Principal - (RYA and Operational matters) - Steve Oakey
I started sailing aged eight with my brother aged 6. The family yacht was a 33 foot three quarter ton, racing yacht. I joined the Royal Navy at 16 in 1972. Trained at Gosport at the Royal Naval Hospital. Next door was the joint service sailing centre, Hornet. I went sailing what else. This where I got my first RYA qualification as competent crew. First ship HMS Hermes. They carried a Bosun dinghy. Further sailing qualifications came in due course, Dinghy and Powerboat Instructor, Coastal skipper, Yachtmaster when serving at the Royal Naval College Dartmouth. When serving at the Naval college I took every opportunity to go racing and go on Easter and Summer sail training deployments with the Naval cadets in the same yachts you see today.
After the Navy working in Dartmouth , BRNC and the Harbour Authority as Assistant Harbour Master. One serious illness later, I joined Dart Sailability some seven years ago sailing and Trustee in recent times.
Come and join us. I wish you all good sailing and fair winds for 2017
Call me: 07498 299135
Deputy Principal - Steve Watkin
Steve is an RYA Day Skipper and Dinghy Instructor who loves nothing better than getting out and sharing his enjoyment of being on the water with others. His career was spent in the Armed Forces serving around the world.including a stint as the Port Operations Officer for Marchwood Port.
Call me: 01626 210132 or 07780 555259
Trustees Contact - (Trustees Management and Charitable links) - Graham Abbott
Hi. I was medically retired in 2015 after 30 years in the civil service and 5 years as a self-employed artist/photographer. My sailing experience was all at school about 40 years ago but I have learnt a lot in my first year at Dart Sailability where I am a volunteer and also a disabled sailor depending on my health. I now act as the Trustees sec and also print the club T shirts/hoodies/etc. Volunteering is great but the best bit is being able to sail singlehanded again. I try my best to hide my medical problems/pain from the world and I am very keen on getting other people with “invisible disabilities” to join us at Dart Sailability so we grow as a club for all abilities.
Mobile: 07857 604679
Chief Sailing Instructor - Bob Miller
Bob is an RYA Senior Instructor who was brought up in Brixham and has made the most of living by the sea; swimming, SCUBA diving, surfing and sailing. Bob joined Dart Sailability six years ago and as Chief Sailing Instructor is keen to meet would be members to ensure that they get the most out of what the charity has to offer.
Call me: 01803 844665 or Mobile: 07845 391 121
Chief Power Instructor - Andrew Cushen
An experienced yacht skipper and former RN Officer, Andrew has enjoyed further developing his sailing and powerboat skills while supporting the charity’s disabled sailing. He recently stood down as the training centre Principal to enable more time instructing and sharing his enjoyment of the River Dart. He is keen that members have fun afloat and learn new skills in a safe manner.
Call me: 07816 582113
Publicity Officer – Mark Sanders-Barwick Mark left his role in London as a Communications and PR Manager for a non-profit organisation in 2015 and has many years of experience in marketing and PR for environmental, marine protection and animal welfare charities. A keen scuba diver and a BSAC Assistant Instructor he moved to Dartmouth with his wife Tessa to be closer to the sea. Passionate about the ocean, he has campaigned on marine conservation issues for years as an activist with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (of the TV series, Whale Wars fame) as well as The Shark Trust and Project Aware. In 2010, he served on the bridge of Sea Shepherd vessel MV Steve Irwin intervening against pirate tuna fishing operations in the Gulf of Sidra beyond Gadaffi’s Line of Death. He is a Marine Mammal Medic for British Divers Marine Life Rescue. Mark Joined Dart Sailability this year and is keen to publicise the amazing work of Dart Sailability and volunteers on sailing days. You can call him on 07973 268916
Fundraising - Mike Pleass
I retired in 2015 from a global leadership position with DHL and pleased that I am able to use my business and commercial experience in working as a Trustee with Dart Sailability. Nicky, my wife, and I moved to Dartmouth in 2012 after living in the London area, Cotswolds, USA, South Africa and Australia. We are keen cruising sailors and enjoy sailing around the stunning British coast as well as chartering further afield.
Call me: 07775 845425
Membership secretary - (Groups, Schools and Sailors enquiries and registration) - Janet Cottey Janet got involved with DSG in 2001 when her son became a member. He has sailed every season since then and she is still a shore party volunteer. She is also membership secretary. Call me: 07954160092
Sailor Recruitment - Denise Winks
Denise is an Occupational Therapist and joined DSG in 2015 as a volunteer. Through Dart Sailability Denise has discovered a love of sailing and met some amazing people. Denise is developing links with other charities, groups and individuals to enable more disabled people to experience boating.
Call me: 01803 844872
Welfare and Volunteers Secretary – ( Volunteers enquiries and registration, DBS, Welfare and Child Protection) - Contact - Dolly Marsden Volunteers Membership Secretary. Call me: 07803 929770
Engineer - Richard Fellender I have been sailing for over 40 years, started with a Mirror Dinghy which built myself and ended with a 36 ft yacht which my wife and I lived on for a year taking it to the Med. I have been with Sailabality since just after it started, with a break of a couple of years when my wife was unwell.
Sonar Racing - Keith Cockburn Keith Cockburn is a 65 year old Australian with a shaving problem who lives in Dartmouth with his wife CC and Labrador Freddie, and he likes the English weather. He loves sailing and enjoys taking our members and volunteers in one of our two Sonars keel boats in any weather or conditions, he is a keen racer who encourages us all to sail in the RDYC Wednesday evening (Wags) series and the Saturday afternoon races as Dart Sailability has a proud and stellar reputation for collecting silver ware. Keith is a bright and cheery chap and love to have a talk especially about Rugby, but only when Australia wins.
Webmaster - Jo Heaton
Jo moved to Dartmouth in 2013 from Cheshire. She was introduced to sailing by her Dad who raced Merlin Rockets. Jo is a disabled sailor due to a horse riding accident and has made the most of life since the accident through sport; wheelchair basketball, swimming, water-skiing, snow-skiing, hand-cycling and now back sailing again. She has volunteered for several disabled charities prior to her move to Devon.
Call me: 01803 835647 or 07920 482152
Safety Officer - Tim Trent Tim joined us as a volunteer in April 2015. He gained his RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor certificate in 1970 or so. He hasn't used it for ages and it lapsed, so he's working his way there again with us, and qualified with us on our course as a Powerboat Instructor in March 2017. He learned to sail at 13, and has owned and raced a Tornado cat or two, a Merlin Rocket, and, insanely, taught his wife to sail in a Cherub! He was crew for several years in the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association's races, in 1972 coming third overall on Mallard of Lleyn, a Hustler 30 half tonner. When he retired to Dartmouth he qualified as a commercially endorsed RYA Day Skipper for powered craft and ran his Mitchell 31 as a wildlife charter business for a short while, and works as one of Dart Harbour's team of Yacht Taxi Skippers. He's always dreamed of being a professional waterman, and now he is. Being afloat makes him happy. As our Safety Officer, Tim's role is to manage safety in to the fun we all have, and to ensure we all get the very best out of our time afloat. He believes that that his first role is to train his successor, and that every one of us should be our own best safety officer. He's just got the Capital Letters to his role! Call me: 07710 126618
Training Officer - Mark Hartnell Call me: 07721 627706