Local sailing charity Plymouth and Devon Schools Sailing Association (PDSSA) provides opportunities for all to access the water.
Located at Commercial Wharf, PDSSA provides sailing and powerboat sessions for the local community with their fleet of vessels – a Drascombe Longboat, a 17ft Highfield RIB, a Plymouth Pilot boat, two Wayfarers and five Topaz dinghies.
Enabling access to the water for all via their fleet, and with specific equipment such as the lifting hoist, participants can take the tiller and helm under supervision or simply enjoy a couple of hours in the Sound with the volunteers of PDSSA.
Richard Curtis from PDSSA says:
“All monies generated by the club go back into the organisation but presently costs exceed revenue, and we are heavily reliant on the goodwill of various charitable organisations.
We are extremely grateful to the Cattewater Harbour Commissioners who have recently supported us by siting a suitable access point for our hoist on the Barbican Landing stage and provided moorings for our larger vessels.”
Captain Richard Allan, Harbour Master and Chief Executive of Cattewater Harbour Commissioners adds:
“The volunteers at PDSSA are hugely passionate about their community, sailing and ensuring whoever wishes to can enjoy the water safely and under suitable instruction. It is our pleasure to support them where we can as they continue to offer an opportunity to those of all abilities to enjoy the Plymouth Sound’’.