The Gwennili Trust, founded in 1995, operates as a team of unpaid volunteers whose mission is to work collaboratively with our partner organisations to provide offshore yacht sailing opportunities for people with disabilities.

Over the years people of all ages and backgrounds, including serving and retired service men and women with a wide range of disabilities, have enjoyed the thrill of offshore sailing with us.

We charter MCA coded yachts and look to add value to the organisations and clients that we work alongside. We do this by actively promoting offshore sailing and racing to new and existing institutions and individuals.

Our partners help us to organise sailing programmes, provide qualified volunteers and most importantly, raise funding.

The vessels used have either been purpose built for easy wheelchair access or are conventional yachts suitable for the more mobile. The Trust is fortunate to have access to a range of charter craft but is always interested to learn of available vessels, please email sailing@gwennili.org.uk for more details.

All vessels are operated by RYA certified volunteers acting as Skipper and Mate. New, appropriately qualified, volunteers are always welcome and should email volunteers@gwennili.org.uk for further information.

The Trust is an approved RYA Sailability foundation organisation and an associate member of ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations). Our events are normally run from Port Solent or Gosport in Portsmouth Harbour, but there are also opportunities to participate from marinas further afield.

Our sailing programme offers a wide range of different events:

  • 1 day - Sailing on wheelchair friendly Spirit of Scott Bader in the Solent.
  • 5 days - South Coast cruises on a conventional yacht.
  • 7 days - A Mediterranean charter or cruise to France and/or the Channel Islands.
  • Racing - We use wheel chair friendly boats to take part in several race events every year including the annual Round the Island Race.

Obviously, itineraries can vary according to weather conditions and the desires of the clients and crew.

To apply for a place on one of these events please click Go Sailing

The Trust also runs Training Courses which can help people with disabilities gain RYA certification. Courses are typically run in April and September and cover Competent Crew and Day Skipper.

To learn about our other organisations we are affiliated to please see our Affiliations page.