Making it easier for people with limited mobility or a disability to get on the water.

At BYS, our Club’s motto, “Family, Friendship, Sailing” encapsulates the welcoming environment we aspire to create for our members and guests. Sailing is a sport where anyone can participate, and we strive to ensure that everyone feels at home and valued.

This same spirit drives our renowned Sailability Program, an initiative aimed at enabling individuals with special needs, limited mobility, or disabilities to partake in the joys of sailing. 

The Sailability Programs welcomes participants of all ages and skill levels, ranging from newcomers to seasoned sailors. Employing a fleet of Hansa 303 sailboats that won’t capsize or tip over, we have developed a sailing program that is perfect for ages 18 months up to 80+ years!

To ensure accessibility, our facilities feature a drive-up jetty and loading sling tailored for wheelchair users.

Our program is delivered by dedicated volunteers who will accompany you sailing on our beautiful calm waters protected by our marina. Lifejackets are provided so you can get out sailing with a minimum of fuss. 


How does Sailability work?

The Sailability program at Blairgowrie is focused on allowing people to ‘Discover Sailing’ in the company of a dedicated volunteer. We welcome participants who may come on their own, as part of a community group or with their carers and support people. The program is delivered through donations from the community and Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron.

Participants can register to attend for a single session, or multiple sessions. You are welcome to come as often as you like and we hope to see you regularly.

When does Sailability run?

Sailability runs sailing sessions on Tuesday mornings, from October through to April with the exception of the peak of summer. The first session runs from 10 am – 11 am, and the second from 11 am until 12 midday.

What to wear

You’ll stay out of the water and relatively dry, although you may get an occasional splash of water. Wear comfortable clothing and a light jacket if the weather is cool. We recommend a hat and sunscreen as you’ll be out in the sun. We’ll provide a lifejacket.

Can I speak to someone about the program?

Sailability Participants and carers are welcome to contact our Sailability Participant Liaisons (volunteers) for more information.

Anna:    0419 504 206

Maree:   0409 338 726

You are also welcome to contact the Sailing Office on 5925 9620 for assistance registering.

Tips for registering

All participants will receive an Australian Sailing number upon their first registration. Australian Sailing is our sporting body. To register for the first time, click “Sign Up” under the red Submit button, and then “New Member”. Future registrations can be made quickly using your Australian Sailing number.

If you are a returning participant but have forgotten your Australian Sailing number you can either generate a new one via the steps above, or look up your existing number here:


Click on any of the date listings below to register for Sailability sailing.

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