Royal Southern Yacht Club's Sailability 12th June 2004
On Saturday 12th June we were joined by Margaret Plane
from Sailability and nine hearing impaired individuals
to enjoy a day on Club members boats. This was the second
time that the Club had been host to deaf individuals via
Sailability for a day out on the water.
The idea was to go out and watch the last day of the Mumm
30 European regatta.
Sadly there was not much wind and only one of the two races
Margaret Plane from Sailability was there to organise us
all and each person was allocated to a boat. On Rin Jinn
we had Joe Treverton who is very competent having string
of RYA qualifications and Peter Rowlands who had only
been sailing for a couple of weekends and that was in a
force 9, a slight contrast to the windlass day he was now
enjoying! Martin Hoar took 4 of the others out on Harmony
including Mike Aston and his wife Mags who do a lot of work
organising sailing for deaf people. Hamish Spence, who had
never been on a boat before, went out with David Mead on
his RIB and the rest were with Mike Grice on his Swordfish.
Having enjoyed a coffee on the way to the race area we motored
around passing the Mumms and the other hangers on. As we passed
Harmony there was a lot of sign language passing between the two
boats. It seemed so much more civilised than shouting at one
Both our crew were able to lip read so we had to make sure we
were looking at them when speaking and we learnt quite a bit
how deaf people communicate.
The race started at last with a very close line up at
the start and we had to motor quite hard to get to the
windward mark before the first Mumm rounded it. The
spinnakers went up and it was a beautiful sight to see
them all sailing down to the leeward mark.
The race was soon over after a short beat to the finish
line. We then decided to go for a sail as the wind had
filled in a bit and Joe enjoyed taking the helm sailing
down to Lee on the Solent. On the way back Jon sailed
Rin Jinn and learnt how to read the tell tales. Some
of the others motored up to Southampton docks to take
a look at the QM2. It was then time to join up at the
Club for a drink. They all seem to have enjoyed their
day afloat with the Club.