RYA Sailability hoping for 100 sailors

Entry forms are now available for the RYA Sailability Multi Class Regatta, which takes place at Rutland Sailing Club on August 13-15.

The regatta is open to those who race in the following classes; Access, 2.4mR, Challenger, Sonar, SKUD, Artemis and Laser Stratos.

The weekend kicks off with a race training day on Friday, offering on-water and shore based training sessions for both newcomers and more advanced sailors, ending with a barbeque, costing £8.50.

A full day of class racing takes place on the Saturday followed by a dinner, as well as spot prizes for the day’s notable performances, with the Ken Ellis Trophy race on Sunday.

Prizes will be awarded for the top boats in the class and handicap races.

2009 competitor Keith Harris, who sails an Access 2.3 dinghy entirely with his tongue, said: ‘The multi class regatta is such a great event it gives you the opportunity to race, see other classes in action, as well as being a great social event.’

Debbie Blachford, RYA Sailability Manager said: ‘The multi class regatta has been hugely successful since its conception in 2007.

‘Last year we saw some 72 boats and 94 disabled and able-bodied sailors take part and we hope to see even more people and boats out on the water this year.’

Entry forms and notice of race details are available at www.rya.org.uk/sailability, with race entry costing £10 per person, including training on Friday, racing fee and Saturday’s dinner for competitors.