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September 2023 Finding Freedom Newsletter

Dear Friends and Fellow Sailors,

Welcome to the second edition of our newsletter Finding Freedom.

We held our annual Finding Freedom Fundraising luncheon on Friday 25 August, hosted by RPYC, which was a huge success, enabling us to continue into the 2023/24 Sailing Season. Read more below.  

We’re also busy getting ready for the upcoming season and our first day of sailing is scheduled for 18 October 2023.  

I hope you enjoy reading this edition of Finding Freedom.  

With warmest regards,
Gary Griffiths | President | Sailability WA 

2023 Finding Freedom Fundraising Luncheon a great success!

Our 2023 Finding Freedom luncheon was held on Friday 25 August and with thanks to the generosity of members of RPYC, Sailability WA and our many guests, the luncheon exceeded all expectations. 

The formal naming of the Liberty Dinghy Rob Carter took place and the luncheon was MC’d by Craig Ibbitson with special guest speakers Skip Lissiman of Australia II and Lorelle Hughes.  

Read Tony Carter’s Wrap Up report here

Congratulations to Genevieve Wickham and Grant Alderson

Genevieve Wickham and Grant Alderson were overjoyed at placing 1st in the RS Venture World Championship 2023 held in Rostock, Germany last month as well as finishing 3rd (on a countback with 2nd) in the Inclusion World Championship in the SV14 class. They had an amazing 4 days of sailing with Genevieve doing a brilliant job helming and Grant pulling the ropes! Congratulations to you both on your success.  Read the Fremantle Herald article here

Would you like to make a difference to people with disabilities?

We’re calling for Volunteers to help us provide our supported sailing programs running on Wednesdays, Thursdays and social sailing Sundays from October to April. Volunteering is a rewarding experience and full training is provided. Our annual Volunteer Training Day will take place on Wednesday 27th September at the Dinghy Division from 9.30am to 12.30pm. For more information and to register as a volunteer visit our volunteering webpage here or contact Rachael Cox.  

Peter Moore PSM, Volunteer of the Year Award

Having joined the SWA Committee in 2018 and taking on the Secretary role in 2019 Peter’s attention to detail and accurate minute taking is appreciated by all. Peter ensures all action items are actioned in a timely manner and he is also a regular Wednesday ‘on the water’ volunteer and a great supporter of Sailability. Peter’s support for our President, Gary is unwavering and enables Gary to continue in the role as President. Thank you Peter for all your hard work! 

2023/24 Summer Season Opening / Membership

Our 2023/24 summer sailing season will commence on Wednesday 18 October and Thursday 19 October on site at Royal Perth Yacht Club, Crawley.

Membership is now open and membership renewal or new membership applications can be made online here, on or before 1st October 2023.

We are pleased to advise there has been no fee increase this year.

Members can register for our Wednesday or Thursday Supported Sailing Program, book at boat for sail training with a RPYC Coach, apply for national and international championship funding assistance and support an inclusive organisation offering sailing opportunities to people with disabilities! 

The Sailability WA Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Wednesday 17 October 2023 in the Dinghy Division. The Notice of Meeting will be sent to members soon.

Consider nominating for the Committee – email for the application form.

Any queries, please contact

Program Coordinator
Rachael Cox

Administration Coordinator
Kyllie Whitehead 

Sailability WA Inc
PO Box 5
Tel 0404 145 499

Hosted by Royal Perth Yacht Club,
Australia II Drive, Crawley WA 6009

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