Princess Anne to perform naming ceremony for new powerboat for disabled people in Whitby

Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, Princess Anne will name a new powerboat specially designed for disabled people at a ceremony in August.

Monday, 11th June 2018, 3:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 11:33 am

The boat is a project by Wetwheels Yorkshire that will give disabled people along the Yorkshire Coast the chance to experience life at sea.

The Whitby boat is due to officially launch later this month.It has a specially modified aerial to allow access under the swing bridge into the harbour and will be the first powerboat to have twin access doors allowing passengers to embark and disembark from either side providing many more options for her use up and down the Yorkshire coast.

Although based in Whitby, the charity hopes to be able to take passengers on trips from Scarborough and other Yorkshire ports. She will have a trained commercial skipper plus a specially trained crew member on board for each trip during which passengers will have the opportunity to view the coast from the water - and may even be able to take control of the boat helping to steer her.

Wetwheels builds disabled people’s confidence by providing the opportunity to access the sea in a fun, safe, stimulating and rewarding way using specially modified, fully accessible powerboats.

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