Nepean Sailing Club offers an adaptive sailing program for all types of abilities.
Our program is designed to enable those with mobility impairments, with any level of severity, to learn to sail. Hop in a boat and leave your wheelchair behind!
Our ABLE Sail programs have been designed to progress from introductory learn to sail programs through Intermediate and race programs. ABLE Sailors may choose to sail recreationally with NSC volunteer companion sailors or join our Martin 16 Race team! Competing in regattas builds confidence, camaraderie and is a true test of sailing skills.
NSC is a designated Provincial Paralympic Training Centre under the leadership of Peter Wood and is home to our athletes, Christine Lavalée and Arron Wong Sing. Both are well known on the 2.4 R Metre Race Circuit. At the 2013 Canada Summer Games, Christine sailing for Quebec, won the gold medal in the 2.4 mR class. Aaron Wong-Sing, sailing for Ontario, won bronze.
Nepean Sailing Club facilities and site are fully accessible.
The History of ABLE Sailing in Canada
The first “adapted” sailboat was introduced to Canada at Expo 86 in Vancouver, when the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher donated a 15-foot Sunbird to Rick Hansen, Canada’s “Man in Motion”. He in turn asked Sam Sullivan, a quadraplegic from Vancouver, to develop a sailing program for those with mobility impairments.
Since that time a number of disabled sailing associations have been formed across Canada, and the Sunbird has gradually been replaced by the Canadian-made Martin 16. In 1995, NSC’s ABLE Sail Program was introduced to the area!
NSC aims to enable individuals with disabilities to discover sailing. We offer the opportunity, staff and equipment for those with mobility impairments to learn how to sail independently. Our Martin 16 sailboats, are specially designed for adaptive sailing. We strive to remove any obstacles that an Able sailor might face in learning to sail.
Our goal is to give Able sailors the chance to gain confidence in their own abilities and make them independent sailors. We strongly believe that sailing can have a positive effect on a person’s social and personal life, and that it gives the sailor freedom and independence.
NSC’s five Martin 16 sail boats can be adapted to make sailing accessible to the disabled. These keel boats are 16 feet in length and have a 350 lb keel under them ensuring the boat never tips over into the water. Martin 16s are very safe and never sink, even if the entire boat is filled with water! Our volunteer team helps to transfer sailors to their boat with an electric lift if required and companion sailors accompany able sailors on the water. NSC’s qualified, friendly instructors will ensure a comfortable, safe and enjoyable sailing experience.
The program is offered to anyone willing to get a little wet and is offered at a reasonable price!
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