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OUR 2017 ADAPTIVE SAILING PROGRAM IS COMPLETE

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN 2018!

 

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Cape Cod’s Own Adaptive Sailing Program

for Individuals with Physical, Developmental or Intellectual Challenges

                  

 Gone Sailin'...

 

The Goal

By launching its ‘SeaLegs’ Adaptive Sailing Program, Sail Cape Cod has created opportunities for all disabled youth, adults and veterans to help them overcome adversity through therapeutic sailing. While learning how to sail is fun and enjoyable, participants would also experience increased self-confidence, the camaraderie of teamwork, and improved leadership skills.

             

      

The Boat

Thanks to a generous grant from the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Foundation and the assistance of Sturgis Boatworks in Yarmouth, Sail Cape Cod has recently purchased and retrofitted a specially-equipped adaptive sailboat dedicated to serving disabled sailors, both first-time and experienced.The adaptive sailboat is custom designed so that even the more disabled sailor can skipper the boat. It is equipped with a heavily-weighted bulb keel, modular, supported seats, and custom-made sailplan and is specially designed to give disabled sailors ready access to steering and sail trimming.

 

 

Chairperson - 'SeaLegs' Program

 

Laurel Labdon

As a lifelong sailor, and now, someone with a significant physical disability due to spinal cord trauma, Laurel Labdon of Brewster knows firsthand how valuable sailing can be for someone living with a disability. “Even though my particular circumstances have enabled me to continue to get out on my family's boat and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of sailing, I am so excited for the opportunity that Sail Cape Cod’s Adaptive Sailing Program now provides to the disabilities community. To gain freedom and independence, to learn new skills, and to participate in this sport are immeasurable in their importance.  The self esteem, confidence and feelings of accomplishment that sailing gives to anyone is multiplied infinitely for those of us in the disabled community, where the options to participate in many activities is extremely limited.”

 

The Staff

Sail Cape Cod's instructor staff have been specially trained through US Sailing's Adaptive Instructor Training Program to accommodate various levels of disabilities, physical, developmental and cognitive, as well as those going through physical or emotional therapy.

 

Accessibility

With cooperation from the Town of Barnstable and funding from Rockland Trust, Sail Cape Cod has purchased and installed a portable hoyer-style lift at the Gary Brown Ramp dock in Hyannis to accommodate disabled sailors in need of boarding assistance from wheelchair to sailboat.

 

 

 


For More Information

For additional information about the 'SeaLegs' program please email us at: joshrichards@sailcapecod.org

 

 

 

 

How You Can Help

Your contribution to Sail Cape Cod will help support the ‘SeaLegs’ Adaptive Sailing Program in 2017.

 WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

 

Video courtesy of Tom Chartrand/Shoreline Digital:

SCC Fundraiser TestRide 2015 Update from Tom Chartrand/Shoreline Digital on Vimeo.

 

 

 


P.O. Box 1954, Hyannis, MA 02601