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Hanningfield Sailability Project

Sailing for Disabled People

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Sailing was possible during the 2021 season. The 2022 season is due to start in April and it is hoped that we will be back to a "normal" programme of sailing. It is necessary to book a sailing time-slot but if you would like just to see what is on offer then an unbooked visit is possible. Please contact us to discuss buddy sailing for those that cannot sail on their own.

The Project

The tidal nature of local Essex rivers and estuaries make handling and launching sailing dinghies difficult for disabled sailors. The Hanningfield Sailability Project has been created to overcome this hurdle. Our group have been operating since 2013 at this beautiful reservior. We provide people with a disability the opportunity to sailing on this delightful expanse of water in the heart of Essex Hanningfield Reservoir is a large non-tidal area of open water with shore side facilities for storage of boats and equipment. We have the full backing of RYA Sailability, Chelmsford Borough Council and Essex and Suffolk Water. We have an RYA qualified instructor available and training opportunities for volunteer helpers.


Sailing takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 12:30 & 13:30 to 15:30, April - August inclusive. More confident sailors can sail single-handed, otherwise a "buddy" will come in the boat with the sailor. Sailing is cancelled if the wind is blowing above 18 knots. Racing takes place on Wednesday afternoons.

Facilities & Boats

Disabled toilet and changing facilities are available. We also have hoists to allow non-mobile sailors to access the boats. Craft include Challenger & Weta trimarans, Hansa 303's, Martin 16's, Liberty's and RS Venture keel boats.


We are located at the The Fishing Lodge, South Hanningfield Road, South Hanningfield, CM3 8HX.


We are grateful to Billericay Roundtable, Sport England lottery, Skee-tex, Miss Lawrence Charity, Phillips Charity, David & Claudia Trust, The Worshipful Co. Shipwrights, Bruce Wake Charitable Trust, Fowler Smith & Jones Trust, Douglas Arter Foundation, PF Charitable Trust, Glossop Family Trust, Wickford Rotory Club, Hair & Son, Wetsuit Outlet, EC Financial Services and supporters of fundraising events for their generous donations.


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