Devon - Visually impaired children sail ahead

10th July 2009 at 01:00

Blind and visually impaired children are riding the crest of waves as sailing projects get under way in Devon.

Pupils from West of England School and College (West Exe), near Exeter, and Year 6 from Newton Ferrers Primary are benefiting from the schemes.

West Exe children are taking part in River Exe Sailability, a collaboration with the Exe Sailing Club in Exmouth, and plans are well advanced to extend the project to cater for students with more complex physical disabilities.

The sailing club is installing a hoist on the dock entrance pontoon and special seating in No ExEcuse, the club's yacht, which will give the disabled a chance.

Newton Ferrers is one of the few primaries to offer free sailing lessons. This year the school has renewed its fleet of dinghies with the help of funding from the National Lottery and a local councillor.

All the children at the school dressed as pirates for the arrival of eight Optimist dinghies, which they sail on the River Yealm. km.

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