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Access Dinghy Telltales, Nov 2006

Access Dinghy Telltales, Nov 2006



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Official newsletter of the Access Dinghy Foundation, Australia. Covers Sailability topics like Sailing in the 2006 FESPIC Games, disabled sailing events and news worldwide.
Official newsletter of the Access Dinghy Foundation, Australia. Covers Sailability topics like Sailing in the 2006 FESPIC Games, disabled sailing events and news worldwide.

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 A Caring Community 
India goes sailing
Sailability Fighters
ISAF Access Worlds
Special Olympics Results
DAC rises from the ashes
Sailability Philippines
Special Olympics Regatta
AUSTRALIA8Event Calendar
PATRON: Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia,
His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC (Retd)
Nov, 2006
Volume 7, Issue 3
excited about the prospect of Timor Leste joining the Sailability family.We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the container from Australia and look forward to unloading all the  goodies inside. There has been much  planning and discussion with other NGO's and INGO's as well as Ministe-rial departments. Everyone has been very positive in their responses and can't wait to get involved. For many, it is such a totally new and different ap- proach to a complex situation, and the simplicity of the program and the bene-fits to all Timorese will be apparent. It won't be long before we see sails on the horizon and Timorese people using the wind and enjoying themselves.Thanks to everyone who has donated equipment and we'll be sure to send you some photos of the happy re-cipients. You should all be very proud of yourselves as we are of you! Many thanks and love from Timor Leste.” 
Recently the Access Dinghy Foun-dation received funding from the Austra-lian Government, through the Timor Com-munity Assistance Scheme (ETCAS) to es-tablish Sailability Timor Leste. AustralianVolunteers International and ADF signed acontract and John Hughan has been allo-cated to the project for 18 months to co-ordinate the establishment of Sailability.Project funding will provide 6 x AccessBreeze, boat trailer, 20 x new lifejackets,RIB and engine and the container for stor-age, The container left Melbourne in lateNovember. Sailability Timor Leste will be-gin in January 2007. John’s update:
“After several attempts to meet with His Excellency The Prime Minister of Timor Leste, Dr Jose Ramos Horta,the Nobel Peace Prize winner of 1996 has agreed to become the Patron of "Sailability Timor Leste". He has  praised the work of Sailability World and the Access Dinghy Foundation in  providing much needed programs in many countries throughout the world. He is 
 Australia supportsSailability Timor Leste
ontact Access Dinghy
Access Dinghy Foun-dation will send an-other container toTimor Leste in 2007, sostart saving your excessequipment—only goodquality and workingitems please. ContactJackiek@sailability.org
Fishing boats, Watebo Beach, Baucau
In this issue
 Page 2 Volume 4, Issue 3
Page 2 Volume 7, Issue 3
 Jackie Kay 
The National Sailability Committee of Yachting Australiacomprises representative of the eight state and territory organiza-tions under the umbrella of Sailability Australia. There are 59 vol-unteer operated Sailability groups. These programmes provide astaggering 50,000 sailing experiences each year to disadvantagedand disabled communities. With Australia’s population of 20 mil-lion, there is a Sailability programme servicing an average 350,000head of population — possibly the highest per capita rate in theworld.Yachting Australia has successfully completed ProjectCONNECT, an Australian Sports Commission venture that encour-ages the inclusion of athletes with disabilities into sport. Sailabil-ity’s objective is the inclusion of sailors of all abilities into Sailing atall levels. Sailability Australia works closely with Yachting Australiaand has made great advancements of achieving this goal. At club level, Sailability programmes are delivered in a va-riety of ways - some by sailing clubs and some by Sailability clubs.But, however Sailability programmes are delivered, the commondenominator is a team of many 1,000’s of dedicated and passion-ate volunteers who are committed to improving the lives of peo-ple with disabilities and disadvantaged communities. Australia a isa far better place for their contribution. Australian sailors are thewinners.
Photo below: At the NSW Access Championships heldat Kogarah Bay in September.Left to Right :
Phil Jones - CEO, Yachting Australia Jackie Kay - Access Dinghy Foundation & Sailability WorldGreg McCallum—CEO, NSW Sports FederationPeter Cochran—Chairman, NSW Association of Disability Sport
www.sailability.org/au/australia Jackie Kay 
Sailability Narooma NSWKeppel Bay Sailing Club QLDRoyal Geelong Yacht Club VICSailability Geelong VICSailability Gippsland VICLatrobe Valley Yacht Club VICVicki Harmon VICSouth Brisbane Sailing Club QLDHorizon Sailmakers
And corporate sponsors
Maersk AustraliaPatricks Defense LogisticsAusAID ETCASAustralian Volunteers International (AVI)
To help the Timorese community, a call was sent outAustralia-wide to sailing clubs, sailmakers and boaters. The re-sponse was phenomenal and donations of lifejackets, sails, cord-age, an Access 2.3 and Paper Tiger as well as variety of boat bits.As well as providing recreation and sporting opportuni-ties, Sailability TL will teach local fishermen to convert their ca-noes to sail so they are able to reach rich fishing grounds andbetter feed the community. ADF has included an industrial sew-ing machine in the container, so local Timorese can be trained tore-cut and sew sails for the fishing fleet. ADF sponsor MaerskAustralia will take the container from Melbourne to Singapore,then PatricksDefense Logis-tics will trans-port the con-tainer to Dili,where it will re-main as a storageunit for the Sail-ability equip-ment.
20 ft container packed and ready to go to Dili with not a millimetre to spare.
 Page 3Telltales
India goes Sailing
 Allan Jones—Sailability Pittwater, AUS 
Helen Cregan and Allan Jones arrived in Hyderabadearly September, following the path of the three Access din-ghies donated by Sailability Pittwater and the Access DinghyFoundation.In the centre of the southern State of AndhraPradesh, Hyderabad has a sailing club on the northern shoresof Hassan Sagar lake, where sailing training was in progress.The President of Sailability India, Dipak Pradipak introducedFatima Bee, who is representing India in the FESPIC Games.Fatima was born with a bone missing from her lower leg.Following many operations, she now is able to train in Opti-mist, Laser and Access Dinghies. Like most Indians, Fatimadoes not swim and this generates some fear, overcome in part by the stability and safety of the Access. This girl shows thedrive and spirit of good skippers the world around and shoulddo well.The transport by truck of the Access 303 to the eastcoast to Vizag was arranged and Helen and Allan flew thereto for the next sailing adventure, that is sailing the 303through the surf to demonstrate it to 50 Sea Cadets gathered atRishikonda Beach, about 20 k north of the City. With careful planning of a safe path through the waves, H&A with the bluesails happily pulling, sailed in the Bay of Bengal. After a safereturn, Allan advised Dipak against using the dinghy in this
Allan Jones and Dipak Pradipak discuss accessible sailing. In India.
C.S. Pradipak winner of India’s prestigious Arguna Award, is anISAF International Judge and is Vice President Rules & Measurementof the International Access Class Assoc.The 2.3 sailing wit the Optimist fleet in Mumbai on TS Jawahar
venue. Next day, however the experiment was repeated withan Indian crew, who after some surfing like that seen atBondi Beach, returned wet and bedraggled with a brokenmast and boom and a missing rudder blade.Across the continent to the west coast to Mumbai(Bombay) Helen and Allan were followed by a double 2.3Access trucked again and this time delivered to the Sea CadetTraining Ship “Jawahar” with greetings from CommodoreRabi Ahuja. Rabi trains 1000 Cadets all under 18 years of age in sailing skills, drill and most importantly, swimming.Helen and a senior cadet, Neeta Angre performed aHindu launching ceremony. This must have worked, as theAccess seemed quite at home among the Optimist dinghiessailed by skilled boy and girl Cadets. Rabi, at dinner thatnight at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club was delighted withHelen’s suggestion that the Access remain for some time dur-ing the school vacation, as he had a plan to purchase threeaccess 2.3’s and use them to allow the Cadets to train young people with Cerebral palsy from a nearby school in sailingskills.This means of integrating disabled young peoplewith others in a common cause, is a wonderful way for sail-ing in the Access dinghy to be introduced to a country of such diversity as India.
Vindhyala Ramesh Reddy and Fatima Bee of Hy-derabad represented India at the FESPIC GamesSailing Championship. The Hyderabad 10K Foun-dation has generously sponsored this young Indianteam in their first introduction to international sail-ing competition.

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