The Charity was established in 1984 and has been "providing access to the sea for people living with disability” ever since. Our new boat is a purpose built 10 metre motor catamaran delivered in April this year and moored in Weymouth Marina, Dorset. We operate from April to October with 2 sailings per week day, weather permitting, each between 2 and 3 hours along the Jurassic coast via Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and the historic Portland harbour. We have a capacity for 12 passengers from the age of 5years upwards, and 3 crew, with special restraints to secure up to 6 wheelchairs, with a wheelchair accessible toilet. This year we have received the highest number of bookings ever (over 2300), a clear indication of the need and benefits of our service. All our volunteer skippers are MCA/RYA qualified and over 20 volunteer crew regularly trained.
On the 2nd June 2021 We were honoured with the Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service.
Why we're raising money
We do not receive anystatutory funding, and our new boat was the product of nine years fundraisingby our volunteers. It has produced a fantastic boat for our very deservingpassengers whose numbers onboard continue to grow year on year as they discoverthe opportunity to experience the real benefits of access to the sea. Funds areconstantly required to cover the various annual costs of running the vessel,including general maintenance, and the upkeep and improvement of safetyequipment etc. The Charity has no paid staff.
We are also conscious ofhow long it takes to fundraise the costs of a twin engined motor catamaran, anda savings fund has been established to protect the availability of our serviceover the longer term.