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.

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.


Hoyer Lifts

Transfer Box

Vision Services

Public Access Standards for Organizations