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Volunteers Needed To Help Budding Sailors

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8:09am 27th November 2014

A local charity which allows people with disabilities to experience the freedom of the sea is looking for more volunteers.

Chesil Sailability based at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, has been born out of the Paralympic Legacy.

Local sailing enthusiasts who love being on the water provide people with the disabilities the chance to go sailing.

Anya de Iongh is one of them - she says it's a life changing experience.

"It's just such a sense of freedom and you leave all of the challenges of your health condition or disability on shore.  And being able to support other people to get afloat as well, that moment the get to leave their wheelchairs on the pontoon and they sail away without their wheelchair, but they are gaining more freedom without their wheel chair, its just such a special moment to share with people."

Anya says this year they took a very special delivery.

"We had two specially adapted dinghies that people can sail with any kind of disability. We had people who've never been sailing before go out in them for the first time.  And they've also been winning races on the national race circuit as well and we're really forward to getting out in them again next year."

There are a range of volunteer roles up for grabs and some of them don't involve going on the water. Anya says the most important thing is to just enjoy being part of a team.

If you would like to help volunteer with Chesil Sailability CLICK HERE.

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