Watersports are a huge part of Manx life but unfortunately not all clubs can support those individuals with specific needs. Sailing for the disabled is a Manx Charity that has its own boat, "Pride of Mann III" and offers adults and children the opportunity to sail around the Manx coast. Founded in 1984 it helps those with physical, mental or emotional problems that affect their day-to-day life.
"To provide opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in sailing on equal terms with their able bodied friends in a harmonious and safe environment. "
As well as offering support to individuals, membership is available to community groups who deal with people matching the criteria and in 2006 they received the "Queens Award for Voluntary service".
Their vessel, a Beneteau Oceanis 48 cruiser, is found in Douglas inner harbour and includes a stern boarding ramp, fully enclosed cockpit, moveable cockpit table, and lift.
This organisation helps people who would otherwise not get the chance to take part in activities such as viewing basking sharks and see other offshore wildlife.
Further information can be found on the Sailing for the Disabled website.