OH YES YOU CAN
WASH Sailabilty aims to introduce the fun, freedom and excitement of sailing to people with disabilities, be they physical, mental or sensory, and also their friends, families and carers. WASH sails at Lackford Lake with the St Edmundsbury Sailing and Canoeing Association (SESCA) on the first and third Saturday afternoons of the month, all day every Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
WASH currently has three Hansa 2.3 dinghies designed to take one person and six Hansa 303 dinghies designed to take two people. The sailors sit in a deckchair type seat and steer with a joy stick. The boats have a water filled keel to make them very stable. Sailors may choose to sail on their own or with a friend or with an instructor.
To find SESCA from the Bury St Edmunds west interchange on the A14 take the B1106 to Fornham All Saints mini roundabouts. Or from Bury itself take the A1101 to Mildenhall from the Tollgate Lane traffic lights and arrive at the same mini roundabouts.
From here continue on the A1101 Northwest through Hengrave and Flempton. After Flempton (and its golf course) look for the first right turn signposted "Nature Reserve" just after the warnings for the traffic calming in Lackford. Take the left turn off this gravel track to the sailing club.
For those with sat-nav The post code is IP28 6HX
And the What3Words code is ///walled.hobble.heaven
WASH has a team of suitably qualified volunteers (but more always welcome) who will man the safety power boat; instruct from the power boat or in the Access 303; and help on the shore. WASH will provide wind/waterproof jackets, trousers, buoyancy aids and life jackets but sailors will need clothing suitable for the outside temperature and soft soled shoes. Sailing is organised in 50 minute long sessions through the booking secretary email firstname.lastname@example.org
WASH offers two taster sessions to those who wish to see if they would like sailing @ £6.00 per session