Otley Sailing Club

Founder of Otley 'Sailfree' Programme Celebrates 25 Years at the Helm

Freightlink have been long time supporters of the Otley Sailing Club 'Sailfree' programme, so it was great to hear that the club was celebrating 25 years with programme founder, Norman Stephens at the helm.

Norman recently announced his 'retirement' as the programme's organiser as he approaches his 80th birthday in July but is continuing to volunteer his time.

There has already been a pre-season training day for 77 club volunteers and staff from the various schools and organisations which benefit from Sailfree.

"If you will, they can."

From small beginnings which pre-date and led the way for RYA Sailability, the programme last year ran 2,700 sessions for young people and adults with disabilities and complex learning difficulties thanks to its dedicated team of more than 30 volunteers.

The club runs Sailfree four days a week with a fleet of 11 specialist Access dinghies - eight doublehanded 303s and three singlehanded 2.4s. It has seven regular groups, and a queue.

You can read more about the programme, how it began and the future of Sailfree in a recent RYA interview with Norman Stephens.

10 June 2019

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