Our Cruising members regularly put on "Sailabilty" days, taking children and
young people out for days on the water.
We include the foll0wing article from our main site as it fully explains this important
Wetwheels Hamble is officially named by Dame Mary Fagan DCVO, JP
Wetwheels Hamble, a custom-made 10-metre twin-hulled motorboat,
was officially named by Dame Mary Fagan DCVO, JP today (Saturday
14th May) at a packed ceremony with over 100 invited guests at
the Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSrnYC) in Hamble, where the boat
is berthed and managed.
Dame Mary Fagan DCVO,
JP, cut the ribbon held by
Geoff Holt MBE, DL, and named
third Wetwheels boat 'Wetwheels Hamble' at the
naming ceremony held at the Royal Southern
Some of the young people in the care
of Rose Road
Association enjoyed a trip out on
later in the day.
Captain Christopher Fagan joined Dame Mary on the Prince Philip
Yacht Haven pontoons, alongside Trustees of the Wetwheels
Foundation (WWF), Eastleigh MP Mims Davies, the Directors of
Wetwheels Hamble CIC and the Commodore of the Royal Southern
Following the pontoon naming ceremony, everyone gathered in the
Club where past Commodore and Wetwheels Hamble CIC Director
David Mead, welcomed everyone with a surprise announcement
explaining that he was honoured and delighted to have received a
personal message of support from the Club's Patron, HRH The Duke
In recognition of this milestone occasion, disabled sailing
ambassador Geoff Holt MBE, DL, the driving force behind the
Wetwheels initiative, spoke passionately about how his vision
for Wetwheels began and where it has got today rounding off by
"Today is obviously a special day for everyone involved but it
is also a tremendously moving day for me. We have come a long
way and it makes me incredibly proud to see this, our 3rd boat
on the water, especially knowing the lives she will enrich over
her life time here on the river. The Hamble is very special to
me for a number of reasons and I just know that the whole
community will benefit from her presence here."
This boat's timeline began in June 2014 when it was first agreed
that the proceeds from the RSrnYC Charity Summer Ball would go
towards the building of a Wetwheels Hamble boat to be operated
from the Royal Southern.
Eastleigh MP Mims Davies (left), Dame
Mary Fagan (right) and 100+ guests stood up and applauded Geoff
Holt after his impassioned speech at the celebratory lunch at
the Royal Southern Yacht Club.
It was also agreed that the funding to provide disabled
facilities in the Club's new Prince Philip Yacht Haven were to
be donated through the Royal Southern Yacht Club Charitable
Wetwheels Hamble CIC
Directors David Mead and
Dick Long, with Geoff
Holt MBE, DL and
Dame Mary Fagan DCVO, JP.
A year later the fundraising campaign was officially
launched at the Club and a mere 44 days after that a party was
held to announce that 75% of the target has been reached,
sufficient to instruct Cheetah Marine to schedule the building
of the third boat for launching in the Spring of 2016.
This was made possible by some generous donations amounting to
some £30,000 from Club Members and friends who support and
admire the great work carried out by Geoff Holt.
The Wetwheels boats are all built by Cheetah Marine in Ventnor,
Isle of Wight and Suzuki, who have supported Geoff Holt since
the launching of the Solent boat that operates from Gunwharf
Quays in Portsmouth, are the official engine suppliers.
Qualified skippers and crews are currently operating the boat on
a pro bono basis but in the medium term, and when funds allow,
Wetwheels Hamble would like a full time local skipper.
The Wetwheels Foundation (a registered charity) was established
in 2013 with the aims of supporting and developing the Wetwheels
concept across the UK. Wetwheels boats operate under the
direction of the national charity and it is hoped that a further
five boats will be delivered over the next five years.
An especially proud day for Geoff Holt
as Wetwheels Solent, Wetwheels Jersey and Wetwheels Hamble all
moor up together at the Royal Southern Yacht Club for today's
Fell, Chairman of the WWF, said: "We are delighted with the new Wetwheels Hamble boat. We know there is a big demand from
disabled people to access the water in this area and what better
home for our 3rd boat than the Prince Philip Yacht Haven on the
beautiful Hamble River."
To donate to the Wetwheels Hamble Campaign and secure its future
operation and maintenance, visit:
Time for some on-water fun in the sun on board Wetwheels!
three boats left the RSrnYC dock with excited passengers looking
forward to a blast on the Solent.
Images: Brian Curtis