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Wheelyboat V20 Inclusion Powerboat

Cork Sports Partnerhip are delighted to support Kinsale OEC to launch ‘Saoirse’ the new Wheelyboat V20 on their voyage to Inclusion.

Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre are delighted to welcome ‘Saoirse’, Cork’s first wheelchair accessible Inclusion Powerboat. Saoirse meaning ‘freedom’ is a fitting name to this specially designed Inclusion Powerboat, as through its voyages will make the water accessible to wheelchair users and their families in a very safe and enjoyable way.  

Saoirse, the Wheelyboat V20 is built to a very high standard and boasts exceptional sea going capabilities. It can welcome up to 6 wheelchair users and 6 assistants or crew onboard, reaching a top speed of 30 knots / 55 kilometers per hour. When at its top speed it keeps the passengers particularly dry from sea spray. Its high-powered Suzuki engine is both economical and easy to manage. The unique drop-down bow and modular seating arrangement allows for great versatility in accommodating its passengers.  

Kinsale OEC successfully attained funding through the Sports Capital Programme to purchase this unique Inclusion Powerboat following a visit to The Wheelyboat Trust in the UK. The Wheelyboat Trust have designed and delivered nearly 200 Wheelchair Accessible Powerboats over the last 35 years. The procurement of this special boat, is a further example of Cork Education and Training Boards commitment to its Inclusive mission.

The Wheelyboat V20 arrived to Kinsale and Kinsale OEC staff have been conducting sea trials and staff training in order to be ready for passengers to join them on board. Adults from Irish Wheelchair Association and children from Rebel Wheelers Multi Sports Club were amongst the first passengers to sample a trip on this exciting boat with many commenting on how easy it was to board and disembark the boat.

Jon Hynes, Director of KOEC highlights “Saoirse, our new wheelchair accessible Powerboat offers us a new unique selling point and adds to the many other great Inclusive activities that we offer here in the centre. Our expertise in Powerboating training and management is exemplary and our staff are highly motivated to make this new boat a shining light of our work here”. Jon also commented “Kinsale is synonymous with seafaring and is rich in maritime history, as a local RNLI volunteer crew member and water sports enthusiast, my staff and I are excited to share our passion for the sea with everyone in this new boat”. At the launch Jon highlighted that Cork Local Sports Partnership have been instrumental in creating awareness of the new boat’s existence.

 

Speaking recently at the boat taster sessions, Kate Feeney, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer commented ‘We are excited to welcome this Inclusion Powerboat to Cork and are delighted to see more opportunities created for people to access and enjoy the water. We look forward to supporting families, disability services and community groups to experience all the water has to offer.

Over the coming months, the newly named “Saoirse” will provide ongoing access to the water for wheelchair users so that they can enjoy a tour of the Bandon Estuary, Kinsale Harbour, and maybe enjoy some mackerel fishing. Of particular note is the fact that some users may also go on and receive specialist training and certify to skipper the boat.  

For further information or for booking your place on board, please contact Kinsale OEC or call +353 21 4772896.  

 

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