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Community Outreach





An integral part of Sail Cape Cod's mission is to provide recreational & therapeutic boating opportunities for those who may not otherwise be able to enjoy on-the-water experiences. Our Community Outreach programs are based on a collaborative effort between Sail Cape Cod and relevant non-profit organizations, area schools, local government, and the business community.

One group we focus on is underprivileged and at-risk youth, utilizing the sport of sailing to develop academic, leadership and life skills. We also provide adaptive programs to physically, intellectually and developmentally challenged individuals that are recreational, educational and therapeutic in nature.

These programs help individuals to achieve their full potential and to successfully integrate into their communities. Collectively, we hope to impart a sense of empowerment, belonging and self-worth to all participants.

Sail Cape Cod's Outreach Program has become its hallmark platform, and it is in the very capable hands of our Program Director, Coach Jim Hoar, whose professional background is in Education and Special Needs.

Our Outreach Program Partners

Sail Cape Cod partners with local disabilities organizations in hosting their clients from both resident and day programs for some recreational and therapeutic sails around Lewis Bay. Cape Abilities, Community Connections, Arc of Cape Cod, Sandpiper Club, LIFE Inc, Cape Cod Collaborative, Riverview School, Cape Cod Challenger Club and Independence Farm are among our current participating partners within the disabilities community.

We also partner with area schools and youth organizations like Cape Cod Collaborative in hosting programs for underprivileged and at-risk youth.

Going Forward

Sail Cape Cod is looking to expand its adaptive outreach program to include sailing opportunities for physically disabled individuals, both youth and adult. We are in the process of retrofitting a sailboat with adaptive equipment for disabled sailing, and the Town of Barnstable has allowed us to install a Hoyer lift at the Gary Brown Boat Ramp in order to board physically disabled passengers.

We also continue to seek out collaborations with local school programs, youth groups and other institutions that focus on at-risk and underprivileged youth.


Some testimonials on our Outreach Programs:

"There's nothing better than the wind, the sun, the sail, & the sea."

Laurel Labdon, Chairperson

'SeaLegs' Adaptive Sailing Program


"Having adaptive sailing on Cape Cod is going to open up a lot of doors for people. With their 'SeaLegs' Program, Sail Cape Cod is going to be able to change some lives."

Criag Bautz, Executive Director

CAPEable Adventures


“It is amazing how much he does and how wonderful people are that help others with disabilities of any type. It is a wonderful thing for the family to see the joy that he and others have doing things they may not know how to say they have done, but to see the joy on their faces is priceless.”

Family Member of an Outreach Program Participant


"We wanted to thank you so much for the sailing trip with our group Independence Farm. Our guys had the best time they have had all summer and can't wait to do it again! Without groups like yours our young adults would not receive the opportunities that all should receive."

Matt & Tracy Files

Independence Farm Inc.


“On behalf of all of us at Cape Abilities, thank you for this wonderful opportunity and experience. Everyone absolutely loved it. I look forward to future participation and working with you to promote this great sailing program.”

Glenn Loomis, Administrator of Life Skills



“I wanted to add that the members absolutely loved the experience. A huge thank you from them! Thanks so much…”

Jo Fennell



“The time spent with Sail Cape Cod was a very enjoyable experience for everyone involved, and a pleasure for us at LIFE to collaborate with this wonderful organization. We look forward to the prospect of working with them again next year, hoping to take advantage again of this wonderful community resource.”

Diane Enochs, Executive Director



“This program not only brings a smile to all the sailors, but also builds confidence, social skills, muscles and balance. It is truly a remarkable service that you are providing.”

Donna Sabecky, President

Community Connections, Inc.


“Our summer program had a wonderful experience that would not have been possible if not for Sail Cape Cod. We look forward to future trips with more students and exposing more underprivileged youth to the experience of sailing.”

Matthew Kravitz, Clinical Coordinator

Waypoint Academy/Cape Cod Collaborative


“We offer support of Sail Cape Cod and look forward to continued collaboration with them in offering their on-water recreational and educational activities to our program members.”

Rob Sponberg, Executive Director

Arc of Cape Cod

CapeAbilites1 CC Collaborative1

Capabilities2 Outreach Sail

For More Information

For additional information about Sail Cape Cod's Community Outreach Programs, please email us at:

P.O. Box 1954, Hyannis, MA 02601