CLADS (Chew Lake Association of Disabled Sailors) has been in existence since 1991 and was started by two very enthusiastic sailors from the main sailing club at Chew Lake, Bristol.

Initially an old boat (a Challenger class Trimaran) was donated to us by the Royal Yachting Association (Sailability) which was a welcome start and over time the club has gone from strength to strength with members, helpers, boats and facilities all growing.


  • Would you like to join CLADS as and help us?

    CLADS is a registered charity for a group of disabled sailors who sail at Chew Valley Lake near Bristol, we sail most Saturdays from the end of April until the beginning of October each year.

    We need a mix of helpers who to assist us with onshore and offshore activities.

    Onshore activities includes helping setup boats at the start of the day and packing up at the end of the day. Sailors need assistance getting in and out of our boats. You do not need sailing experience to be able to assist with onshore activities.

    Offshore activities involves being able to take people or on our accessible dinghies and assist where necessary. Whilst some sailing experience would be an advantage, we are able to train people where necessary.

    If you think you may be able to help then please email me:


  • CLADS 2023 Season

    On Saturday the 29th of April 2023 the CLADS season will be kicking of with a breakfast and Annual General Meeting with sailing commencing on Saturday 6th of May.

    We are open for new sailors and volunteers to help with the running of CLADS. If you have a disability and are interested in sailing or if you would like to volunteer to help us then please get in touch with us via email:

    You can also find information by browsing the rest of our Website.

    Steve Nash