The Knoticat offers 'roll on, roll off' wheelchair access

Poole Harbour

Commissioners is supporting a local charity, Sports Forum for the Disabled,

by providing them with a free permanent berth
.

Sports Forum for

the Disabled provides sailing opportunities for the disabled

and their carers on its 10-metre offshore sailing catamaran, Knoticat.

Knoticat, , based at Port of Poole

Marina, is run

entirely by volunteers and relies on donations and grants from charitable

trusts.

Last year the Poole-based charity took more than 500 people sailing in

Poole Harbour and along the Jurassic Coast.

Jim Stewart,

chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: ‘We are delighted we can

help support a local charity that is so valuable in what they offer for the

disabled.

‘Sports Forum

for the Disabled provides a real hands-on sailing experience and we hope that

by berthing at our award-winning Port of Poole Marina they will be able to

provide even more sailing opportunities throughout the year.’

Knoticat’s chief

skipper, Ian Fisher, added: ‘The free mooring in Port of Poole Marina will make

an enormous difference to us and we are extremely grateful to Poole Harbour

Commissioners for its support.

‘It’s from generous donations like this that mean

we can continue to help the disabled.”

The catamaran,

which can sail a maximum of 11 persons, including two crew, has been adapted

for ‘roll on, roll off’ wheelchair access throughout.

All the ropes, lines and

controls lead to one wheelchair adapted steering position and passengers are

encouraged to steer and sail the boat with guidance from the charity’s highly

experienced skippers and crew.

Weather permitting,

the Knoticat operates five days a week and trips are free of charge.

For

booking enquiries, call 07889 970702 or email booking@sailing4all.org.