Sailing in the 303s at Blairgowrie can be more than just sailing. A family of five decided to try sailing, responding to our general invitation. There was a special purpose for their holiday in the area, as for the past two years they had been involved with the Children’s Hospital coping with serious illness affecting the youngest member.
They had not expected that they would all ‘go sailing’ but they did. With lifejackets on, the two oldest children helped get Patrol 8 into the water. The other family members watched as Lindsay and Frank launched some 303s.
Sailing began with baby on her mother’s lap while Frank sailed and mum helped. Dad who had some sailing experience had a short sail with Brian and with reefed main then sailed with his son. Lindsay sailed back and forth in the protected water off the hardstand, sharing the controls with the eldest child. Lots of informal chat and the introduction of new words like ‘painter’ and ‘sheet’ etc.. Most of all this was a shared experience, not for some while others watched, but for the entire family.
What a demonstration of Chris Mitchell’s wonderful design and of the fact that sailing can be for ‘all ages and all abilities’. While it is about sailing, Sailability is about so much more for both the participants and the volunteers.