Gözüyılmaz is proud to sponsor Turkey's first Sail-Ability Project 'Engelli Degil Yelkenli'

Sail-able is a long term project, which eventually aims to improve the quality of lives of disabled people in Turkey.

The first phase of the project takes 8 months. During this period; 72 kids between the ages of 11 to 17 with visual and oral disabilities, are instructed 20 hours of standard beginners’ sailing lessons by instructors with the assistance of volunteers; under the supervision of specialists.

The first phase of the project is financed by Turkey’s State Planning Organisation and controlled by Izmir Development Agency.

5 distinguished organizations have came together to realize the project. These are: Contemporary Disabled Life Association (leading organization), Karsiyaka Sailing Club, Tulay Aktas Deaf&Mute Elementary School, Piri Reis Grammar Schools, Izmir Chamber of Shipping and NTV (National Broadcasting Channel).

Once the first phase is completed, the second phase of the project is mostly focuses on “fund-raising” events, which aims to accumulate enough capital, in order to establish first ever “Disabled Sailing Club” in Turkey. For the second phase we have already great names (celebrities) and institutions in our support. Our sponsors and supporters include Garanti Bank (5th biggest bank in Turkey) Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Okan Bayülgen (actor, producer) Burcu Esmersoy (model, presenter) Rıdvan Dilmen (legendary football player, producer), Celal Pir (Producer, presenter).

The last phase will be focusing on sustainability of this club. For this purpose, we will re-structure the club as a foundation, which can self-sustain via tax-free revenue coming from sailing lessons for both regular and disabled people; rent out boats and other profitable activities likewise.