Sail Sand Point is actively working to improve the accessibility of our programs so we can better serve all members of our community. Our Adaptive Sailing committee, formed in 2015, works with SSP staff and patrons to discuss and apply meaningful changes.  We have expanded the accessibility of our adult classes to students with disabilities. For youth, accessible Shipmates programs are offered on Hobie Waves, a 19 ft O’Day 192, and kayaks.

Currently, SSP is the only location in the Northwest where a boater with a disability can come sail or paddle any day of the week during the summer. For sailing, this is made possible by our versatile 2.4 meter sailboats, which can also be sailed in adult classes. Like any sailboat used during Open Boating, the sailor must pass a skills check before sailing.

2.4 meters boat have a front-facing seat and hand-held controls to enable sailing of the boat without use of the lower body.
2.4 meter boats have a front-facing seat and hand-held controls to enable sailing of the boat without use of the lower body. Photo courtesy of sailingscuttlebutt.com

 

In the 2017 season, we will continue to better the accessibility of our programs to all members of the community.  We hope to make more of our boats available for boaters with disabilities in Open Boating use, and add more group sailing opportunities.

 

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Participants in SSP’s Shipmates program go sailing on Madeline, a 19 foot O’day 192.

 

To come sailing, suggest ideas, or join the Adaptive Committee, email info@sailsandpoint.org