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This ambitious but totally achievable project involves designing and building a specially modified Bembridge Swan. The Bembridge Swan is an incredibly stable one design dinghy for up to four crew. Moulds have been made available to the Club and the boat will be designed and built with support from volunteers with boat building skills and support from local marine businesses including Cheetah Marine who have very generously donated materials for the hull production.

The Swan will be specially modified with features to help the sailors feel in touch with the boat, on a safe learning platform. These modifications will include bright, contrasting coloured ropes, labelling in braille, and other important features being made accessible with various touch stimuli. With these modifications, the Swan would also be suitable for members with a large range of other disabilities.

The project is endorsed by Lucy Hodges MBE from GBR Blind Sailing who has met with our working group and has offered to act as in an advisory role. A number of our working team are also volunteering with her group to gain experience and first-hand knowledge of working with blind sailors and understanding their requirements.

We sincerely believe that 'Project Swan' will change the lives of many people. Please support us in making sailing more accessible for all at Brading Haven Yacht Club.

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Project Swan team Duncan Bates & Will Morris at the London Boat Show with Lucy Hodges MBE from Blind Sailing UK.

This page last updated January 17th 2018

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