Open water opportunities during taster week at Suffolk Yacht Harbour

The East Anglian Sailing Trust�s (EAST) taster week on the River Orwell as part of the Royal Yachtin

The East Anglian Sailing Trust�s (EAST) taster week on the River Orwell as part of the Royal Yachting Association�s national �Push the Boat Out� initiative - Credit: Simon Ballard

A charity offering sailing for the blind and disabled ran a taster week on the River Orwell as part of the Royal Yachting Association’s national ‘Push the Boat Out’ initiative.

The East Anglian Sailing Trust’s (EAST) new squib keelboat with joystick control gave less physically able guests a chance to take control with only left or right hand movement at Suffolk Yacht Harbour.

Disability advocate, travel writer and presenter, Emily Yates, said: “One thing I love about EAST is that there is never a shortage of passionate people who are there to help, but who are also desperate to get sailing with you, as it’s just what they love to do. It’s absolutely infectious.”

EAST Chairman, Geoff Dreher said, “We’re delighted with the fantastic turn out of budding new sailors. We never tire of seeing people who didn’t think they could sail enjoying being out on the water.”