Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

16 Instructors Trained to Work with Sailors With A Disability

May 31st - June 1st, Lunenburg Yacht Club, in partnership with Sail Nova Scotia, played host to a successful Sail Canada Coaching Para Sailors Professional Development workshop. Sailing coaches and program leaders from around Nova Scotia and Cape Breton gathered for the one day workshop to learn about sailing specific considerations and adaptations for sailors with a disability. Given high demand, the workshop was offered to two different groups, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Both days saw sunny conditions and light wind, good news since most of the workshop takes place outside: on the docks to learn and practice transfers, and on the water to try out the accessible boats and practice companioning skills. 

There was a strong Lunenburg Yacht Club contingent as LYC prepares to launch their Sail Able program this summer, using their two newly acquired Martin 16s. A big thank you to Sail Able Halifax coach Dee Osmond, who helped to organize and facilitate the workshop, and Sail Able Halifax sailors Kevin Penny and Debbie Earle, who shared their knowledge and expertise so generously with the participants.