Describe your project
We will buy new sails for our wayfarer dinghies to enable people from across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to go sailing. These sails will enable disabled participants, families, schools, groups and individuals to learn to sail and to go sailing regularly.
How will your project benefit your local community?
This project will enable local people to go sailing. Disabled people will benefit from being able to take part in an exciting activity which will grow their confidence from learning new skills and give them a chance to make friends. Families will have a chance to get started in a new activity and share a happy time together, to strengthen bonds, and help children feel grounded and secure. Groups who come sailing with us will have a chance to bond as a team as they share a new activity. These boats will also enable school groups, particularly pupils with additional support needs to come sailing with us. And in addition, we'll use these boats to offer sailing sessions and Royal Yachting Association courses for the general public to get started or improve their sailing.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
We are supported in providing sailing opportunities by both Dunecht Estates who allow us access to Loch of Skene and to the boathouse & building, and by Aberdeen and Stonehaven Yacht Club, who help support us in many ways to be at Loch of Skene.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
We expect approximately 130 people to benefit in the first year. We expect the sails to last for 10 year so over this period the beneficiaries will be significant.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
We will spend this money on 4 wayfarer jib sails and 4 wayfarer genoa sails.
When and why was your project founded?
We were founded as a charity in 2012. Our wayfarer dinghies were previously sailed by Aberdeen City Council, and when we inherited them, they were in need of much investment & improvement to be able to continue sailing. We are fundraising now for new sails for these boats.