New equipment for Sailability in WA

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Sailability at South of Perth Yacht Club has 40 volunteers.
Sailability at South of Perth Yacht Club has 40 volunteers.

Marine Industry Foundation grant will fund new safety gear and dinghy.

The Marine Industry Foundation (MIF) has announced it is awarding a $4,000 grant to Sailability at South of Perth Yacht Club in WA. The funds will be used for the purchase of new safety gear and another sailing dinghy to add to the current fleet of nine boats comprising Access 2.03 and 3.03 dinghies, an Etchells and three Red Witch yachts.

“Sailability at South of Perth Yacht Club has a base of some 40 volunteers,” said Lynn Newton, coordinator of Sailability at South of Perth Yacht Club. “On average we take 34 participants sailing each week during our sailing season.

“We are most grateful to MIF for the grant that will be used to purchase new safety gear and a 3.03 Access Dinghy.”

MIF has previously provided grant funding to Fishability in Western Australia and Sailability groups in NSW as well as a traineeship program in Noosa, NSW.

“The Foundation provides funds to assist with the training and development of young people in the recreational marine industry and secondly to increase the access and inclusion of all people to recreational boating opportunities,” said Colin Bransgrove, MIF public officer. “In this instance MIF is pleased to be supporting a voluntary organisation with a solid track record for providing sailing experiences to people with special needs.”

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