Last Summer, Lord’s Taverners Ireland presented a Hansa boat and hoist to Irish Sailing.
The hoist has been fitted to the pier of Wexford Sailing Club it helps people in wheelchairs, or with
restricted mobility, to be safely lifted into and out of vessels, making sailing accessible to everyone.
The new servo Hansa 303 will be based in Bray Sailing Club. The boat is the only one of its type in
Ireland to facilitate people with severe physical disabilities to sail the boat independently through a
remote control system.

This new boat joins a fleet comprising of two Club Hansa 303’s, three privately owned 303’s and one
privately owned Liberty. 

Wexford, Co. Wexford, 24 June 2023: At the presentation of a new Hanse 303 dinghy by the LordÕs Taveners were Paul Farrell of the LordÕs Taveners with Dr. Una May, CEO of Sport Ireland, Bryan Dobson of the LordÕs Taveners and Watersports Inclusion Games Ambassador with Tim Bourke CEO of Irish Sailing together with the Sailing Instructors from Bray Sailing Club who will be using the new boat. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

The Hansa has been used regularly throughout the year taking part in weekly adult sailing sessions,
weekly club racing, fortnightly Lakers Inclusion sessions in the summer and Hansa specific training
courses that are run at least once per season. Having access to the Hansa allows Bray Sailing Club to
increase opportunities for all abilities to take part in sailing.

Photos courtesy of Irish Sailing

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