New disabled friendly clubhouse takes shape

Sussex Yacht Club's new clubhouse is due to be completed by 2020 Sussex Yacht Club's new clubhouse is due to be completed by 2020

Sussex Yacht Club has broken ground on its new disabled friendly clubhouse and amenities in Shoreham.

Adur District Council bought the existing clubhouse, which will be demolished, to enable the construction of flood defences.

Knowing that they would need to rebuild their HQ, the yacht club members wanted to ensure that the new facilities would be fully accessible to everyone. 

“We are proud to have had Sussex Sailability, a charity that enables people with disabilities to sail, based at our club since 2001,” said club commodore Terry Kinch.

Limitations

“We’d made every possible adaption to allow sailors with disabilities as much independence as we could, but retro-fitting an old building has its limitations.”

He added: “We’ve worked closely with the membership of Sussex Sailability, the charity Changing Rooms and specialist architects to design a building that would allow us to provide the very best possible sailing experience in the UK for disabled sailors.”

Chris Hodge, chairman of Sussex Sailability, added: “It’s a really positive approach for Sussex Yacht Club to take and I hope that their focus on accessibility will encourage many more people who live with disabilities to try the sport and to enjoy the freedom of being out on the water.”

Work is due to be completed by June 2020 at a cost of £4.2m.

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