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Hundred disabled people take to the high seas

a group of disabled people on a high speed boat on the solent

Over a hundred disabled people took to the high seas at the Royal Victoria Yacht Park, Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight last weekend ahead of Cowes Week.

Visitors were not only treated to a scrumptious barbecue lunch, teas and cakes, but also boat trips along Wootton Creek and across The Solent.

Those who were able to board high-speed rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), for the less mobile they could choose their method of transport from specially adapted boats, Wet Wheels and Spirit of Scott Bader.

Sarah Butler, Mountbatten’s transition coordinator for young adults, told Country Press: “Events like this are so important to our young adults, as they help to create special memories of happy and fun times spent with their family and friends.

"Without the club's generosity, this would not have been possible.”

The Island’s deputy Lord Lieutenant, Anne Longford, added: “I was blown away by the effort the many volunteers from the club put into the day — making it such a wonderful event for all the families and carers.

"It was clear it meant so much to every single person.”

The annual event was launched in 1981, which was also the first International Year of Disabled Persons.

[ Cowes Week 2023 runs 29 July - 4 August, see the full schedule on the event’s website ]

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