Tuesday, 01 October 2019 12:33

I Am A Sailor...Murray Brown

Many years ago when I became involved with the disabled sailing movement I always had this thought in
the back of my head “I love sailing but if something happened to me that wouldn’t allow me to go
sailing, I’d be extremely grateful to the person that would make an effort to the person that got me out
on the water”

At the age of 13 Murray Brown of Halifax, Nova Scotia was introduced to sailing in a Sunfish at a YMCA
camp on Lake Simcoe. A camp counselor who had a 7’10” Dutch Pram befriended Murray and together
they did their best to push the pram to its limits. When Murray entered the workforce his disposable
income was used to pay for what became his lifelong habit of sailing. “Once I had an annual income I
spent too much money on various sailboats in Regina (Wascana Lake), Fredericton, Saint John and
Halifax."

Decades later Murray found that his body just couldn’t keep up with the rigors of sailing and
begrudgingly traded in his freedom of sailing for a walker. After 5 long years of being landlocked on
Canada’s Ocean Playground Murray was introduced to Sail Able NS while attending a lecture by Kevin
Penny and Paralympic sailor Paul Tingley. One night in the dead of winter, at the Maritime
Museum of the Atlantic, Murray’s inner soul awoke and the excitement of sailing rejuvenated him. “My
summers became increasingly boring and inactive after I was unable to safely sail my own boat”

Since that fateful night Murray has become a very active member of Sail Able NS and is becoming a rising
star at the age of 82. In his 5 years of getting back at the helm Murray has represented Sail Able in three
Mobility Cups including a second place finish in the Gold fleet at the Halifax edition. The design of the
Martin 16 and its electric windlass has allowed Murray to control his boat unaided and relishes each
independent sailing the North West Arm and the Inner reaches of Halifax Harbour.

Thanks to Sail Able NS Murray Brown is still enjoying the freedom of independent sailing.