Disabled Sailing

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People with disabilities finding freedom on the water, leaving mobility aids behind and experiencing the joy of sailing.

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Disabled sailors from around the country gather at the annual Robie Pierce Regatta to prove that, despite the challenges they face, they can still beat you around a racecourse Spinal Cord Stimulator, Sailing Courses, Mobility Aids, Spinal Cord Injury, Wheelchairs, Wooden Boats, Sailors, Disability, Boating

Sailors, Leave Your Wheelchairs Behind

Disabled sailors from around the country gather at the annual Robie Pierce Regatta to prove that, despite the challenges they face, they can still beat you around a racecourse

Sam Sullivan says many times people came to him after sailing, saying they had been on the brink of suicide and now they are excited about life again, and that many parents came to him saying sailing has revolutionized their child’s life.  “Once people are out sailing – a person who has become seriously disabled and there they are sailing – they often will say, ‘What else can I do that I didn’t think I could do?’” Excited About Life, Mobility Aids, Sailors, Disability, Bay Area, Kayaking, I Can, Parents, Times

Sam Sullivan says many times people came to him after sailing, saying they had been on the brink of suicide and now they are excited about life again, and that many parents came to him saying sailing has revolutionized their child’s life. “Once people are out sailing – a person who has become seriously disabled and there they are sailing – they often will say, ‘What else can I do that I didn’t think I could do?’”

Shake-a-leg Watercraft Rentals in Miami, Florida ( Coconut Grove) Leg Shaking, Mobility Aids, Coconut Grove, Local Events, Water Crafts, Disability, Non Profit, Shake, Charity

I really want to learn to sail...and this place seems to have a great history of reaching out to the community and creating opportunities for people with disabilities.

Thousands of Chicagoans with disabilities have discovered skills they never knew they had through an innovative sailing program. Mobility Aids, Disability, Sailor, Public, Action, Group Action, Nautical

Thousands of Chicagoans with disabilities have discovered skills they never knew they had through an innovative sailing program.

Natasha Lambert: Disabled teenager sailing English Channel controlling yacht with her TONGUE Scottish News, English Channel, Mobility Aids, Cerebral Palsy, 16 Year Old, Disability, Real Life, Inspirational, Uk News

Natasha Lambert: Disabled teenager sailing English Channel controlling yacht with her TONGUE

The determined 16-year-old will leave her wheelchair behind to sail her 21ft adapted yacht from Boulogne to Dover

Margaret Thatcher is the Britain’s first, and only, female Prime Minister. She has also served the longest period in office as a Prime Minister that anyone else in the history of Great Britain. Margaret Thatcher, Maria Callas, Tilda Swinton, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, Famous Women, Famous People, Ute Lemper

When Margaret Thatcher gave Rick Hansen a British-made Sunbird sailboat in honour of his Man in Motion tour in 1986, she did not know that her gift would open up the world of sailing to thousands of people with mobility-related disabilities across Canada! In 1989, Rick Hansen asked Sam Sullivan, founder of the Mobility Opportunities Society, to use this specially adapted sailboat to start a sailing program for people with disabilities.

Queen's Quay Disabled Sailing Program, Toronto, ON--the flagship program of Disabled Sailing Association Ontario Mobility Aids, Wooden Boats, Ontario, Toronto, Sailing, Ocean, Water, Travel, Life

Queen's Quay Disabled Sailing Program, Toronto, ON--the flagship program of Disabled Sailing Association Ontario

My BFF Nigist, where she was happiest Mobility Aids, Bff, Sailing, People, Candle, Folk, Bestfriends

My BFF Nigist, where she was happiest