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Sailing in Solent

 ASTO Small Ships Race -
 Cowes - Friday
 3rd to 5th October 2008

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Overseas Events

Participants from Worldwide

 Worldwide Dive & Sail
 announces a sailing voyage
 from Dumaguete to Cebu in
 Southern Visayason for a
 group of deaf people & hard
 of hearing to take part in
 Scuba diving board SY
 Philippine Siren 16 to 28
 August 2010

 See more about scuba diving


Participants from Dering Employment Services

 Dering Employment Services
 announces its sponsorship
 for a group of eight people
 to take part in LSP's first
 voyage on 5 - 9 May 2008

 See more about Dering

  DSUK crew competing in the Sonar race in Skandia Cowes Week 2007

"Deaf sailing crew hope to prove their mettle"

By Hasting & St. Leonards Observer News

A crew of profoundly deaf sailors will test their nautical skills at a world-famous race week this summer.

The team from Hastings and St Leonards Sailing Club, based at the Marina, is hoping their efforts will raise awareness of the sport for those with hearing difficulties.

Led by helmsman, Simon Terry, 33, the group is planning to take part with the help of an interpreter, but wants to prove deaf people have a role in the sport.

Simon is passionate about sailing and is looking forward to the challenge. He said: "Even though we have to use an interpreter to communicate, we want to show that sailing is a great sport and can be accessible for deaf people.

"Sailors are coming from all over the world to compete at Cowes Week, and I am really looking forward to showing people what we can do.

"I'm excited that we will be taking on people who are not deaf, and I hope this will inspire other deaf people in Hastings to give sailing a try.

"There are barriers regarding deaf people, which we hope to overcome this summer, and it is great that we have the chance to compete at such a famous event."

Simon, who also teaches sailing at the club, says the sport is not expensive to take up and urges anyone to give it a try.

The crew is also looking for sponsorship to help with travelling costs and mooring the boats at Cowes, and would like to hear from any businesses who would like to join the project.

The team is planning to take in the full weeks racing at Cowes, and Simon says nothing short of victory will do for the determined crew.

They would also like to promote a charity dedicated to people interested in sailing who suffer from hearing difficulties.

If you want to sponsor the team, email Simon at
for details.

Simon Terry
Member of Hastings and St Leonards Sailing Club

  DSUK crew competing in the Sonar race in Skandia Cowes Week 2007