Volunteers and organisations who have supported Rutland Sailability over the last year have been thanked during a special event where a new boat was launched.
The annual supporters’ day was organised by Ros Mulholland-Gullick, the deputy chairman of Rutland Sailability and the marketing and promotions team and was held on a beautiful autumn day at Rutland Sailing Club.
The club’s chairman Martin Sutcliffe warmly welcomed the gathered guests to Rutland Sailability before introducing speaker the High Sheriff of Rutland, Andrew Brown.
Wearing his formal attire, he delighted his audience with an informative and very entertaining presentation as he described his own historic role and dress before going on to emphasise the importance to the community of the work of Rutland Sailability and those who support it.
Captain Richard Weston, Adjutant, representing The 2nd Royal Anglian Regiment based at nearby Kendrew Barracks, spoke of the historical and modern roles of his regiment, the Lincolnshire Poachers, and their continuing practical support, through volunteering, for Rutland Sailability.
Much support for Sailability comes from Rotary Clubs, one of which, The Rotary Club of Lutterworth Wycliffe, represented by their president, Nigel Bones, presented a cheque to Mr Sutcliffe to cover the annual service and maintenance of their sponsored boat.
Many of the visitors took up the option of afternoon sailing, organised by senior instructor, John Deane.
Andrew Hunter, chairman of The Friends of Rutland Sailability then invited those attending to join in the launching of Friendship – a new Challenger sailboat funded by the friends.
The craft was dedicated by Angela Reader, a founder member of The Friends of Rutland Sailability, and crewed on its maiden voyage by champion Challenger sailor and Rutland Sailability member Val Millward.
To find out more about Rutland Sailability, which offers sailing opportunities for disabled people, visit www.rutland-sailability.org.