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Sports Forum for the Disabled

Sports Forum for the Disabled


Free sailing trips for the disabled on board "Knoticat" a stable, converted 10 metre sailing catamaran, which offers real "hands on" sailing. The vessel is available for the use of all disabled people, their carers and where possible, their friends and family up to a maximum of 11 persons, to enjoy the beautiful waters in and around Poole Harbour. Sailing every weekday when the weather allows from early April to late September and all trips are made under the watchful eye of highly experienced and qualified skippers.
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Knoticat is owned and operated for the last 12 years by the charity Sports Forum for the Disabled with the aim of giving all disabled and carers the opportunity to sail and enjoy the beautiful waters in and around Poole harbour.

We sail every weekday when the weather allows from early April to late September and all trips are made under the watchful eye of highly experienced and qualified skippers.

The day starts at Poole Quay Boat Haven entrance on Poole Quay, where we pick up our passengers and help fit life jackets before entering the marina. Once on board a short safety briefing is given and any questions you have can be answered. We leave the marina and once into clear water you are welcome to help with sailing or just sit back and enjoy the ride. The trips usually last 3 to 4 hours around Poole harbour, out to Studland and along the Jurassic coast or towards Bournemouth. We normally anchor for lunch and make tea or coffee.  

Twice a year the boat goes on deployment for a week to Lymington 
or Weymouth.

Please note that all first time sailors are required to join our sailing club and sign a health and safety disclaimer.

As far as we know, Knoticat is the only free, seagoing, modified sailing boat for disabled use in Britain.

Everyone who works with Knoticat is a volunteer. Our sailing trips are only made possible by the generosity of those who support us with donations. Every penny goes towards keeping knoticat on the water for our disabled members to enjoy.

Opening Times

Opening Dates (1 Apr 2019 - 30 Sept 2019)
Poole Quay Boat Haven
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Tel07889 970 702


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