First night sail completed 

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Peel Flag Day

Peel Flag Day

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Arrived at Mylor marina Falmouth at 0700 after a night sail from the Hamble, lovely mild night and clear skies. Meeting a local group later who provide sailing for people with disabilities, we are hoping to take some of them for a sail later.


Photo shows the arrival of Pride of Mann III in Mylor Harbour this morning en route for the Isle of Man.

Peel Flag Day

It was a busy day in Peel on Saturday, with plenty of shoppers out and about at Shoprite, Derby Road and Shoprite, Michael Street. They were greeted by the Flag Day volunteers, Doug Pattie, Susan Corran, Helen Trimble, Roy and Val Limmer, Harry and Nadine Gordon, Linda McCauley, Doreen Kelly, Dorothy Flint, Midge Dunn, Irene Gardener, Tina Kelly and Ellie McCauley. Collecting buckets at the ready and with lots of chatting and good humour the generous people of Peel raised over £550 which is brlliant. Well done everyone and thanks for all the help. Dorothy took this great picture.

Leaving for home Sunday

The boat is leaving the Hamble this morning bound initially for Falmouth where she should arrive mid morning on Monday. The weather looks fair and the crew are in good spirits.

The shore contact for the sail home is David Killey and his number is shown on the sailing programme.

Congratulations medal winners

Congratulations to members Chris Hattersley,Paul Clucas and Andrew McGeehan who are part of the Island Special Olympic squad competing in Belgium . All three are medals winners Chris in cycling ,Paul in gymnastics and Andrew in swimming ; well done lads.

Also in the squad is former member Katie Dulson who was in the swimming .

Last day at the boat show

Saturday was the last day at the show for POMIII  and what a day it was. We had the pleasure of a visit to the boat by Tom Cunliffe the well known sailing author,journalist and broadcaster Tom was most impressed by the boat and the running of the chairty.

100 Club winners

The lucky winners of the September 100 draw are listed below. Lets hope they get their hands in their pockets and buy the drinks on Sunday 28th when Pride of Mann III arrives in Douglas on the 1345 bridge lift.

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 golfcleggy@manx.net

The winners for September are:

1.         C G Swales                   £25

2.         Monica Clark                 £15

3.         R McGeehan                 £10


Boat show update Saturday

Due to some essential work ,which included the first engine service , being carried out today at the Hamble it was a day off from the show.

Its also crew change time with Frank and Ade Sanderson , Brian King plus Val Manton leaving for home.Arne Dahn,Don Wilson, Bert Hopkinson and Gerry Kokke who form part of the crew arrived today. Also paying a flying visit is Liz Clague Rodgers wife . Also  on board is our collection box expert Stuart who arrived Tuesday  to join Rodger and Phil .

The weather is looking fair for the passage home, lets hope our sailors have a good  passage back  to  the Island.



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.

Supply of new equipment

We would like to thank the following companies for their support in the supply of equipment used on Pride of Mann III.

  • Bruntons Propellers
  • Evac + Chair International
  • Navionics UK
  • Norwest Marine
  • Ocean Safety
  • Raymarine
  • Sartech Engineering


Manx Radio news item about SFTD

Manx Charity celebrates 30th anniversary in style
On Manx Radio today Thursday 18th September

A Manx charity has commissioned a new yacht for its members in celebration of its 30th anniversary.

Sailing for the Disabled's new boat, the Pride of Mann III, has been completely adapted with state of the art technology to make it easier for members to board and use.

It is currently on display at the Southampton Boat Show and will arrive in Douglas on September 28 to begin its tour of Manx harbours in subsequent weeks.

Vice-chairman, Rodger Clague, describes how much of a difference the new boat will make to its members:

POMIII is at the boat show

Our new boat is being greatly received at the show and all who come on board her are impressed with her and the work the charity does. Life is quite hectic for the crew who as well as sailing her are manning our display stand and answering questions from the public.

Coupled with this is getting to know the new boat and dealing with the teething problems one would expect with any  new boat, never mind one which has had significant adaptions to make life easier for those less mobile.

The days are long but enjoyable and the decision to attend the show is paying dividends. Geoff Holt, who is a wheelchair  user who sailed across the Atlantic has his boat "Wet Wheels" berthed alongside us and he writes monthly in sailing paper "All at Sea" ,on line copy available at .http://www.allatsea.co.uk. His next article is going to be about POMIII and the charity; how exciting is that.

Visitors to the boat have include members of Able2sail from the Clyde who are considering replacing their Bavaria 46 and the Beneteau Oceanis 48 with her adaptions seems to be the ideal replacement for them. Meeting them has allowed us to rebuild our connections with a sister charity.

The Chairman Ian and his good wife Linda visited at the weekend and enjoyed their first sail on the new boat, Ian also took advantage of using the lift to go below.

Further updates will be released as things progress and we look forward to her arrival on Sunday the 28th on the 1345 bridge lift. Make sure you are there to give her a good Manx welecome.

Pictures are available on the main menu or by clicking here of POM III.



Whilst the Isle of Man has a health agreement with the UK entitling you to treatment if you are taken ill whilst away from the Island, this agreement does not include the cost of repatriation to your home.     

With regard to Southern Ireland, there is no agreement in place and all medical expenses have to be paid by you, as well as paying the cost of getting home.

It is strongly recommended that if you are intending to join us for weekend sails or one of our longer cruises, you take out travel insurance which would cover these costs.


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Stuart Brierley, the collecting box co-ordinator, would like me to thank   Shaun & Pauline  Budd, Arne Dahn, Gerry Kokke, Peter Lowe, Enid  Quayle and Tony Skillen who came forward in response to his urgent appeal for helpers.    They join the existing team of Marion B, Monica C, Rodger C, Eunice E, Kevin F, Brian K, Roy M, Linda Moore, Adie S and Mike T.

As always, if you can find any locations where our collecting boxes could be placed, please contact Stuart on 832212 or by email s.brierley@manx.net


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