Sail for a Fiver

Charity programs like Sail for a Fiver work to give special needs children from the local Westfield Arts College time out on the waves. Run by the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England, Sail for a Fiver was founded in 2004 and has helped more than 1,600 children a year.
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Adam Greaves - Photo Credit WPNSA

Adam Greaves - Photo Credit WPNSA

It is a longstanding belief that time on the water can be therapeutic and rejuvenating, but there are many who do not have the chance to experience this for themselves. Charity programs like Sail for a Fiver work to give special needs children from the local Westfield Arts College time out on the waves. Run by the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England, Sail for a Fiver was founded in 2004 and has helped more than 1,600 children a year with funds provided by the Chesil Trust, lawyer Charles Russell and Olympic sailing sponsors like SSE. Some of the students continue to sail, even continuing on to gain their instructor’s license. Adam Greaves who tried Sail for a Fiver back in 2007, is now a fully qualified RYA Dinghy Instructor. He has worked to raise funds for the program over the years and will be teaching during Sail for a Fiver sessions this summer. Greaves says, “The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy has been a really big influence on me, through Sail for a Fiver I have met the Prime Minster and even received a letter from Lord Seb Coe.” The Director of the WPNSA added, “We are committed to helping less privileged children try water sports and continue in supporting them through to racing events. A Sail for a Fiver child today may well be a future medal winner.”

For more information or to become involved, visit www.wpnsa.org.uk

Photo credit WPNSA

Photo credit WPNSA

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