Woodbridge: Sailing trust’s new boat takes to the water

Allistair Renton, senior instructor and trustee of the East Anglian Sailing Trust (EAST), launching

Allistair Renton, senior instructor and trustee of the East Anglian Sailing Trust (EAST), launching the trust's new rib, East Support, with instructor Kate Hughes. Photo by Simon Ballard. - Credit: Simon Ballard

A charity that provides sailing for people with disabilities has bolstered its fleet.

The new powerboat will help support the East Anglian Sailing Trust’s (EAST) expanding programme of activities.

EAST’s training centre principal, Brian Honour, ordered the boat from XS Ribs at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show in London.

Bill Smith, EAST chairman, said: “This boat will make a huge difference to EAST because of the advances in technology, communications and engine design.

“We chose this boat because XS has a proven track record and a willingness by the builder to adapt the boat to our needs and we can’t wait to put it through its paces.


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“We hope that once people see the difference it makes to our sailors, they might like to make a donation to the trust so it will continue providing this worthwhile service to the disabled community.”

Based at Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Levington, EAST offers sailing experiences for disabled and visually impaired adults and children. It provides two weekend cruises and a week-long cruise for visually impaired sailors from all over the country.

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The fleet includes 13 keelboats and two support boats.

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