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.

US Sailing Member Organizations

US Sailing Non-Member Organizations

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

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

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.

Life Jacket and Rescue Study

An in-depth Life Jacket and Rescue Study of Boaters with Adaptive Needs conducted by Clagett Regatta

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!

Capturing Sailors Using Social Media

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