About Us

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 RYA 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 - Contact us.


These vessels are operated by RYA certified volunteers acting as Skipper and Mate. New, appropriately qualified, volunteers are always welcome and should also Contact us.


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 vessels in the Solent.
  • 3 days - Solent area cruises on a conventional yacht.
  • 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 crew.
To apply for a place on one of these events go to How to Apply.
The Trust also runs Training Courses which can provide people with disabilities RYA certification. Courses are typically run in April and September and cover Competent Crew, Day Skipper and above.
To get an understanding of a typical cruise visit the Reports section which gives accounts of trips taken during the last three years.

To learn about our other affiliations go to Links and Affiliations.
A full account of our activities in the last year and what we have achieved over the years can be found in the documents below:

Annual Report 2016
Annual report for the Gwennili Sailing Trust, 2016
Annual Report 2016.pdf
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The Gwennili Trust Summary of Achievements
Summary of achievements made by the Gwennili Sailing Trust from 1995 to 2016.
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Offering sailing opportunities for the disabled

If you wish to discuss your sailing requirements with a member of the team before putting in your application form then please  go to the contact us page for details of how to get in touch.


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