About Us

About Us

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.

Our Boats – What do we sail?
We have ten Hansa 303 dinghies. Find out more about the Hansa 303
These are ideal if you want to be taken on a ‘pleasure trip’. You will be accompanied by an experienced sailor and can relax and enjoy our beautiful lake.
You want to learn to sail?
If you want, we can show you how to sail. An experienced sailor will show you how to use the jib, mainsail and joystick. Our aim is to develop your sailing skills to the maximum of your ability. So just let us know what you want. If you want to sail on your own, you may then progress to an Hansa 2.3 single seat dinghy for your first solo sailing.
You are an experienced sailor, capable of sailing on your own
If you are an experienced sailor, and once you have passed our competency test, you will be able to sail the 303 solo. For your comfort, we can fit the boat with a single seat or provide waterproof cushions to support you.

We have three Hansa 2.3. Find out more about the Hansa 2.3
This is the ideal choice for your first introduction to solo sailing. It is safe, simple and forgiving.
Electrically Controlled Access 2.3
We have one electrically controlled Hansa 2.3. If you have limited mobility or no use of your limbs, then this can be an incredibly empowering and liberating experience. One of our sailors, Keith Harris, sails using just his tongue and says “On the water, everyone is equal.”

We have 2.4 Metre Keel Boat. Find out more about the 2.4 keel boat
If you want to experience the thrill of sailing, then why not progress to “The most popular single handed keelboat in the world”. These are based on the bigger 12 metre yachts used in the America’s Cup.
We have 2 x 2.4 metre keel boats.

You can find a list of our current fleet here.

New Forest Sailability Committee
Our activities are managed by the volunteers on our NFS Management Committee, who are also Trustees. These roles and the work they do are vital to the successful running of the organisation day to day and securing a successful future for the benefit of our sailors.
The extent of commitment from members of the Committee is flexible and people only do as much as they wish. There is nearly always scope for new volunteers to join the committee, or to gain an introduction by helping in a role but without joining the committee. Below are the present Committee Members. To see the roles they fulfil click on their title.

Eric Blyth
Honorary President

Malcolm Bentley
Chairman of Sailing Sub-committee

Andrew Holmes

Pete Coulson

Angela Bentley
Events Organiser

Richard Savill

Stefan Hart
Membership Secretary
Volunteer Coordinator

Andrew Allen
Member’s Representative

Steve Kitson
Race Representative

New Forest Sailability Clothing
Your NFS Clothing available for purchase

Polo Shirtwith NFDS Logo - £14.00

Fleeceswith NFDS Logo - from £22.50

Unisex Sweatshirtwith NFDS Logo - £15.00

College Hoodie with NFDS Logo - £18.75

Rugby Shirt with NFDS Logo -
Ladies - £21.00
Mens - £23.50

Men's Cotton Drillwith NFDS Logo - £23.50

Baseball Cap£9.00

All items in assorted colours.
Please contact Jenny Stockdale: email at jennstock@live.co.uk or Tel: 01425 838826