Frensham Pond Sailability will take delivery of a new Hansa 303 sailing dinghy, specially adapted for those with disabilities – thanks to the efforts of golfers at Cranleigh.

The 2022 ladies and men’s golf club captains decided to support Frensham Pond Sailability in their year of office.

Stella Gravill has been a strong supporter of Frensham Pond Sailability from the days when she was at Cranleigh Prep School, and also raised money back in 2013 and a number of other years.

A Sailability spokesman said: “This year – Frensham’s first full year since the Covid restrictions – has shown there is pent-up generosity which they have chosen to support us with.

“The members of Cranleigh have been raising funds at a number of events over the year including a pro-am day in which some of our volunteers successfully took part to help.

“They set a target of £9,000, and astonishingly surpassed it, raising £10,655.”

A cheque for this amount was presented at the recent annual dinner and prize giving to Ivor Barrett, the chair of Sailability, and Simon Crowther, the fundraising lead.

Ivor and Simon expressed their appreciation and revealed the money will be used to buy a new Hansa 303 sailing dinghy.

A contest was held to decide on a name, and the most popular was Fairwinds, chosen by Peter Manly. The dinghy will be prepared for the 2023 season, and representatives of Cranleigh will be invited to assist with the launch.

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Michael Buttler