Newsletter July 2019

Greetings to Sailability Wellington Members, Volunteers, and Supporters.


This newsletter comes at a very apt time….as you will see by the number of items!


  • We are in the middle of our winter break and also experiencing some of the coldest weather the Wellington Region has had to offer in the last couple of weeks.  We are going to review our status on the 30th of July with a view to starting up again sometime in August.
  • Your team in Samoa consisted of Darrell Smith, Ray Manning and myself, (at the last minute).  We spent ten days in the warm and humid climate but there was little R & R!  Our intention was to help introduce Sailing for people with disabilities to the nations of the Pacific who comprise the Oceania Sailing Federation. With 6 borrowed Hansa 303s from Auckland, we enabled the sailing competitors from the region to ‘have-a-go’ and to take home the idea to their local sailing clubs.  We took local people with disabilities sailing to introduce them to the sport, and then assessed the sailors who had entered for the regatta.  After 4 days of that, we got into three day of regatta with both 303 single and 303 doubles.  While we didn’t come home with medals, our team made a massive impact with the help of John Sanderson, a national coach from Sydney. There are lots more stories which we’ll share over a beverage, (apart from the bits that happened on tour that must remain ‘on tour’.  Some photos below

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  • The launching of ‘ParAble’ was another milestone for us.  I thank the many of you who joined us for the event. There is more work to do on parts of the design.  But with encouragement from many people, it is looking more and more like we will be moving into production sooner rather than later.  The major feature of the yacht is its capacity to take a larger payload.  So far it has performed well.  We will now need to test it under ‘serious’ Wellington conditions.  A photo of ParAble below.

ParAble accross the wind and sitting pretty

  • Sailability Wellington has been granted the rights to hold the Hansa National Regatta in 2020.  Many of you will recall that we did so in 2015. The dates we have chosen is from the 20th to the 23rd of February in Wellington Harbour from our Seaview base.  We are putting together two committees, one to control races and the other to look after all other aspects of the regatta.  I’ll be in touch shortly to ask for help with the many tasks that need to be done. Please let me know by text or return email if you would like to be part of the team and any preferences you have for tasks you’d like to be involved in.
  • Over the next few months, Jane Cope is going to familiarise herself with our operations as the trustees are employing her to take some of the pressure off me.  Please make here welcome and give her the benefit of your experience of our culture and ways of doing things.
  • Lastly, we entered the Wellington Airport Awards once more and were selected as runner up in the Sport and Leisure category for the Porirua region. Well done to all the team, particularly those at the Porirua base.


All the best,


Don Manning QSM – Trustee & C.E.O.

Sailability Wellington Trust Inc.

32A Naenae Road

Hutt City, Wellington

Sailing Day Message Service (04) 472 4546

  1. 027 249 4275






On Sunday the 17th February Sailability’s new support boat for Seaview was dedicated. This boat is the largest support vessel for Sailability in Wellington. The dedication was carried out by Don Manning with the traditional bottle of sparkling wine poured over the bower by Richard Petersen CEO ICAP NZ who were a major sponsor of the “Trader”. The trader cost Sailability $52,000 with $37,000 being donated by ICAP and $15,000 by One Foundation. We thank them both for their  generous support. To find out more about more about these organisations click on the links below. This function was followed by annual Christmas dinner for the volunteers.


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Dedication by Don.


The Christening with Sparkling Wine by Richard Petersen CEO ICAP NZ



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