Sailors helping sailors
All sailors learn from others, and we all stand on the shoulders of seamen from time immemorial who have developed the skills of seamanship and the arts of navigation and boatbuilding. Whether we help someone out on the dock or in an anchorage, teach beginners the rudiments of our passion and pleasure, or use our vessels to bring aid and support to people ashore, there are so many ways to contribute and to give back a little of what we have personally received.
A 10-minute video about more than 300 sailors with disabilities who get out on the water in Vancouver through the work of the Disabled Sailing Association of British Columbia, Canada.
The interview was recorded at the Jericho Sailing Centre in Vancouver on August 11th, 2017.
Please share this video with other sailors – you never know who you may inspire!
Please consider donating DIRECTLY to these organizations:
The list is growing, with the emphasis on smaller organizations. Suggestions very welcome.
Australia (coming soon - suggestions welcome)
Canada (coming soon - suggestions welcome)
New Zealand (coming soon - suggestions welcome)
South Africa (coming soon - suggestions welcome)
Untied States of America
The Disabled Sailors Association, also known as the Thomas Morley Trust, is a registered charity in Hampshire, England. It was set up in 1993 to provide ocean sailing for disabled people in its purpose designed and built cruising yachts and inland dinghy sailing in Martin 16 keel boats and WETA trimarans. DSA has developed into an umbrella or holding charity for a number of projects.
Please contact me with suggestions of any groups or organizations that could be included on this page. Thanks.
We seek nothing less than the transformation of the child literacy landscape in the Eastern Caribbean. Every year, we send thousands of great new books—over 247,000 since we started in 2007—that have been requested by educators via our Hands Wish Lists. We help schools (from pre-school to high school), reading programs, and community libraries—that's 330 projects to date—create or rejuvenate lending libraries. And we work hands-on with our projects year after year—we're with them for as long as they need our help
...opportunities for disabled people or those with access difficulties to go boating on the Basingstoke Canal from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham in Hampshire, UK. We operate 2 boats: DAWN, a day boat; and MADAM BUTTERFLY, a cruising boat. Both craft are specially designed and equipped to cater for those with disabilities or reduced mobility. Hydraulic lifts give easy access for those in wheelchairs and both boats have accessible toilets. Self-drive hirings are open to both novices and experienced boaters alike, because full tuition tailored to individual requirements is provided at the start of each cruise by trained Dispatchers.
Providing opportunities for persons with disabilities to enjoy narrow boating on the Basingstoke Canal
United States of America
Using boat building and sailing to develop self confidence and life skills among kids in the South Bronx, New York, USA.
Rocking the Boat empowers young people from the South Bronx to develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and gain the skills necessary to achieve them. Students work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves. Kids don't just build boats at Rocking the Boat, boats build kids.
"...creates opportunities for disabled children and adults to overcome adversity through therapeutic sailing. We are proud of our 30-year history, in which we have served more than 15,000 disabled individuals.
Each summer, approximately 1,000 people sail with us – disabled children, adults and veterans learn the skills of sailing in our fleet of specially adapted sailboats. In addition to the immediate joy and gratification that sailing provides, these individuals gain life-changing, universal skills in self-confidence, teamwork and leadership, which help them overcome challenges in other areas of their daily lives."
Boats went out on more than 100 days in 2016, engaging over 1400 people with disabilities in the experience of sailing