Diana Princess of Wales

Diana Princess of Wales Challenge 2019

Diana Princess of Wales Challenge

The Diana Princess of Wales Challenge returns to Plymouth on Sunday 1st September. Hosted by Plymouth Rotary Club this event offers people with learning disabilities a unique opportunity to:

  • Enjoy the thrill of crewing on a yacht in the sheltered waters of Plymouth Sound with highly skilled yacht owners and their crew.
  • Follow the yachts on board a motor-powered boat and ‘watch the pursuit race close up’
  • Watch the pursuit race from the comfort of the Royal Western Yacht Club
  • Friends carers and families are welcome to watch the race from the comfort of the yacht club.

Event Details

Diana Princess of Wales Challenge 2019This free event starts at 1pm and finishes at 4pm. Refreshments will be provided by Plymouth Rotary and a  commemorative medal will be presented to everyone who takes part in the pursuit challenge. Parking is normally free. However, we always recommend you contact the Marina at Queen Anne’s Battery and check.

For further information please contact  Rotarian Tony Gattward t: 01752 252727 m:07788666620 alternatively you can email him at tonygattward@aol.com. This is a very popular event.  If you want to take part in this years event, or need more information, we recommend you contact Tony as soon as possible.

Diana Princess of Wales Challenge 2019

About the Diana Princess of Wales Challenge

It’s been twenty-two years since the first-ever yacht race for people with learning disabilities was held in Plymouth. Originally organised by the Rotary Club of Drake Plymouth and The Royal Western Yacht Club. The event is still going strong with the  Rotary Club of Plymouth Mayflower now at the helm.

What people may not know, is that Drake Rotary Club members and a group of people with a shared interest in sailing went on to set up the Drake Sailing Club.  Drake Sailing Club, a registered charity, offers people of all abilities sailing sessions at the Mountbatten Sailing Centre

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How can I go sailing with Drake Sailing Club?

Sailing takes place on Tuesday evenings at 5:30pm, providing the weather is suitable, from the Mount Batten Centre, May to September. The club welcomes anyone over 18, whatever their ability, who wish to join this friendly and relaxed group.

Subscription charges.

Yearly membership is £25, plus a £3:50 weekly sailing fee. However, if you are accompanied by an enabler they will not be charged.The first week is free to enable you to try it out.

What do I wear sailing?

Warm clothing and a set of waterproof jacket and trousers are essential, whatever the weather, plus a hat and gloves. Life jackets are provided.

Is there easy access?

The Mount Batten Centre has a disabled parking area close to the entrance with ramps to the doors. There are changing rooms, toilets and shower facilities, and a lift to the bar and lounge area.

For further information contact Dave Dodd on 07765797278