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Sailaday OK – Life changing therapy at sea

Sailaday OK supports marine based adventure therapy to help adults, their families and young persons recover from the consequences of addictions, abuse and other trauma .

Our unique evidence based therapeutic model promotes positive personal change through practical expereince. To reduce disadvantage and social exclusion  by provision of therapeutic sailing  & Educate therapists and skippers in the benefits of therapeutic sailing.


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Womens group feedback April 2011

Very positive feedback from group April 2011. Although not a lot of sailing due to sun and hot weather, great insights and changes in outlook and perceptions of the future. Interesting refernces to night sailing.  Click on pdf below


Sptember mens group fedback

Very positive feedback for wilderness therapy session with four males. Rough conditions. New evaluation forms. Click on pdf to read



september womens 2010


click on pdf to view feedback selection from women's group september 2010

this was a group that worked hard and were inspired by thew changes in conditions for sailing and recognised the metaphor for recovery. That when the conditions change you need to make changes.

mens group july 2010

Men’s group July 2010

Name ‘I’   (33 yr old multiple drug user)

“I have now learnt not to bury my head in the sand, pretend problems will solve themselves, and realized mistakes can be rectified and to take notice of what is happening around me”

Name ‘T’ (30 yr old alcoholic)

“This will help me in the future as I now recognise my inner child I thought was lost. , he is beside me,  and realise things aren’t half as bad as I think they are, I know now that I can deal with situations as they occur and this makes life easier”

Name ‘A’ (39 life time of alcoholism, self abuse and mental disorder)

“I got what I wanted an experience of peacefulness, serenity and knowledge”

June/July 2010 Women’s group.

June/July 2010 Women’s group.

‘E’ (age 29 long-term alcohol use and history of abuse)

“I learnt I can do more and I don’t have to put myself down, now I can face the challenges to come”

‘C’ (age 39 long-term alcohol and abusive relationships)

“I came away feeling healthier, more confident and in control of myself, I believe I rose to the challenges and did really well”

“The groups proved helpful and gave m insights to how I am”. “I had a great insight in to how I steer toward dangerous relationships (rocks) even when I am doing fine, when I stay connected to myself I can keep a good course”

‘C’ (54 long-term alcohol use and abuse)

“When I made mistakes I was not criticised so I can now seek guidance and not feel stupid”

‘K’ (39 long-term alcohol and drugs use abused all her life, a life of trauma and negative angry reactions)

“Even when I was in conflict with Richard, he didn’t get cross with me and helped work through conflict”. “I had a great insight and understand I am not stupid or useless I am full of old trauma and find it hard to learn new things, these can be resolved.” “From helming by compass I learnt me left and right brain works fine, feel happy everyone like it now I’m smiling”

An addicts story

Account form an addict/ alcoholic.

I never knew a time when I didn’t want to be somebody else, when I felt I didn’t belong, and a distorted sense of self, and certainly always felt there was something wrong with me. I felt then a deep sense of shame of being me.

I was a functioning, until the last years, addict/alcoholic and lost my health, family, marriage, home and business. I have drunk as long as I was able, finishing the left over’s at parents parties as young as 10. At 17 I wanted the life ‘drugs, sex, and rock and roll ‘(1967) and I found it. 25 years of heroin addiction followed and large quantities of alcohol and any other drug I could get my hands on it.

This took me down a path of anti-social behaviour and criminal activity to pay for my addiction and for the adrenaline rush. I stole from my family, children, business and friends.  By the end I was physically, emotionally and spiritually crippled and incapable of functioning.

Finally I realized I might die, I had had many near death experiences and thanks to the health service returned to the living, but until the end I believed I would get away with it. I then made a decision to live. I wanted life.

Today I am fully functioning, aware, responsible and honest individual. I know love and am able to love. I feel fulfilled and gratitude for the life I have. I have moments of peace and happiness.

My recovery would not be what it is today if I hadn’t had the experiences of sailing and that connection with the elements. I learnt through sailing to trust my body it does not lie to me, asses’ problems and feel the self-esteem in solving them. The most difficult place for me had been to accept the present for exactly what it is and listen and trust it,( it always seemed safer to be in the past or future) this is a prerequisite for successful sailing in order to achieve  goals, to do this I need to know where I am where I am going and how I am going to get there. If the conditions, or my condition changes I need to make changes and if necessary let go of the goal and move in sympathy with the world around me.

Being at sea has opened a door for me, this sense of a connection to the world around me, to myself and has become the basis for a more spiritual way of living.

I think the following quote by Arturo Perez-Reverte expresses some of my thinking around the experience of being at sea.   

  “The land lies behind him, and everything he could need was travelling with him, circumscribed by the tight limits of the ship. At sea he thought, men travelled with their houses on their backs, like the knapsack of the explorer or the shell that moves with the snail. All you need is a few gallons of diesel, sails, and a favourable wind, for everything that dry land provided, to become superfluous, dispensable. Voices, noises, smells, the tyranny of the clock had no meaning here. To sail out until the coast falls behind your stern – that was one goal met. Facing the menacing and magical presence of the omnipresent sea, sorrow, desire, sentimental attachments, hatreds and hopes dissolve in the wake, dwindling until they seem far away, meaningless, because the ocean brings people back to themselves. There are things which are unbearable  on shore – thoughts, absences, anguishes – can only be borne on the deck of the ship. There is no painkiller as strong as that. Men survive on ships who would have lost their reason and tranquillity forever anywhere else. Course, wind, waves, position, and the days run, survival; out there these are the only words that have meaning. Because it is true that the real freedom, the only possible freedom, the true peace of God, begins five mile from the nearest coast.”

mens group june

Quotes   mens group June 2010

‘M’   “I have gained more confidence in taking on tasks with responsibility for myself and others”

‘T’  “What an experience everything helped me get in touch with and understand myself better. Especially the helming clarifies my personality traits”

‘S’ “What helped was the movement of the boat, being part of a team, help making sense of my thought s and feelings and noticing the difference, feelings of peace and tranquility, and the helming helped me be more aware of all my senses”

“I feel inspired for the future and confident and excited and really hopeful for the future “

‘A’ “thank you Richard I hope I never forget this”

may womens group 2010

Womens Group quotes May  22nd

“I learnt to have fun, take part in activities, I feel calm and most important feel safe even though there were breakdowns and difficult weather’”

“I have found my voice; I can speak up for myself”

“I would love to come again as I feel so much more confident”

“First time I can say I feel happy. I don’t ever again have to try I can do it. I have learnt a new level of acceptance and letting go”

April 25 male group quotes

E. “sailaday has allowed me to explore my feelings and fears in a safe and controlled manner. Right from arriving on the boat the skipper gave me a sense of confidence and trust”

LB. “ I relaxed my mind, and the whole experience, especially the helming in rough seas, the sights and sounds, the te4am building, comradery and the groups and mediation helped me get what I wanted, I could think clearly and be myself”

CM. “I found the formal groups  comfortable more than any other groups I have been in and processing the subjects of the days events and reflecting on them and the past and what we had achieved really helpful”

CM. “I enjoyed most sailing and helming the seas, functioning as part of a team. I enjoyed the surroundings, wildlife, and the pleasurable atmosphere of being one with it all “

Ali “I enjoyed most being responsible and being trusted” “I can see now that there is more to life than drugs and constant madness.”

Aprill 11 Quotes

D. Aprill11

“The feedback and suggestions are something I can take away forever, a life changing experience .... “

“Richard has had a positive effect on my life. He is professional and friendly, and really funny, and serious when necessary and his approach to recovery is truthful. I felt hopeful when working with him “

Tracy April 11 2010-04-12

“The last 4 days have been fascinating and fantastic, I’ve laughed and cried. I’ve learnt there is more work to do and willing to go the extra mile.”

Kerry April 11 2010

“This experience has given me hope and knowing there is still so m much out there to live for”

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