Disabled Sailing

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

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?’”

Martin 16 competition is friendly but fierce!

Disabled Sailing Championships set for Oct. at San Diego Harbor

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.

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.

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

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

NATASHA LAMBERT, will leave her wheelchair at home as she sails her 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.

Margaret Thatcher's boldness in taking unpopular decisions and how she deals with all man in politics has earn her the title of 'Iron Lady'. A truly remarkable person,

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

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

My BFF Nigist, where she was happiest

My BFF Nigist, where she was happiest

Innisfree, our newest Martin 16

Innisfree, our newest Martin 16

Leavin' the chairs behind--oh yeah!

Leavin' the chairs behind--oh yeah!

Rounding the mark in a race

Rounding the mark in a race

Setting sail!

Setting sail!

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