Sailability at Manly

Barry Newell

14.3.1951 to 5.3.2018

Barry crammed more into his short life than many of us manage to do in a much longer life-time, and until the last few months, he enjoyed life to the full.

Always willing to help anyone in need, he was a wonderful volunteer for Sailability Manly, especially using his carpentry, sailing and boating skills.

He was always good for fun and a few laughs, and during his days as a performer, he kept many audiences in stitches with his jokes, until his music started, and he quietened them with respect.

We all had great regard for his artistic skills, and we all learnt heaps from him.

His family has always been close to him, and we have met and used all of their skills at Sailability.

He was a great mate to all of us, and through his attention to Safety Rules he has saved us many a tragedy.

Now he has gone, we will miss him terribly.

photo of Barry working on our support boat. photo of Barry ready to go out on regatta support


Freedom on the water, regardless of ability

Sailability Manly is a part of Sailability NSW (Inc), which in turn is part of the worldwide Sailability organisation (

Our principal aim is to facilitate sailing for people with disabilities, on what is acknowledged as one of the most spectacular waterways in the world. We sail from Manly Yacht Club, East Esplanade, Manly, and use the expanses of Manly Cove and North Harbour, part of magnificent Sydney Harbour.

Manly, "seven miles from Sydney, a thousand miles from care!"

Please browse through our site to see how much fun we have and learn how we can help you or your relative/friend with a disability to enjoy a new challenge. Plus we're always looking for volunteers too.

We invite you to come and try something Eli Demeny on 9976 2747 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   to find out how.

Our Patron: Michael Regan
Mayor of MANLY

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David Webb Donation of $1,000 towards much needed equipment.