Addition to Lake Hume a big advantage to having more disabled people enjoy sailing

Smoother sailing: Curt Gouma, who has cerebral palsy and needs a wheelchair for mobility, is winched into his boat at the newly built jetty at the Albury-Wodonga Yacht Club on Lake Hume on Saturday. Picture: MARK JESSER
Smoother sailing: Curt Gouma, who has cerebral palsy and needs a wheelchair for mobility, is winched into his boat at the newly built jetty at the Albury-Wodonga Yacht Club on Lake Hume on Saturday. Picture: MARK JESSER

MORE disabled people are experiencing sailing on Lake Hume this summer, thanks to a new jetty.

The platform at the Albury-Wodonga Yacht Club features a finger dock to ensure those who lack mobility can be easily put on boats.

Phil Clements, who co-ordinates Sailability, a yachting program for those with disabilities, said more participants were now involved as less time was consumed getting sailors in and out of boats.

“They get more time out on the water and we’re doing it in a safer and more comfortable manner,” he said.

The Rotary Club of Albury West provided $10,000 for the jetty’s materials with volunteer labour used. 

Six boats can rotate through the finger dock during Sailability sessions.