Able Sail Kingston (ASK) is a not-for-profit organization that provides recreational sailing programs to Kingston's community of disabled persons.
See the Able Sail Website.
ASK offers two learn to sail programs:
- The Youth program offers complete integration with the KYC Junior Sailing program. The sessions mirror the Junior Sailing 2 week session but are flexible to meet the needs of the sailor.
- The Adult program provides supervised or instructional courses offered starting each June 5th. Course times are flexible and can be personalized to fit your schedule.
Able Sail Kingston uses a fleet of Access 303 and Martin 16 sailboats.
See, for example, Able Sail at CORK 2006 including Martin 16 CORK results.
In summer 2006 Able Sail Kingston had a dozen adult sailors in the program, several of whom came out a weekly basis. Audrey Kobayashi, program director, is the Ontario Champion for disabled sailing, winning every regatta she entered, including CORK and Coupe du Quebec. Several other sailors competed for the first time this year and placed very well.
The program is open to anyone with a disability. We have sailors whose disability ranges from spinal injuries, to MS. It is committed to getting anyone into the boats, no matter their disability.
ASK boats can be steered
Able Sail Kingston also trains its volunteers.
- with an electronic joystick used for sheering,
- with a windlass system to operate the main and jib sheets,
- and a sip and puff system for those who have disabilities which limit their mobility.
See also the CYA page about Events for Sailors with Disabilities, and the Ontario Sailing Able Sail page.
Kingston Yacht Club
1 Maitland St
Kingston, ON K7L 2V3
See also a good photo set of Able Sail Kingston on Flickr
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