WSO operates on the spectacularly beautiful Westbere Lake near Canterbury in East Kent. The site is owned by the Brett Group, for whose support we are most grateful.
As well as being an area of outstanding natural beauty, the lake also has special scientific status both here in the UK and in Europe.
Our members regularly see a whole host of wildlife from dragonflies to herons, leaping fish to grebes and swans, and even the occasional kingfisher!
At WSO we believe that the lake itself is as important a part of the life enhancing experience as being in a boat.
The facilities at the lake are shared with the sailors of our host club, Westbere Frostbite Sailing Association and the water is shared with members of the rowing and angling clubs.
David James MBE
Westbere Sailing Opportunities (WSO) is a registered charity and RYA Sailability Centre of Excellence that was founded by the late David James MBE in 2001, with the sole purpose of giving an experience of sailing to people of all ages with disabilities. People who through some physical disability, learning difficulty, or other condition might not otherwise be able to get on the water and enjoy sailing. WSO is about making it happen. At Westbere we don’t see a disability, just a person who wants to get on the water and have some fun. Some people might need a little more help than others, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.
we want all to enjoy the water
all volunteers are trained and we have RIB support boats on the water at all times
at our beautiful lake
make new friends
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WSO is run by an enthusiastic and dedicated team of about forty volunteers, some of whom started as sailing members. While some have countless years experience in sailing, and others have spent many years in the caring professions, all our volunteers are committed to making your time at Westbere as safe and as much fun as possible.
New volunteers are always welcome, so if you think you can help, get in touch.
2016/17 Membership is £20