Yachting New Zealand is pleased to welcome two new Sailability groups as Non Commercial Members: Sailability Taranaki and Sailability Wellington.
In the past year, Sailability Taranaki has grown from a small handful of sailors looking for adaptive equipment to a thriving part of the Waitara Boating Club. One major accomplishment was the pull of 80 new sailors on a ‘try sailing’ day. Sailability Taranaki started with two loaned Access 303 dinghies from the NZ Access Class Association thanks to AMP, and have now fundraised to purchase four of their own sailboats, and a rescue boat. Working with YNZ staff and Halberg staff, they have set up a hoist for wheelchair users, upgraded access to the floating dock area and are planning their first learn to sail programme for disabled children in January 2013. Not only are they growing sailing opportunities for the disabled people of Taranaki, they are growing the Waitara Boating Club’s membership, facility and reputation.
Sailability Wellington is a much longer established organization, and they too have grown in the past year to now sail at two separate locations- at Seaview Marina and also at Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club. Together with the support from other clubs they help create opportunities that will help people of any ability get on the water, and reach goals in the sport of sailing. There are several talented disabled sailors on the Paralympic pathway in Wellington who are supported by this organization. Being affiliated will enable their ongoing support from YNZ staff and also assist them in fundraising purposes through membership to a national body.
What are the benefits of being a non commercial member you ask? Here are some of them...
- The opportunity to teach and promote New Zealand’s only nationally recognised Learn to Sail programmes, and access to the Yachting New Zealand National Sailing Scheme for dinghies and keelboats, and accompanying teaching resources.
- Endorsement and referral for your organisation – Yachting New Zealand receives numerous enquiries from your potential clientele
- A directory listing on the ‘Clubs, Classes, Members’ page of Yachting New Zealand’s website
- Annually you will receive a copy of the Yachting New Zealand Annual Report and Financial Statements
- Addition of your contact details to the Yachting New Zealand communications system for yachting related news