mosaic’s Sailability project aims to give disabled people the opportunity to sail a dinghy or learn how to sail a dinghy. Sailability operates from April to October.
At present mosaic has five 303 Access sailing dinghies, four with twin seats, one of which has a servo assisted unit to help with steering. Our other 303 Access dinghy is a single seater. The dinghies are for use by people with disabilities who would not normally have access to a sailing boat. We also have a hoist to enable people with mobility problems to access the dinghies. The project is open to anybody with a disability aged 16 and over and groups associated with people with disabilities. We must state that there is a weight limit for the twin seat dinghies of 90 kilos or approximately 15 stone.
Where do sessions take place?
The boats are based at John Merrick’s Lake, Watermead Country Park, Wanlip. Unfortunately mosaic cannot provide transport, therefore participants will need to provide their own transport to and from the lake.
The Sailability sessions are on a Tuesday afternoon from April to October and are dependant upon weather conditions.
Sailing is based at John Merrick’s Lake, Watermead Country Park, Leicester.
Will there be experts on hand?
Yes. We have several Royal Yacht Association qualified, voluntary sailing instructors who will give one-to-one instruction. Activities are covered by third party insurance.
Is there a cost to me?
There are 2 ways of paying. The first is that you pay a subscription of £45 for the season, (this guarantees your time-slot every week) plus you will be billed £3 for every session you have sailed. The second way of paying is £7 for every session you have sailed, you will be billed at the end of the season. With this second method you will not be guaranteed the same time slot each week. The first method of payment works out cheaper for regular sailors. A free taster session is offered for those people who are unsure about how they will get on, or whether they will enjoy it.
What do I need to bring with me?
Some waterproof clothing is essential: e.g. a cagoule and waterproof leggings. Additional warm clothing and a woolly hat are advisable on cooler days, as it can be cold on the lake. In hot weather, a sun hat and sun cream. There is no food or drinking water at the boat compound, therefore it would be advisable to bring some food and drink with you.
Are there accessible toilet and changing facilities?
There is an accessible portaloo at the sailing base and there are accessible toilets and shower facilities in the park a two minute drive or a five minute walk away, depending on mobility. The changing room is based in the compound and is accessible to wheelchair users, there are no shower facilities at the sailing base.
There is a wheelchair accessible pontoon and a hoist for getting on board the boats. The boats can be sailed single-handed or with an instructor on board.
How do I book a session?
Sessions are on Tuesday afternoons, commencing in April and run until October. You can book sessions from 1 March
A session lasts an hour and includes pre sailing checks and getting on board with the use of the Pontoon and hoist if required.