail can be shortened in length.   

Joining as a Sailor

Step 1:

Download or obtain an application form

Step 2:

Instructions on how to complete form here.

Step 3:

Determine whether Tuesday or Thursday suits better.

Step 4:

Remember to bring $10.00 for each sail.

 

Join as a Volunteer

Step 1:

Visit Sailability and see what we do. See the section below, Pay a Visit, for more information,

Step 2:

Download the Volunteer Application Form here.Come to the park next to Gosford Sailing Club on Mason’t Parade, Gosford.  To get the chance to chat with volunteers it is better to arrive at 9:00 or 12:00 as everyone will be busy between 9:30 and Noon..

Step 3:

Make sure that you have a current Working With Children clearance.  If you need to obtain this click here.

Come to a Sailability session on Either Tuesday or Thursday. Please try to arrive a bit before 9:30 so that someone can get you started. Orientation is ongoing based upon particular tasks being accomplished. Learn about all the different tasks necessary to operate Sailability and which are a personal fit. NO SAILING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.

Pay a Visit

Step 1:

Determine that the weather is conducive for sailing: no rain; lighter winds; no incoming storms.

Step 2:

Come to the park next to Gosford Sailing Club on Mason’s Parade, Gosford.  To get the chance to chat with volunteers it is better to arrive a little before 9:30 or 12:00 as everyone will be busy between 9:30 and Noon..

Step 3:

Learn about all the different tasks necessary to operate Sailability and which are a personal fit. NO SAILING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.