service users from the woodmill getting ready for a boat trip

Service users Pauline and Laurie from The Woodmill took the opportunity to go sailing at Exmouth Sailing Club, in partnership with SailAbility. With the sun shining and waters calm, the pair were kitted out with buoyancy aids before enjoying a morning out at sea, lead by instructor James and a voluntary group of keen sailors.

Pauline and Laurie learned some of the sailing terminology before being put in charge of jibing (ensuring the sail was catching the wind correctly), tacking (changing direction of the boat) and even steering the boat.

Pauline said “It was wonderful and relaxing, the movement of the boat and being out in the sea air gave me a real sense of freedom”. Laurie, a keen bird watcher, also enjoyed being out on the water “I had an Uncle who was an Olympic sailor; I didn’t think I’d be able to do it but I got on the boat and had a great time. The sun and the fresh air did me wonders!”

Kate Smedley, Physiotherapy Assistant at The Woodmill said “It’s great to see our service users trying something different, especially when they achieve something they didn’t think possible at first.”