Sailing is a powerful way for people with disabilities to push their limits. The Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) has sailboats that do not require the ability to move about the boat. Paraplegics, people with MS, and even a triple amputee have solo-sailed here. In addition, specially designed, servo-equipped sailboats can accommodate people with even more severe mobility restrictions.
The DSC is committed to providing access to sailing regardless of physical ability. The DSC's docks are equipped with accessible ramps, Hoyer lifts and plenty of room. The parking lot has accessible parking and wheelchair-accessible restrooms. The DSC also has two different kinds of accessible sailboats, the Sonar 23 keelboat (used by the U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team) and the Access 303, a one- or two-person non-capsizable dinghy that can be adapted with a sip and puff steering system or an electronic joystick. Finally, to make accessible sailing actually happen, the DSC hosts three types of accessible programs:
- Access-Ability Sailing offers individuals with disabilities the opportunity to sail one or two Saturdays each month from April through August. At the end of each summer, these participants are invited to the DSC for a party and fun regatta, the Ya'Gotta Regatta.
- Freedom Accessible Camp is a tuition-based summer camp for youth with disabilities.
- Partnership programs work with organizations that serve people with disabilities and other organizations, such as churches, synagogues, temples, community centers and youth groups, through our community outreach programs. Hundreds of people with disabilities sail at the DSC each summer through these programs.
If you would like to know more about any of the DSC's accessible sailing programs, please call the office at 410.727.0722 or send an email to email@example.com.