SAILABILITY at Grahamstown Dam, an initiative of the Rotary Club of Williamtown, is pleased that they will be replacing the pontoon at the Grahamstown Dam.
Damaged by a storm, the loss of the pontoon has negatively impacted the operations of Sailability in recent times.
The pontoon replacement, a major project for Rotary, has been made possible with funds generated from a range of sources include District 9670 Rotary Foundation Grant, a Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Grant, the Rotary Club of Williamtown, and Sailability Port Stephens.
The pontoon will be installed over the coming months.
Due to the generosity and support from Rotary, Port Stephens Council, Hunter Water Corporation and many volunteers and supporters, Sailability Port Stephens is able to continue its successful operations.
Past President of the Rotary Club of Williamtown, Ms Sharon Chambers, told Medowie News Of The Area, “New volunteers are always welcomed to participate in this community endeavour.”
“Should you wish to know more about volunteering for the Rotary Club or Sailability Port Stephens, please contact us.”
In operation since 1999 and under its current arrangement since 2001, Sailability Port Stephens is an ongoing initiative in the Medowie community.
Located at Grahamstown Dam, the Rotary Club of Williamtown initially restored five second-hand catamarans and established storage facilities.
Currently, Sailability Port Stephens has 20 sailing craft, mainly the non-capsizeable, non-sinkable Hansa dinghies and due to the enormous benefits the program provides, is struggling to meet the demand for its services.
Ms Chambers explained the operations of Sailability, stating, “During the summer months three sailing programs are run each week, with 40-50 sailors, mainly with disabilities.”
“Servo assist equipment is used to allow people with disabilities to experience the joy of sailing a boat.”
“Several Sailability club members have followed the pathways available, allowing them to compete in State, National and Olympic racing competitions, including the Paralympics and Special Olympic World Summer Games.”
For more information, or to volunteer, go to www.williamtownrotary.org or www.facebook.com/WilliamtownRotary Club.
By Heather SHARP