About Us

About us
Sailing With Us
When do we meet?
We meet for sailing and training from the first sailing day in April (Tuesday or Friday) to the last Friday in October.

Sailing
* Tuesdays – 9:30am to 4.00pm
* Fridays – 9:30am to 2.00pm
* Last boat available half an hour before closing time

Training
* Thursdays – Race Training & Sailing Development
* Rigging 1.00pm,  Start 2.00pm

Where do we meet?
We meet at Spinnaker Lake, Ivy Lane Ringwood, BH24 3LY.  See our Location Map

What shall I wear?
You don’t need to buy expensive sailing kit; we can provide you with a buoyancy aid. Just wear your normal outdoor clothes and sensible shoes or trainers. Bring a sun hat and sun screen on those hot summer days; pack a waterproof jacket and ideally waterproof trousers, for those rainy days.

How do I Join?
Contact us for a trial sail or just pop into Spinnaker when we are sailing,
or ring the Membership Secretary, Stefan Hart, on 01202 619426 or email him at membershipsec@newforestsailability.co.uk

Our Boats – What do we sail?
Details of our fleet of dinghies and keelboats specially design for disabled use are here Our boats.

Registered charity
NFS is a registered charity No. 1105212 with the purpose of the relief of disabled persons through the provision of recreational sailing. We rely solely on donations for all our investment into boats and other essential facilities and equipment, whilst aiming to cover our day to day running costs from membership fees from our sailors.

Awards
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

New Forest Sailability has been awarded the
RYA Sailability Centre of Excellence
for the Southern Region.

What is the award for?
The award recognises the continuous hard work and efforts by the site in contributing to disabled sailing. To receive the award each centre must meet a variety of criteria including:
most importantly, the accessibility of the club being able to provide sailing to 9 or more categories of disability the site being located at an RYA recognised training centre.

What do we receive?
Thanks to the funding from the National Sports Foundation, we receive the RYA Sailability Centre of Excellence status and a grant.

What does this mean to NFS?
It means we provide examples of good practice within disabled sailing; RYA Sailability refers potential new sailors to us; other new or existing clubs visit us to see how things happen in practice. We have been a recognised centre since 2007 and the links below provide further information:

Find out more about the RYA by clicking here.

NFS Brochure
Click here to view and print the NFS brochure.