Belfast Lough Sailability’s Skud 18, WillPOWER, is at the sharp end of sailing performance – being fast and fun to sail. It was acquired by the fundraising efforts of Tiffany Brien, who sailed single handed across the North Channel from Scotland to Carrickfergus to raise the £18000 to buy this high performance boat. It requires a level of experience, skill and bravery and a steep learning curve to sail in comparison to the Hansa 303. The Skud 18 provides the opportunity for sailors with disabilities to compete on equal terms with able-bodied sailors, and is an exciting challenge for able-bodied and disabled sailors alike.
In November 2016, along with the Sonar, the Skud 18 was dropped from the boats included in the new push to reinstate sailing in the Paralympic Games from 2024. But nothing can dim the excitement of sailing WillPOWER, and the potential to take part in local handicap racing through to “Multiclass” events throughout the UK and Ireland.
In December 2016 WillPOWER was donated on long term loan to Foyle Sailability.