The success of a recent fund-raising event in Cowes has meant a sailing charity is able to welcome more disabled people to access independent sailing opportunities.
Supporters of the Andrew Cassell Foundation raised over £4,400 at an Art Show which featured nine Island artists, held at the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club. Paintings were available for auction and general sale.
Matt Grier, the charity’s director, said that such an injection of funds would enable another boat to be adapted for anyone with either mobility or sensory problems. He said: “As a charity we support anyone who feels they would like to learn to sail or race in our famous Solent waters and on an equal playing field with able-bodied sailors. The current focus is on developing a fixed seat which would enable someone with a high neck break and limited arm function to helm one of our 23ft keelboats.
“Sailing also brings a social support structure to an individual and actively supports their physical and mental health, thereby increasing confidence and independence.”
The art show, which was sponsored by Spinlock and other local businesses, exhibited more than 90 paintings with prices from £20 to over £1,400.
Founded in 1996 by Paralympian gold medallist, Andy Cassell, the Andrew Cassell Foundation is all about giving something back. Andy was inspired to give disabled people, like himself, the opportunity to sail and race and it’s because of this that the Sonar keel sailing boats were chosen. They are ideal for sailors of all abilities, but adapting them is an expensive process.
To find out more about how you could get involved as a sailor, visit acfsailing.org or email email@example.com.