Belfast Lough Sailability is delighted to receive another award at the National Sailability Conference in Wyboston, Cambridgeshire on 17 February 2018. This time they were runners up for the Team Award, which was won by ‘Able to Sail’ in Scotland.
In his address at the awards dinner, Joff McGill, Royal Yachting Association, Sailability Manager remembered the large event he had attended during 2017, “The group has an open door policy because all they want to do is make sailing, motor boating and kayaking accessible to all. The group is entirely run by volunteers, breaking down barriers as they go. They are at the heart of the community in Carrick Fergus, and constantly raise awareness of what people can achieve.
You will hear much talk in sailing circles that the future of the sport lies in creating an experience for people, that festival atmosphere. You don’t have to look much further than the 2017 Irish National Hansa Champs and Presidents Cup. Fantastic sailing on the water and great craic off it. A really generous group, they have a very well deserved and outstanding reputation amongst all those that get involved with their work.”
Anne Taylor, Secretary of BLS said, “I am delighted to gain another award for BLS. The conference is always a wonderful opportunity to network with other groups and individuals”. Also on offer was a large number of very interesting and relevant workshops from Managing Social Media, Goal Setting, Standards and Support, Boats and Technology, Manual Handling and Data Protection to Safety. Thanks go to the RYA Sailability team for organising and supporting the event.