Hansa 303W dinghies at the Schooner Parade 2020
Sail With Us!
Sailing is a powerful way for people to push their limits and capture independence and freedom.
This year, we are offering racing on the Hansa 303s, with coaching available! For more information, email email@example.com
The DSC's docks are equipped with accessible ramps, Hoyer lifts and plenty of shaded space. This is a no-cost, volunteer-supported program that allows individuals with disabilities to experience the freedom of sailing and learn to sail.
Access-ability Saturdays Sailing
The Access-ability program is an open house sailing event for anyone with a disability. Sailors are welcome to come to the Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) to be coached and supported by a tireless group of volunteers, friends and family. Check in starts at 9:45 am, and sailing time is from 10:00am until 12:00pm.
Three options for sailing are offered:
The boats we offer:
Please indicate your preference upon registration! Registration opens one month before each event.
Sonar 23 keelboats
Dockside Hoyer lift transfer assistance is available for boarding/disembarking any of our boats. We will provide all safety equipment, including life jackets. Please see our FAQ page for more information about this program!
In 2023, we launched an Adaptive racing program. We welcome any Adaptive sailors who can commit to training and instruction (including beginner). If you are interested or have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoltan and Lionel strategizing before the race (photo courtesy of Deborah Davis)
Our Adaptive program is supported by volunteers, and we welcome all types of help
from greeters and escorts to those who can rig the Hansa Access Dinghies.
Sailing experience is not required; just compassion, a willingness to learn, and a desire to have fun!
We offer special discounted rates for organizations or groups of individuals with disabilities. Sailing events are for groups of 4-34 people using our Hansa 303W dinghies and keelboats. While this is on a "pay-what-you-can basis", we recommend $75 per person contribution. Please email email@example.com for more information.
University of Michigan Occupational Therapy Doctorate Student Pilot Study
The Impact of an Adaptive Sailing Program on a Person's Perceived Quality of Life
We thank these sponsors for their donations which help us provide Access-ability Sailing to all!