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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.brendansailing.org.
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.
Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy
The Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to a person that is selected by the Para Sailing Committee as having made an outstanding contribution for sailors with disabilities and the sport of adaptive sailing over a sustained period of time.
This is the highest award given by the Para Sailing Committee and is presented at the Sailing Leadership Forum or National Sailing Programs Symposium.
2018 Ed "Buttons" Padin, Siobhan Reilly, and Bill Sandberg - Founders Robie Pierce Regatta
2017 Juliette (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
Robie Pierce Award for the Outstanding Adaptive Sailing Program
The Robie Pierce Award recognizes an outstanding program for sailors with disabilities and is given annually to a program that has made notable contributions to promote public access sailing for sailors with disabilities.
This award is given to an adaptive sailing program by the Para Sailing Committee and is presented either at the Sailing Leadership Forum or National Sailing Programs Symposium.
2018 Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience (EASE)
2017 Park City Sailing Association
2016 Park City Sailing Association
2015 Sea Scout Base Galveston
2013 Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation
2012 “Camp Awesome” at the Clearwater Comm. Sailing Center
2011 Lake Harriet Yacht Club Adaptive Sailing Program
2010 Piers Park Sailing Center
2008 Community Boating-Boston
2006 Duxbury Bay Maritime School
2005 Arizona State University Sailing Club
2001 Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS)
2000 Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport in conjunction with Lake Champlain Community Sailing
1999 Shake-A-Leg Newport & Shake-A-Leg Miami
Grants for the Adaptive Community
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
An in-depth Life Jacket and Rescue Study of Boaters with Adaptive Needs conducted by Clagett Regatta
Public Access Standards for Organizations
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.
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!
- 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