Bristol Sailability is now a part of All-Aboard! Watersports, which is awaiting Charitable status and is run by volunteers. Formerly, WESSA it has been operating for over 30 years and as an equal opportunities organisation was set up to teach sailing and boating to young people from inner city Bristol and surrounding Housing estates. As All- Aboard! we aim to extend the opportunities we can offer to a greater number of people in Bristol, but we still keep the same ethos of challenging people and their perception of themselves through new activities that they will not have experienced and that offers a level playing field for all.
Bristol Sailability enables disabled young people, to participate in the challenging sport of sailing. We operate from Baltic Wharf in Bristol City Docks, where we hold the lease on the old wood store which is once again being updated to meet the increasing demands made on our organisation. We are a registered RYA Sailability Centre and Sailability Foundation Site. To ensure that we meet the exacting standards of the Royal Yachting Association, we are inspected annually.
Participants may have physical, mental emotional or perception difficulties but all are encouraged to take part in water based activity. It is often the first time that they are able to feel free from a debilitating condition and to be involved in such a challenging activity.
Individuals can self refer or come through the Hospital Service, Care Homes, Social Services, Specialist Organisations and Special Schools.
We have found there is an ever increasing demand from people to use our facilities and at the same time we have established an active and thriving group of volunteers. We would love you to come and join in!