MARINERS OF BEWL is a sailing club where people with physical impairments and non disabled sail together on an equal basis.
We sail on Bewl Water, the largest piece of inland water in the South East of England, on the Kent/Sussex border.
We are an RYA Accredited Sailability Club.
Charity Number: 1027432
Sailing at Bewl Water Becomes More Accessible
On Saturday 14th September, Para Sailing World Champion, Will Street, and BBC presenter Steve Brown, joined the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells and members of Mariners of Bewl in unveiling a new pontoon section and hoist at Bewl Water, making watersports more accessible for individuals with physical disabilities.
Mariners of Bewl, the club behind the project, support the integration of physically disabled and able-bodied people through the activity of sailing. The club, based at Bewl Water for the past 30 years is accredited by the Royal Yachting Association Sailability scheme.
The hoist and pontoon took two years to plan and cost over £20,000 to purchase and install. Thanks to grants and donations from the RYA Foundation, Sports England, Bewl Sailing Association, Hilary’s Dream Trust and a number of generous individuals and groups, the ‘Big Lift’ project has finally taken off.
“We are very grateful for the generous support of the organisations and individuals who have funded the hoist, davit and pontoon. The equipment now means that those who need a hoist on a stable platform to transfer from land to boats can now do so in a safe and more dignified way and allows us all, irrespective of a disability to get on the water and enjoy our respective activities.” Trustee of Mariners of Bewl, Richard Hayden.
“We are extremely excited to have these new facilities on site and look forward to seeing more and more people enjoy the fantastic sport of sailing at Bewl.” Operations Manager at Bewl Water, Phil Daley.
“Whatever sport you are part of, however able or disabled you are, sport is huge, it bridges gaps, it makes friendships, it gives people common ground and that is really important. Sport has been a massive part of my life.” Steve Brown.
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