Sail Able Camp 2013
This year, a group of youths had the privilege of participating in the first-ever Sail Able summer camp! This was held at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, which is also where Sail Able's students take their lessons and prepare for races. From July 8-12, disabled children between the ages of eight and sixteen learned about sailing theory and how to properly and safely sail and rig a boat. Sail Able's two accomplished instructors, David Blair and Demetria Osmond, led the camp.
Most days consisted of sailing Martin 16s, racing boats specially equipped so that they can be sailed by persons with disabilities, as well as a theme, ranging from Cookie Day to Tie-Dye Day. As well as sailing the Martin 16s, the participants got the chance to go for a ride on a Boston Whaler as well as looking at boats competing in the Marblehead to Halifax race. The owner of the Whaler also treated the participants and instructors to an ice cream at Cows!
Overall, this day camp was a great experience for young sailors with special needs. A participant's parent said: "My daughter had a fantastic time at this camp! She learned something about sailing and met new friends!"
IWK week at Sail Able was a great time for all! Thanks to everyone involved, especialy the sailors. Looking forward to doing more sailing with you!
Sailable Bar-B-Q Report
On June 22, Sailable Association of Nova Scotia held our 7th annual Bar-B-Q. Finally, after 2 years of horrible weather, Mother Nature cooperated and we were treated to a warm, sunny day with a bit of wind.
Approximately 25 individuals came out to the Bar-B-Q and more than half of them had a chance to go sailing in one of our Martin 16 sailboats. Our instructors, David and Dee were kept busy all day rotating between sailors and getting them out on the water.
During the event, people were able to enjoy a hot dog and drink and socialize with other interested sailors.
At this time I would like to thank volunteers who helped out with the event (Debbie Earle "master Bar-B-Q chef", Rachel Dorrington, Shahar Jawamis, and Mitchell Shaw). Also a special thanks to the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron for the use of their Bar-B-Q and facility.
David and Dee are now working full time Wednesday-Sunday and are now available to take bookings for sailing lessons. Remember, membership fees are $25 per year and it cost $7 per sail. If interested please send an e-mail or call David or Dee.
Looking forward to a great season!
At last, summer has almost arrived and that can only mean one thing… LET'S GO SAILING! Sail Able Association of Nova Scotia is running again for the 2013 season. This is our fifth season at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and we are looking forward to a safe and successful program.
We are very pleased to have David Blair back for a 3rd season and are happy to announce that this year we will have an additional instructor supporting David and the program. Dee Osmond will join our program for 10 weeks over the summer. Because we now have two instructors, we hope to provide more sailing opportunities for individuals with disabilities this summer.
If you would like to go sailing, please e-mail our organization to arrange a sailing time. We take bookings starting at 10 AM. Once again our membership fee this year will be $25 and it will cost $7 for a two hour lesson/sail.
Finally, we will once again have our annual Bar-B-Q. This will take place on Saturday, June 22nd from 11 AM-4 PM. Please drop by to the RNSYS for a hot dog and beverage and a chance to socialize with other members of our organization. If were lucky, the weather may even cooperate and we will be able to take people out onto the water in one of our specially designed sailboats. Please send us an e-mail if you think you will be attending our Bar-B-Q.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail. Our e-mail address is email@example.com
You can also contact us by telephone at 902-229-1513.
Mobility Cup 2013 open for registration.
Sail Able Membership Form 2013 - email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy
June 2, Coaching clinic a huge success!
Sail Able Association of Nova Scotia was very fortunate to have Jenny Davey from Montréal come and visit to offer a coaching clinic.
Five coaches from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick participated in the daylong clinic which focused on how to support sailors with disabilities. Participants were informed about how to support persons with various disabilities on and off the water. Participants learn how to properly transfer individuals in and out of the boat, became familiar with various types of sailboats used in Able Sail programs, and were trained on how to install and use adaptive equipment on our Martin 16 sailboats. Participants also had the opportunity to sail the Martin 16 and the 2.4m sailboat independently and with a disabled sailor.
After successfully completing the course, these coaches received certification from Sail Canada and obtained the skills that would allow them to instruct/coach in a disabled sailing program.
We would like to thank everyone who was involved in this clinic especially Jenny Davey who volunteered her time to teach the clinic. We would also like to thank the Nova Scotia Yachting Association for providing the funding for the clinic as well as providing lunch for the participants. We were very lucky that the weather cooperated and that everyone had a great time.
Coaching athletes with a disability clinic, June 1 & 2, report
June 3, 2013 - REDRAW NEW WINNER - Joe Rudderham of Bedford NS!!! (unable to contact the first draw recipient)
2014 IFDS World Championships, Halifax, NS, website posted - CLICK HERE
Sail Able Cape Breton - CLICK HERE
The International Federation of Disabled Sailing has chosen the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron as the host of the 2014 IFDS World Championships. This will be a qualifying event for the 2016 Brazil Paralympic Games. There will be 3 fleets competing: 2.4 mR (one person), Skud 18 (two person) and the Sonar (three person). It is expected to have over 100 boats and 40 nations competing.
Sail Able is excited to team with the RNSYS to help prepare for this event!
Mobility Cup 2013 has been awarded to The Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and Sailable.
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