Welcome to the Woolverstone Project

The Woolverstone Project provides sailing opportunities and tuition for those with disabilities with sailing throughout the year at Alton Water and during the summer months at Woolverstone on the River Orwell. Volunteers are on hand to take the sailors out on the water, help the sailors in and out of the dinghies and to provide refreshments during the sessions. The Woolverstone Project has been providing sailing opportunities for 20 years and with the help of our volunteers and sponsors we continue to run these sessions.

If you would like to make a donation to the Woolverstone project, please either download a donation form and send the form with your donation to our treasurer, or use mydonate. There you can donate on-line to the Woolverstone Project, and we also receive the Gift Aid money with your donation. On this website you can see examples of how the money we receive in donations is used and catch up with our latest news.

To check if an Alton Water session has been cancelled at short notice due to poor weather please call 07539 480155.

Who are we?

We are a registered charity – charity number 1046098. We are called the East Anglian Sailing for persons with disabilities trust. We provide sailing opportunities and tuition for those with disabilities with sailing throughout the year at Alton Water and during the summer months at Woolverstone on the River Orwell.

The Woolverstone Project was founded by the Royal Harwich Yacht Club in 1993 – the year of their 150th Anniversary. Two years later the project became a registered charity it was no longer able to remain a sub committee of the club and so the Club elected it as an Associate Member. 2015 therefore marked the 20th Anniversary of the project becoming a charity.

What do we offer?

RYA-TC-LogoIt is our aim to give people the fun and freedom of sailing with the help and tuition of fully qualified instructors, in a safe environment.

We are an accredited RYA Training organisation and run some RYA courses and issue certificates. Using Access dinghies at Alton Water and the Hawk and Drascombe at Woolverstone, we are able to deliver the full syllabus for the Dinghy Level One and Two courses minus the capsize.

At Woolverstone, on the River Orwell, we sail from the 1st of May until the end of September every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Using a Hawk 20 and a Drascombe Longboat we take sailors out on the water. They usually come in groups and are generally those who will not learn to sail solo. Carers come sailing with the group.

At Alton Water, which is a still water reservoir, there is an open session (just turn up) every Monday morning (10am – 12pm) of the year, except Christmas week and Bank Holidays. From May until the penultimate week in September, there is an open youth session every Thursday evening after school.