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The icing on the cake

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Disability awareness training this Thursday

Awareness training course this Thursday.

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Todays weather forecast

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To see the tide times for Douglas click here.

The icing on the cake

Today we had the privilege of celebrating the birthday of Fiona on one of our short sails and she became the first person to have their birthday on POMIII. We enjoyed a fine birthday cake which was created and thoughtfully decorated by Ade and the traditional signing of "Happy birthday to you" 

So why don't  you think about celebrating your birthday with a sail. Let the crewmaster know you would like to have a sail on that special; day and we will try and provide it. Bring your own cake or ask us to provide it for you. Make that day special by spending part of it on POMIII.

Disability awareness training this Thursday

On Thursday our Awareness Officer David Killey will be running a course at the Manx Blind Welfare Centre in Onchan for our crew helper members  who have not completed their disability awareness training.

This course provides the opportunity to give helpers practical advice and understanding of what is involved in working alongside disabled sailors.

Course aims

  • Rationalise and alleviate fear of working with people with disabilities
  • Train students to facilitate activities for people with disabilities
  • Provide practical advice & knowledge of working alongside disabled people 

Course objectives - To be aware of and able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • The needs of disabled children and adults
  • Improve essential communication skills
  • The use of current terminology used to explain disability
  • Understanding of disability and its challenges in the sailing environment  

The course will run from 1900-2100 please contact David on 627186 to book places and for further information.

If you have not done your awareness training please make the effort to attend this course. If you are sailing as as Crew Carer then you must have completed your Awareness training.

Peel Clothworkers School visit

Following a visit last week to meet the Special Needs group at Peel Clothworkers Primary school, during which we discussed what SFTD could offer, yesterday Wednesday 19 November we had the pleasure of them visiting POM III.

Using the new boarding ramp all of the group came on board and were soon exploring the boat. The group comprised of 6 children and 5 staff, led by head of the unit Alice.

A key attraction on these visits are the beds and especially the bunk beds , so I can only assume the parents have no problem getting their children into bed at night.

Everyone was impressed with the boat and what the charity can offer and dates are being discussed for them to have their first sail in January.

With budgets being squeezed on the Island SFTD is able to offer a valuable service that not only helps the development of the children but also in the budgets of the various groups who go sailing with us.This is made possible through the financial support we receive through our benefactors in businesses,in groups,the  Island community and through our "Unsung Heroes".

Pride of Mann II has been sold

The committee is pleased to announce that the sale of Pride of Mann II has been completed.

After serving the charity well for over nine years and sailing over 33 thousand nautical miles POMII has a new owner who will be using her for pleasure and keeping her in Douglas.  The intention is to rename her, no decision has been made on the name, the new owner wants to pick a name that is fitting for such a fine lady of the sea. A bit like choosing a name for your new baby it needs to be carefully considered and not rushed into.

The money from the sale will start the replacement fund for POM IV. Like painting the Forth Bridge just when you think you have finished you have to get the tools out and start again, planning for the future is an ongoing job.

RYA courses at Port St Mary in the New Year

Are you stuck for what to buy for a Christmas present? Then how about considering one of these courses being run for SFTD.

Starting in the middle of January Isle of Man Yacht Club at Port St Mary will be running two practical courses for our charity which may be of interest to you. Both will lead to a formal qualification that will be beneficial to anyone sailing.

Short Range Certificate for VHF/DSC

This will be held on one Saturday plus the Sunday morning on dates to be agreed with SFTD. Cost which includes the certificate is £95.

Diesel engine course.

Covering basic engine maintenance and how to get your engine going again should it stop.

This course will be held on  Thursday evenings 1900-2100, the course duration being three evenings.

The start date is to be advised. Cost £65.


For further information call Rodger on 327990 or email him at If you wish to attend you must book a place with Rodger.


We are sailing - why arne't you?

Each month the Crewmaster will prepare a sailing programme which is based upon the suitability of the tides that allow access from Douglas marina.

 During the winter months, in the weeks when the tides are suitable, the sails Monday – Friday are normally of 4 hours duration sometime between 0945 and 1615. At the weekend, as the restriction on the bridge operation during rush hours does not apply  the start time can be slightly earlier and the finish time later.

 We try to operate a self -service system whereby the programme is created for you to view and for you to select the sails which are suitable for you. A bit like going into a café and picking from the menu but we will try and put on specials if you request it. If you don’t see something that’s suits you please tell us.

So how do you go about booking a sail? Well that’s easy have a look at the sailing programme that’s published and either email or call him on 471222 and he will try and fulfil your wish. On occasions this may not be possible due to a variety of reasons and in these cases an alternative sail maybe suggested.

The sailing programme whilst prepared in advance cannot guarantee that the weather is going to be suitable so please bear with us if the sail has to be cancelled.

Happy sailing and we look forward to having your company on-board POMIII.

Visits to POM III

Yesterday 5th November we had the pleasure of a visit of the Rainbow group from Ballacottier Primary school and on Friday a group from Ramsey Grammer school Flexible Learning Area will be visiting the boat. Both of these groups have previously sailed with us and the visits are intended to allow them to see the new boat and to look into booking sails on her. Pictures of the visits will be posted on our Facebook page.

100 Club winners

The lucky winners of the November 100 club  draw are listed below.

Why not join in the monthly draw it only costs £24 per year and half the money raised goes  in prizes and the other 50% going towards the upkeep of our boat.   Download a form now from our home page and send it to Liz Clague at

The winners for November are:

1.        Ian McCauley           £30

2.       Steve Bond                £20

3.        Alan Cope                 £10


The new committee

Thirty-four members attended our AGM held on Thursday the 28 October;  a friendly and lively meeting directed by our Patron, Sir Miles Walker.   Vice-Chairman Rodger Clague, read out the Chairman’s report, as Ian McCauley was having difficulty finding his voice.The report is available here for viewing.

Everyone enjoyed discussing the various items on the Agenda; two items were referred back to the new Committee for further consideration.   These were the change to the Constitution, Executive Committee, Clause 3 dealing with the size of the Committee, and the Code of Practice smoking policy.   Further updates on these will be given in due course.

The updated COP and Constitution are available on this site for downloading.

The elected Executive Committee for 2014-15 is: 

Chairman – Ian McCauley

Vice-Chairman – Terry Hopkins

Treasurer – Paul Atkinson

Secretary – Lisa Hopkins

Committee Members

Tony Skillen

Phil Manton

Sue Cowell

Eva Wisemark

Tweeting time

Yesterday the Lord of Mann did her first Tweet and so did POMIII whilst on a sail. Unfortunately her Majestic was not Tweeting us, but who knows what might develop, after all the Princess Royal who named our previous boat in April 2005 knows about SFTD.
Now Tweeting has Royal approval we might be able to get our skippers to use Twitter to update our status during sails and updates made using Twitter will appear on our Facebook site. So "Like us" on Facebook to follow us..

Share your experience

Why not take some pictures when you go out on POM III and post them on our Facebook timeline ,or just leave a post saying how the sail went. Like us on Facebbok and help us build a following.

New sponsor

We are pleased to announce that Pokerstars via their Helping Hands programme have agreed to become a sponsor of Sailing for the Disabled and will have their logo displayed on Pride of Mann III.

The Pokerstars headquarters, at the Douglas Bay complex on King Edward road, gives them a perfect location to see Pride of Mann III on her numerous sails across Douglas bay.

Their support is greatly appreciated and their donation will assist in enabling the charity in its operation in the coming year.

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