A note from the Chair

At the recent Annual Meeting of the Project (held at the Royal Harwich YC), the Chair of Trustees (John Wilkinson) introduced the meeting as follows:

The Chairman welcomed attendees and outlined the morning presentations.

He stressed the need for everyone to be actively involved with the project and thanked the 60/70 regular volunteers but stressed more volunteers were always needed to cover the expansion of operations and reduce individual workloads.

The new operational structure using Committees with specific roles and responsibilities was now in place and the work of these Committees is fed back to the Board of Trustees.

The Woolverstone Project is one of the largest Sailability Centres in the UK and in 2016 held 417 sailing sessions. These involved 1350 sailors, 1,055 carers supported by 406 volunteers. The peak month for the project was August when we offered opportunities for 227 sailors, 193 carers all supported by 35 volunteers. The project worked with and provided sailing experience during 2016 to 7 disability schools and 14 disability organisations.

A Wheelyboat – named Egret – was acquired last year following a successful fund raising program which contributed over £25,000 to the cost of purchase. A new hoist (in memory of John Negus) was also installed at Alton Water making boat launching and retrieval much easier and quicker.

Finally the Chairman thanked all the major supporters of WP during 2016. These included RHYC, Woolverstone Marina, Fox’s Marina, Royal Hospital School, Alton Water Sailing Club, Mayhews Farm (storage facility) a number of sailing and Rotary clubs and those who subscribe to the Friends of WP scheme.