The Sail Able Program is designed to introduce those with physical or intellectual challenges to the freedom and independence offered by the sport of sailing. The program will be run during the day in conjunction with the Learn to Sail Program. Our goal is to keep the costs of the program as minimal as possible. With that being said we are charging a very nominal fee of $10.00 per sail which would run between 1 ½ -2hrs in length. We recommend participants register for a maximum of two sails per week.
The program operates two boats which have each been specifically designed to accommodate sailors with challenges. We have an access dinghy, which is 2.3 metres in length and is designed for two people. The boat is controlled with a joystick situated in the middle of the boat for easy access by both sailors, and is equipped with a high boom to prevent anyone from getting struck by it as it swings across.
The other boat we operate is a 20 ft long Freedom Independence keel boat; this boat is equipped with a self tacking jib for ease of use, as well as a lead keel to prevent the boat from capsizing. The boat is designed for two people with limited mobility. Participants sit in specially designed chairs which lock in place and have a lead weight attached to each of them deep in the hull of the boat. The weights allow the chairs to pivot from one side of the boat to the other when the boat changes direction.
Our entire facility is wheelchair accessible including the ramp down to the dock. We are also equipped with a lift mechanism mounted into the dock to allow those with limited mobility to be assisted in and out of the boats. The lift is designed with a comfortable harness to ensure the user is properly supported during transport.
Special thanks to our program partners. This initiative could not have been launched without the generosity and support of organizations such as the Rotary Club of North Sydney and the Canadian Paraplegic Association.