The Northampton Sailability group operates from the Northampton Sailing Club based at Pitsford Reservoir, Brixworth, a few miles north of Northampton.
Our aim is to enable people of all abilities to experience the joys of sailing in a safe, friendly environment.
We have a variety of boats, some specially designed for people with limited mobility, which together with our supply of experienced volunteers, safety equipment and appropriate clothing, permits members and visitors to just "Turn up and go Sailing!"
A hoist is available to transfer sailors from wheelchair to boat if required.
Volunteering. Northampton Sailability is run entirely by volunteers, ranging from qualified RYA Senior Instructors to helpers with no sailing experience but with a desire to assist while having a fun and rewarding day. If you are interested in volunteering please don't hesitate to contact the Secretary for more details.
Or just turn up on one of our sailing days to see how we operate and how you might be able to contribute. We have several training events during the year and encourage our volunteers to gain sailing, power boat, first aid and/or other relevant qualifications.
Sailing is normally available every Monday and Friday, April to October, (except Bank Holidays), and also on the first and third Saturday of each month, from 10:30am to 4:30pm. See Diary page for details.
Sailing tuition will be organised on an informal, personal basis with our personal coaching scheme on Mondays, April to October, except Bank Holidays.
Group trips and fun sailing will continue on Mondays and Fridays, see Diary page for full listings.
Several Day Centres who care for the disabled bring groups along for joy-rides and a picnic and have a great time. Other groups interested in this activity are welcome.
Personal members are also welcome on these days to join the joy-rides or for individual sailing. Volunteers will assist you to launch boats, get you in and out of them and help to improve your sailing with formal or informal instruction.
Safety cover is provided throughout sailing days by RYA qualified Safety Boat operators.
Two Drascombe LONGBOATS
A versatile boat for giving pleasure trips around the reservoir for up to 10 people, and for "Taster" sessions for those interested in learning how to sail for themselves.
Seven ACCESS 303
Two person boat with jib and main sails, virtually uncapsizeable, self-righting, requires use of two hands. Suitable for a beginner with an instructor, or two improvers. Can also be sailed by one person.
Two CHALLENGER Tri-marans
Fast, exciting boat, single or two person, stable but capsizeable in strong winds. Requires use of two hands to sail. Suitable for beginners with instructor, improvers in light to moderate winds or experts when it blows!.
Two MARTIN 16 keelboats
The Martin 16 is the sport boat designed specifically for sailors of all abilities.
Two Laser BAHIA
A conventional two or three person boat with asymmetric spinnaker, capsizeable. Requires reasonable mobility to sail. Fast, exciting boat suitable for beginners with instructor or improvers and experts.