The Sailability "Sailing For Everyone" philosophy has been wholeheartedly adopted by DYC and growing inclusive participation remains an enormous opportunity. The protected nature of the Docklands waterway and the club's fleet of Hansa dinghies are ideal for introductory sailing programs and the development of basic skills for people of all abilities.
With the club's unique location, surrounded by a new emerging community and a broader metropolitan catchment area, there is tremendous potential for growing participation in recreational sailing and introductory racing. At the same time, building membership and the pool of volunteers.
An ongoing participation and recreational sailing program, including the accompanying social activity, is seen as the core of DYC's future.
On Wednesday the 22nd of February, patients and staff from Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre visited the Docklands Yacht Club for an afternoon of sailing and to learn more about the Club. The conditions were sunny with a tricky and gutsy northerly breeze which made for some spirited sailing!!
The Docklands Yacht Club using a new community sailing sailing model. The club owns all of the boats, lifejackets and equipment. Use of the boats is covered in the annual membership fee. If you want to come and try sailing, or are a visitor to Melbourne looking for a unique view of the city casual day sailing is also availble.
The other unique aspect of the Docklands Yacht is its fleet of Hansa Dinghies, which have a ballasted centre board making them stable and ideal for first time sailors or sailors with a disability. In the context of inclusive sailing, the single fleet is ideal as all people, regardless of ability, are completing on a level playing field. On the water everyone is equal.
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Docklands Yacht Club runs regular 'Come Try Racing' days to encourage sailors to take the next step into competition. These are friendly, stress-free days where instruction and practical programs are offered to help sailors take the first steps into racing. DYC members are also active in regattas sailed at other clubs and State and National Championships. They also run a Short Course racing season throughout Summer.
Visitors and new members are most welcome. Come along to their regular sailing days on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, from 11am till 4pm.
For more information see the Club website at http://www.docklands.yachting.org.au
On Saturday the 26th of November the new accessible beach matting was laid out at the Mt Martha lifesaving club and the beach officially opened. Mt Martha is situated on Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula, which is the summer aquatic playground for the city. This is the first beach on the Mornington Peninsula and only the third in the City, to offer accessible beach facilities for people with a disability including full accessible change facilities and now beach matting to the waters edge.
In addition to the matting and change room there are three types of beach wheelchair available from the lifesaving club, including a self propelled chair and a a fully floating one.
Mt Martha is a relatively sheltered beach and safe for people with a disability to get back into the water including young children. In front of the club house is a large concrete hard stand with shade.
The matting will be rolled out from now until April 26 next year.
Hours: Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm.
The matting has been made possible by the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Mt Martha Lifesaving Club and the Mornington Peninsula Disabled Surfers Association.
Mt Martha is an hour from the CBD of Melbourne so get down there and take advantage of this new facility. Th more support it gets, the more likely it will be that other beaches on the Peninsula will be made available.
The other two accessible beaches in Melbourne are located at Williamstown and Altona.
Cutting the ribbon
Matting to the water's edge
A cake fit for the occasion
Testing the matting
At the water's edge
Enjoying the day
Councilor Antonella Celi cutting the cake
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Continuing the successful Trailrider program, Parks Victoria has introduced its newest power-assist model at Grant's Picnic Ground in the Dandenong Ranges National Park. All visitors to Dandenong Ranges National Park will now be able to enjoy trails in the park.
A modified version of a Canadian invention, the motorised TrailRider, was created by Parks Victoria and is the first of its kind in the world.
TrailRider all terrain wheelchairs are a cross between a rickshaw and a wheelchair and can handle more rugged bush trails where conventional wheelchairs cannot go.
The motor on the chair makes it easier to manoeuvre the chair over rough trail surfaces and makes it easier for visitors with mobility limitations to access steeper and longer trails than ever the before. The new model can be easily handled with two helpers to drive and balance the chair making it ideal for families or small groups of friends.
“Everyone has the right to enjoy the benefits of being in nature and we want to help everyone to be active in our parks. This is just one way we are making this possible,” said John Kenwright, Community Inclusion Coordinator, Parks Victoria. “The TrailRider really opens up park areas that people with limited mobility may never have been able to see or experience.”
“Everyone has the right to enjoy the benefits of being in nature and we want to help everyone to be active in our parks. This is just one way we are making this possible,” said John Kenwright, Community Inclusion Coordinator, Parks Victoria.
“The TrailRider really opens up park areas that people with limited mobility may never have been able to see or experience.”
The TrailRider has recently been trialled by a YMCA Recreation camp in the Dandenong Ranges for children with disabilities. Having a TrailRider based in the Dandenong Ranges will make it much easier for the YMCA , other organisations and individuals to regularly access a TrailRider chair to explore parks.
The TrailRider is located at Grants on Sherbrooke café at Grants Picnic Area in Mount Dandenong National Park. It can be booked by calling 03 9755 2888.
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