Start sailing

"If you want to know about sailing: sail a small boat". In a small boat, you can feel the acceleration from the mast, lean of the hull and tug of the sails. It's quick to learn because you are tuned directly into the forces affecting the boat. Oh yes and its direct, instant fun.

No need to be a Sailing guru  

Perfect for the first try of sailing: safe, exciting and easy to understand. Worried about confusing names and many pieces of rope?  We label our strings and use standard English!  

Gain some great skills

With the controls labelled and laid out in front of you, in our boats you  will be sailing quickly and gaining a good knowledge. Chris has been teaching people to sail for 20 years and will have you zooming around very soon.

Great food 

We love good food, so our trips are always well catered.  Lunches and hot drinks included. 

Mobility edition

This weekend serves clients who specifically have additional mobility needs. We teach anyone to sail, just get in touch.

Frustrated by the sailing boats available and the need to use most of them with a fixed hoist we have developed our own sailing canoes. Easy to access via slide board, transfer sling or portable hoist on the land before being slid onto the water. Here is a fast, agile, accessible boat that individual users can afford to own.

Couple this with a wheelchair accessible rescue boat, fully accessible changing room, showers and cafe — a near-perfect mobility edition experience.

Open to non-disabled partners and children they will have a blast too - you don't have to use mobility aids to come. Adventure should be playing together with your favourite people.

For anyone who would...

Like to have a blast sailing small boats.
Like to know that scheduling and teaching are geared towards facilitating their mobility needs.
Like to know they will have access to suitable facilities when they get here

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Having a blast behind the mast 

A weekend of fun, not lectures 

Note: Our pictures do not do justice to the experience of sailing our boats - these are from our original trials of making Canoe Sailing accessible without loosing any of the thrill of Sailing. Since then we have acquired new sails and a professionally built ex-racing sailing canoe…. but we didn't get a chance to take pictures before lockdown.

This weekend is about practising the basics, trying out a few different craft and whizzing around the lake. If you want to learn to sail and get a certificate of ability - we can arrange this on the back of the weekend.

We have a great variety of boats to suit differing experience and ability levels. 

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The boats

Many boats and options - adventure for all levels and needs

Our stabilised Sailing Canoe trimarans

We would like to say we developed the best, most exciting, affordable and accessible sailing boats, but we didn't. Sailing canoes have been an international racing class for many years, it's just that no-one realised how great they are for people with limited mobility.

They are fast, exciting, challenging boats to sail, but they are also very accessible.

Right from getting in, the Canoes make things easy because you can board on dry land by wheeling right up to them and transfer by your preferred method. Slide board, self-transfer, movement sling or gantry hoist all get you in quickly efficiently and safely. Now you can sail anywhere and stop anywhere for a break without relying on complicated hardware and deep water jetties.

The Canoes also typically fill with water (but don't sink) rather than capsize so you can push your luck and have an exciting sail without the challenge of dealing with a capsize.

The outriggers (external floats) do the balancing so the sailors can stay in their prefered seating system: aqua back watersports chair, standard chair, bench seat, whilst Sailing.

You face forward so there is no need to twist to see where you are going and only one hand steers so you can choose your preferred side.

These are great boats and great fun to sail we love them and think you will to. 

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Our Omega Sailboat 

Our Omega is excellent as it is a uniquely accessible standard production model sailing dinghy.

She is wide stable and quick, has crew grab handles about head height and a thwart which acts like a slideboard to move side to side - to balance the boat. If you can bum shuffle and sit without back support, then she is another great boat to learn in.

The other great advantage of the Omega is that it is an excellent boat for ambulant friends, family and young children to sail in - leaving the Trimarans for those sailors that need their features. 

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“Freedom" the powerboat 

Our powerboat is a drop-front dory style motorboat. She has an entirely flat deck, access ramp and rear bench seat with backrest.

Wheelchairs can wheel straight on (900mm wide ramp 100mm high lip) and from there transfer to the driving seat, passenger seat or remain in-chair.

Freedom is currently being adapted to be driven from your chair but may not be ready in time for this weekend- it requires custom manufactured parts to be designed and built.

The powerboats job primarily is to provide rescue support.

Exped rigged canoe
Exped rig canoe

The exped rig canoe is a great little boat because it's so simple, no rudder, no stabilising floats just a canoe, a paddle and a sail.

It's great, especially for those who already love canoeing because when the wind is right, you can go so much further and faster by sail.

She can capsize and does require some trunk rotation to handle the sail and a readiness to swim if it is gusty.

Facilities, whats included and accessiblity 

All equipment, lunch, access to showers/toilets and instruction is included. Parking is free to National Trust Members

The main base is located at National Trust Fell Foot Active Base and is approximately 30 minutes from junction 36 of the M6.

The site has dedicated parking, level access to the cafe, a changing place with shower bed and an accessible changing room with toilet and shower.

Bring your friends, this is a great weekend and it's inclusive to all including the ambulant, and they will have a great time too. 

Sail Fast Mobility Edition: Accessibility Information

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Vision

  • We can also offer a dedicated Visual impairment needs edition 

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    Suitable for all those who can perceive and identify objects 100m away unsupported

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  • Or bring a friend

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    Or ask about a volunteer guide

    Controls are laid out on a fixed rack to make them easy to identify 

  • We can coach by radio to help guide and interpret the conditions

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    You can bring along a water happy guide dog 

    Great sailing is as much about the other senses than sight - you can feel, hear and sense the boats reactions to make adjustments to sail well. 

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Cognition

  • We also offer dedicated cognitive needs days 

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    Suitable for those able to self manage without dedicated support or who bring a dedicated helper

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    Or bring a friend

    Participants should be capable of understanding and be able to follow instructions consistently - most sailing safety comes from some core rules. If not, please bring a dedicated helper

  • All of our boats can accommodate a dedicated helper. 

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Mobility  

  • The sailing canoes are designed to maximise ease of access

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    The Canoe Trimaran has seating options but you need the ability to sit upright without being strapped in

  • To steer you must have good motion in at least one arm

  • You do not need to be able to manoeuvre quickly or dash around 

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    To drive the powerboat (currently), you must be able to bum shuffle

  • Seating in the Canoe trimaran and Powerboat can be in a supportive watersports seat

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    Seating in an expedition rig or the Omega requires bum shuffling and sitting without back support

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Auditory 

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    Suitable for people with most auditory impairments that do not require signing to communicate 

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  • Or bring a friend

    A BSL assistant instructor is occasionally available

  • We have radios and T-loop transmission units to aid hearing when separated or the wind hinders hearing 

Important Sail Fast Info

May Dates and Costs 

  • 2 days adventure 

  • Meet: National Trust Fell Foot 10:00 Saturday 15 May 2021 

  • Drive away: 17:00 each day

  • £233 per person

  • £968 for a group of 5 


What is included?

  • All technical equipment 

  • All camping equipment 

  • Lunch Saturday and Sunday

  • British qualified Sailing Instructors

  • Use of showers, locker and toileting facilities

What do we actually do

  • Enter, launch and recover the sailboats

  • Learn to handle the sails and steer

  • Learn to turn the boats around in both directions

  • Learn to sail in any direction

  • Try different boats

  • Experience pushing the boat too far

June (wild camp) Dates and Costs 

What is included?

  • All technical equipment 

  • Meals : Lunch Saturday to Lunch Sunday

    British qualified Sailing Instructors

  • Use of showers, locker and toileting facilities

What do we actually do

  • Enter, launch and recover the sailboats

  • Learn to handle the sails and steer

  • Learn to turn the boats around in both directions

  • Learn to sail in any direction

  • Experience pushing the boat too far

  • Try different boats

  • Learn to light fires, make shelters, cook a feast

Booking is easy and straight forward 

Just pop some details down, and we will make contact, answer any questions and sort out the money. 

European Start up Funded 

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European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development  

Europe investing in rural areas

Anyone Can: Connecting Transport Hubs to Lake Shores - Accessible Canoeing

Purchase of an accessible powered support and rescue vessel, and a mobile fleet of canoes with trailer

It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 

Supported by the Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group 

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