God bless the Sailability boat and all who sail in her

PUBLISHED: 12:12 29 July 2015

Regular users of the sailability boat Martin Hutchins and Lucy Rutherford at the naming ceremony. Ref exe 8945-26-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Regular users of the sailability boat Martin Hutchins and Lucy Rutherford at the naming ceremony. Ref exe 8945-26-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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The Exe Sailing Club’s newest addition to its flotilla was launched last week.

Young instructors George Melbourne and Charlie King bring the sailability boat to the reception. Ref exe 8952-26-15TI. Picture: Terry IfeYoung instructors George Melbourne and Charlie King bring the sailability boat to the reception. Ref exe 8952-26-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

The £40,000 No Excuse is a specially designed boat for use by the disabled.

The Exe Sailability Project is operated by the Exe Sailing Club, providing thousands of sailing sessions to disabled people from Exmouth, Exeter and East Devon.

No Excuse was launched following a christening with champagne and greeted by dignitaries, including Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, the former First Sealord, and club Commodore David Preston.

The event also included a range of ditties from the Exmouth Shantymen, who sang as flowers were laid in the path of the boat, as it made its way from the marina to the dock entrance.

Exe sailing club Commodore Dave Preston helped by Becky Brooks at the official launch of the sailability boat. Ref exe 8969-26-15TI. Picture: Terry IfeExe sailing club Commodore Dave Preston helped by Becky Brooks at the official launch of the sailability boat. Ref exe 8969-26-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

The new boat was paid for through the sale of the old No Excuse and a £32,000 grant from Trinity House, the official general lighthouse authority for Great Britain and maritime welfare organisation.

Exe Sailing Club member Gordon Betteridge said: “The new boat, like the old one, is called No Excuse because there is no excuse why disabled people can’t enjoy sailing.”


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