report by local news paper in Australia
Local sailor Grahme Rayner has a mission
- to make sailing accessible to everyone
around world. Grahme of Glenfield is a member
of sailability, an organization dedicated
to given everyone the opportunity to sail,
regardless of age, disability or experience.
Following his warm reception in Japan in April, when he completed the Melbolurne to Osaka yacht race, Grahme was to go back and sell the idea of sailability to Japan. With the help of Liverpool Greenway Rotary and P&O Nedlloyd,
Grahme took four Access dinghies to the Japanese region.
The dinghies are specially designed to make the art of sailing simple for beginners.
"A lot of those disabled groups over there are funded by the government", Grahme said.
The concept behind sailability is that the community becomes involved with disabled groups. "We want to break down barriers, not put them up," he said.
With the help of Japanese Nobuyoshi(Noby) Nishii, Grahme organized six 'com and try ' days in Japan, which saw 650 people attend to test the boats.
Mr. Nishii has come to Australia to learn more about the running of Sailability here and personally thank the Lord Mayer of Melbourne for the kind donation of the boats.
Grahme said strong support of the sailing organization comes largely from his own experiences as a disables sailor. "It did a lot for my self-confidence," he said of sailing.
Although about discussing his own feats Grahme has just recently competed in the Mobility Cup in Canada Where he placed 14 and is currently competed 14 and is currently being fitted for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. Sailability meets on the first and third Sunday of every month at 11am at the Boatshed, Chipping Norton.