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?’”
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
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.