The first Bader Braves Sailing Day yesterday (10th April) at the Surrey Docks in London was a huge success. Below is a report by Charley Bickers who was there enjoying this inaugural DBF event with David Bickers, Robert Pascall and Jamie O’Gorman.
Ahoy me hearties! Shiver me timbers, what a fine day we all had. The sun beat down hard on our brave pirates as they rushed to get all hands on deck and within minutes they were out on the water, sheets to the wind.
The location is truly incredible, a great expanse of water with the dramatic London skyline in the distance providing a suitable backdrop for a day of fun, laughter, smiles and plastic ducks! It was a perfect introduction to sailing as the boats are specifically designed to ensure that they can never sink (just like the Titanic!) and the simplified controls enable almost anyone to get straight out and to have a go. We were so lucky with the weather and very impressed with how quickly the kids picked it up. I’d like to thank Simon and his team on the day and all at Sailability who made sure that the whole day went swimmingly! The plastic duck race was such a fun way to end a really lovely day for all. (Charley Bickers)
We are very grateful to all at Tideways, Surrey Docks, who through Sailability – the RYA’s national programme enabling people with disabilities to try sailing and take part regularly – put so much thought and work into giving our Braves such a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable day. It was a wonderful event to mark our first ever Bader Braves Sailing Day. We are sure it won’t be the last…