Adaptive Sailing

Sailor Resources

Find a Great Place to Sail

Below is a list of organizations that offer adaptive programs.

There is a wide scope of programming offered so we suggest you contact the program in your area for more specific detail.

This list is continually being updated and improved and we ask that you contact if you know of a program that needs to be added to this list.

Name City City
Current Member Organizations
Tiller and Kites Peoria AZ
Arizona State University Sailing Club Tempe AZ
City of Oakland/Lake Merritt Boating Center Oakland CA
Challenged Sailors San Diego San Diego CA
Mission Bay Aquatic Center San Diego CA
Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors San Francisco CA
South Beach Yacht Club San Francisco CA
Treasure Island Sailing Center  San Francisco CA
Westwind Sailing San Juan Capistrano CA
Santa Cruz Yacht Club Santa Cruz CA
Norwalk Sailing School Georgetown CT
New England Science & Sailing Foundation, Inc. Stonington CT
Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association West Mystic CT
Sail Connecticut Access Program Westbrook CT
Clearwater Community Sailing Association, Inc. Clearwater FL
Sailability Greater Tampa Bay, Inc Clearwater FL
Shake-A-Leg Miami Miami FL
Sarasota Sailing Squadron Inc. Sarasota FL
Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation Chicago IL
Sheridan Shore Yacht Club Wilmette IL
Hammond Port Authority/Hammond Marina Hammond IN
Pontchartrain Yacht Club Mandeville LA
Courageous Sailing Center Charlestown MA
Duxbury Bay Maritime School Duxbury MA
Rhodes 19 Class Association Marblehead MA
Regatta Point Community Sailing Worcester MA
Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association Annapolis MD
Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating Annapolis MD
Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating Annapolis MD
Downtown Sailing Center Baltimore MD
Stockton Harbor Sailing Center Stockton Springs ME
Detroit Yacht Club Detroit MI
Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation Richland MI
Traverse Area Community Sailing Traverse City MI
Wayzata Community Sailing Center Wayzata MN
Gulf Coast Sailing LLC Long Beach MS
Camp Sea Gull/Camp Seafarer Arapahoe NC
North Carolina Community Sailing Huntersville NC
Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club Oceanport NJ
ONE 15 Brooklyn Sail Club Brooklyn NY
Larchmont Yacht Club Larchmont NY
Sandusky Sailing Club Sandusky OH
Eugene Yacht Club Junction City OR
Bayfront Maritime Center Erie PA
Sail to Prevail Newport RI
South Carolina Yacht Club Hilton Head Island SC
Lake Canyon Yacht Club Canyon Lake TX
Corinthian Sailing Club Dallas TX
Sea Star Base Galveston Galveston TX
Boy Scouts of America Irving TX
Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club Oak Point TX
Washington Sailing Marina Sailing School Alexandria VA
Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center Burlington VT
Bellingham Bay Community Boating Center Bellingham WA
Poulsbo Yacht Club Poulsbo WA
Center for Wooden Boats/Sail Now! Seattle WA
Sail Sand Point Seattle WA
Geneva Lake Sailing School Fontana WI
Lake Geneva Yacht Club Fontana WI
Hoofer Sailing Club/Univ of Wisconsin Madison WI
Milwaukee Community Sailing Center Milwaukee WI
Non-Member Organizations
Access to Sailing Long Beach CA
Adventure Plus Yacht Charters & Sailing School Sandusky OH
Amer Red Cross Northland Chapter Duluth MN
AMI Adventure Camps The Woodlands TX
ARC of Mass Bay Aquatic Training School Boston MA
Arizona Sailing Access Program Phoenix AZ
Arlington Heights Park District Arlington Heights IL
Bayou Sailing Adventures Lafitte LA
Beach Sports Windsurfing & Kayaking Hampton VA
Beacon Sailing Center Hertford NC
Blackbeard School of Sailing & Navigation Darien GA
Boston Harbor SC Inc Boston MA
Cal State Univ Northridge Northridge CA
California Sailing Academy Marina Del Rey CA
Camp Don Lee Arapahoe NC
Camp Sweyolakan Office Coeur D'Alene ID
Camp Y-Owasco Auburn NY
Challenged America San Diego CA
Cherry Creek Marina Aurora CO
City of Poway Community Service Department Poway CA
City of Toledo Community Boating Educ Center Toledo OH
City of West Palm Beach Summer Sailing Pgm West Palm Beach FL
Corpus Christi Sailing Center Corpus Christi TX
Courage Center Adapted Sailing Duluth MN
Duluth Community Sailing Assoc Duluth MN
Footloose Disabled Sailing Association Seattle WA
Free Spirit Sailing Asoc, Inc Honolulu HI
Fun Seekers Wellfleet MA
Greater Lawrence Community Boating Pgm Lawrence MA
Hobie Fleet 156 Casper WY
Hood River Waterplay Hood River OR
Hum-Boats Eureka CA
Indian Nation Council--Boy Scouts of America Tulsa OK
Ione Junior High Sailing Prgm Ione CA
Island Sailing Club, Inc Portland OR
Island Sailing Club/School Kirkland WA
Key Sailing Pensacola FL
Kitsap Sailing School Bremerton WA
Kolius Sailing School LaPorte TX
Marina Yacht Club Marina Del Rey CA
Maui Ocean Activities, Inc Lahaina HI
Merriconeag Yachting Assoc Harpswell ME
Monmouth County Park System Lincroft NJ
MWR Marina, US Naval Station Annapolis MD
Nautical Heritage Society San Clemente CA
New England Sailing Center Newport RI
New York Sailing School New Rochelle NY
Nor'Banks Sailing Center Duck NC
North Kitsap Sailing Program Poulsbo or Kingston WA
North Side YMCA Oklahoma City OK
Onboard Sailing School Shorewood MN
Pacific Yachting and Sailing Santa Cruz CA
Philadelphia City Sail Philadelphia PA
Project USE/Coastal Education Center Red Bank NJ
Red Dragon Canoe Club Edgewater Park NJ
Rutgers College Rec Sailing Program Piscataway NJ
Sail Abilities/Peconic Sailing Company Southold NY
Sail Away Sailing Center Winter Park FL
Sailing Fascination Newport Beach CA
Salty Bill's Sailing School Brooklyn NY
Santa Barbara Sailing Center Santa Barbara CA
Scenic Bay Sailing School & Charters Carmel CA
Scout Sea Base Newport Beach CA
Sierra Nevada Community Sailing Sparks NV
Sierra Nevada Community Sailing Reno/Sparks NV
Sojourn Custom Sailing Charters St. John USVI
Southwestern College Chula Vista CA
Spinnaker Sailing San Francisco CA
St. Petersburg Sailing Center St. Petersburg FL
Team Sail Inc Grayslake IL
Texas Excursions Corpus Christi TX
Try Sail, Inc Port Huron MI
Univ Marine & Sailing Center Pell City AL
Vashaw Ent, Inc/Washington Sailing School Alexandria VA
Windward Seaventure Kemah TX
Womanship International Annapolis MD
Yachting Operation Services Henderson Harbor NY
Yale Corinthian Yacht Club Branford CT
YMCA Camp Nissokone Oscoda MI
Zink Aquatic Sports Center Tulsa OK

Consider the Brendan Sail Training Program

The Brendan Sail Training Program is a sailing training program that builds confidence and improves self-esteem for youth with learning differences through sailing education.

Brendan focuses on each student and his or her individual needs. While the primary focus is on sailing skills, the end result is a strong sense of accomplishment and enhanced self-worth. Brendan's mission is to build pathways for self-confidence and personal growth in children with learning differences through sailing.

For more information, please visit

Blind Sailing

Sailors who are blind or vision impaired have been involved in organized sailing programs since 1979.

However, only within the past 20 years has blind sailing in the U.S. become more widespread and recognized. In addition, blind sailing has taken on an international aspect, with eight Blind World Sailing Championships having been held since 1992.

For more information, please be sure to visit Blind Sailing International.

Nominate a Sailor for the Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy


The Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy is the highest award presented by the Committee for Sailors with Disabilities and is given annually to a person, volunteer, professional, or a organization, that is recognized as having made an outstanding contribution to disabled sailors and the sport of adaptive sailing over a sustained period of time.

The award is given out at either US Sailing’s Annual Meeting or a major adaptive sailing event.

The late Gay S. Lynn was a major supporter of adaptive sailing for many, promoting the sport and letting sailors with disabilities know that they still had much to look forward to. In addition, Gay’s late husband Bill was a past President of US Sailing and their son, Bill, is an active sailor–both offshore and one-design-is a past North American and World Sonar Champion.

Make a nomination

Past Recipients

2017Juliette (Judy) McLennan
2016 Alphonsus “Rick” Doerr
2015 Jen French & Warrior Sailing Program
2014 Arthur O’Neill
2013 Magnus Liljedahl
2012 Harry R. Horgan & Shake-A-Leg Miami
2011 Matthew Chao
2010 Linda Merkle
2009 Betsy Alison
2008 Hugh Elliot
2007 Keith Burhans
2006 Urban Miyares
2005 Gene Hinkel
2004 Robie Pierce
2003 Judd Goldman Sailing Foundation & Peter Goldman

Nominate an Outstanding Adaptive Sailing Program for the Robie Pierce Award

The Robie Pierce Award recognizing the Outstanding Program for Sailors with Disabilities is given annually to a program that has made notable contributions to promote public access sailing for people with disabilities.

To nominate an adaptive program for the award click here

Grants for the Adaptive Community

US Sailing Pioneer Grant- Currently Unavailable

US Sailing does not have any involvement with the granting organizations listed below and provides no guarantee that the information is current. Please contact the providing organizations directly for more information.

Disabled Sport USA

Kelly Brush Foundation

United Spinal Association- list of several grants

VA Adaptive Sports


Grants listed within the link below are posted as a courtesy and are not grants that US Sailing is directly involved with. Grants are both for organizations and individuals. US Sailing does not have any involvement with granting organizations listed and provides no guarantee that the information is current. Please contact the providing organizations directly for more information.

If you are an organization that would like your grant added to the listing, please contact Stu Gilfillen at

Non Specific Marine Industry Grant Opportunities


Are you looking for a particular piece of equipment to increase access to the water at your center and not quite sure where to look for ideas? US Sailing is here to help!  If you can't find what you are looking for please contact our Adaptive Programs Department for assistance.


Transfer Lifts

Transfer Box

Vision Services

Public Access Standards for Organizations

Communication Outreach

US Sailing's Where to Sail Databse- How to take control of your account.

Is your organization's Where to Sail information accurate and up-to-date? US Sailing's tool allows organizations to advertise themselves, specify facility offerings, what equipment and fleets are available, and drive traffic to their social media channels.

To activate Where to Sail or change any details, login to your organizations MyUSSailing account using your Member ID and password.



Why is it so important to use social media?

Social media platforms are another form of marketing. Your messaging can reach further, quicker and easier than any traditional media marketing can. Many individuals find it comforting to see first hand what your program is about, how it is run, and what kind of benefits it can bring to them. Using social media to share the amazing things that are happening at your club or sailing center will create awareness and ultimately invite people to be a part of something great they may not have been aware of in the past!

Social Media How To WEBINAR

How To Download Apps


  • Facebook is great for keeping current members and potential members in the loop in many ways, whether that be through status updates or posting photos and videos
  • Facebook also gives you the opportunity to create awareness about an event you may be hosting, such as a regatta or fundraiser. You can invite your Facebook friends or public viewers to that event, give them all the details and can constantly update information about the event whenever you please
  • Social Media How-To: Facebook
  • Facebook Presentation


  • Using Instagram allows you to connect with your members or potential members in multiple ways, whether that be through Instagram posts, stories, Instagram TV or going Live.
  • Instagram is great for keeping members updated on events and promotions happening whether that day or the next day and letting people follow along with what goes on at your program on any given day.
  • Social Media How-To: Instagram
  • Instagram Presentation


  • Twitter is great for keeping conversation flowing with member and potential members of your program and following along with trends happening in the sailing world.
  • Twitter is really useful on a day you are hosting an event, giving people Tweet updates about what is going, the weather, postponements- it’s a great way to keep people in the loop in real-time
  • Social Media How-To: Twitter
  • Twitter Presentation