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1 April 2005, 11:47 am
Disabled Sailing Workshop Planned For Kinsale
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Disabled Sailing News
Kinsale, Ireland

The Irish Disabled Sailing Association (IDSA) will hold a one day workshop at Kinsale Yacht Club on Saturday 23 April. All clubs and individuals interested in promoting sailing as a sport for people with disabilities are invited to attend.
Topics to be covered at the workshop include Getting Started, Disability Awareness, Case Histories, Club Involvement and Boats & Boat Adaptations.

You can download the Sailforce Workshop Schedule here.

In addition to visual presentations in the club house, participants will be given the opportunity to view a selection of boats at the marina and in the dinghy park. Those staying overnight in Kinsale will also have an opportunity to go sailing with IDSA members on the Sunday.

The workshop is part of the Sailforce.ie campaign being run by the IDSA to encourage the successes achieved in Kinsale Yacht Club and the Royal Cork Yacht Club to spread nationwide. Kinsale operates a fully integrated Squib fleet and has produced two Paralympic Sonar teams.

The Royal Cork has a vibrant junior sailing programme for children with disabilities run by Peter CUDMORE. The IDSA are also planning a series of 'Come & Try It' days throughout the country during the summer months. Clubs interested in hosting such an event should contact the IDSA. Details of these will be announced in the coming weeks.

'We are aware that individuals and small groups of people with disabilities are already involved with yacht clubs nationwide' explains Chairman Kevin DOWNING. 'We want to build on this, to encourage interaction of experiences and successes, and to show clubs how easy it is to integrate sailing for people with disabilities within their activities. All that's needed to get started is the right attitude.'

The IDSA has a policy of encouraging integrated sailing activities. Local expertise and impetus are key, with the IDSA and the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) playing supporting roles.

There is no charge for the workshop. Anybody interested in attending should contact Sailforce by email at sail@sailforce.ie or by clicking here.

Michelle Dunne (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The Irish Team Competing at the 2004 Paralympic Sailing Competition in Athens © ISAF
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