Sailability is a Gippsland based recreational activity designed to enable eveyone - regardless of his or her age and / or ability to experience the thrill of sailing in a straight forward, fun, inexpensive way within a supportive atmosphere.
Sailability Gippsland held its first steering committee meeting on Friday, 13th August 1999. From that point onwards, sufficient funds have been raised to enable sailing for people with a disability to become a reality. With huge support from the corporate sector, disability services and interested members of the community, much of the necessary equipment needed to commence a program has been donated. Equipment such as four (4) Access Dinghies, inflatable rescue craft, lifting gear, life jackets, trailers and first aid kits.
The Latrobe Valley Yacht Inc.has supported the concept of Sailability from the beginning and now Sailability Gippsland is a member of the Latrobe Valley Yacht Club Inc. The Latrobe Valley Yacht Club Inc. co-share the inflatable rescue craft of which the Latrobe Valley Yacht Club Inc. purchased the outboard motor. All equipment is stored at the Latrobe Valley Yacht Inc. and Sailability Gippsland have full use of the facilities provided.
Sailability Gippsland's Mid Week program officially opened on Friday, 20th October by the Mayor of LaTrobe City, Councillor Tony Hanning. Sailability Gippsland is situated at the Latrobe Valley Yacht Club Inc. which is located on the western shore line of the Hazelwood Power Stations cooling ponds.
The Latrobe Valley Yacht Club Inc. is surrounded by large grassed areas, picnic and BBQ facilities, aquatic hall, accessible toilets and camping facilities provided by the Latrobe City Council. In between sails, enjoy a kick of the footy a game of cricket or simply lay back and soak up the surroundings.
The water temperature is a very comfortable 24 degrees Celsius all year round, making the venue a favourite and ideal venue for many water sport enthusiasts. So bring along your bathers and go for a swim along the purpose built sandy beach. Sailability Gippsland has completed building a purpose designed jetty for the use of easier access to the sailing vessels and waterways. A shade sail shelter has been erected to give shade on the hot days, thanks to Latrobe City and Sport and Recreation Victoria.
FOR MORE INFOMATIOM CONTACT BRUCE JAMES 0427559499