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Foyle Sailability to Offer Disability Access at Foyle Maritime Festival

7th July 2022
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Foyle Sailability is a cross-border voluntary organisation provides opportunities for sailing and other water sports to people with disabilities Credit: Foyle Sailability

Foyle Sailability has been confirmed to return as a water-based activity provider for this year’s Foyle Maritime Festival.

This is the third year Foyle Sailability has been involved in the maritime festival, with bookings now available for sailing sessions along the River Foyle on Wednesday 20 July and Sunday 24 July from 10am-3pm.

Foyle Sailability is a cross-border voluntary organisation provides opportunities for sailing and other water sports to people with disabilities, with the help of specialised equipment and boats and guidance from qualified volunteers.

The organisation’s secretary Ken Curry commented: “We’re delighted to be part of the Foyle Maritime Festival once again and hope many people will join us for some fun and informative sailing sessions.

Bookings are now available for sailing sessions along the River Foyle on Wednesday 20 July and Sunday 24 July from 10am-3pm | Credit: Foyle SailabilityBookings are now available for sailing sessions along the River Foyle on Wednesday 20 July and Sunday 24 July from 10am-3pm | Credit: Foyle Sailability

“We welcome participation from anyone with a disability or those who face severe disadvantages — whether you have any on-the-water experience or not.

“In the short term, we are giving people with disabilities the chance to take to the water themselves, with expert help. In the longer term, we want to offer the kind of support which enables those of us with disabilities to aspire towards the highest levels of sailing or water sport skills.”

Limited spaces are available for the water activities at the Foyle Maritime Festival. Bookings can be made via Eventbrite.

The Foyle Maritime Festival returns this summer for the first time since 2018, alongside the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet. The five-day event runs from 20-24 July, with thousands of people from all over the world expected to attend. The festival is supported by the Loughs Agency in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Visit Derry and Tourism NI.

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