Able Sail programs have been offered in sailing centres across Canada since 1980. The Kingston Program began in 2002. Programs offering recreational and competitive sailing instruction for persons with a disability now exist in over 20 communities in Canada. The volunteer committee of Able Sail Kingston and the Kingston Yacht Club Board is pleased to offer accesible sailing programs at KYC. Participants in the “Learn to Sail” and “Come Sail Away” programs sail in untippable, specially designed dinghies and sailboats such as the 16 ft. “Martin 16”.
For more information on disabled sailing, please visit the Ontario Sailing Able Sail site.
The Martin 16 is easily driven, narrow; long hull for performance and control. The cockpit features an adjustable, ergonomically designed helm seat forward, with a second seat aft to accommodate a passenger or instructor. A unique "joystick" controls the responsive, transom-hung rudder.
Kingston’s first sailing program for persons with a disability is open to Adults 18 and up. No previous sailing experience is required. All that’s required is a desire to experience the tremendous feeling of freedom sailing has to offer, and the desire to challenge oneself by trying something new. The program is currently offered to participants with physical disabilities only; including the visually and hearing impaired. Once the proper infrastructure is in place, ASK hopes to offer sailing programs to people with a wider range of disabilities.
The “Learn to Sail” program offers supervised sailing instruction which includes both practical on-water sessions and sailing theory. Participants will receive on shore instruction in sailing theory, safety, knots and rigging. Each day participants will enjoy the fun of sailing in a “Martin 16”. The instructional curriculum will be based on the Canadian Yachting Association standard.
- Specially designed sailboats that will not capsize and are easily accessible
- Supervised or instructional courses offered starting in June
- Course times are flexible and can be personalized to fit your schedule
- Great opportunity to get outdoors and try a new recreational sport
Learn to Sail courses are run throughout the summer.
Free one day trials are available, contact the ASK Head Instructor for more
Can schedule sailing times throughout the summer by contacting the head instructor.
Able Sail Kingston appreciates the generosity of individuals who believe in our program and would like to make a tax deductible charity donation. To make a donation and qualify for a Charitable tax receipt (min $25 donation to qualify) you will need to donate via the Paypal button below (Paypal account not required):
KYC Main Office: 613.548.3052
Able Sail Kingston
1 Maitland Street
Canada K7L 2V3
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