Wheelchair Accessible Yachts, Suitable Dinghies and other Equipment of Interest to Disabled Sailing

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Report by wheelchair user Mike Wood, who has a spinal injury at C6/7, paralysed from chest down with partial use of hands, good triceps and biceps and some lats. Dinghy sailing since 1988 and yacht sailing since 1995 Mike designs, modifies and builds yachts and dinghies for disabled people and has a sailing program that provides over 2000 sailing places a year for disabled people.

Email....       mikewood@disabledsailing.org

QUOTE FROM WEBSITE .... The landyacht in a suitcase. The X-sail folds neatly into its pull-along suitcase. It's designed and manufactured by our UK based company, and exported all over the world. We sell direct to our customers to give the best value for money, and exceptional levels of customer service.

WEBSITE - http://www.x-sail.com/product/prices

There are a number of manufacturers for Land Yachts and I have sailed most of them but my opinion is that the X-Sail is good value for money and could be sailed by most disabilities.

Don't buy one on spec.... find a club or 'fun day' that will let you try one.

They are easy to transport and set up but need quite a big area to be much fun.

They do not need a great deal of wind to sail on tarmac but may need a push on grass or sand.

Remember they do not have brakes so needs some common sense in use.

It is fun to sail them tipped on two wheels but if/when you capsize you must not try and save your self using your arms.... they will break... keep hands inside even when you are an your side.